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Why is this House Stuck on the Market?

Posted On: 09/21/2016
Question: How long should homes remain on the market? In our area we have noticed a number of houses that have been for sale for several years, some for five years and maybe longer. These homes are vacant, but they could be sold if the owners lowered the price. What is the reason to keep holding...

Making a Clean Break … of Your Lease

Posted On: 09/14/2016
Question: We are now renting a home but wish to buy another property. If we buy we will need to leave our rental before the end of the lease term. How can we avoid the loss of our deposit? Answer: A lease can be seen as a contract. In exchange for the right to use a property for a given...

Goodbye, Mortgage Insurance

Posted On: 09/07/2016
Question: I financed my home with a conventional loan in 2013 and it now costs me $110 a month for mortgage insurance, a cost I want to drop. I have an 800 credit score, I’ve never had a late payment and my interest rate is now at 4.75 percent. How can I get rid of the mortgage...

Score Big

Posted On: 08/31/2016
Question: My husband and I both have solid credit scores above 800. Our mortgage lender is very happy about this, but how do we actually benefit? How much can we save? Answer: Let’s start with a mortgage application. Different loan programs have different requirements. These...

USDA Drop

Posted On: 08/24/2016
Question: Last year the FHA lowered its annual insurance premium. Is there any chance the USDA might do the same with their rural home loans? Answer: Yes. In a move that will save new borrowers big money, the USDA is reducing both the upfront and annual mortgage insurance premiums for its...

Sold or Not Sold?

Posted On: 08/17/2016
Question: We have received a postcard from a local real estate broker saying that the home next door was sold in just a few days. However, there’s no “sold” sign in front of the property. We’d like to know if the house was sold and for how much. Answer: It used to be...

Grocery Stores and Home Values

Posted On: 08/10/2016
Question: We live in an older, established, residential neighborhood with very little new home construction. However, a major grocery chain is now building a half-size version of their big store here. Some neighbors say home values will increase while others worry about traffic and falling...

Insurance for Short-Term Rentals

Posted On: 08/03/2016
Question: With the children gone we now have a big house with lots of extra space. Rather than sell and downsize we would like to take in boarders on a nightly basis. What insurance coverage do we need? Is such coverage part of our basic homeowners policy or is additional coverage...

Shop Around for Rates

Posted On: 07/27/2016
QUESTION: We are first-time buyers looking for a mortgage. We are very lucky and have no debts, good jobs, considerable savings and excellent credit. We spoke with one lender who said that 30-year conventional financing was available at 3.25 percent – but only with 30 percent down. With...

Closing Date Drama

Posted On: 07/20/2016
Question: We sold our home and await closing. We’ve now found a new house and the owners want to settle about two weeks after the closing on our old home. This means we will have to move out of our house and store our stuff for half a month. Can we get our buyers to delay...
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