Essential Tips For First Time Home Buyers



When buying a home for the first time, most buyers often find themselves at the mercy of the process. Real estate and lending professionals are there to help you accomplish your goal of finding and financing your new home, but they are not there to give you personalized advice to help insure that you make […]

Hiring a Virtual Assistant: What You Need to Know



There’s a fast and reliable way to narrow down the field of real estate virtual assistant candidates that offer web design and search engine services.

Why The Government Must Stop Making Housing “Affordable”



Yes, you heard that right. We don’t need any affordable housing if it’s up to the US government to provide it.

Understanding The Real Costs Of Government-Insured Home Mortgages



There’s no shortage of options when it comes to financing your next personal home purchase. The list of potential options includes FHA, VA, USDA, and a myriad of other “low-down-payment” loans available. This category of loans is known as “government insured,” meaning that the lender can file an insurance claim through the appropriate government agency, (FHA, VA, etc), if the borrower defaults on the mortgage.

What the Government Shutdown Means for Real Estate



As Congress denied funding for many government operations Oct. 1, Realtors and those with an interest in buying or selling a house might be wondering what it means for them. For those getting a loan, things might slow down a bit in the wake of the shutdown, according to the National Association of Realtors. The […]

Skip the Prelisting Appraisal; Hire the Appraiser as a Consultant



Should a home seller get a pre-listing appraisal? Only if its usefulness is kept in context, otherwise, it’s likely to be a waste of money. As both an active certified appraiser and associate broker I always try to find why the question was asked before answering it. Many times, having an appraiser as a “consultant” is far better than having them complete just an appraisal.

House For Sale: What Does It Take To Buy A Home?



When a home buyer sets out to purchase their first home they quickly discover that there are a lot of details involved. To make matters worse, the details vary depending on each individual buyers situation. While the general process is the same for each transaction, the details are likely to be somewhat different in each case.

Do Rising Interest Rates In Spain Offer Early Preview Of U.S. Future?



When it comes to the housing market, housing prices, and money for real estate, few things can impact U.S. housing like rising interest rates would. In fact, were it not for the already extreme efforts of the Federal Reserve, interest rates for mortgages in the U.S. would probably be above 6% already.

Is Uncle Sam Helping The Housing Market, Or Merely Finishing It Off?



According to the May 2012 Issue of FHA Watch, Uncle Sam is now a totally dominant force in home mortgage financing, along with other major sectors of the U.S. economy. But the question is, is this a help or a hindrance?

American Real Estate Partners Snap Up Four Choice Offices



The American Real Estate Partners firm is poised to complete the acquisition of a number of quality office assets, according to inside sources. COO Brian Katz told news reporters yesterday that the investment firm has been contracted to purchase two plum offices in the CBD of Herndon, VA, but refused to say anything more. He promised that the details would be made available soon, however.

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