5 Tips for Buying a Foreclosure

When lenders take over a home through foreclosure, they want to sell it as quickly as possible. Since lenders aren’t in the real estate business, they turn to real estate brokers for help marketing their properties. Buying a foreclosed home through the multiple listing service can be a bargain, but it can also be a.. read more →

Tough Rules but this New Program will Help Homeowners

If you’re having trouble making your mortgage payment, there are a billion reasons to check out the latest federal government mortgage assistance program. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Emergency Homeowners Loan Program, now running in 27 states and Puerto Rico, will dole out $1 billion in interest-free loans to about 30,000 homeowners.. read more →

How to DIY Your Taxes — and Not Miss a Single Deduction

Ready or not, the tax man’s coming. Filing your taxes yourself may not be your idea of a fun night at home, but even so, it doesn’t really have to be that bad. Yes, even if you own a home. Even if you itemize your deductions. Even if you’re scared of making a mistake. We.. read more →

Make Every Day ‘Give Your Stuff Away Day’

Since your stuff might not be someone else’s find and can muck up your curb appeal, opt for other great ways to give away your stuff all year long: 1. Use Freecycle. You join online and post a description of the stuff you want to be rid of. Members email telling you they want your.. read more →

12 Top Reasons for Selling Your Home During the Holidays

Hello Friend and Colleague, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a very Happy, Healthy, and Safe Holiday Season. In addition, I would like you to know that the holidays are a great time to sell your home. Attached you will find a list of the “12 Top Reasons.. read more →

Rising Home Prices Create Affordability Issues for Homebuyers

Home prices rose strongly in the lion’s share of U.S. metro areas in the fourth quarter of 2013, data from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® shows. As homes became more expensive, however, they became less affordable, particularly for Western homebuyers. The national median existing single-family home price was $196,900 in the fourth quarter, up 10.1%.. read more →

How Much Tougher is It to Get Approved for a Mortgage?

A raft of new mortgage lending rules going into effect this month change the way consumers borrow and pay back home loans. Designed to put behind us the irresponsible lending that disrupted the housing market and badly damaged the U.S. economy, the changes: Protect you from bad mortgage lenders. Set clear standards for what a.. read more →

Want to Complain About Your Lousy Mortgage Closing?

Think it took a long time to close your last purchase or refi mortgage? How about more than seven hours? That’s what happened to a couple of folks I know in Texas, and theirs is just one of many stories I’ve heard about things, ranging from interest rates that rise to mysterious appearance of random.. read more →

Preparing Your Home for a Quick Sale

If you are getting ready to sell your home or know someone who is, there are several small and inexpensive things any owner can do to help prepare it for the market. You need to have a plan which includes making small repairs in the most important rooms of your home, cleaning everywhere within your.. read more →

Basic Steps in the Home Purchase Process

Are you a new home buyer? The home buying process can be a bit complicated; a Realtor like me can assist you in making the process smooth and enjoyable. In this article I will go over the basic steps in the home purchase process. You can easily write individual articles about each step in the.. read more →