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Move In With Mom and Dad?

Posted On: 01/27/2016
Question: Our parents are in the process of retiring to a new location. I’d like to join them, but I’m finding that despite a good education and training I have not been able to advance in my field because of widespread layoffs. I know it’s not “cool,” but...

Will An Addition Add Value?

Posted On: 01/20/2016
QUESTION: We own a 1,700-square-foot home, which has been completely redone. We are considering putting a small casita (one room with small bathroom, shower and kitchenette) in the backyard. Is this a smart investment? We got a bid for around $10,000 to do the project and want to know if this...

How to Be A Lender

Posted On: 01/13/2016
QUESTION: I’m selling a house and want to take-back financing from a residential buyer. This makes me a lender. As a “lender,” do I need a license and must I meet the Dodd-Frank standards? ANSWER: According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a “loan...

Am I Hurting My Ability to Borrow?

Posted On: 01/06/2016
QUESTION: What will happen with mortgage rates now that the Federal Reserve has raised interest rates for banks? ANSWER: Student loans are a big lender concern and with good reason. First, a lot of student debt is outstanding. Second, a lot of student debt is not being repaid. Third,...

Training Pay

Posted On: 12/30/2015
QUESTION: I’ve just completed my training to obtain a real estate license and passed the state test. I can hang my license with a referral company and keep virtually all the commissions I earn, however, they do not offer training and support. The other option is to go with a local...

What Do Rising Rates Mean?

Posted On: 12/23/2015
QUESTION: What will happen with mortgage rates now that the Federal Reserve has raised interest rates for banks? ANSWER: It’s surely not much of a raise, just 0.25 percent, but it’s important for mortgage borrowers. To understand why let’s look at what the Fed...

Turned Down for Loan. Now What?

Posted On: 12/16/2015
QUESTION: We recently applied for a mortgage and were turned down. How can we buy a home if lenders won’t give us a chance? What can we do to get financing? ANSWER: “Lenders” didn’t turn you down; just one lender said “no,” and that lender may simply...

Turned Down for Loan. Now What?

Posted On: 12/16/2015
QUESTION: We recently applied for a mortgage and were turned down. How can we buy a home if lenders won’t give us a chance? What can we do to get financing? ANSWER: “Lenders” didn’t turn you down; just one lender said “no,” and that lender may simply...

Loans: Why Are They So Complicated?

Posted On: 12/09/2015
QUESTION: We recently applied for a mortgage, and the experience was terrible. We were asked for a lot of paperwork and then were asked for more paperwork. Why don’t lenders simplify the system so that financing a house is as easy as getting a car loan or financing for a...

Will Rate Hikes Tank the Market?

Posted On: 12/02/2015
Question: The Federal Reserve is expected to hike interest rates in December. If that happens will it sink the real estate market? Answer: Several times during the past year many predicted that the Federal Reserve would raise rates and nothing happened. As this is written before the...
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