FHA Streamline Refinance

Do you currently have an FHA mortgage?  And has it not made sense to refinance because of the High Mortgage Insurance Premiums?  Well, FHA just announced that it is going to reduce the Mortgage Insurance fees for current FHA mortgage holders.  But before you get excited, there are some rules to follow. You must haveContinue reading “FHA Streamline Refinance”

Appraisals

An appraisal is a detailed valuation of your home comparing it to other similar homes in your neighborhood in order to find the true value in dollars of your home.  A property owner may have an appraisal made of a specific property to: determine a reasonable offering price in a sale determine the value atContinue reading “Appraisals”

Short Sale vs. Foreclosure

The KCM blog publishes news and information daily about the real estate market.  It’s a great source of what is the hot topic at the moment.  In their blog today, they talk about the Short Sale versus Foreclosure.  The information gives the consumer a better idea of what each of these processes entails. KCM Blog: Continue reading “Short Sale vs. Foreclosure”

Truth in Lending

The History:  The Consumer Credit Protection Act, more commonly known as the Truth-in-Lending Act, went into effect in 1968. The law is intended to protect borrowers from predatory lending by requiring lenders to fully disclose all costs associated with securing a mortgage loan. Prior to the implementation of the act, borrowers routinely were paying considerablyContinue reading “Truth in Lending”

Home Ownership….It’s still an American Dream

Every so often I come across information from other sources that I feel is relevant to what is going on in the economy in our area.  Today I want to share a great resource: the KCM blog.  In my opinion, their blog post today reaffirms that now is a great time to buy a home!Continue reading “Home Ownership….It’s still an American Dream”

Do’s and Don’ts of Septic System Care

I recently wrote about Understanding Title V in my blog.  Today, let’s talk about caring for your septic system.  Septic systems must be maintained regularly to stay working.  Any type of neglect or abuse can cause harm to you and others as well as to the environment.  Here are some simple maintenance guidelines to follow.Continue reading “Do’s and Don’ts of Septic System Care”

Septic Systems: Understanding Title V

If you are not from New England, where it all began…you may not be familiar with Title V Regulation, Septic Tanks, Tight Tanks, Leaching Fields and so on.  ‘Homes that are not connected to a sewer system use septic systems or cesspools, both of which are regulated by the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) andContinue reading “Septic Systems: Understanding Title V”

15 Interior Painting Tips and Techniques

It’s the spring market season.  A great time to spruce up your house before putting it on the market.  A fresh coat of paint is inexpensive and can transform a room from so-so to WOW!  I’ve painted many rooms and houses over the years; Here are a few tips that I have learned to helpContinue reading “15 Interior Painting Tips and Techniques”

What is Earnest Money?

Earnest money is a money deposit made by a buyer to a seller as a sign of good faith that you are seriously interested in buying a home.  This earnest money is credited to the down payment at closing.  It is held in a non-interest bearing trust account until the time of closing. Typically, theContinue reading “What is Earnest Money?”

The Do’s: Home Buying Process Made Easier

Last month I talked about The Don’ts: Home buying deal killers, the things that can negatively affect your mortgage approval process.  There was a very extensive list of don’ts but as you can see from a quick glance below….The Do’s list is quite a bit smaller.  Although this list is smaller, the following are essentialContinue reading “The Do’s: Home Buying Process Made Easier”