How To Know If You Are Paying Too Much For Property Taxes

Home ownership is expensive. It is something that often causes sticker shock for first-time homeowners. Between regular maintenance and property taxes, the living costs can get a lot higher than [...]

How To Add A Guesthouse To Your Home

If you have enough space on your property, the thought of adding a guesthouse has likely crossed your mind.  Guesthouses, also known as accessory dwelling units or ADU for short, are distinct [...]

How To Avoid Mortgage Approval Delays When Buying A Home

Buying a home is a stressful, lengthy process. It takes time to make sure everything is processing correctly, and sometimes the steps feel tedious. Whether you’re a first-time buyer or you’ve [...]

How Much Do You Save with Lower FHA Annual Mortgage Insurance Premiums?

Making home ownerships more accessible and sustainable is a major goal of the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). To support with this goal the FHA has lowered annual mortgage insurance by 0.5% [...]

Can High-End Amenities Make It Harder For Your Home To Sell? 

If you are thinking about adding a high-end amenity to your home, think twice.  Consider how the amenity will affect your home’s eventual selling price before plunking down your hard-earned [...]

What To Do If your Home Purchase Appraisal Comes Up Short

Be prepared to make some changes. Your home is collateral for your mortgage so that means if you can not be approved for a loan without an appraisal. It’s never guaranteed an appraisal will come [...]

Ways To Save For A Down Payment For Buying A Home

Saving for a down payment is a big step when you are buying a home. Although some types of loans like VA, FHA, and USDA only require a small down payment or no down payment at all, it is not [...]

Questions To Ask Your Agent Before Listing Your Home 

Selling a home is that much easier with the assistance of an experienced real estate agent.  Do not hire any old agent.  The professional you select should meet your unique criteria and provide [...]

Is Paying Rent Ahead of Time a Good Idea?

Depending on where you live, rent could be a big percentage of your income. Paying rent every month quickly becomes a heavy burden on your budget if you’re not prepared. Because of this, many [...]

Reasons Why My Home Insurance Premium Can Go Up

Every so often, homeowners find that their insurance premiums have increased for seemingly no reason at all. This situation is actually quite common and can leave homeowners confused and [...]