A new house is a major investment. Even if you have a mortgage, the bank and the seller will still expect a sizeable down payment. That's why lots of people regularly gift down payments to friends and relatives - it's a great way to help young people start out on the path of home ownership. But what are the rules around gifting down payments? Can you simply give someone everything they need? Although it's a generous thought, it's not always possible - here's what you need to know. Make Sure You Write a Gift Letter If you're giving one of your relatives money for a down payment, you'll need to … [Read More...]
The idea of impressing potential buyers can be a matter rife with stress, but there are a few things you can do before a viewing to ensure your home is seen in the best light. If you've recently put your house on the market and you're looking for some fast and easy fix-ups, here are a handful of ways you can be sure to create a positive first impression. It's All About the Smell It may seem like purchasing a home is all about appearance, but you shouldn't underestimate the power of scent when it comes to the overall impact of your home viewing. Instead of leaving this invisible factor up to … [Read More...]
Last week's economic reports included Consumer Price Index and Core index for September, the minutes of the FOMC meeting held September 15 and 17, and weekly reports on mortgage rates and new jobless claims. The details: FOMC Minutes Hint at Looming Rate Hike as Inflation Lags Minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee meeting held in September suggest that while Fed policy makers have reservations about low inflation and labor markets, they may go ahead and raise the target federal funds rate from its current range of 0.00 to 0.25 percent. When the fed does raise rates, consumers can expect … [Read More...]
Whether you're planning on selling your home soon or you want to do a few minor renovations for your own enjoyment, an ailing hardwood floor may be on your list of things to tackle. While this can be a more difficult renovation to complete than many other household items, here are five reasons you may want to move it to the top of the list. An Issue with Structure If there happens to be any glaring structural issues with your hardwood, a complete do-over will be a necessity if you want to sell your house in the future. While this will likely involve fixing the sub-floor under your hardwood, … [Read More...]
If you're in the market for a new home, you're probably trying to budget for all of the expenses that come with a home purchase. After all, the asking price isn't necessarily the entire amount that you'll pay - there are other expenses that will factor in to the final price. One such expense is your closing costs.
Closing costs are the miscellaneous fees you'll pay when you sign the deal to buy your home. But how much do you need to save up for closing costs? Here's what you need to know.
The General Guideline for What to Expect
Most mortgage advisors will tell you that you should expect to … [Read More...]
The real estate market is in a state of constant flux, and if your home has been for sale a little while you may feel vulnerable if you've recently rejected an offer. If you're starting to change your tune on what you want and you're wondering how you can re-make a deal, here are a few pointers for how to approach a new negotiation.
Did You Do a Follow-Up Call?
One of the rules for selling your home is to follow-up with all potential buyers as a matter of courtesy, whether you've accepted their offer on your home or not. If you've done this with a potential buyer you want to re-negotiate … [Read More...]