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7 Questions to Ask Your Prospective Real Estate Agent

Categories: Housing Market | Posted: July 20, 2017

Nicholas Padiak, writing for the Chicago Tribune, has assembled a list of 7 questions to ask prospective agents, before you make a commitment. More, here.

Mortgage Rates Lower Today

Categories: Housing Market | Posted: July 18, 2017

The average rates on 30-year fixed, 15-year fixed, and 5/1 adjustable-rate mortgages all dropped today. More, here.

Staging Really Does Help Sell a Home

Categories: Housing Market | Posted: July 16, 2017

62% of real estate agents polled by Realtor.com believe that staging—decorating and preparing a home before showing it to prospective buyers—helps to sell the house faster. More, here.

Mortgages for Seniors?

Categories: Housing Market | Posted: July 13, 2017

Vivian Marino, with the NYTimes, posted a lengthy piece last month about some older Americans preferring to have a mortgage, rather than paying off their home. She also examines the challenges some seniors face in getting approved for a mortgage loan. More, here.

Want Your Real Estate Listing to go Viral?

Categories: Housing Market | Posted: July 11, 2017

Marian McPherson, writing for Inman, shares a simple tip for getting more attention on your real estate listing. More, here.

Is it Necessary to Make a 20% Down Payment for Your Mortgage?

Categories: Housing Market | Posted: July 10, 2017

Hal Bundrick with the Los Angeles Times explores the necessity of paying 20% down on your mortgage loan. More, here.

Paying Off Mortgage Vs. Saving for College

Categories: Housing Market | Posted: July 7, 2017

Kelly Chen answers a reader’s question on CNN Money asking about a suitable strategy for paying off a mortgage, while simultaneously saving to put kids through college. More, here

Is it Easier to Get a Mortgage Now?

Categories: Housing Market | Posted: July 5, 2017

Diana Olick, reporting for CNBC, has a video and accompanying article that posit getting a mortgage is easier now, based on two major lending changes. More, here.

Is a 30-Year Mortgage Right for You?

Categories: Housing Market | Posted: July 3, 2017

Realtor.com shares 5 reasons a 30-year mortgage may not be your best option. More, here.

Are Mortgage Lenders Loosening Credit Standards?

Categories: Housing Market | Posted: June 30, 2017

Wolf Richter, writing for Business Insider, examines talk that mortgage lenders are relaxing credit standards. You can read why and what that means, here.