5 Unexpected Side Benefits of Homeownership

You already know about the tax benefits of buying a home and the long-term financial advantages created by rising home values and bankable equity. But some of the associated benefits of homeownership might surprise you. 1. Pride of ownership You understand the idea of pride of ownership, but maybe you’ve never actually felt it. You will once you put those keys in the door for the first time. And this doesn’t just apply to first-time homebuyers. If you’ve worked hard, saved well, spent smart, and are able to now move up to the home of your dreams, you’ll undoubtedly feel...

July 13th, 2017 5 Unexpected Side Benefits of Homeownership

Use HARP refinancing as a way to keep the conversation going with your clients

Maintaining a connection with clients after they've closed and locked the door behind them in their new home is often a challenge. Aside from communications on holidays or birthdays, mailings on your latest business or sending a value-add seasonal publication on home upkeep/d?cor, what can you provide them that truly shows your continued value to them as their real estate professional? By offering them advice not on buying a new home, but refinancing their existing home using through the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP). What is HARP? Established in 2009 by the FHFA, HARP is a program ...

July 13th, 2017 Use HARP refinancing as a way to keep the conversation going with your clients

Preparing for - and avoiding - moving "bad breaks"

Whether it's for a vacation or a move, packing is rarely on anyone's list of top-ten favorites. If your clients get upset when they get to the hotel and "shipping and handling has caused items to shift" in their suitcases, they're devastated (or angry) when they start unpacking boxes at their new homes and find that items haven't just shifted, they've shattered. You've been to this rodeo and know what the bucking broncos can do, so sharing your experience with your clients can be a critical component of them not opening "boxes of badness."   Box smart Remind them that proper prior prepara...

July 13th, 2017 Preparing for - and avoiding - moving "bad breaks"

Our Weekly Mortgage Market Commentary

This week brings us the release of six relevant economic reports for the bond market to digest in addition to semi-annual congressional testimony by Fed Chair Janet Yellen and two Treasury auctions. Most of the data that is being posted is considered to be of high importance, meaning we will likely see more volatility in the financial markets and mortgage pricing this week. It starts off light with nothing of importance set for Monday or Tuesday. However, the rest of the week is packed with mortgage-relevant reports and other events. Wednesday doesn’t have a relevant morning economic rel...

July 9th, 2017 Our Weekly Mortgage Market Commentary

Lessons Learned To Avoid A Stressful Move

As a designer, she’d helped others move. But her own move proved a bigger challenge   It’s been said that moving is one of life’s most traumatic events, right up there with switching jobs and losing a loved one. Having experienced all three – and having just recently moved with a toddler in tow – I can honestly confirm that, yep, moving is pretty stressful.   We decided to move when our rent rose higher than what we were willing to pay for our apartment. But no one wants to pack and unpack, plus we faced the anxiety of transitioning our 2-year-old to new...

July 8th, 2017 Lessons Learned To Avoid A Stressful Move

Looking for a "fresh" mortgage idea?

Consider a USDA loan During your house search, you've probably heard more mortgage names than you can remember. But there's one with which you might be unfamiliar - a USDA loan. "Wait," you say. "USDA? You mean, like, farms?" Yes, that USDA - the United States Department of Agriculture - but they offer a mortgage option that, if you and the house you're looking at qualify, might surprise you with its benefits. One thing to know, though: the USDA does not issue loans - a portion of the loan is backed by the USDA, but issued and serviced by an approved lender. Humble roots - critical needs The d...

July 8th, 2017 Looking for a "fresh" mortgage idea?

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