This week the online real estate juggernaut, Zillow, made a major announcement. Zillow disclosed their intent to buy a mortgage lender in Kansas to help expand its real estate services. This was not Zillow’s first venture into becoming more than an online resource site. In April they announced plans to “buy and flip homes” in
“Inconspicuous details or conditions printed in an agreement, especially ones that may prove unfavorable.” This is the definition of fine print in Google. Any mortgage agreement is filled with volumes of fine print and I don’t hope to address all items in my short column. Yet below are several that differentiate many of the
(BPT) It’s easy to appreciate the sights and smells afforded by lawns and landscapes, but when it comes to your yard there is much more to consider besides pleasing aesthetics and aromas. Many would even be surprised to learn that the benefits of a lush lawn and stunning landscape design extend well beyond a yard’s
Yaniv and Michal purchased a beautiful apartment near Ra’anana for 2,000,000 NIS (about $550,000). Everything about the apartment was perfect for them except for one “small” complication—the apartment was encumbered by the seller to both a mortgage bank and to a third party. This was particularly problematic for Yaniv and
(StatePoint) Whether you’ve just moved into your dream home and are experiencing the elation of making it your own or you are a few years into paying off your mortgage, if you are like most homebuyers, chances are you have the standard 30-year mortgage and may feel daunted as you anticipate decades of payments.
For anyone who is carefully following stocks and bonds, and in the market for a new house or mortgage, this is something you will want to hear. It’s true. The 3.00% rate is back. Except, I am sure in this case, if you are seeking immediate mortgage financing, this breakthrough is not something that is favorable for you. You see,
(BPT) Are summer’s sizzling temperatures causing you to retreat from your favorite outdoor spaces? Garages, patios, sheds, gardens and other outdoor areas should be enjoyed throughout the year. Unfortunately, heat and humidity can quickly make being outside intolerable during the dog days of summer.
What is mortgage insurance or private mortgage insurance (MI or PMI)? When you put less than 20 percent down payment or borrow more than 80 percent of the appraised value of your home, mortgage insurance is required in some form or another. There are many types of private mortgage insurance. Borrower-paid and lender-paid are the
One of the benefits of driving up to “the country” every weekend is the scenic views I get to enjoy along the way. Barring the frustration of traffic jams, detours and other surprise interruptions that can often be encountered along the way, the picturesque sights are simply magnificent.
(Courtesy of Links Residential) Just because you fill your washing machine with laundry detergent doesn’t mean you don’t need to clean the machine itself. It sounds counterintuitive, but while your machine is ridding your clothes of dirt, it doesn’t always rid itself of that same dirt or a buildup of detergent
The vast majority of Americans receive potable water in their homes from municipal water supply systems. The remaining 15 percent of households, including some people who live in our area, my family and our neighbors included, must rely upon privately owned wells. Operators of private wells are solely responsible for ensuring that
(BPT) Across America, decks have become a popular place for people to entertain guests or just relax. The greatest appeal? The elevated outdoor living areas offer a convenient option for enjoying the great outdoors in a comfortable, room-like space that’s somewhat removed from the elements.