Updated: Thursday, August 22, 2019

Why This Might Be the Time to Buy a Condo
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

New guidelines from the Federal Housing Administration FHA means more homebuyers may be eligible for a government-backed mortgage. That could mean a lower down payment and easier qualifying than what is required for conventional loans for condos.nbsp;ldquo;The federal agency >According to the National Association of Realtors NAR, ldquo;The chang...

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Why You Should Replace Your Roof Before Selling Your Home
Written By: James Elliot

New roof installation will help with the selling of your home for several reasons. You can increase the asking price, prevent potential buyers from trying to bargain with you, sell your home faster by improving the overall appearance, and avoid negotiation issues with lending companies.Increase Your Asking Price After a Roof ReplacementYou might...

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Seven Next Steps to Becoming Favorably Known as a Trusted New Home Advisor With Credentials And a Marketing Plan
Written By: David Fletcher, NHCB

Your New Home Co-Broker NHCB designation gives you professional credentials to separate your services from your competition, or can if you take the following steps to make it happen. Bookmark this page and refer to it often.Step 1. Announce your credentials in Realty Times. Free. See sample.Before you do anything else, announce to the world that...

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Millennials Compete With Seniors for Prime Real Estate
Written By: Jim Adair

A recent report from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. CMHC says that rising homeownership rates among seniors in the Toronto area is making it tougher for younger generations to get into the market.Author Inna Breidburg says that as Torontorsquo;s senior population grows at a faster pace during the next decade, ldquo;the conventional view is th...

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Generation X Turns 55: How Are They Prepping for Retirement?
Written By: Kate Laurion

This generation, often typecast as angst-ridden and cynical, is in fact extremely driven and focused on their long-term goals. Theyrsquo;re always planning their next big move ndash; whether it be working longer or deciding where they want to live.Del Webb, a leading builder of active adult home communities for those 55 and older, recently condu...

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The Annual Percentage Rate Is Not As Confusing As It Sounds
Written By: David Reed

When potential borrowers start making a few phone calls to different mortgage companies to compare rates, itrsquo;s fairly straightforward. The loan officer answers the phone, gets a little information and provides a rate quote. Once the borrower decides where to apply, the wheels begin to turn. Lenders are required by statute to provide certain...

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Whats More Important: A Large Floor Plan or the Right Layout?
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

Yes, Price-per-square-foot is an important factor in determining the value of a home. But itrsquo;s not the only one.nbsp;ldquo;The reason why the price per square foot method is a poor method to determine market value is because every home is different,rdquo; said Coldwell Banker Seaside Realty.nbsp;ldquo;While homes are similar in terms of squ...

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Why Some Sellers are Offering Concessions to Push Sales
Written By: James Stevenson

Sellers that are trying to compete with higher inventory levels will need to be able to compete with other sellers.One way of doing this is by offering seller concessions rather than lowering the price of the property. Home sales remain strong in many markets, but in others, increased inventory may require concessions to ldquo;sweeten the deal.r...

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Buying a New Home? 5 Things to Consider Before the Purchase
Written By: Sofia Belnap

The Type of MortgageA common mortgage lasts for 30 years, but that isnrsquo;t the only option you have. Depending on your budget, you may choose among varying policies that differ by length, down payment, or government assistance. For instance, the Veterans Affairs Benefits Administration and Federal Housing Administration offer loans that come ...

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Tips on Designing Your Own Floor Plan
Written By: Carol Evenson

Keep Things EasyWhile simple living is all the rage, you may not be interested in minimalist design. However, it is important for busy adults to design their homes in a way that keeps things easy.Do you enjoy outdoor activities such as working on your own lawn or in your own garden? Make sure the entrance youll use the most after these activitie...

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Which Type of Loan Is Best? Were Doing an Apples-To-Apples Comparison.
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

30-year fixed-rate conventionalThis is a 30-year loan with rates that are fixed every month. These loans follow Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac guidelines and are not backed by the government like FHA loans.Pro: With set payments, therersquo;s no need to worry about rising rates. Loans are available for a range of buyers, with options like HomeReady ...

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Comparing Investing in Individual Deeds of Trusts with Investing in Funds
Written By: Edward Brown

More often than not, individual deeds of trust [DOTs] provide a higher coupon than mortgage pool funds [Funds], but there are some specific downsides to choosing individual DOTs instead of Funds. First, choosing the right DOT takes due diligence and a certain amount of expertise in many cases. Investing in extremely conservative DOTs that have L...

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FHA Curbs Cash-Out Refi Limits
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

ldquo;Refinancing your mortgage to take cash out using your homersquo;s equity may not be as easy to do under new limitations on cash-out refinances >The previous loan-to-value LTV limit on cash-out refinances was 85; effective for loans on or after September 1, 2019, HUD is lowering the requirement to 80. This change ldquo;seeks to mitigate ris...

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Why an Investment Property Should Be Your First Real Estate Purchase
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

1. Rates are crazy low.Lower rates mean more affordable lending, or more for your money if you choose to reach higher.nbsp;2. Because it will appreciate.According to Co>3. Because passive income is good.nbsp;Yes, itrsquo;s nice to know there will likely be appreciation over time, but the real key to success with investment properties is passive ...

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Seller Intent: Inertia vs Action
Written By: PJ Wade

You have not listed your house or condominium unit for sale. Why?Is the decision not to sell and move the result of your active exploration of housing and life>Inertia, or the trend toward passiveness or inactivity, describes, in physics, the tendency of a body at rest to stay at rest unless external energy is applied.In real estate terms, this ...

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How Consumers Achieve High Credit Scores
Written By: David Reed

You must first understand how these three digit scores are calculated. Scores range from as low as 300 to as high as 850. Although Irsquo;ve never seen any score as low as 300 or as high as the perfect 850. Personally, I think either is impossible to achieve. That said, those with excellent credit didnrsquo;t get those scores by accident. Credit...

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Using Solar Panels for a Sustainable Home
Written By: Vincent Stokes

What is Solar Power? How is it Used?In using sustainable solar power, solar panels use photons, or light energy from the sun to create electricity. Crystalline silicon or thin-film cells collect the energy. A junction box connects the solar panel and its output interface. MC4 connectors or USB power interfaces provide weatherproof connections to...

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5 Things You Can Do If You Cant Sell Your Property
Written By: James

Change Real Estate AgentsSometimes the problem with selling your home isnrsquo;t the house but the selling agent. The worst performers are ldquo;post and prayrdquo; agents who assume that listing your home on the MLS is all they need to do. The solution is to change your real estate agent. Switching to a high volume real estate agent or someone ...

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