Think it’s a buyer’s market? Don’t be that buyer.

It’s true that we are not in the peak of the market boom we were in the past couple of years.  But that doesn’t mean buyers suddenly hold all the power like some seem to think.  In fact, there are still a lot of markets (like Philly, for example) where the market is still hotContinue reading “Think it’s a buyer’s market? Don’t be that buyer.”

Could empty office buildings bring down home prices?

What if I told you that some of the country’s most desirable real estate locations are currently sitting mostly un-utilized? What if I also told you that these places could be a key to opening up more opportunities for homebuyers, senior citizens, etc. More opportunities means more housing.  More housing means more supply. More supplyContinue reading “Could empty office buildings bring down home prices?”

Does Pre-Qualification Mean I’m Approved?

When it comes to mortgages, pre-qualification and pre-approval may seem interchangeable, but they actually mean different things and hold different weight when it comes to submitting an offer on your dream home. Mortgage pre-qualification helps lenders to understand how much you can borrow by asking you a few questions about your finances.  For example, theyContinue reading “Does Pre-Qualification Mean I’m Approved?”

The risks of zero-down loans in this market: Is this 2008 all over again?

It’s baaaaaaaaaaack…. With Bank of America recently announcing their loan option for lower-income households that requires no down payment, no closing costs, and doesn’t base the loan on a minimum FICO score, you might be wondering if this is 2008 all over again.  Can we really be repeating these kinds of loans and promoting homeownershipContinue reading “The risks of zero-down loans in this market: Is this 2008 all over again?”

AirBnb: Why Feeding this Beast is Probably Not a Good Idea in the Long Run

The short-term rental industry has been repeatedly accused of driving housing prices up by contributing to the housing shortage both in the U.S. and abroad.  Some of the top travel destinations like Amsterdam, London, New York and Los Angeles gets the brunt of much of the criticism for the sheer size of their operations.  InContinue reading “AirBnb: Why Feeding this Beast is Probably Not a Good Idea in the Long Run”

What is an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM)?

An adjustable-rate mortgage is a home loan when an interest rate adjusts over time based on the market.  ARMs generally start with a lower interest rate than a fixed-rate mortgage, so an ARM is a great option if your goal is to get the lowest possible rate up front and don’t wish to live thereContinue reading “What is an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM)?”

Rising Mortgage Rates While You’re Waiting For Your Home to Be Built

In the current market of high demand and low inventory, it’s common practice to be outbid numerous times when trying to purchase a home.  Therefore, lots of homebuyers are opting to forgo the bidding wars and simply build a house. This can be an attractive option on paper but not necessarily simple.  Labor shortages andContinue reading “Rising Mortgage Rates While You’re Waiting For Your Home to Be Built”

One of the Things that Really Has Annoyed Me About this Market

There’s an old sales adage that states, “The confused mind says ‘no’”. Nothing could be truer when it comes to VA home loans. This has been truly one of the most disappointing things about this two-year run we have had in the market. VA loans seem to be thrown aside as substandard or “risky”.  AsContinue reading “One of the Things that Really Has Annoyed Me About this Market”

Why a Bank Statement Loan Could be the Answer to Your Prayers

Not common but a less known type of financing is the bank statement loan. What are they? I got this question from a small business owner recently who was trying to purchase a home. They are essentially a type of loan that allows a buyer to get a mortgage without the traditional documents (taxes, paystubs,Continue reading “Why a Bank Statement Loan Could be the Answer to Your Prayers”