If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn’t the plural of booth, beeth? One goose, two geese. So one moose, two meese? Doesn’t it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend? If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it? Likewise, figuring out which mortgage program you qualify for can be just as twisted. Let me shed some light on many of the common terms you may hear as you embark on the mortgage process.
The new coronavirus disease or COVID-19 is interrupting the homebuying craze this spring season. Most people who have decided to make the big purchase this time of the year suddenly became cautious of viewing open houses for fears of getting exposed to the virus. You may consider having virtual tours if you’re selling your home on your own and you want to showcase the beauty of your home to potential buyers as the nation still finds a cure for the COVID-19.
Many families who live on a tight budget may have to hold off on remodels or upgrades. A few years after taking out a loan, you may find it necessary to make some home renovations as your family grows. If you think it’s time to make home improvements to give your family a comfortable living, refinancing could be your best option!
It’s that time of year when the housing market traditionally tends to slow down. How can you make sure your home still sells as quickly as it would in a hot market? Some sellers are taking the extra step and utilizing these four early-bird tactics to ensure that their home has gained so much interest that it’s scooped up as soon as it hits the MLS.
The Millennial generation is vastly different than previous generations, and it has affected many aspects of our society. Millennials’ lifestyles and preferences have even started to alter the real estate world. Let’s take a look at how Millennials are shaking up the housing market:
It’s shaping up to be the most competitive home buying season yet and prospective homebuyers know they are entering a seller’s market. In markets with limited inventory, bidding wars are becoming the usual. While home prices are soaring, Americans remain optimistic about the state of the housing market.
As the U.S. economy continues to show signs of recovery and improvement, it’s no surprise that buyers from outside the country are increasingly eyeing U.S. real estate as a good investment. Real estate is a tangible asset that may increase in value over time and can provide a positive rate of return with less volatility than the stock market. There are potential tax advantages as well. Whether you are a professional relocating for work, an international investor, or a first generation immigrant living in the U.S., there are home purchase and financing options available to resident and non-resident buyers. Here’s some insight into the basics – from the home search to securing financing:
Is a real estate bubble to blame for sudden drops in the stock market? Does stock market volatility indicate that a housing crash and recession are imminent? Probably not. Although there are some correlations between stock market activity and the health of the housing market, there isn’t a direct, consistent cause and effect relationship between the two. There are always other factors at work that help to complete the big picture. Here’s some insight into how rates, the housing market and the stock market are intertwined, but still need to be considered separately.
Every so often there’s a home on the market that’s for sale by its owner. Usually, it’s because the seller wants to try their luck without an agent. These types of listings can still offer great deals, but they also come with some nuances. Here’s what you should know about a home that’s for sale by owner.
If you’re selling your home, you’ll want it to look its best in order to get offers. But you’ll also want your property to retain its value so that when your appraisal comes in, it will reflect how much time and effort you’ve invested into your home over the years. Here are some quick maintenance items you can complete to help spruce up your home to attract potential buyers.