Powerful Reasons to Own Instead of Rent

Owning a home has great financial benefits. In a recent research paper titled “Homeownership and the American Dream,” Laurie S. Goodman and Christopher Mayer of the Urban Land Institute explained: “Homeownership appears to help borrowers accumulate housing and nonhousing wealth in a variety of ways, with tax advantages, greater financial … Read More

Six things you might not know are hurting your home

Don’t be fooled by these not-so-innocent problems As homeowners, we do our best to take care of maintenance needs as they arise: maintaining the yard, tightening a loose railing, cleaning out the gutters. But what about problems that aren’t so obvious … or that appear harmless on the surface? Chances … Read More

FHA loan limits to increase in most of U.S. in 2019

Source:  HousingWire The Federal Housing Administration announced its new loan limits for 2019, and it looks like most of the country will see an increase. In high-cost areas, the new FHA loan limit ceiling increased to $726,525, up from $679,650 in 2018. The FHA will also increase its floor to … Read More

House-hunting? Learn How to Stay Focused.

If you’ve been thinking about buying a home of your own for some time now, you’ve probably come up with a list of things that you’d LOVE to have in your new home. Many new homebuyers fantasize about amenities they see on TV or Pinterest, and start looking at homes … Read More

FHA Has Increased Loan Limits for 2018

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announced a new schedule of loan limits that will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2018. In high-cost areas of the country, FHA’s loan limit ceiling will increase from $636,150 to $679,650, while its floor will increase from $275,665 to $294,515. The national mortgage limit for … Read More

Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Before the weather grows colder it’s important to prepare for the winter months to prevent costly damage. Below are the fall preventative home maintenance steps that every homeowner should follow. Gutters and Downspouts Clean gutters and downspouts frequently throughout fall to prevent build up of leaves and other debris. Neglected … Read More

2017 Conforming Loan Limits Have Increased!

For the first time since 2006, the conforming loan limits have increased. In 2017, the baseline loan limit for most counties across the U.S. will be $424,100, a slight increase over 2016. More expensive markets, such as New York City and San Francisco, have conforming loan limits as high as $636,150. Anything … Read More

Preparing Your Home for Autumn

Maintenance Tips for the End of Summer It’s time. Sigh. Summer has drawn to a close, like it or not, and Fall has arrived! Before the leaves fall and the wind turns chilly, it’s a good idea to do some seasonal maintenance on your home. Here are some things to … Read More

Selling Your House? Price it Right Up Front

In today’s market, where demand is outpacing supply in many regions of the country, pricing a house is one of the biggest challenges real estate professionals face. Sellers often want to price their home higher than recommended, and many agents go along with the idea to keep their clients happy. … Read More

Outdoor Renovation Projects with the Highest ROI

Making a few small changes, especially outdoors, can do much more than make your home a better backdrop for family portraits. In fact, when done correctly, an outdoor renovation can deliver a feature you love and increase the value of your home. If you can’t afford to make these renovations … Read More

FHA 203k Loans: What You Need to Know

Whether you’re actively searching for a new place to call home or simply entertaining the idea of moving to a new location, you more than likely have a dream home in mind. However, if your dreams are out of line with your budget, getting into that dream home may seem … Read More