Knowing the difference between a buyer’s and seller’s market is a good idea

There is one verse missing from the famous and well-worn song Turn, Turn, Turn written by the Byrds back in 1962. The one that should be added is “there is a time to buy, a time to sell…” Realtor’s Terri Williams likens it to a card game (which was also a song) about knowing “when to hold ‘emContinue reading “Knowing the difference between a buyer’s and seller’s market is a good idea”

Let’s Talk Credit: Understanding your Credit Score

Did you know? FICO is an acronym for Fair Isaac and Company. In the 1950’s, Fair Isaac and company created the mathematical calculation that is used to determine your credit score.  It is a tool that was designed to determine one’s credit score and dependability in paying bills. The terms credit score and FICO scoreContinue reading “Let’s Talk Credit: Understanding your Credit Score”

What affects your credit?

Did you know that a large portion of your mortgage approval and mortgage rate are based on your credit scores.  In today’s market, it is now more important than ever to pay attention to your credit scores as well as the balances you keep. Credit scores were developed by Fair Isaac and Company (FICO). TheContinue reading “What affects your credit?”

10 Things to do before listing your home

 To help make the selling process easier for you, it makes sense to have your home inspected before listing it.  It may sound like a hassle but it could save you a lot of money and stress early on.  The inspection will pinpoint red flags and areas that have potential problems.  It also gives youContinue reading “10 Things to do before listing your home”

Fed Leaves Interest Rates Unchanged… And…

A divided Federal Reserve held the line on interest rates Wednesday and indicated formally that no cuts are coming in 2019. The decision came amid divisions over what is ahead and still leaves open the possibility that policy loosening could happen before the end of the year depending on how conditions unfold. The central bankContinue reading “Fed Leaves Interest Rates Unchanged… And…”

Before Putting Your Home on the Market

Documents you will need Deed If you have right of ways, deed restrictions or easements get the documentation that clearly spells out the restrictions of the property. Know if you are in a flood plain – FEMA’s website can be helpful. Go to the Town Hall: Field card at the assessor’s office Get your mostContinue reading “Before Putting Your Home on the Market”

Feds leave rates unchanged

The Federal Reserve left borrowing costs unchanged, continuing to delay any rate moves amid persistently low inflation. The U.S. central bank voted unanimously Wednesday to maintain its benchmark interest rate in a range of 2.25 percent and 2.5 percent, a move that many anticipated despite stronger-than-expected growth in the first quarter of 2019 and anContinue reading “Feds leave rates unchanged”

Federal Reserve Moves… Mortgage Rates???

I wrote this blog over 2 years ago, and it applies to the same principles of today. This is also why you will see the picture of Janet Yellen to the right who has since been replaced by Jerome Powell. Did you know in the Month of December, Mortgage Rates have dropped nearly 1/2%?  EvenContinue reading “Federal Reserve Moves… Mortgage Rates???”

FNMA (Fannie Mae) Raises Loan Limits!!

If you remember the 90’s and the early part of the 2000’s, you expected Fannie Mae to raise its Loan Limit for residential loans. It was a sign of the times and the Housing Market was booming!  When I first started in 1991, the loan limit was $191,250.  This was the maximum conforming loan amount Fannie MaeContinue reading “FNMA (Fannie Mae) Raises Loan Limits!!”

1% increase in mortgage rates will cost you $50k in Buying Power!

We have seen mortgage rates as low as 3.250% in Fall of 2016 to a high of 5.25%  in October 2018.  We have to readjust our purchasing power and how these rates can affect how much we can afford for a home.  This means going to your lender and having your “Pre-Approval” updated to reflect the currentContinue reading “1% increase in mortgage rates will cost you $50k in Buying Power!”