June 10, 2017 by · Leave a Comment

Are You Going To Buy A House? Someone just asked me: Tom Fazio, serious question for you -Do you take any special steps to ensure that any “smart” home appliances are smoothly transitioned to the new owners? I’m talking about thermostats, dimmers, etc. I replied: Did you just buy a house? At closing, sellers turn […]

I wish my score would improve faster, I am paying off my collections.

April 30, 2017 by · Leave a Comment

A note about Collections: Paying off non-medical collections, although this keeps them from being added back into your debt ratio, can actually lower your score. Once a collection is paid off, it will counted as “new” for the last time and will finally start “permanently aging”. Now credit score points will slowly come back over […]

A blogger asks: Can you tell me about Renting to own?

April 30, 2017 by · Leave a Comment

In response to renting to own a home: Someone that will let you rent to own typically will only let you do so for a specific period of time. Renting to own can be a great option if you are positive you will be able to fulfill the terms of the agreement and be able […]

Seven Things Your Agent Should Know About Your Mortgage Approval

April 1, 2010 by · Leave a Comment

While many experienced real estate agents have a general understanding of the mortgage approval process, there are a few important details that frequently get overlooked which may cause a purchase to be delayed or denied. New regulation, updated disclosures, appraisal guidelines, mortgage rate pricing premiums, credit score, secondary approval layering, rescission deadlines, property type, HOA […]

Do I Need To Sell My Home Before I Can Qualify For A New Mortgage On Another Property?

April 1, 2010 by · Leave a Comment

Although every situation is unique, it is not uncommon for homebuyers to qualify for a mortgage on a new home while still living in their primary residence. Perhaps you are outgrowing your current house, or have been forced to relocate due to a job transfer?  Regardless of the motivation for keeping one property while purchasing […]

What Do Appraisers Look For When Determining A Property’s Value?

March 29, 2010 by · Leave a Comment

Most people are surprised to learn what appraisers actually look at when determining the value of a real estate property. A common misconception homeowners generally have is that the value of their home is determined after the appraiser has completed their physical property inspection. However, the appraiser actually already has a good idea of the […]

Where Does My Earnest Money Go?

March 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment

Hey, I gave my real estate agent a $5000 Earnest Money Deposit check… Where does that money go? A basic and very obvious question that most First-Time home Buyers ask once their purchase contract gets accepted. According to Wikipedia: Earnest Money – an earnest payment (sometimes called earnest money or simply earnest, or alternatively a […]

Renting vs Buying A Home

March 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment

Buying a home versus renting is a big decision that takes careful consideration. While there are several biased sources that can make arguments for or against owning a home, we’ve found that most home buyers base their ultimate decision on emotion. Yes, there are some tax advantages of owning real estate, as well as the […]

What Does Title Insurance Protect Me From?

March 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment

By including title insurance when purchasing property, your title insurer takes on accountability for legal expenses to defend your property title, should it ever be challenged. Many different occurrences can come into play to warrant the need for title insurance. The title company responsible will then take on the legal expenses to defend the property […]

Understanding the FHA Mortgage Insurance Premium (MIP)

March 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment

* Disclaimer – all information in this article is accurate as of the date this article was written * The FHA Mortgage Insurance Premium is an important part of every FHA loan. There are actually two types of Mortgage Insurance Premiums associated with FHA loans: 1.  Up Front Mortgage Insurance Premium (UFMIP) – financed into […]

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