Watch for These Open House Red Flags

How fast can you pick out signs of deferred maintenance in a listing? Realtor.com® recently spotlighted several red flags to watch for at an open house:


http://realtormag.realtor.org/daily-news/2017/04/12/watch-for-these-open-house-red-flags

Posted on April 12, 2017 at 9:00 am
Sarah Halton | Category: Buying

Mortgage Rates Are Mostly in Holding Pattern

Mortgage rates continue to defy expectations, with the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rate barely budging for the fourth consecutive week.


http://realtormag.realtor.org/daily-news/2017/02/24/mortgage-rates-are-mostly-in-holding-pattern?om_rid=AAOcWJ&om_mid=_BYsJfOB9YzaAeb&om_ntype=RMODaily

Posted on February 24, 2017 at 9:00 am
Sarah Halton | Category: Buying, Investment, Market Forecast, Mortgages

BUYER BEWARE: UNDERSTANDING PROPERTY DISCLOSURES

Buyer on the Offense: Various Issues to Consider when Purchasing a Property.


https://homebuying.realtor/content/buyer-beware-understanding-property-disclosures

Posted on February 6, 2017 at 9:00 am
Sarah Halton | Category: Buying

Should You Pay Off A Mortgage Just Because You Can?

But is paying off your mortgage early always the best financial decision? 

Sometimes it is, but for some homeowners, keeping the mortgage yields even bigger benefits.


http://themortgagereports.com/24576/paying-off-a-mortgage-early-not-an-easy-decision

Posted on January 9, 2017 at 9:00 am
Sarah Halton | Category: Buying, Investment, Mortgages

Cheat Sheet: Check These 9 Things to Prevent Home Buyer’s Remorse

Here are nine things that home buyers often forget to check that can cause massive headaches—and costly expenses—down the line.


http://www.realtor.com/advice/buy/buyers-remorse/?identityID=54e70a530838e61c4a000008&MID=2016_1202_WeeklyNL&RID=2884921682&cid=eml-2016-1202-WeeklyNL-blog_8_buyersremorse-blogs_buy

Posted on December 3, 2016 at 9:00 am
Sarah Halton | Category: Buying

4 ways Trump’s administration could change or chill the housing market

What we know about mortgage rates, inventory, infrastructure plans and ripple effects from yesteryear
Key Takeaways
1. Accumulated unsatisfied demand for housing is going to persist no matter what.
2. Mortgage rates would have to approach 5.00 percent to slow things down a lot.
3. One party pulling in unison might achieve revenue-neutral tax reform and more.
4. Spending targeted toward infrastructure will provide little durable boost for the economy.


http://www.inman.com/2016/11/22/4-ways-trumps-administration-change-chill-housing-market/?utm_source=inbrief&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=inbrief&utm_content=20161122%2B%2Btextlink%2B1

 

Posted on November 22, 2016 at 9:00 am
Sarah Halton | Category: Buying, Market Forecast, Selling

Rising Mortgage Rates Nip at Loan Demand

Higher interest rates this month may be spooking borrowers.


http://realtormag.realtor.org/daily-news/2016/10/12/rising-mortgage-rates-nip-loan-demand#.V_6iEeTFsYw.twitter

Posted on October 12, 2016 at 9:00 am
Sarah Halton | Category: Buying, Investment

Spread the Message: Equity Is Growing

In states like California, Oregon, and Washington, home owners have seen average increases of nearly $30,000 per person.


http://realtormag.realtor.org/daily-news/2016/10/11/spread-message-equity-growing?om_rid=AAOcWJ&om_mid=_BX-S$rB9TpUjDH&om_ntype=RMODaily

Posted on October 11, 2016 at 9:00 am
Sarah Halton | Category: Buying, Investment, Market Forecast, Selling

Why Should I Put My Home in a Living Trust?

Life is short. And while no one wants to focus on the end, forcing yourself to do so can ultimately makes things a bit easier for your loved ones—not just emotionally, but financially too. One way to deal with the latter concern is to put your home in a living trust.


http://www.realtor.com/advice/finance/should-i-put-my-home-in-a-living-trust/?is_wp_site=1

Posted on October 5, 2016 at 9:00 am
Sarah Halton | Category: Buying, Investment

Buyers Stuck on Down Payment Confusion

Consumers across all ages, income brackets, and education levels lack awareness about low-down-payment mortgage options, according to the National Association of REALTORS®’ latest Housing Opportunities and Market Experience (HOME) survey…


http://realtormag.realtor.org/daily-news/2016/09/14/buyers-stuck-down-payment-confusion?om_rid=AAOcWJ&om_mid=_BX2axFB9SoDvIm&om_ntype=RMODaily

Posted on September 14, 2016 at 9:00 am
Sarah Halton | Category: Buying, Investment