Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Real Estate

How to Use Home Equity in Retirement

(BPT) Most of us save and plan for decades to enjoy the period of our life when we no longer need to go into the office and work an eight-hour day for a paycheck.

But even with those decades of hard work, it can be tough to save up enough cash to cover all your costs in retirement. Many soon-to-be-retirees face a shortage between what they saved for

Buying a Home: Know How High to Go

(StatePoint) Shopping for a home? Before you begin your search, it’s important to figure out what you can comfortably afford.

“The interesting thing about homebuying is that it isn’t a one-size-fits-all process,” says Mike Dawson, Vice President of Single-Family at Freddie Mac. “After all,

How Can We Say Yes When They Say No

The mortgage profession, like almost any other industry out there is extremely competitive and congested. Unlike many other businesses however, the regulation and scrutiny that the industry is subject-to is second to almost none. On the one hand, that makes the barrier of entry a lot more difficult – keeping out low quality

Efrona Hagler: Residential Real Estate That’s All About You

Efrona Hagler describes her decision to enter the real estate business as being born from her enthusiasm to share the “hidden gem that is the Orthodox community of Elizabeth.” As a consumer, it can only hold great promise to know that your real estate agent genuinely loves the community she is selling to you. Hagler

Five Steps to Improve Your Credit Score in 100 Days or Less

(BPT) Low interest rates, a strong economy and the turn of the seasons are all causing the real estate market to heat up. More homes on the market bring more competition to buy the inventory that is out there. And one way to stand apart from other buyers who are vying for their dream home is to take steps to improve your credit

Five Cleaning Tasks to Do Before Every Home Showing

(BPT) - Real estate experts agree: dirt and clutter are the anti-staging elements that can send buyers running for the door before they ever think of making an offer. Prior to staging your home, invest some time in deep cleaning it, paying attention to everything from the front walk to the shower doors to the air inside your home.

Timely Advice For Buyers And Sellers In A Competitive Market

Say what you want, but there is no exact science as to why some houses get snatched up right away – sometimes even higher than asking price - while others that seem reasonable, linger without any activity. There is no question that a big part of the equation is to work with a skilled and competent Real Estate Agent who will help

Secrets of a Mortgage Loan Officer

When underwriting a loan, lenders follow the guidelines of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, the largest buyers of mortgage loans and the FHA for government loans. Mortgage professionals know the advantages and disadvantages of each, and now… so will you.

When you have disputed credit

Want to Catch Homebuyers’ Eyes? Follow Five Easy Steps to a Lush Lawn

(BPT) When it comes to selling a home there are many different strategies and most of them focus on the home’s interior. However, what many sellers fail to realize is that it’s the exterior of the home that often makes or breaks a sale.

Curb appeal is necessary for that

Fed Watch: Not If, Not When, But How!

Next week will bring another momentous event for the US Economy. All eyes will be on the Federal Reserve as they gather for another “Federal Open Market Committee” policy meeting, at which time it is highly anticipated that there will be another rate increase. I am not alone in predicting a.25% rate hike, despite what appears

How to Use Color Psychology  to Influence the Mood of Your Home

(BPT) Looking to make a few changes around the house? A fresh coat of paint can make a big difference on the look of your home and how you feel living in it. But unless you’re a color expert, it’s hard to know what colors are best among the endless array of options. A great place to start is by understanding the

Meet You at the Garden

A few months ago, my friend and I agreed to meet at the garden where 29th meets 35th. Sounds like we were meeting in Manhattan to catch a sporting event at Madison Square Garden. Better than that, we were getting together in the center of Jerusalem.

In the beautiful