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    When it comes to a home, you have two options: buy or rent.  What is right for one person may not be right for another, which is why it’s important to know which is the best option for your individual situation.  Why People Rent There are a number of reasons why someone may either choose or be forced to rent, including sporadic or unpredictable income, a high debt-to-income ratio, a bankruptcy or foreclosure within the last six months, unpaid collection accounts or judgments, frequent relocating for employment or the inability to save enough money for a required down payment on the purchase of a home. Maintenance Matters As a homeowner, you will be responsible for any maintenance or repair issues that arise.  This is a big consideration when choosing whether to rent or buy.  When you rent, the property owner is responsible for repairs and it may not always be obvious that these issues can be very costly. How To Know When It’s Time To Buy If you have steady income with a good employment history, can provide a down payment of at least 5-10 percent of the purchase price and are current with all debts, it may be time […]
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    Given the recent state of the economy and the rising rate of mortgage foreclosures, the number of properties available at rock bottom prices is at an all time high.  While purchasing one of these homes may seem like a sound investment and a great way to get more house for your dollar, there are some issues to consider before purchasing a foreclosed property.  Depending on your financial situation, your experience as a homeowner, and your access to information about the foreclosure market in your area, there are some risks involved. Finances Of Foreclosure The financial considerations of purchasing a foreclosed home can sometimes be overlooked.  Often foreclosed homes can be in need of considerable maintenance and repair to make them habitable.  You need to know this cost when making the purchase, or you may end up with a considerable amount of debt in bringing your home back to its original shape.  Also, even though the price of the property is right, there are other financial considerations you may not have considered.  The cost of maintaining a home, property taxes, and utilities are all expenses that may be greater than your budget will allow, especially if you are purchasing a home […]
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    Always dreamed of renovating a home exactly to your specifications, or have you found an older house that is structurally sound but needs a lot of work inside?  Perhaps the price is right and you can’t resist all that house you can get for your money.  Whatever the reason, buying a fixer-upper can be both an exciting and rewarding purchase or a financial and time consuming disaster, depending on whether you are prepared for what you have gotten yourself into.  So what should you know before buying a home that requires a little or a lot of tender loving care? The Benefits The benefits of purchasing a fixer-upper are obvious.  The price is usually right, and if the seller wants a quick sale because of decreased interest in the home, you may be able to negotiate a really great price.  Also, if you intend to flip the home after the renovations, the profit for the money and time you have invested can be quite considerable.  The trick to getting these benefits, however, is knowing what type of property to look for, as well as having an accurate idea of the associated costs, and realistic expectations of the time and labor […]
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    The decision to purchase a home is exciting and a major investment for your future.  Because there is only so much of it to go around, real estate is the top choice for many investors and the desire for most families.  This article is designed to highlight some of the many benefits of home ownership and how buying a home can often turn the American Dream into a reality. One of the most profitable markets in real estate is rentals, which means that many families are paying to live in a home that isn’t their own.  In some cases, renting a home is necessary.  For all others, the money that would be spent on rent could instead be used to pay a mortgage.  In fact, monthly rent payments often exceed that of a typical mortgage payment.  One of the greatest benefits of home ownership is putting money into something that you can call your own and knowing that the monthly payments are going toward your home’s equity. Speaking of equity, many properties experience a growth in value as more development moves into the area or the economy strengthens through an increase in job opportunities.  If this happens, home values soar […]
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    When you start shopping for a home, you probably have a very specific image of what you would like that home to look like.  You probably also see the perfect neighborhood surrounding that perfect home.  Every buyer sets out with an image of the house they want to own, but in reality compromises are often necessary in order to stay within your budget. Compromising On The House There may be certain things that are non-negotiable when it comes to your new home, such as the number of bedrooms or a two-car garage.  But as you take a look at the homes that are within your budget, you may discover that it is not likely you will get everything on your wish list.  But the great thing about owning a home is that you have the power to remodel it at any time.  Once you are in your new home, you can renovate or even add on if necessary to create the home you really want.  And if you have managed to stay below your budget, you will even have the extra money each month to make some of those changes. Compromising On The Neighborhood So you’ve found the house of […]
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    When most people get a loan for a home, they are buying a house that is already built.  That means they will take out a loan that covers the existing structures and the land all at once.  However, when you decide to have a home custom-built for you, you will usually take out a slightly different type of loan.  There are a few ways to handle the financing of a house that is to be built for you. Builder Financed Loans Many people choose to finance the new home construction through the builder.  This can take a lot of the guesswork out of the financing.  The builder handles the financing for the construction period until the home is complete and ready to move into.  At this point the homeowner takes out a permanent, traditional mortgage on the home. The benefit of this is that you let the builder carry the financing and then basically buy the home from them when it is done.  It saves you from having to do a dual mortgage, which is another option to consider.  It also lets the builder carry some of the risk during construction. Taking Out Two Loans If you finance both the […]
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    If you are new to home financing, you may be a little confused by some of the common terms that are used in the process.  These common terms will help simplify getting your home loan and ensure you understand what stage you are at and what comes next. Getting A Loan Pre-Qualification:  This is a term that means you have been provided an estimate of what sort of loan you can expect to obtain based on your credit score and what’s currently available.  It doesn’t guarantee you a loan or any loan terms. Pre-Approval:  This means that you have actually applied for a mortgage and the loan has been approved.  Your approval is usually good for a certain time period during which you are guaranteed the terms of the loan. Locked In:  This is a term that means you have been promised a certain interest rate for a certain time period, usually 30 days. Basics Of Loans Principal:  This is the amount that is owed on the loan, the actual amount financed excluding interest. Interest Rate:  This is the amount of interest, expressed as a percentage, that you will be paying on your loan. APR (Annual Percentage Rate):  Often confused […]
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    Coming up with a down payment in today’s economy can be difficult.  In most cases the down payment is expected to be 20% of the purchase price, and in some markets where housing prices are high that can be nearly impossible for the average person to save.  So are there ways to get around this?  Can you buy a home even if you don’t have the down payment?  There are a few ways to get into a home in spite of lacking the required 20%. The 80/20 Loan Also known as a piggyback mortgage, an 80/20 loan is a simple way to get a home without a down payment, but it can be a bit more expensive-or a lot more.  Basically, you take out a separate loan for the 20% portion of the purchase price.  You are financing your down payment.  You then take out a larger loan for the remaining 80%.  The interest rate on the 20% loan is usually a lot higher than the larger loan, so the best bet for any homeowner is to pay it off as quickly as possible. The 20% portion of the loan is usually on a shorter term than the larger portion […]
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    One of the most important factors to consider when buying a new home is affordability.  As a general rule, mortgage payments should not exceed 25-30 percent of your monthly take-home pay.  The best way to know what you can afford is to determine the possible payment range by comparing the price of the home with other essential ingredients. Figure Out How Much You Want To Borrow Your first step to calculating your monthly mortgage payment is knowing how much you want to borrow.  This can be determined by subtracting your down payment amount from the purchase price of the home, which will give you the amount that you will need to request from a lender. Know Your Rates The next step is to determine the current interest rates for the purchase of a home.  Rates vary and may change often, so check with your lender for current rates.  It’s worth noting that the interest rates you receive will, in part, be based on your credit history.  This means that knowing your FICO score and credit rating will give you a good idea as to how your interest rates will be calculated. Choose Your Loan Term Your monthly mortgage payments will […]
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    Buying a home can be both exciting and stressful but, for those with past credit problems, the process may also seem intimidating.  The good news is that many lenders have adapted to the idea that many hopeful homeowners simply need a second chance, which means that past credit problems no longer have to define your future. Credit Blemishes When life unexpectedly takes a turn for the worst, it’s not always possible to come out without a few bumps and bruises.  Every day, people are faced with late or missed credit card payments, mortgage foreclosures, bankruptcy proceedings, auto repossessions and even civil judgments that will affect their credit reports for years to come.  Whether it’s from a job loss, injury or just a simple case of temporary hardship, credit blemishes are often a part of life.  The good news is that they no longer have to prevent you from becoming a homeowner. Give Yourself A Little Credit After experiencing a credit problem, most lenders will want to see an attempt to rebuild your credit through a steady payment history with a new account.  This can be accomplished by applying for a credit card and maintaining a responsible use of the account.  […]
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