Archive for January, 2012

Before Buying a Home: Insurance Questions Everyone Should Ask

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The video on this site points out some important questions to ask when buying a home – some of which may reduce your costs!  Don’t forget to calculate insurance into your housing budget.

http://www2.iii.org/video/buying-a-home.html#.TueZn15GYsw.gmail

Flawed Appraisals Preventing Home Sales

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With 1/3 of builders saying they have “lost an in escrow sale” due to appraisal issues, both buyers and sellers need to be aware of what they may be facing after agreeing on a contract.

http://eyeonhousing.wordpress.com/2011/12/09/flawed-appraisals-preventing-home-sales/

What the Websites Get Right…and What They Don’t

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I am consistently asked my opinion on how accurate the websites are that create home-value estimates. Read this rundown and let me know your thoughts or questions.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204224604577028161126902988.html?

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The Importance of Home Equity Loans for Remodeling

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This analysis is helpful in explaining the strong correlation between home equity loans and remodeling over time. Take a look at the graphs and charts to get the full picture.

http://eyeonhousing.wordpress.com/2011/12/01/the-importance-of-home-equity-loans-for-remodeling/

How to Figure the Fuzzy Math of Internet Home Values

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“Zillow says my house is worth….” is one of the most frequent comments I hear when it comes to real estate. This Wall Street Journal article gives a solid analysis of where Zillow and similar sites are both strong and weak.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204554204577026131448329006.html?

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There are upsides to new construction, if you can stomach the price

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Ever wonder about the different reasons for buying or building a “New” home versus an buying an older home?  Check out this article for some of the benefits to buying or building NEW.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/why-would-you-buy-a-new-home-2011-09-26

What’s in a Mortgage Payment?

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Some mortgage basics can be located here.  For more specifics, let me know how I can help you with your home purchase.

http://www.homeloanlearningcenter.com/MortgageBasics/WhatsinaMortgagePayment.htm

5 tips to turn lower home values into tax relief

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Read this article first if you are considering challenging your property taxes.  As stated in this MarketWatch article, “The fact that the market is down doesn’t mean that every property is over-assessed and entitled to relief.”

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/5-tips-to-turn-lower-home-values-into-tax-relief-2011-10-25

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10 Home Projects You Should NEVER Do Yourself

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Some home projects are just not worth doing on your own: Whether for time, cost or safety reasons.  So take a look at the projects listed in this post and leave them to the professionals who do this ‘everyday’.

http://www.diylife.com/2011/07/29/10-home-projects-you-should-never-diy

Job Growth Slows Mortgage Delinquencies

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In some good news for the housing market, a decline in mortgage payment delinquencies reflects the fact that the U.S. is continuing to get positive job growth.

http://blogs.wsj.com/developments/2011/11/17/mortgage-delinquencies-decline-in-the-third-quarter