Tuesday, September 4, 2018 / by Nicole Solari
There are many benefits to homeownership, but one of the top benefits is protecting yourself from rising rents by locking in your housing cost for the life of your mortgage.
Don’t Become Trapped
A recent article by Apartment List addressed rising rents by stating:
“Our national rent index is up 0.1 percent month-over-month, marking the sixth straight month of increasing rents. Year-over-year growth now stands at 1.2 percent.”
The article continues, explaining that:
“Rents increased month-over-month in 62 of the nation’s 100 largest cities, down significantly from the 85 cities that saw rents rise last month. That said, rents are still up year-over-year in most of the nation’s largest markets — 77 of the 100 largest cities have seen rents increase over the past twelve months.”
Additionally, Urban Land Magazine explained that ...
Monday, August 28, 2017 / by Nicole Solari
The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently released their latest Quarterly Home Price Index report.
In the report, home prices are compared both regionally and by state.
Based on the latest numbers, if you plan on relocating to another state, waiting to move may end up costing you more!
Alaska & West Virginia were the only states where home prices are lower than they were last year.
Monday, July 10, 2017 / by Nicole Solari
Buying a home is, for many people, an essential part of the American dream. But for people with a checkered financial history – and a less-than-perfect credit score – it can feel like a dream that’s out of their reach.
But just because you don’t have a perfect credit store or a pristine financial background doesn’t mean you can’t buy a home! While it may be a bit more challenging, you can find financing and buy the home of your dreams even if your credit score isn’t quite up to the level you’d like it to be.
Here are five tips for buying a house (even if you have a less-than-perfect credit score):
1. Make Sure Your Credit Report Is Accurate
If you’re worried your financial past might prevent you from securing a mortgage, the first step is to go through your credit report with a fine-toothed comb to make sure everything is accurate and up-to-date.
Mistakes on credit reports are more common than you think. In ...
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 / by Nicole Solari
After working hard for so many years, you might have purchased a home you are proud of. However, you might have heard about folks whose families were unable to get the family home after a parent’s death because it was tied up in court with probate issues.
As a parent and spouse, you probably want to spare your children from the expense and burden of probate court. Here are 3 ways to protect your home from probate so that it goes to the person or people you wish it to with as little delay as possible.
1. Use a Living Trust
While you're alive, you might be adamant about managing your personal affairs. However, if you want to be sure that you're legally protecting your estate, you ought to look into a living trust.
With a trustee, usually a trusted friend or family member, you can continue managing all the assets you transfer to the trust while you’re alive. When you finally pass on, the people or person listed as your beneficiari ...
Monday, June 12, 2017 / by Nicole Solari
As with many other aspects of life – the real estate business can be a real jungle to maneuver. For many of us, it's exceedingly easy to lose focus, make bad decisions and get sidetracked along the way (often times, without even knowing it).
This past week, I've been asking some of my friends in the industry for their input on this issue. My goal was to compile a list of the most important recommendations these experts had to offer from their years of experience in the real estate business. What I got was a healthy collection of insights that I think you'll find quite enlightening.
Specifically, my question was this:
If you could only give 3 recommendations to a new real estate investor (based on your own experience in the business), what would be your Top 3 most important pieces of advice?
Not surprisingly – there were a few common themes that seemed to come up again and again throughout this list… can you spot what they are?
Let's dive in. ...