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Low Maintenance Landscaping To Improve Curb Appeal

Attractive landscaping is one of the first things that potential home buyers notice. They may see the landscaping in the photos of a home for sale or may even do a physical drive-by. The view of the property from the street is called “curb appeal.” It is important to make this be as nice as possible. In many parts of the country, there are pressures on the water supply that make having a lush-green, living lawn very costly or even prohibited by the local regulations. Innovative technology and the use of natural ground covers, such as stone and rocks are replacing the green lawns that most people think of when considering landscaping a home properly. Here is a guide to some landscaping that is attractive...

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Loan Programs For Lower Income Buyers

Owning a home may be the American dream, but for many who are in a lower income bracket, finding a loan can become challenging. Thankfully, there are several loan programs that can work well for lower income people considering homeownership. Here’s a closer look at some of these home loans designed to help people who have a low-to-moderate income find a way to buy a home. FHA Home Loans FHA home loans are loans backed by the Federal Housing Administration. Lenders are more likely to lend to “higher risk” borrowers through the FHA loan program because the loans have the FHA’s backing. With the FHA loan, a borrower can have a credit rating as low as 500, as long as there is a reasonable explanation...

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How Will Coronavirus Impact Our Real Estate Economy?

Without a doubt, the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic has impacted every part of the economy. This is a dangerous virus and has left many parts of the country on lockdown orders to prevent it from spreading rapidly. The question many people are asking is how much the real estate is going to be impacted by the virus as well. People Are Not Looking For Houses One of the biggest impacts of coronavirus is that some people simply aren’t out looking for houses. Stay at home orders and social distancing measures have prevented people from touring homes that they may be interested in buying and sellers postponing the listing of their home for sale. In some parts of the country, the new listings available for homes have...

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3 Ways To Make Your Home Safer

In the wake of the recent news reports, you might be looking for ways to make your home safer. Some of the most common accidents and events that take place in homes include poisoning events, falls, and even burglaries. The good news is that there are ways to improve the safety of your home. You might even be rewarded with a lower home insurance premium! Invest In An Alarm System It is not easy to figure out exactly how many burglaries are prevented every year by having an alarm system; however, even having a sign in the front yard could be enough to scare off potential intruders. If you are looking for a quick and easy way to make your home safer, invest in a...

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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – May 18th, 2020

Last week’s economic news included readings on inflation, retail sales, and a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell. The University of Michigan released a preliminary reading of its Consumer Sentiment Survey; weekly readings on mortgage rates and initial jobless claims were also released. April Inflation and Retail Sales in Negative Territory Consumer prices fell in April to a negative reading of -0.80 percent and matched expectations. The Core Consumer Price Index, which excludes volatile food and energy sectors, fell to -0.40 percent from -0.10 percent in March. Analysts expected a reading of -0.20 percent. Consumer Price Indices are used for determining inflation rates. Retail sales also posted negative readings for April. Overall, retail sales fell by -16.40 percent as compared to the March reading...

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Qualify For A Larger Mortgage With A Co-Signer

There are numerous steps involved in the process of buying a new home. It is important to go through the mortgage qualifying process before looking at dream houses. This gives people an idea of how big a house they can afford. Sometimes, individuals looking for a house might not get a loan that is big enough to cover their dream house. There are ways to qualify for a larger loan; however, one of the fastest methods is to use a co-signer. What Is A Co-Signer? A co-signer is someone who signs onto a potential home loan with the homebuyer. Essentially, the co-signer is saying that he or she is willing to be on the hook for the loan in the event that the primary homeowner...

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3 Signs It Is Time For You To Refinance Your Mortgage

If you are looking for ways to save money on your mortgage, refinancing might be a good option. For those who might not know, refinancing can help a homeowner reduce monthly mortgage payments by switching to a lower interest rate.  Basically, the homeowner takes out one loan at a lower interest rate to pay off the old loan, which is at a higher interest rate. While the homeowner may have to pay closing costs a second time, this could save someone hundreds of thousands of dollars over the life of the loan. Furthermore, those who want to pay off their loan more quickly may be able to do this as well. There are a few signs that someone should refinance their home loan immediately. 1....

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