Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) is often thought of as a “necessary evil.” It protects the lender and helps you purchase your home, but, it’s an added monthly expense that you will likely be anxious to get rid of as soon as possible. So, how do you eliminate monthly mortgage insurance? Below are some options to consider.
So far the Fed has increased its benchmark rate three times since the financial crisis as they track economic improvement and attempt to maximize employment and stabilize inflation. If the economy continues to improve, and economic data remains positive, another increase could come as soon as May or June. While consumers with credit card debt may see an immediate increase in interest rates as a result of the Fed’s rate increases, the effect on longer term mortgage loans will be less direct, but still impactful. As RPM’s Julian Hebron explains in an article on Zillow “Even though mortgage bonds represent longer-term rates, these Fed hikes still fuel selling of mortgage bonds, pushing mortgage rates higher.”
From location, to budgeting, to the right floor plan, there is a lot to consider when searching for the perfect home. In addition to choosing the home features that matter most, you are also faced with decisions about home financing.
Spring is right around the corner! But, before you can relax in your backyard and enjoy your blooming garden, there are probably some seasonal chores to conquer. To make this year’s preparation for spring a breeze, focus on these five spring cleaning must-do’s:
Buying a home for the first time can seem like a daunting process. But it doesn’t have to be difficult. With a little preparation, and the guidance of a real estate agent and mortgage professional, you’ll be well on your way to making the house of your dreams…your home! This easy-to-follow infographic will show you what to expect along the path to home ownership:
Whether it’s a family home, a vacation getaway, or an investment property, owning real estate is an important investment in your future. With so much riding on these transactions, real estate often feels like a high stakes game of chance. Given that there’s no exact formula for success and the process can be highly emotional, real estate lends itself to a bit of superstition. Let’s take a look at some of the practices that are believed to bring good luck in real estate!
Horseshoe Over the Door
The horseshoe has a long history of being a protective symbol. It has become customary to hang a horseshoe over the door to protect against evil and bring good luck. The way that you hang the horseshoe is a matter of preference. Some believe it should be pointing upward so your luck does not escape. Others argue that hanging the horseshoe upside down will ensure that good luck pours down into the home.