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”

As-Is; What does it really mean in a Real Estate transaction?

When Billy Joel wrote the song Just the Way You Are, it wasn’t about buying a house. It would be too unromantic to say, “I’ll take you as is.” But that’s what many sellers are stipulating when they list their homes. Those few words can have a significant impact on your transaction if you are theContinue reading “As-Is; What does it really mean in a Real Estate transaction?”

Take the emotion out of buying a home using good business sense

There is a good deal of emotion wrapped up in buying a home. Determining where we will spend the most intimate as well as memorable moments of our lives is no small decision. And it is no doubt one of the biggest investments most of us will ever make. Removing emotion is no easy task.Continue reading “Take the emotion out of buying a home using good business sense”

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”

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”

What are Closing Costs?

Closing costs are an accumulation of charges paid to different entities associated with the buying and selling of real estate. For buyers in Massachusetts, closing costs will come to about $3500 plus lenders title insurance and any pre-paid items such as real estate taxes, insurance and interest. There may be closing costs customary or uniqueContinue reading “What are Closing Costs?”

Selling your Home in less than 10 Years?

An Adjustable Rate Mortgage provides a specific fixed rate term before becoming an adjustable mortgage.  An example: A 10/1 ARM is fixed for the first 10 years and then becomes a 1 year adjustable rate for the remaining term of the mortgage, thus giving you 10 years  of security at a fixed rate. Advantages: If you knowContinue reading “Selling your Home in less than 10 Years?”

Pre-Qualification vs. Pre-Approval

In Today’s Real Estate Market, it is more important than ever to have a Pre-Qualification in hand when shopping for a home that has been prepared by a reputable Lender, Bank or Credit Union.  The terminology has changed from Pre-Approval to Pre-Qualification depending upon the detail of the Approval provided. Pre-Qualification A mortgage loan pre-qualification isContinue reading “Pre-Qualification vs. Pre-Approval”

The Perfect Loan File

This article came from Mark Greene contributor to Forbes Magazine.  It is very helpful to all of us so that we can truly understand what is going on in this industry and so that we can educate our buyers and sellers. The media has it all wrong – securing mortgage approval and satisfying credit underwritingContinue reading “The Perfect Loan File”

What’s the Point?

Unless you have bought a home, you probably haven’t heard the term point or mortgage point.  Or maybe you have heard the term but don’t quite know what it means.  Having a general knowledge of what a point is and how it works can help you to make important financial decisions when buying a home.Continue reading “What’s the Point?”