Category: Home Buying

    • Your Real Estate Resource

      Being a better homeowner is a full-time job.  It’s not just about making better decisions when you buy and sell; it’s making better decisions throughout the time you own the…

      Written by Mike Parker
    • Getting the “Right” Home

      Finding the right home is still the biggest challenge buyers are faced with in today’s market as is shown in the latest Confidence Index Survey.  Assuming the buyers find the…

      Written by Mike Parker
    • Waiting Will Cost More

      With the first quarter of 2018 in the books, the 30-year fixed rate mortgage is nearing what Freddie Mac predicted it would be in the second quarter. If this pace…

      Written by Mike Parker
    • Pre-Approval is Good for Everyone

      Buyer’s mortgage pre-approval is good for everyone in the transaction. It saves time, money and removes the uncertainty of knowing whether the buyer will be qualified after negotiating a contract.…

      Written by Mike Parker
    • What Would You Give?

      Yogi Berra said he’d give his right arm to be ambidextrous. While most first-time home buyers are not going to that extreme, it is interesting to see what sacrifices are being made according…

      Written by Mike Parker
    • Mortgage Loans from Relatives

      Occasionally, when dealing with close relatives who might also become heirs, signing a note and handling the paperwork properly may seem like a needless effort but it could mean the difference…

      Written by Mike Parker
    • It’s a Big Difference

      Let’s say that you just won $8,750 on a lottery scratch-off ticket. You’ve decided to be frugal and invest the money and have decided on three alternatives: buying a certificate…

      Written by Jill Kuchle