My Real Estate Assessment Just Went Up!

My Real Estate Assessment Just Went Up!

In April, many homeowners received a letter from the assessor’s office that their home value had increased significantly. Naturally, this real estate assessment is used by the count when figuring property taxes.  Here’s a question I received from a client: I received a 2017 Real Estate Assessment Roll and the value of my land went […]

What Are the Experts Saying about Mortgage Rates?

What Are the Experts Saying about Mortgage Rates?

Mortgage rates have risen over the last few months and projections are that they will continue their upswing throughout 2017. What impact will this have on the housing market? Here is what the experts are saying: Laurie Goodman, Co-director of the Urban Institute’s Housing Finance Policy Center: “In 1984, 1994, 2000, and 2013, every time […]

Interpreting Buyer Feedback

Interpreting Buyer Feedback

When you’re selling your house and have taken time to clean, pick up, and clear all your counters so a buyer can tour your home – you probably want to know what they thought about your house, right? Actually, you probably want them to make an offer! But, if they don’t make an offer, it’s […]

How To Survive Being Homeless in Real Estate

How To Survive Being Homeless in Real Estate

Real estate is never dull. Just when you think you have a run of the mill, ordinary closing, you’re taken off guard by a case of Murphy’s Law. (And I’m not talking about my dog, Murphy!) Not familiar with Murphy’s Law? “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” And, sometimes it happens in real estate transactions. […]

How to Price Your Home for Sale

How to Price Your Home for Sale

One of the most essential factors that you should always consider while selling your home is the price. (Duh, right?) Remember that fairy tale – Goldilocks and the Three Bears? While we don’t recommend breaking and entering or sleeping in stranger’s beds, there’s a lesson in there that we can correlate to pricing strategy. The […]

How to Stop Worrying About the Future Value of Your Home

How to Stop Worrying About the Future Value of Your Home

It’s tempting to fall into the crystal ball trap when it comes to home value. You know the one, where you try to determine if values will rise (and by how much). Real estate is one of the biggest investments you’ll make so it’s completely understandable that you’d wonder about the future value of your home. […]

Home Improvement: You’ll Find Big Savings in the Attic

Home Improvement: You’ll Find Big Savings in the Attic

In the world of home improvement projects attic insulation is like an economy car; budget friendly but not turning any heads. Unlike a sparkling new sports car (or updated kitchen) there’s nothing sexy about improving attic insulation. Since money IS sexy we’re going to explore some reasons to consider adding this project onto this year’s […]

What Are The Best Home Search Sites?

What Are The Best Home Search Sites?

So, you want to buy a house? Well, congratulations! Let the house hunting begin! OR, maybe you’re testing the waters and confused about what website to trust? They all claim to be the “best” when it comes to online home search sites so, who’s the real leader in the industry? Where should you go to look for […]

Will Mortgage Insurance Break You?

Will Mortgage Insurance Break You?

We always say, buying a house is a big deal. It’s such a big deal, that you deserve correct information. (Vs. all the MIS-information out there!) We talked with our preferred lenders and together we’ve been exposing common myths. Like the myth about having to have perfect credit to buy a house, or why the […]

Gigantic Down Payment Required?

Gigantic Down Payment Required?

You know, we’re always saying, “Buying a house is a big deal.” Which means, there’s probably a lot of misinformation not far from that big deal! We talked with our preferred lenders and together we can expose the top myths when it comes to buying a house. For example, we busted the myth about the […]