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5 Things To Know Before You Finance A Home

Most people that buy any type of home, usually finance it. With that being said, that is the biggest purchase one will make in life. With something of that magnitude, you should be very cautious and know what you’re doing beforehand. Here are my 5 things you need to know before you make the jump into financing a home. 1. Understand the full cost of owning a home There are four parts of a mortgage; Principal, Interest, Taxes, Insurance. While the taxes are usually set, the insurance is dependent upon the property (size, area,pool,pets). Principal is the amount being financed and interest is the amount being charged to borrow that. Another aspect is your monthly bills, home maintenance, and other repair costs. Its is very important to have a mortgage that you are very comfortable with. 2. Know your credit Your credit history will determine if you ultimately get approved. By knowing where you stand credit wise, it makes the process that much easier of knowing what needs to be cleaned up and addressed beforehand. You should pull a free annual credit report and know where you stand. (Annualcreditreport.com) 3. Match your mortgage type with goals If your income isn’t going to grow over time, you will probably be in the home longer term, so you’ll want a loan with a payment that won’t change, like a 30-year fixed. Or maybe you expect your income to increase sharply within five years and you’re going to upgrade homes within that time, so you’ll want a five-year ARM, which has a much lower rate. If you don’t have a 20-percent down...

6 Things To Know Before You Become A Landlord

Real estate is one of the most trusted and surest ways to gain wealth. Everywhere we go is Real Estate, and we are always on somebodies property. Being a Realtor, I held many buy property and often help first time buyers become landlords. This is a great thing to do and can save and make you a lot of money, and sometimes result in you living rent and mortgage free. Its not easy of course and will take patience and being in the know. Here are 6 things to know before becoming a landlord. Buy Locally It may seem pretty obvious but sometimes, ones hometown isn’t the best place to own a multi-family home. You want to be able to be within reasonable driving distance to the property so that you’re not going out of your way to visit it. Know Landlord laws Knowing what you’re legally able to do is often an overlooked step. While you may have experience dealing with a landlord, that’s not enough to handle a new tenant relationship. Knowing the laws and loopholes of this business relationship will keep you in the clear and out of court. Your local laws are located on this site. https://www.jud.ct.gov/lawlib/law/landlord.htm Enforce timely rent payments This is another overlooked thing. The best way to go about this the right way would be to possibly list a late fee to rent in the lease. Keep in mind this is business, so regardless of a friendship developing, rent still is late after the 10th. By all means, keeping a good relationship can be done and while being firm on when payments are...

4 Most Common Mistakes First Time Buyers Make

Buying your first home can be a very exciting, nerve wrecking, and rewarding process without the right direction. So much rests on this transaction and if not done right it can cost you thousands of dollars and lots of stress. Being a first time home-buyer specialist, I make it my priority for every client to know what the process entails and how to make it easier. Here are the 4 most common mistakes First Time Home Buyers make. Not Listening to or Seeking Professional  As soon as you mention your buying a home, all your friends and family will give you their horror stories. While I wont say don’t listen, I will say that’s not exactly your fate. Being in the business long enough, I will say every deal has a bump and no two are the same. As soon as you think to begin the process, your first call should be to a trusted area Realtor (Me, lol). Reason being, we know the best ways and programs you can utilize to get the most out of your purchase. We can also send you to the best loan officers in the area and likely save you a lot of money and frustration. Not Learning the Process If you fail to plan, plan to fail. Knowing what you’re getting into step by step, will save you lots of time as well. What we call a buyer consultation is where we sit and go over the process and make sure you know what is going to happen. Again, no two deals are the same and there will always be issues that...

5 Improvements That Can Increase Your Home Value

The value of a home is always something important that the owner should constantly work to maintain and increase. Whether you’re looking to stay in the home for 5,10, or 20 years you should always do things to increase the value of the home. Some people often don’t know the things that directly add value to a home. Here are 5 improvements that increase the value of a home. New Kitchen The place that will usually draw a buyer to a home is the kitchen. The newer and shinier, the more appeal the home will have. If you don’t have the ability to overhaul the entire kitchen, start with little projects and go from there. Starting with new fixtures, flooring, appliances, and paint can change the entire look of that kitchen. While cabinets and counter tops may be huge renovations, saving for them over time will defray the cost and make things easier. Bathroom Updates While its usually the smallest room in the home, it can possibly have the biggest impact. Just like in the kitchen, starting small is the best plan of action. Changing the vanity, paint color, or fixtures can update and change the entire look of the bathroom. Being that the bathroom is small, laying new flooring wont break the bank and will change the entire scheme of things in the bathroom. Another thing to possible consider if you have tiling would be to re grouting the tile may be a very inexpensive option. Lighting  The brighter the space appears, the bigger it feels and seems. If you’re listing the home for sale, you want that...

4 Reasons Your Home May Not Be Selling

Selling your home isn’t always an easy task. There are many variables that go into a successful transaction, and most are usually in the control of those directly handling the home. Here are 4 reasons why your home may not be selling. The Smell of Your Home The old adage is, “If you can smell it, you can’t sell it”. Potential buyers walk into homes and a strange or unwelcoming smell can push the buyer out of that house a lot faster.  Pets are a part of our families but the smell can ruin a buyers feeling on the home. Scented candles and air fresheners go along way in changing the way a home feels to those looking. The Home May Need Some TLC Repairs are usually seen by buyers as a burden, and many don’t look to take them on. We all want the most for the least, and potential home buyers are no different. Looking to get the most for your home will sometimes require you to make the necessary repairs to warrant that amount. Small fixtures, updates, and cleaning can go along way. Presentation is all wrong The first place your home is seen is typically online in a quick flip through on a phone and computer. . With that being said, what will make the buyer want to take the time to see your property? Professional photography and staging in some cases can go a really long way in making your home stand out. Secondly, listing the immediate benefits of the home (location, size, proximity to areas of interest) may peak the interest and lead...

5 Steps To Start Improving Your Credit

Credit is a vital part to success and ease in your adult life. Having bad credit will result in you having to pay more in interest rates on cars, homes, credit cards, and even personal loans. If your credit score is really low, you’ll likely come across a denial in more cases than not. So what do you need to do to start on the path to improving your credit? Here are my first 5 Steps to Improve Your Credit KNOW WHERE YOU STAND In order to solve the problem, you must first know where you stand. There are several places online that offer a free estimate of where your score is (most popularly www.creditkarma.com). Visit Annualcreditreport.com to pull a report from all three bureaus. Although you wont have a score, you will see the things that are reporting and things you need to address and have possibly disputed. START TO BUILD YOUR CREDIT HISTORY While removing bad or inaccurate items off your reports are helpful, they wont necessarily make your score rise. You have to maintain and have all credit accounts in good standing. The easiest and best type of credit to get is a revolving credit or secured credit card. They usually report monthly to all three bureaus and if used correctly will lift your score. The biggest rule of thumb is to keep every balance under 30% of the available limit. RESEARCH CREDIT OPTIONS AND DON’T JUMP AT FIRST OFFER Just because you get a card offer, don’t just accept. Most people don’t read the fine print of the card info. Be careful to see what the...

5 First Steps To Improving Your Credit Score

When it comes to improving your credit there is no “instant” fix to make it happen overnight. The best and fastest way to make sure that your credit stays great is to never let it go bad. Life happens to us all, and things happen. Here are the first 5 steps I direct my clients to do to improve their credit scores: Get a copy of your credit report and address errors According to a recent poll, 1 in 5 consumers have an error on their report. You should visit annualcreditreport.com and download your report (every citizen gets a free copy once a year), and see that everything is accurate and up to date. 2. Write a letter, or have credit repair company handle the errors found If errors or maybe a late payment is found, contacting the company that reported it should be your next step. It isn’t easy to get a creditor to remove a late payment, but there is a dispute process. Most lenders really only factor in the late payments within the last 12 months. Removing a negative account from your report can drastically improve your score once done. 3. Lower your credit card usage 30% of your credit score is your outstanding and current debt. Lowering that (under 30% of your limit on each card and overall) balance will definitely help your score within 30 days as well once the creditor next reports. Another option, is to request a balance increase from your creditor, which will lower how much is being used if increased. 4. Don’t apply for any credit Seeking new credit in...

The Guide To Getting a Mortgage

Buying a home is no easy task, but being informed and having the right professionals helping you will make all the difference in your experience. I pride myself on educating all my clients on the entire process and what they need to do to make it happen.  If you are unfamiliar as far as what to do to get the ball rolling on obtaining a mortgage, here are a few simple steps to make it happen: DETERMINE YOUR AFFORDABILITY Before you even start working with a Realtor or house hunting, you want to determine exactly what you can afford. This will greatly help you and your agent find and target what your options are. This is a big purchase, and you want to make sure that you will get a payment that you can comfortably afford, along with your normal household expenses. You can figure this out by using an affordability calculator and also a payment calculator to determine your buying power. GET STARTED ON THE MORTGAGE PROCESS The next step will be actually speaking with a lender/loan officer. I suggest speaking with a mortgage company rather than an individual bank. Companies have more flexibility and resources for different situations, as they work with more banks. You will need the following to get the process started in working with a lender/loan officer. Personal Info– Name, DOB, Marital Status Residence History– Rent payment or all mortgage, insurance and tax figures for at least the past two years. Employment and income– Documentation showing wages and employment history for at least two years. If you receive commissions or bonuses, you’ll need two years of...

5 Steps to Get You Closer to Owning A Home While Renting.

If you’re a renter and intend to one day own your own home, the being prepared is one of the best things you can do to ease the process. Buying any type of property isn’t easy,  but you can avoid some of the pitfalls by having all your ducks in a row ahead of time. Here are 5 things that will advance you in the transition from renter to homeowner: UNDERSTAND COSTS When renting, all you pay is your rent in most case, but as a homeowner a mortgage purposes satisfies several things. A mortgage payment is broken down by four things, P.I.T.I. (Principal, Interest, Taxes, Insurance). This is very vital to know because some towns have higher tax rates than others which will ultimately increase your monthly payment no matter how good of a deal your realtor gets for you. You also are responsible for the things that go wrong on your home, and the repairs that go along with them. This is a very overlooked aspect as many people arent ready for the things that tend to go wrong. KNOW HOMEOWNER TAX BENEFITS Mortgage interest and property taxes are both deductible when you file your annual tax returns and reduce taxable income. These deductions significantly lower the cost of home ownership. This is one of the best benefits to owning property. KNOW THE RENT VS. BUY NUMBERS In most areas of the country it is becoming cheaper to buy a home rather than rent a place. Most people are scared of the down payment required for a house but fail to realize, the average rental in Connecticut...

5 Easy Home Upgrades To Get Your Home Sold Faster

With the current market as busy as it is, putting yourself in the best position as a seller is vital. Selling your home for the highest amount possible, and in the fastest time is every seller’s goal. So what does it take to achieve that? Price is always the determining factor in your home selling and how fast it sells. What are some other things you can do to get that home sold for more money and faster? Here are 5 helpful tips in making it happen: Neutral paint Paint goes along way in the appearance and presentation of  the home. When buyers walk in, the more neutral the colors, the warmer and appealing the home is. Light Blue or gray seem to be the most popular of the colors at the current time, as that’s what you see on a lot of HGTV programs. Homes with walls that are painted light blue or a pale blue-gray color could bring in as much as $5,440 more than if the home had white walls, according to Zillow’s Paint Color Analysis of more than 32,000 photos of homes sold nationwide. Knobs and fixtures This may be one of the cheapest and effective things that can be done, changing hardware and fixtures all throughout the house. Changing the hardware on the cabinets, drawers, and handles in your kitchen with a stainless or brushed nickel look can drastically change the appearance. While you’re at it, getting matching plumbing fixtures can fully compliment the new look. When it comes to bathrooms, these simple things can go even further, as a vanity change can alter the...

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