Home Finances

Economics Why It’s Wise to Reduce Debts Before Applying for Mortgage   Shutterstock By Credit.com   | posted Sep 11th 2013 12:41PM Updated Sep 12th 2013 1:07PM By Scott Sheldon Trying to secure a mortgage right now? From higher mortgage rates, to rising home prices to the contraction in buying power — securing financing, for some, can be no easy endeavor. As prices, and rates rise simultaneously, lenders will still place the weighted emphasis on […]
Home Finances How to Investigate a Potential Neighborhood   By BRENDON DESIMONE, Published August 26, 2013, Zillow on Fox Business.com   You’ve gone to the open house. You’ve had a private showing. You’ve read the disclosures. You’ve decided this is the house for you, and you’re ready to make an offer. Before you take that step, though, you should fully check out the neighborhood. […]
Home Finances Stop stressing about your mortgage with these money-saving tips   Are your mortgage payments stressing you out? Beat payments at their own game with these four tips. By Andrea Duchon | Yahoo! Homes – Fri, Sep 6, 2013 1:12 PM EDT If your blood pressure instantly skyrockets every time you open your mortgage bill, it's time to think about how you might start to […]
Economics Should I Wait for Interest Rates to Come Back Down?   by THE KCM CREW on SEPTEMBER 3, 2013 ·in FOR BUYERS     Above is a graph of the movement of the 30 year fixed mortgage rate since the beginning of 2012. Some buyers are waiting to see if interest rates will come back down before making a decision about buying a home. Though no one can guarantee where rates […]
Economics Selling a House? Don’t Overprice It   by THE KCM CREW on JULY 15, 2013 · in FOR SELLERS, PRICING There is no doubt that the housing market is coming back nicely. What, if anything, could slow down the current momentum? We believe it may be sellers’ over exuberance when it comes to pricing. There is little doubt that house prices have appreciated over the last twelve […]
Economics Should I Move or Remodel? Posted inSelling by Tara Sharp Windermere Blog   There are a number of things that can trigger the decision to remodel or move to a new home. Perhaps you have outgrown your current space, you might be tired of struggling with ancient plumbing or wiring systems, or maybe your home just feels out of date. The question […]
Economics Buying a House: The Cost If You Waited by THE KCM CREW on JULY 8, 2013 · in FOR BUYERS, PRICING We often talk about the potential cost of waiting to buy a home. Today, we want to look at the actual cost for someone who waited over the last year. We used a 10% increase in house values as prices have gone up by double digits in the country […]
Economics Mortgage Interest Rates: Where Are They Headed? by The KCM Crew on July 1, 2013 · in For Buyers Today’s $20,000 question is…Where are mortgage rates headed in the near future? Most believe the rapid rise in rates experienced over the last month will not be sustained and that they will level off into a range between 4% and 5%. When recently […]
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Economics How to beat the summer heat inside older homes Originally published Friday, June 14, 2013 at 8:01 PM In an older home, the attic may have little insulation. Over time, what is there may have been disrupted, providing leak points where warm air escapes in the winter and hot air gets in during the summer. By Jamie Hsu Special to The Seattle Times   HomeWork […]
Economics Home sales prices hit $275K in April   By Kurt Batdorf HBJ Editor   EVERETT — It’s 2007 all over again for the local real estate market as antsy buyers rush to buy what’s left in a dwindling supply of homes for sale. Northwest Multiple Listing Service members notched their highest volume of new listings since June 2011, but the additions did […]
Everett Spring Home Maintenance Checklist Spring is finally here and summer is just around the corner. This time of year we always want to spruce up the yard and get the patio ready for BBQs, but the house needs some attention now as well!
Home Finances How to Buy and Sell a Home at the Same Time   Now that the real estate market is picking up again, many people are looking to sell their homes at last. But when you sell, you have to move somewhere — which usually means buying another home. Buying and selling at the same time brings up a whole new set of challenges, but those who […]
Economics 5 Tips for First-Time Home Buyers by Becky Flanigan on April 17, 2013 Buying a first home can be a scary, confusing and stressful process. Many would-be buyers are understandably nervous at the prospect of making the largest purchase of their lives. Rather than diving in and hoping for the best, you should prepare carefully before you begin the house search. […]
Economics 3 Financial Reasons to Buy a Home NOW! (Part III) by THE KCM CREW on MARCH 27, 2013 see post here.   This week, we are going to look at the three financial reasons to buy a home now instead of waiting: prices are rising at an accelerated rate, interest rates are increasingand rents are skyrocketing. – The KCM Crew Part III – Rents Are Skyrocketing Whether you own or rent, you […]
Economics 3 Financial Reasons to Buy a Home NOW! (Part II) by The KCM Crew on March 26, 2013 See original post here. This week, we are going to look at the three financial reasons to buy a home now instead of waiting: prices are rising at an accelerated rate, interest rates are increasing and rents are skyrocketing. – The KCM Crew Part II – Interest […]