Will Mortgages & Real Estate Fully Recover in 2016?

The mortgage marketplace and real estate in general or expected to “have fully recovered” in 2016 but hurdles remain. Here’s why.

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Is a New Federal Rule Stopping Mortgages?

A new set of strongly pro-consumer mortgage regulations just went into effect and loan volume dried up. What does this mean for borrowers?

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Why Your Teenager Should Know Everything About Buying a Home

Here’s why your teenager should know what the homebuying process is like so they are prepared for the future when it’s their turn to do so.

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Mortgage News: Are Bigger Jumbo Mortgages Ahead?

There’s a huge market for big loans and toward the start of next year it may get larger if loan limits go up.

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Once we found the right house, we thought being under contract and closing on the purchase would be a piece of cake. However, our closing date got pushed back twice—once because the seller hadn’t finished some repairs on the property, and the second time because a glitch involving my... Read more
If you have been looking for a home, you probably know that there are a number of great deals out there. You can find foreclosures, fixer-uppers, and other “as is” type properties for low prices. However, many people focus only on the great deal they are getting, rather than... Read more
Finding the right house to buy was getting a little stressful. A few weeks after we withdrew the first offer we ever made on a house, Matt and I found another one we loved – a foreclosure property –  and so began another emotional roller coaster ride of ups... Read more
With overall home prices deflated or flattened, you may be wondering whether it’s best to buy a brand new home or an existing home. In a previous post, I talked about the benefits of buying a brand new home from a builder. In this post I look at 6... Read more
In the current housing market, you might be wondering whether it’s better to buy a newly-constructed home or one that has a few (or more) years of wear and tear – especially since some home builders, eager to move their supply, are offering to throw in flat-screen televisions or... Read more
So you’re working with a great agent, you’ve been preapproved for a loan, and you know how much house you can afford. Then it happens—you find the house. You submit an offer and negotiations begin with the seller’s agent. But then you start to have second thoughts as you... Read more