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The Cost Across Time [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: With interest rates still around 4.5%, now is a great time to look back at where rates have been over the last 40 years.Rates are projected to climb to 5.0% by this time next year according to Freddie Mac.The impact your interest rate makes on your monthly mortgage cost is significant!Lock in a [...]

January 11th, 2019|

Your Credit Score

One website I look at quite regularly is called “thepointsguy.com” – it mainly focuses on ways to use points/miles to maximize travel benefits.  This article about credit card payoffs and credit scores caught my attention: Is there a downside to paying off a credit card balance before the billing cycle ends? I do this regularly, [...]

January 11th, 2019|

Think you’re ready to buy a house? Here’s 4 signs.

“Am I ready to buy a house, or should I just keep renting?” It’s one of the questions that we hear most often and something to which first-time homebuyers often spend months, if not years, trying to figure out the answer. Below are a list of four tell-tale signs that you’re ready to bite the [...]

January 4th, 2019|

How to Simply Increase Your Family Wealth by Paying for Housing

Everyone should realize that unless you are living somewhere rent-free, you are paying a mortgage – either yours or your landlord’s. Buying your own home provides you with a form of ‘forced savings’ that allows you to use your monthly housing costs to increase your family’s wealth. Every month that you pay your mortgage, you [...]

January 3rd, 2019|

What Makes a House a Home For You?

We frequently talk about why it makes sense to buy a home financially, but more often than not the emotional reasons are the more powerful or compelling ones. No matter what shape or size your living space is, the concept and feeling of a home can mean different things to different people. Whether it’s a [...]

January 2nd, 2019|

No Bubble Here! How New Mortgage Standards Are Helping

Real estate is shifting to a more normal market; the days of national home appreciation topping 6% annually are over and inventories are increasing which is causing bidding wars to almost disappear. Some see these as signs that the market will soon come tumbling down as it did in 2008. As it becomes easier for [...]

December 13th, 2018|