In the wake of the recent catastrophic hurricanes and wildfires that have ravaged parts of our country, the President declared several Major Disaster Areas. This designation brings with it a commitment of federal aid to assist in recovery. A list of these areas can be found at www.fema.gov/disasters. What does this mean for people who are paying a mortgage on a property or running a business in a Major Disaster area? What about people employed in one of these areas? Depending upon what type of mortgage you have and which government-sponsored enterprise (GSE) owns or guarantees your mortgage, you may be eligible for various types of relief to help ease the financial burdens of disaster recovery. Read More “Disaster Relief Options for Mortgages”
Does it feel like everyone is smitten with their home, while you’re lacking any sense of emotional connection to your surroundings? Take heart! Breathing new life into your home doesn’t require a huge renovation budget. Try these simple updates to bring back the spark and make you fall in love with your home all over again!
It’s no secret that an energy efficient home costs less to operate. But, the up-front costs of major upgrades can be daunting. We set out to find options for small enhancements on a small budget that can make a difference. Here is a short list of DIY projects homeowners can easily take on to improve home performance, conserve energy, and lower the cost of utilities.
Home ownership brings with it a sense of pride, accomplishment and responsibility. Being in your own home evokes a sense of peace and comfort. But, beyond these emotional factors, what are the more practical benefits of home ownership that can be realized during tax season?
Fannie Mae recently announced changes to conforming loan guidelines and all of the updates are potentially very good news for borrowers. In fact, a recent Forbes article stated that “mortgage financing will become more available to more home buyers as a couple of game changing underwriting guideline enhancements come online.” It’s important to understand what has changed and what it means in terms of qualifying for a mortgage. Here are some highlights:
Studies continue to show that homes with green or energy efficient features can command a higher sales price. With the promise of lower utility costs and increased comfort, it’s no surprise that homeowners are willing to invest in an energy efficient environment. Although the potential benefits are clear, a recent Washington Post article points out that “…it’s often less than clear how such upgrades are valued in the real estate market by appraisers, lenders, or purchasers — or even how information about a home’s energy characteristics should be conveyed to real estate agents and potential homebuyers.” That is slowly changing…
Most house hunters have a clear vision of their dream home. A gourmet kitchen. A yard for the kids. Lots of natural light. But how often is equal consideration given to the finer details of the location? How do you evaluate a neighborhood to determine if your dream home is truly in your dream location? Here are 5 ways to figure out if a neighborhood matches your lifestyle and investment goals.