Watch Out for These Top 10 Red Flags

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Mortgages

  • Everyone thinks about how hard the credit crunch has impacted homebuyers. We hear horror story after horror story about buyers who were in escrow when their loans fall apart. But no one really…   Read the Article

  • Change can be nerve-wracking. There’s a reason those home video shows never seem to run out of footage of brides passing out and grooms tossing their cookies at the altar. While the shows would have…   Read the Article

  • Upside Down. Underwater. Walking away. What sounds like a set of cues for Aquatic Twister are actually the new-age descriptors for an age-old dilemma. The problem of owing more on your home than it…   Read the Article

  • You’ve already heard the bad news. The housing crisis has tightened up credit markets, and it’s harder to qualify for a mortgage loan. Credit scoring has always been an important part of the loan…   Read the Article

  • A 30-day escrow goes by faster than you might think. Especially if you have any mortgage glitches along the way -- they take time to unravel. To protect your deposit, you really only have 17 days, in…   Read the Article

  • Every wanna-be homeowner knows by now that they must get pre-approved before trying to buy a home. The Client. So after my get-to-know-you sit down with a particularly motivated new buyer, we went…   Read the Article

  • They don’t wear black hats. There is no twirling mustache. They aren’t accompanied by a big beefy man with knuckle rings and a grimace, to imply that if you don’t cooperate your knees may soon bend…   Read the Article

  • As the eco-friendly housing trend continues to grow, mortgage lenders are jumping on the green bandwagon. Many lenders are starting to offer bigger loans or discounts to buyers who choose to make…   Read the Article

  • If you sell your home this year and profit big, you could be exempt from capital gains tax. Married couples filing jointly can claim up to $500,000 dollars in profit tax-free, while single sellers…   Read the Article

  • Buyers who can't put a 20 percent down payment on their home loan usually get stuck paying costly private mortgage insurance (PMI), which protects lenders if the buyer can't repay the loan. But if…   Read the Article

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