Does your home need a few tweaks before putting it on the market? Let’s take a look at the top ways to increase your property value, even if you’re staying in your home for the next several years. 1. Kitchen Remodel. Here’s an opportunity to improve one of the most important rooms in the home.. read more →

You may have noticed that once you apply for a mortgage, you are almost instantly flooded with emails, calls and letters of pre-approval from competing mortgage companies, even though you’ve never contacted them. Don’t be fooled into thinking your mortgage company is selling or sharing your information. What’s happening is a function of the Fair.. read more →

It’s tax time already. Although we get a few extra days with this year’s tax deadline falling on April 18th, we’re only a month away. Today we’re discussing the tax advantages and incentives that come with owning a mortgaged home. If you have recently purchased or are planing to buy a new home, you may.. read more →

Just because you’ve found the home of your dreams doesn’t mean you’re going to move into it. Many factors including price, location, inventory and time of year may bring in multiple offers from eager buyers. So how can you gain an advantage over the competition? Here are three helpful tips: 1. Pre-approval. Before you even.. read more →

On October 1, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau created two new forms designed to protect the home buyer by streamlining two federal acts regulating the mortgage process. The TILA RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID, for short) is now required as part of the closing process to: simplify mortgage documentation use language that is easy to.. read more →

Shopping for a new home is like starting a new relationship. At first, you’re attracted to the neighborhood, then you become infatuated by the beautiful bathroom and the extra closet space. You love that it’s near the local market and the dry cleaner. At first glance it’s so perfect, you forget to factor in any.. read more →

When it comes to selecting the length of your mortgage, certain factors apply. There are some misconceptions about length due to age and income that don’t necessarily apply. Let’s bust some myths about mortgage term lengths. Myth No. 1: A 15-year mortgage is always better than a 30-year mortgage. False. When you’re younger, you should.. read more →

I’m always looking for creative solutions to help my clients purchase their homes. One of the most common obstacles, particularly for divorced women, is coming up with the downpayment. I asked my good friend, Jay Gordon, of the Popper-Gordon Group at Morgan Stanley, if he had any ideas to share. He suggested creating a Portfolio Loan.. read more →

It’s no secret that buying a home is usually the biggest investment you’ll ever make. It requires proper planning and exceptional execution from the time you decide to explore the possibility of buying, straight through to the closing. With a need for financial solvency and advice from professionals who understand the importance of guiding you.. read more →

You may have read an article in The Wall Street Journal or watched Diane Sawyer on ABC talking about housing market trends and alerting you of the best times to buy or sell your home. While the trends may be accurate on a national level, they may be entirely different when you consider them from a local.. read more →