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So You Wanna Buy a House? Step 5: Pick the Right One

Monday, February 8th, 2016 at 10:58am. 35 Views, 0 Comments.

Article by Jamie Wiebe

You’ve done your research, saved up for a down payment, and found a Realtor® you adore. Now comes the next step in our weekly, step-by-step 2016 Home-Buying Guide: Find your dream house already!

This is the really fun part, although it does come with its own unique challenges. Even if you love the entire process of house hunting, the options can be overwhelming. Ranch or Colonial?  Suburb or city? Small apartment or palatial townhouse? Built-in 40-foot waterslide or stand-alone 40-foot waterslide? It’s hard not to feel like you’re drowning in the possibilities.

To help winnow the myriad options to find the perfect place for you, heed these tips—and happy searching!

Have a long chat with your agent

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So You Wanna Sell Your Home? Step 4: Pretty It Up

Monday, February 8th, 2016 at 10:50am. 28 Views, 0 Comments.

Article by Angela Colley

Once you’ve made repairs, chosen a Realtor®, and decided on an asking price, your home is almost ready for market—but first, how about a little primping and polishing? Or maybe a lot of primping and polishing. After all, you want your home to make a great first impression on buyers—and that’s where this fourth installment of our weekly, step-by-step 2016 Home-Selling Guide can help. To show your home in the best possible light, heed these savvy seller tips.

Stash your stuff

When you’re just living in your home, a bit of clutter is business as usual. You know the drill: video game cartridges in the bathroom, toolbox in the kitchen, tuxedo shirt inexplicably in the garage. But when you’re trying to

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Mortgage Rates: Homebuyers Rejoice, They’re Down Again

Monday, February 1st, 2016 at 10:43am. 48 Views, 0 Comments.

 

Written by Lorraine Woellert on January 28, 2016

Mortgage rates fell for the fourth-straight week, hitting 3.79 percent for a 30-year, fixed-rate loan. A week ago, rates averaged 3.81 percent, according to Freddie Mac. We haven’t seen 4 percent or higher since, well, 2015.

Our run of low rates has been incredible, especially when you look at the big picture.

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Source: Freddie Mac

Let’s zoom in on that chart. Everyone was worried last year when the Fed was preparing to raise interest rates on overnight loans made to banks. The central bank doesn’t set mortgage rates, but its actions typically have a ripple effect.

Chair Janet Yellen and her team finally pulled the trigger Dec. 16, raising short-term rates for the first time

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So You Wanna Buy a House? Step 3: Figure Out What You Can Afford

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016 at 11:34am. 67 Views, 0 Comments.

Article by Jamie Wiebe

Knowing you want to buy a home is one thing; knowing what you can pay for is quite another. Too often, dreams and reality collide: You’re yearning for a four-bedroom Colonial, but your wallet can handle only a two-bedroom bungalow. So how do you filter the myriad options out there?

Welcome to Step 3 in our 2016 Home-Buying Guide, in which we help you figure out how much home you can afford. Progressing without nailing this step is like jumping off a mountaintop without one of these cool flying squirrel outfits. You’re leaving yourself open for a world of pain.

Consider your salary as a starting point

Getting a ballpark estimate of how much home you can afford boils down to how much money you’re pulling in.

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January in Florida

Friday, January 22nd, 2016 at 11:19am. 112 Views, 0 Comments.


Come join us! Life is better here in Florida.
We salt our Margaritas not our sidewalks.


If you're looking for a warm getaway, grab your swimsuit, and head to Florida.
We are here for you if you ever decide to make the big move!

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So You Wanna Buy a House? Step 2: The Down Payment - Article by Jamie Wiebe

Thursday, January 21st, 2016 at 1:26pm. 161 Views, 0 Comments.

Article by Jamie Wiebe

Scratching together a down payment is probably the most daunting hurdle to buying a home—and there are boatloads of them! But that’s why we’ve launched our 2016 Home-Buying Guide, a series of articles giving you the critical intel you need to buy your own house, step by step. This is the perfect time to start your search in earnest.

Last week in Installment 1, we covered cleaning up your credit score. This week, we’ll unlock the secret to amassing a mountain of cash for the down payment.

Yeah, you already know that Rome wasn’t built in a day. The same holds true for building a down payment. It takes time. But as long as you grease the gears early (like now), you’ll barely notice you’re saving

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So You Wanna Sell Your Home? Step 1: Whip It Into Shape

Friday, January 15th, 2016 at 9:34am. 109 Views, 0 Comments.

Article by Jamie Wiebe

If you’re looking to sell your home during prime house-shopping season this spring, you’d better get cracking now. After all, it’s not as easy as slapping an ad on Craigslist; if you want your humble abode to stand out from the competition, that could take months to do right.

That’s why we’re kicking off our 2016 Home-Selling Guide—a series of articles in which, each week, we’ll show you the next step to prep your house for sale and ace the deal. (In case you’re also on the hunt for a new home, we kicked off our Home-Buying Guide yesterday.)

Step 1 to selling a home is a New Year’s classic: Whip your place into shape by fixing any problems and upgrading the eyesores. Because like it or not, your

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So You Wanna Buy a House? Step 1: Clean Up Your Credit Score

Friday, January 15th, 2016 at 9:34am. 146 Views, 0 Comments.

Article by Jamie Wiebe

It’s easy to fall in love with the idea of buying a home. You’ve got it all planned out: a five-bedroom home in your favorite neighborhood with a manicured lawn and—why not?—a nice pool.

Well, it may be the middle of winter now (we haven’t even tossed our Christmas trees yet, actually), but you’ve got a lot to do before prime home-shopping season this spring. So if you really want to land that dream home, you’d better get started now!

We’re kicking off our 2016 guide So You Wanna Buy a House? Each week, we’ll show you the next step to prep your finances, save for a down payment, find your dream home, and then finally ace the deal. (We also have a 2016 guide for home sellers.)

Step 1 is to clean up

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How to Prepare to Buy a Home

Monday, December 14th, 2015 at 10:49am. 131 Views, 0 Comments.

Article by Matt Johnson

I’m always excited to speak with someone who’s a few months away from shopping for a home. It gives us the chance to talk about some of the themes, basic guidelines and decisions that can take time to understand when buying a home. Taking the time before you’ve found your dream home and are in the heat of the moment, helps you make wise decisions based on your financial picture and goals. If you’re wondering how to prepare to buy a home, start with these three steps.

Step 1: Identify Your Maximum

The first question I ask clients and the central theme for most of the decisions regarding mortgage financing is: What’s the maximum mortgage payment you’re comfortable with? A mortgage loan application will

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How to budget your money? - The 50/20/30 Guideline Broken Down

Monday, December 7th, 2015 at 10:37am. 126 Views, 0 Comments.

Whether you're a parent with two kids or a recent college grad working your first job, our 50/20/30 guideline can help you assess your budget. LearnVest Planners often use this approach working with new clients to help illustrate the big picture of where their money is going.

Our guideline breaks your budget down into three buckets (rather than the seemingly infinite categories of some traditional budgeting). It’s designed to help you figure out how much you may want to allocate to each area every month, and can also help you determine the order in which your money can be allocated.

50/20/30 Broken Down

1. Fixed Costs
These are bills and expenses that don’t vary much from month to month, like rent or mortgage payments, utilities and car

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