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Home Appraisal Basics: What is Real Estate Appraisal?

A home appraisal is the process by which the fair market value of your home is assessed. A real estate appraisal is an essential component of the process of selling a property or refinancing it. Fundamentally, a state-licensed appraiser will utilize the data available to estimate your home’s current market value. This data can come […]

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Three Tips to Help Improve Your FICO Score

Your FICO score, named after the Fair Isaac Corporation that established it, is a measure of your credit worthiness. Since it is used by most lenders to decide whether or not to offer you credit, and if so at what interest rate, it makes sense to do whatever you can to improve it. Here are […]

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GDP Basics: Real and Per Capita GDP

The following GDP basics explain what the term GDP means and how it is calculated.  The GDP is the Gross Domestic Product of a country, and is a metric that is used to measure the health of the economy of that particular country. It is fundamentally a measurement of consumer and government spending, the difference […]

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Three Tips to Help Sell Your Home Quickly

There are several reasons why you might want to sell your home quickly. Perhaps house prices are falling, and you want yours to be sold before prices fall too much in your area. Maybe housing demand is falling and you want yours to be more attractive than most in your neighborhood.  Perhaps you are desperate […]

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How Much Home Can I Afford: Mortgage Affordability Factors

The question “How much home can I afford?” is a common one with new buyers, and there is no easy answer to mortgage affordability without having a lot more information.  There are several ways to work out how much of a home you can afford to purchase, although the two fundamental questions to be answered […]

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What Are Comparable Sales: How They Are Used in Appraising Your Home

What are comparable sales? How are they used in appraising your home? We are often asked these questions, and the answers are relatively simple. Fundamentally, the value of your home can be appraised or estimated by checking out the selling prices of other houses in the neighborhood. Houses of similar size in the same neighborhood […]

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Five Things You Should Not Do Before Purchasing a Home

There are many things you should not do before purchasing a home, or you may compromise your chances of getting a mortgage at best, or even be refused a mortgage at worst. Take the tips below seriously, because many people have ignored them and were sorry they did. You have found your dream home, so […]

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Fixed Rate or Adjustable Rate Mortgage – Which is Best?

It is essential that you understand whether a fixed rate or adjustable rate mortgage is best for you. In fact there are more than just these two options, because you can also select interest-only mortgages.  However, these two are the most popular mortgage options, and so we shall focus only on those here. Before you […]

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Debt to Income Ratio Basics: The Importance of Your DTI

Fundamentally, your debt to income ratio (DTI) is the percentage of your income that is used to pay your debts, and is often abbreviated to the ‘debt ratio.’ Your ‘income‘ is your total gross income from all sources before tax, and the ‘debts‘ cover everything that you are currently repaying. For example, let’s say you […]

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Why Pay Points on a Mortgage: Are Points a Benefit or Not?

Why pay points on a mortgage, and how do they benefit you? Points are a typically American arrangement, and refer to payments made in order to receive a lower interest rate. They have certain advantages, although these are not universal. Here are some details on mortgage points, and how they can be used to your […]

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