By Matt Barbato on 7/5/2018
The spring is arguably the most popular season for homebuying, but that doesn’t mean the market dries up during the summer. In fact, there are plenty of great opportunities for prospective buyers to make a splash on their dream home.
By Colin Milroy on 4/17/2018
Buying a home for the first time is a life-changing event. Consequently, a great deal of time, energy and emotion gets poured into the process. Here’s some advice to help any first-time homebuyer feel secure and supported.
By Nick Van Heest on 10/24/2017
In the market for a vacation home? Whether you’re dreaming of a beachfront paradise or a backcountry lodge, a second home can spice up your life.
By Nick Van Heest on 9/20/2017
We know how hard it is to save up for a home. From hefty down payments to pesky closing costs, the path to homeownership can feel like a Class 5 Yosemite hike. And rent checks, car payments and student loan debts don’t exactly help the cause. Could you use a boost?
By Adam Fluck on 9/19/2017
Buying a home for the first time can be intimidating. It’s a process that many are unfamiliar with and the financial implications are significant. Here’s the good news—it doesn’t have to be so daunting.
By Nick Van Heest on 9/6/2017
Fresh air. Ruby sunsets over the sparkling horizon. Swimming, fishing and boating adventures. Whether an oceanfront estate or a lakeside cabin is in your crosshairs, living by the shore can be packed with enchantment. However, as a homebuyer, you need to know what you’re getting into before taking the plunge—here are a few pros and …
By Adam Fluck on 8/9/2017
Your guide to market trends in the coolest cities Demographics Population: 684,451 Median income: $80,349 Homeownership: 55% Property Seattle, WA National Average Median sales price $700,000 $260,000 Median days on market 24 days 68 days Active listings 3,719 1,397,257 Features Avg. annual weather: 52.7° F / 37.1” …
By Kevin Lambert on 8/7/2017
5 musts before making a hole in your yard As a homeowner, you may one day have a need to excavate part of your backyard. However, a big dig is something you should only begin after taking the proper precautions and notifying your municipal authorities. Whether your vision is an in-law cabin, swimming pool or …
By Kevin Lambert on 8/1/2017
You’ve found the home that perfectly fits your vision and life situation, and you’ve secured loan pre-approval to expedite the purchase. It’s an exciting time for any homebuyer—becoming a homeowner, anticipating a big transition and starting a new phase of life, envisioning future home projects and improvements. Before you sign the dotted line, however, a …
By Nick Van Heest on 7/14/2017
Qualifying for a mortgage from Fannie Mae is about to get easier. The government-sponsored enterprise plans to increase its debt-to-income (DTI) ceiling from 45% to 50% as of July 29, potentially opening the door for many first-time homebuyers.* What is DTI? To calculate your DTI ratio, divide your monthly debt payments by your gross monthly …
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