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Updated: Tuesday, April 07, 2020


Do You Really Skip Two Payments When Refinancing?
Written By: David Reed

First, lets understand that mortgage payments are made in arrears. Its the opposite of a rent payment. When renting, youre actually paying for the month youre about to live in. With a mortgage, youre paying for the month you just lived in. For instance, you make your mortgage payment on the first of the month, but the payment is for accrued interest from the previous month.nbsp;You might have noticed this when you first bought and financed your home with an entry on your settlement statement not...

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The Future of Real Estate in a Quarantined World
Written By: Jeff Cohn

Living in a virtual worldIve been telling people for years that I believe agents and consumers will demand a virtual office solution going into this next decade- that is now becoming a reality.nbsp; For the past five years, my team has been able to do everything virtually and physically at my brokerage in Omaha. We are now operating 100 virtually during the quarantine. Since we are, and have been, a paperless company, the current situation hasnt impacted the function of our business as hard as m...

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3 Decorating Tips To Make Your House Looks Fancy
Written By: Geraldine Mills

1. Living RoomThe living room is part of the home where you are likely to be entertaining your guests most often. Thus, you should make sure that it presents itself very well to others. Otherwise, people may think youre a messy and cluttered person.nbsp;You dont need to do much or modify too many parts of your living room. You only need to consider a few factors such as your lighting, the artworks in your living room, and the paint on the walls.LightingA subtle element of interior design that pe...

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Buying a Home? Don’t Forget to Ask These Questions!
Written By: Michael Porter

Can You Have a Copy of the Homes Sales History?It is important to know about how many times the home has changed hands over the years as well as for much the home sold for each time. This will let you know about your prospective propertys value fluctuations which can help you sell the home and negotiate fairly in the future.What is the Cost of Monthly and Annual Utility and Maintenance?No one wants a home that racks up utility bills as though the owners are made of money. The water, power, and g...

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Should You Buy a House During the Coronavirus Outbreak?
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

Shark Tank star and real estate icon, Barbara Corcoran, is the latest to weigh in, telling TMZ that, Nows the time to score a steal, they said. She told us buyers who are willing to pay special attention to details can find properties discounted by as much as 25. Shes seen it happen in NYC, and says that kinda deal wont be uncommon due to the harsh economic reality facing millions of Americans. She says if sellers are willing to list right now during a pandemic, its likely because theyre despera...

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Home Improvement Projects to Tackle During the Quarantine
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

Youre working from home, which means youre bored, and youre looking for stuff to do. If you own your home, that stuff probably means home improvement projects. Weve got tips on what to tackle during the quarantine.Do an even deeper clean than usualIt is spring, after all. This year, in addition to annual spring cleaning list, add a few tasks that are specifically intended to kill germs and improve the air quality in your home.nbsp;Its best to check if your cleaning materials are in the list of a...

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Ask the HOA Expert: What's The Difference Between The CC&Rs And The Rules And Regulations?
Written By: Richard Thompson

Answer: CCamp;Rs stands for "Covenants, Conditions amp; Restrictions". CCamp;Rs include the Declaration, Bylaws, Rules, Regulations, Policies and Resolutions.As far as standing up in court, no one can predict the outcome of a judge or jury decision. But the board has a responsibility to make sure all rules, regulations and policies are in writing, distributed to all owners and residents and easily accessible when needed website recommended for 24/7 access. If the HOAs rules are fair and uniforml...

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Jimmy Fallon Inspires Renewed Interest in Interior Slides
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

Of course, Fallons home may be slightly different than ours. From what we have been able to see on The Tonight Show at home, a pared-down version of his weeknight show that has been a family affair, with his kids and wife participating, the home is as interesting as he is. It has a slew of eye-popping features, including a rustic wood staircase, wallpaper that resembles birch bark, paneled walls, and an indoor slide.nbsp;Yes, a slide.nbsp;It made an appearance during the show after Fallon said g...

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How to Find Housing That Will Suit Your Pet's Needs Too
Written By: Carol Evenson

Check Local Ordinances and Homeowners Association RulesWhen youre looking for a home, either rented or purchased, youll need to follow the rules of the community that youre entering. Most areas have general ordinances on cleaning up after your dog when you go for a walk. Theyll also have leash laws, and they might have other ordinances on what kinds of animals you can have. If you live in a condo or townhouse, you will also have a homeowners association, which will tell you whether or not you ca...

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Do You Really Skip Two Payments When Refinancing?
Written By: David Reed

Sounds like a pretty good idea, doesnt it? Take a break from making this months mortgage payment plus skipping the next one? Who wouldnt want that? But lets take a closer look at what actually goes on with those payments during a refinance transaction.First, lets understand that mortgage payments are made in arrears. Its the opposite of a rent payment. When renting, youre actually paying for the month youre about to live in. With a mortgage, youre paying for the month you just lived in. For inst...

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5 Necessary Steps to Flipping a House
Written By: Vincent Stokes

1. Research the Real Estate MarketNot every market is the best choice for flipping houses. For example, if youre starting off with just 10,000 that you can work with out of pocket, you probably shouldnt start flipping houses that are being listed in the millions. It wont work out well for you and youll end up with less than you started with. The general rule of house flipping is the less cash you have to work with, the less the house should cost overall. That means that the first two questions t...

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How to Buy Your First Home
Written By: Craig Middleton

Set yourself up for success by using these five tips when buying a house:Repair and Build Your CreditThis is a step that has to be done before you start negotiating rates and looking at houses. If you have a lot of debt to pay off you will need to start paying it off or find some way to repair your credit. You want a good credit score because that will allow you to get better rates on a mortgage.If you do not own a credit card you will want to get a credit card. You can start out with a nice cre...

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Private Lending During the Coronavirus
Written By: Edward Brown

Varying government agencies have taken similar steps to those during 1918s pandemic to quell the spread of the coronavirus; isolation, quarantine, use of disinfectants, and limitations of public gatherings. These measures seem to be the fastest way to rid the general population of this kind of virus. During these times, the economic effects are dramatic.An article by Thomas Garrett, Assistant Vice President and Economist for the Federal Bank of St. Louis, written in 2007 examining the economic e...

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March Real Estate Roundup
Written By: Realty Times Staff

Freddie Macs results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey shows that "The Federal Reserves swift and significant efforts to stabilize the market were much needed and helped mortgage rates drop for the first time in three weeks. Similar to other segments of the economy, real estate demand is softening. However, the combination of the Feds actions and pending economic stimulus will provide substantial support to the mortgage markets." 30-year fixed-rate mortgage FRM averaged 3.5 percent with an a...

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How to Buy a House Right Now
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

These are uncertain times, to be sure. But those same low rates that are driving refis are also attracting homebuyers. The 30-year fixed mortgage rate hovers above 3 percent, the lowest that it has been in nearly 50 years, Andrina Valdes, executive sales leader and CEO ofnbsp;Cornerstone Home Lending, Inc., told Apartment Therapy. The lower the mortgage rate, the lower a monthly mortgage payment is likely to be. So, anyone whos on the fence and thinking about buying a home could really benefit r...

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Four HOA Reserve Fund Investment Hurdles
Written By: Richard Thompson

Hurdle 1: Failure to use the Reserve Study or not having one in the first place. Homeowner association boards have the duty to conduct long range planning to identify common elements, their current condition, their useful lives and current cost of repair or replacement. This exercise is called a Reserve Study. Some boards believe that a reserve study provides little benefit except to point out the obvious.These same boards either elect not to pay the cost of one or put the one they have in a fil...

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Cabinet Styles Perfect for Different Types of Kitchen
Written By: Joyce Velosco

The kitchen is the heart of the home. This place is one of the most favorite places of moms, and for them, it is important to maximize the kitchen space so as to represent their personality and to serve their culinary needs efficiently.nbsp;Whether the space is big or small, there are definitely plenty of ways to spice up the kitchen and do all their duties without the hassle With that, it is important to select a suitable type of furniture for your kitchen.nbsp;So, without further ado, lets tak...

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Top Tips for Working From Home
Written By: Super User

But working from home takes a certain kind of discipline. And flexibility. And finesse. Especially if your spouse is also working from home and your kids are out of school. If youre new to this, we have a few tips that will help it go smoothly.nbsp;Eat and drinkthe right stuff at the right timeIts easy to get caught up in work and forget to eat or get enough water during the day. Its also easy to take too many trips to the kitchen for snacks, and, before you know it, your healthy habits are goin...

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Tuesday, April 07, 2020

Do You Really Skip Two Payme...
First, lets understand that mortgage payments are made in arrears. Its the opposite of a ren...

The Future of Real Estate in...
Living in a virtual worldIve been telling people for years that I believe agents an...

3 Decorating Tips To Make Yo...
1. Living RoomThe living room is part of the home where you are...

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