Don’t Forget About This Cost When Buying a Home

Most Homebuyers Don't See This Cost Coming From Credit.com 6/2/14 Buying a house is expensive. Everybody knows that, but even people who work very hard to prepare for the cost of owning a home are often surprised by how much they end up paying. That’s particularly true among consumers whose loans require private mortgage insurance (PMI). A … Continue reading Don’t Forget About This Cost When Buying a Home

Don’t Rush Final Walk-Through

Why You Shouldn’t Rush Through the Final Walk-Through From Brendon DeSimone 6/6/14 The final walk-through in real estate was designed so that the buyer could literally “walk through” one last time before the closing. From time to time, a buyer and seller will have negotiated any number of fixes during escrow. The walk-through gives the … Continue reading Don’t Rush Final Walk-Through

DIY Quick House Fixes

From Mashable 6/8/14 Your home is your domain, so you should try and make it as enjoyable as possible. Unfortunately, not all apartments and houses are in tip-top shape, but with a few household items and a little bit of time, you can turn your rundown house into a place you won't be embarrassed to … Continue reading DIY Quick House Fixes

Buying a home? Bankers say do these 8 things first

Manage your budget, check your credit, and more From HouswingWire 6/2/14 Many first time homebuyers launch into the market, find the perfect home, and then decide to look at getting a mortgage. Imagine the disappoint when they are declined and the perfect nest slips from their grasp. That's because the buyers have the process backwards. … Continue reading Buying a home? Bankers say do these 8 things first

Home Invasion Tips

Tips for Preventing a Home Invasion Kylie M. Williams, Yahoo Contributor Network 5/28/14 Nobody enjoys waking up or coming home to find that they were the victims of a home invasion. However, the unfortunate truth is that it happens from time to time. Crime can happen to anyone, anywhere. Fortunately, there are a few precautionary … Continue reading Home Invasion Tips

Students at UC Riverside have created a cheap coating that can go on ordinary clay roofing tiles to bust smog

These roofs can clean the air CNet.com 6/4/14 The tiles on the left have the smog-busting coating. UC Riverside Roofing tiles protect homes from the environment, reflecting heat from the sun and keeping rainwater rolling away into gutters. Thanks to work done by students at the University of California at Riverside, however, roof shingles may … Continue reading Students at UC Riverside have created a cheap coating that can go on ordinary clay roofing tiles to bust smog

4 things homebuyers should never say

From Credit.com 6/4/14 You don’t need to be a world-class negotiator to nab a great deal on your dream home.More often, it’s a matter of knowing what not to say. One errant comment or paperwork misstep can compromise your negotiating position. Playing it close to the vest around home sellers and listing agents is critical. … Continue reading 4 things homebuyers should never say

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There’s no better time to buy a home than now

Waiting to buy a house? It'll cost you Experts agree: There's no better time to buy a home than now. Find out why. From Yahoo.com 5/29/14 Timing is everything when it comes to a lot of things - baking a soufflé, fertilizing your lawn, and buying a home. Not so sure about that last one? … Continue reading There’s no better time to buy a home than now

Mortgage rates down again

Freddie Mac: Mortgage rates down again; 30-year averaging 4.12% From LATimes.com 5/29/14 Fixed mortgage rates fall for fifth straight week to lowest level of 2014. Inflation? What's that? Mortgage rates continue decline. Freddie Mac says mortgage rates continue to fall; 30-year now averaging just 4.12%. Fixed mortgage rates declined for the fifth straight week, with … Continue reading Mortgage rates down again