Friday, February 15, 2019 / by June Quilantang
One of the things that add up to the stress of selling a house is cleaning up. Believe it or not, most people spend days to weeks on end trying to tidy up their home in preparation for selling. Well, we have good news for all you prospective sellers.
The KonMari Method is here to save the day. Marie Kondo, the inventor of the KonMari Method of Tidying Up, has gained popularity with her new Netflix series. She gives some great tips for sorting through years of accumulated possessions that we all collect in our homes.
"The KonMari Method encourages tidying by category - not by location - beginning with clothes, then moving on to books, papers, komono (miscellaneous items), and, finally, sentimental items. Keep only those things that speak to the heart, and discard items that no longer spark joy. Thank them for their service - then let them go."
When you subjectively look at all of your belongings, you can sort through the ones that mean the most to you. Not only will you in ...
Thursday, February 14, 2019 / by June Quilantang
Would you rather pay rent so someone else can afford to pay the mortgage or buy your own home so all the money you spent on it monthly will leave you with something to call your own?
As Entrepreneur Magazine, a premier source for small business explained in their article, "12 Practical Steps to Getting Rich":
"While renting on a temporary basis isn't terrible, you should most certainly own the roof over your head if you're serious about your finances. It won't make you rich overnight, but by renting, you're paying someone else's mortgage. In effect, you'e making someone else rich."
With home prices rising, many renters are concerned about their house-buying power. Mike Fratantoni, Chief Economist at MBA, explained:
"The spring homebuying season is almost upon us, and if rates stay lower, inventory continues to grow, and the job market maintains its strength, we do expect to see a solid spring market."
As an owner, your mortgage payment is a form of 'forced savi ...
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 / by June Quilantang
One of the biggest rock potential buyers face is saving up for the down payment, and the sad truth is a lot of Americans find it as a deterrent and just give up their dreams of buying a home of their own.
The truth of the matter is, you don't need 20% Down to buy a home. In combination with higher rents, survey after survey has shown that non-homeowners (renters and those living rent-free with family or friends) believe they need to save upwards of 20% for their down payment!
According to the "Barriers to Accessing Homeownership" study commissioned in partnership between the Urban Institute, Down Payment Resource, and Freddie Mac, 39% of non-homeowners and 30% of those who already own a home believe they need more than a 20% down payment.
The percentage of those who are aware of low down payment programs (those under 5%) is surprisingly low at 12% for non-homeowners and 13% for homeowners. In a recent Convergys Analytics report, they found that 49% of renters believe they ...
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 / by June Quilantang
The value of a certain property plays a vital role in pricing during the selling process. It is essential to know your home's current value to reinforce and be able to competitively set a price for it. Here is a list of factors that affect a home's value.
"Homeowners with mortgages have seen their home equity more than double since 2011, increasing to a record-setting $8.3 trillion in 2017."
The average homeowner gained $16,200 in home equity between Q2 2017 and Q2 2018 according to the latest release of CoreLogic's Home Equity Report. Since 2011 home values have increased significantly throughout the country, with prices rising by 5.1% in 2018 alone.
When surveyed, homeowners revealed the top four reasons why they felt their homes had increased in value.
Improved National Economy
Improved Local Economy
Low Home Inventory in My Area
As we can see, not only does the data show that the homes have appreciated, but homeowners also believe they know ...
Friday, February 08, 2019 / by June Quilantang
We have discussed about how owning a home could significantly increase a person's net worth. Today we're giving you four more proven ways on how real estate can build sizable family wealth.
"The rising of home prices over time, is how the majority of wealth is built in real estate. This is the 'home run' you hear of when people make a large windfall of money. While prices fluctuate, over the long run real estate values have always gone up, always, and there is no reason to think that is going to change.
One thing to consider when it comes to real estate appreciation affecting your ROI is the fact that appreciation combined with leverage offers huge returns. If you buy a property for $200,000 and it appreciates to $220,000, your property had made you a 10% return. However, you likely didn't pay cash for the property and instead used the bank's money. If you consider that you may have put 10% down ($20,000), you actually have doubled your investment, a 100% ...