The Mortgage Helper: How to Find the Perfect Tenant for Your Basement Suite

February 1, 2018

Do you have an empty basement or separated suite in your home? If you have a suite sitting empty, you are missing out on collecting some extra monthly income in the form of rent. Let’s take a look at a quick four-step process that will help you find the perfect tenant to rent out your basement suite.

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Spring Is Coming: Get a Jump on Spring Cleaning and Breathe New Life into Your Tired Spaces

January 31, 2018

Spring is almost here – and with it, the need to clean out the clutter and freshen up your home. Let’s explore a few tips that will help you to get a jump on your spring cleaning so that you can get outside and enjoy the nice weather later.

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Curious About Homeowners’ Association (HOA) Fees? Here’s What You Need to Know

January 30, 2018

If you are thinking of buying a condominium or a home that is part of a planned community, you have likely come across the term “homeowners’ association” or HOA. In short, the HOA is a coalition of local homeowners who have banded together to manage the needs of the local community. Let’s explore the concept of the homeowners’ association, why they charge fees and what you can expect from your HOA if you buy a home that is part of one.

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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – January 29, 2018

January 29, 2018

December sales of previously-owned homes dipped to an 18-year low with a reading of 5.57 million sales on a seasonally-adjusted annual basis. Pre-owned home sales were expected to reach 5.73 million homes based on November’s downwardly- revised reading of 5.78 million sales. December sales were 3.6 percent lower month-to-month, but were 1.10 percent higher year-over-year.

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3 Reasons You Might Consider Refinancing Your Mortgage in Early 2018

January 26, 2018

If you are a homeowner who has had their mortgage for a few years, you may be starting to wonder about refinancing. In essence, this is the process of retiring your current mortgage and taking out a new one because the terms are more favorable to you.

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In a Hurry to Buy a Home? Speed Your Mortgage Approval up by Following This Checklist

January 25, 2018

Have you finally found your dream home after months of searching, only to discover that the seller has received other offers? Few circumstances can raise your stress level as much as finding yourself in a bidding war against another buyer. However, being unprepared by not having your finances in order can make the situation even worse.

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NAHB: Home Builder Confidence Drops in January

January 24, 2018

Homebuilder confidence in housing market conditions dipped two points in January; ongoing challenges including labor shortages and materials costs were cited by the National Association of Home Builders, which provides monthly readings on home builder sentiment. Three component readings of the Housing Market Index declined by one point each. Readings for current sales conditions, housing market conditions for the next six months and for buyer traffic within new single-family housing developments were 79, 78 and 54 respectively.

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Shopping for a Mortgage? Don’t Make These Key Mistakes That Trip Up First-time Buyers

January 23, 2018

Are you ready to dive into the real estate market for the first time? Buying a new house, condo or apartment is an exciting experience that sets you on the path to building your net worth. However, if you are planning to take out a mortgage, you should be aware that there are some potential pitfalls to avoid

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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – January 22, 2018

January 22, 2018

Last week’s economic news included readings on home builder confidence, housing starts and building permits issued. Weekly readings on mortgage rates and new jobless claims were also released; the week wrapped with the University of Michigan’s report on consumer sentiment.

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3 Ways That Buying a New Construction Home Beats Buying an Existing One, Every Time

January 19, 2018

Are you in the market for a new house? Whether you are a first-time home buyer or are upgrading to get more space, you will need to choose between buying an existing home or building a brand new one. Let’s explore three reasons why new construction homes are better than existing homes.

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