First Time Homebuyers Golden Opportunity

First Time Homebuyers Golden Opportunity

This spring has been an exceedingly vibrant market in metro Atlanta for housing. Inventory levels are up 12% from this time last year. This is providing buyers more options to look at although it is still very competitive. The difference this year is that deals are happening at a faster clip than a year ago. Buyers seem to be having more success this year getting their offers accepted. Part of this is that our clients are taking the time to ...

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The American Express Payment Problem

The American Express Payment Problem

Part of the mortgage qualification process includes what is called your debt to income ratio (DTI). This your gross monthly income divided by the lump sum total of your proposed housing payment and any other monthly obligations that show up on your credit report. This would include car payments, student loan payments (this links to our other post on these payments), and minimum payments on any revolving charge cards. These are typically a very small percentage of the ...

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Scott’s Perspective – Mission Accomplished

Scott’s Perspective – Mission Accomplished

When I celebrated my 40th birthday in 1999, I became a little restless…Mid-Life Crisis? Maybe…

…but I just viewed it as a case of “not enough adventure in my life.” Having lived across the street from a ski slope as a kid…and then attending college in the outdoors-man dream town of Boulder Colorado, I began to realize that settling down in the “burbs” of Atlanta just wasn’t feeding the outdoor adventure side of me. I spent plenty of time outdoors running, ...

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Scott’s Perspective – From the Vault

Scott’s Perspective – From the Vault

In this installment of Scott’s Perspective we take a trip down memory lane with an article that was written a few years ago. The message rings true even today. Read on!

It is no big secret that the mortgage process has become more challenging…But as with anything that occurs over a long period of time, the absorption of the information is so gradual that the magnitude of what you’ve experienced is not evident until you stop a minute and look at ...

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Scott’s Perspective – Focus on the 1%

Scott’s Perspective – Focus on the 1%

I recently read a fantastic book called Atomic Habits by James Clear. The subject matter centers around easy and proven ways to build good habits and break bad ones. From my experience, I’ve found that it’s easy to overestimate the importance of one defining moment and underestimate the value of making small improvements on a daily basis. Too often we convince ourselves that massive success requires massive action. Whether it is losing weight, building a business, writing a book, winning ...

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The Single Best Way to Get Your Offer Accepted This Spring!

The Single Best Way to Get Your Offer Accepted This Spring!

If you are contemplating a move this year, you have picked the perfect time. Interest rates are very low again, and there is more inventory coming on the market than in years past. In the latest statistics from January, inventory levels are up 17% year-over-year. That is a good sign given that most buyers have not had a lot of choices over the past couple of years, relative to historical inventory levels. That said, demand is high and we ...

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Interest Rate Update

Interest Rate Update

Oddly enough, long-term interest rates started the year just slightly higher than they were one year ago. We had a few periods during the course of last year where rates were slightly above 5% for a 30 year fixed. With the recent volatility in the stock market and analysts starting to predict a recession in the next couple of years, interest rates have come down significantly since October, when they last peaked.
We now stand in the mid ...

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7 Strategic Moves as You Prepare to Apply for a Mortgage

7 Strategic Moves as You Prepare to Apply for a Mortgage
  1. Rent Before You Buy – It is always a good idea to get a year or so under your belt as a tenant so you can understand some of the challenges that come with homeownership. Put yourself in the shoes of your landlord. Lenders like to see a track record of making housing payments prior to application and to get you used to making a house payment prior to owning.

  2. Check Your Credit Report & Scores – ...

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Four Reasons to Consider Selling This Winter

Four Reasons to Consider Selling This Winter
  1. Buyers are Still out in Force – There is still very strong demand for housing, which means that you do not have to wait for the spring buying season to get ample interest. We are still seeing multiple offers frequently.

  2. Less Sellers – Since most people believe they should wait and told spring to sell, there is less competition.

  3. It is Still a Perfect Time to Move-Up – With rates moving down slightly over the last ...

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Top 5 Ways to Position Yourself if You Want to Buy a Home in 2019

Top 5 Ways to Position Yourself if You Want to Buy a Home in 2019

• Get a copy of your credit report through www.MyFico.com. This will give us your true mortgage scores without a hard inquiry on your credit. You can also get a free copy of your report through someone like www.freecreditreport.com but it won’t give you the scores we use. There are 48 different FICO scoring models but only one that mortgage lenders use. No surprise, that this model is more conservative than most.

• Through an educational process, we can assist with ...

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