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Making Sense of a Real Estate Appraisal


  Most home buyers know that an appraisal will show the current market value of a property. But when it comes to reading through all the information and numbers listed in the appraisal report, and knowing how your transaction is impacted by this document things often get a bit murkier. What is included in the appraisal? The report will generally start with a description of the property including elements such as the size in square feet, the age of the home, it’s condition, location, and the number of rooms. Information will be listed about the lot, the materials used to

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Is An Adjustable Rate Mortgage Ever a Good Idea?

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Once extremely popular among everyone from first time home buyers to experienced real estate investors, adjustable rate mortgages (also called “ARMs”) have fallen out of favor in recent years. Many home buyers and homeowners fear this type of loan, and worry that taking out an ARM will lead to drastic rate increases, an inability to afford mortgage payments, and even foreclosure. So what’s the truth about this often misunderstood loan program? Just as an adjustable rate mortgage wasn’t the right choice for everyone earlier this century, it’s not the wrong choice for everyone either. Whether an ARM makes sense depends

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5 Reasons to Lock in a Mortgage Rate Now

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The dramatic rise and traumatic fall of the housing market has made a lot of Americans nervous about buying real estate, and understandably so. Those who wanted to sell their homes didn’t have it easy, either. Foreclosure rates and lack of demand made it tough to sell properties for a worthwhile price. Now, it seems, things are finally starting to get better. The economy has made its way into a recovery, with home values inching steadily up and home buyer activity gaining strength. Still, many people remain¬†trepidatious about approaching lenders, due to their fear of not being able to qualify

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