Mortgage and Real Estate Blog

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The focus of #MortgageUpdated is to be a source of material that can used by everyone. For example, real estate agents can find useful tips on improving their marketing, staying up to date with social media changes, and developing a plan to set themselves apart from their competition.

In addition, mortgage lenders can stay up to date with changes in mortgage rules, learn about new programs and find out how peers are creating a lasting impression on their clients.

Lastly, people who are buying or selling a home are the most important part of our focus. We want to educate our clients, and the clients of our peers, so that they can enter in to a real estate transaction armed with the best knowledge for their situation.

19
Mar
2013
Purpose of the Home Inspection

Although home inspections are advertised regularly and recommended by mortgage lenders as well as real estate agents, first time home buyers may still be a little unsure about the purpose of the inspection. In a nutshell, the inspection gives the buyers a full view of the home’s condition at the time of purchase. This represents a base line from which the buyers can build their knowledge for future repairs or renovations.

19
Nov
2012
Understand These Six Questions Before Buying a Home

Although some analysts may still have a few questions about the real estate recovery, historically low rates along with an excellent inventory still make this a great time to purchase a home. However, buying a home is a negotiation. And the side that is best prepared in any negotiation usually comes away with the better deal. Here are some vital questions about home buying and the key to understanding each one.

11
Oct
2012
Importance of the Appraisal

Over the past 5 years many areas in the country have seen sharp declines in home values. Thankfully, that trend is starting to reverse. For this reason, most lenders are placing a lot of scrutiny on an appraisal for people considering a refinance. The appraisal is designed to ensure that the value assigned to the home matches the local market.

25
Jan
2012
VA Joint Loan Options

Many couples choose to use only one certificate to buy their first home and reserve the other VA certificate for a larger home purchase later on. If the spouse does not co-sign on the loan then they most likely will not be held responsible for the loan. This is not true in states that observe community property laws like Wisconsin.