Tuesday, April 24, 2012
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Here is a great site if you're facing a short sale: www.shortorstaylasvegas.com
These days so many homeowners are wondering if it’s the right time to move on and move up into a better home. So many questions ensue. How long will it take for the market to be back to normal again? Will today’s interest rates go on indefinitely? How can I tell before they begin to climb again? If I wait long enough will my home’s value come back up to what it was just a few years ago? The answers are not so simple but one thing is for certain. Property values take time to climb up and rebound after bouts of the situation that we are facing at present. Here are some pointers that will provide further insight as to why selling sooner may make more sense.
When Incomes Go Up – So Do Property Values
Many industry experts believe the only way for home prices to go back up is for buyers to have higher incomes. Based on this assumption, a good number of homeowners’ expectations that their property will miraculously gain 20% to 30% of value on the market within the next year or so are sufficiently unrealistic. Keep in mind that the average annual income increase nowadays is anywhere from three to five percent, which translates to a waiting period of until at least 2017 before you will regain housing values from a few years ago.
How Long Will It Take For the Job Market To Improve?
As we find ourselves in yet another double dip recession and the nation is struggling to deal with the economy, the unemployment rates in many states continues to plummet or stay where it’s at; a dismally low level. No one can say how long it will take for the job market to improve but analysts predict that though process will be slow it will happen.
Interest Rates Are At “Go Get ‘Em” Levels
Being able to finance a home was much easier just a few short years ago but having said that the fact of the matter is that now, interest rates make up for the otherwise detailed and careful application and approval process. While in the midst of a 30-year low, interest rates at about 4-4.5% clearly indicate this is a very good time to buy a home. Of course, for owners of existing homes this can mean a loss on the property they sell but by moving into a home that will most likely increase in value in a few years’ time it offsets the loss.
Keep Living But Live Happier
Why not wait for the market to improve before selling your existing property and moving into another? The return on investment can be significant when you factor in the changed interest rates regardless of improved property values. Consider this: Sell an existing home for $200,000 today and buy up into a new home worth $320,000 at the current low interest rates, versus wait for 5-7 years to sell the home, which by then might be worth $220,000. The interest rates by then to purchase the same new house worth $350,000 will be at least a couple percent higher. The end result is about $12-$15,000 in savings by selling and buying sooner – and that many more years of happiness.
A few other things to consider are whether or not you are willing or able to maintain your existing home or would you prefer moving into a condominium or relocating to a warmer climate? Would this be a perfect time to sell your property and invest in a dual home that can also be rented out for some additional income? Also, how can you be sure your property value will not dip even further as you wait the market out? Wouldn’t you want the freedom to at least be able to get into a newer home, at a great price because of the current housing prices?
The best way to really know what steps to take is to contact your Realtor for an in-depth consultation and to learn whether now is the perfect time for YOU to sell.
at 1:41 PM
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
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Pay Off YOUR Debt, NOW!
The only way to raise a credit score is to pay off your debt or at least reduce it to an acceptable level! I recommend paying off high interest rate credit card debt first.They can suck the life out of your finances! As for those, "magic cure" credit repair commercials you hear and see promising a quick fix, their scam is even greater than high interest rate scam your credit card company is charging you!
What steps do you need to take to build your credit score to the highest level possible? How can you secure a mortgage with a lower interest rate? Use my common sense guidelines provided below to get rid of the debts that have reeked havoc on your chances for a lower-interest mortgage on your dream home.
1.) Pay Your Bills on Time – All the Time!
I know, I know – this isn’t always easy. But, lenders of all kinds look for reliability on your part. Since loaning money is a risk for them, they look for signs that you have a reliable income and the discipline to pay your bills over time. When they see those signs, they say to themselves, “Hmmm, this person looks like a good risk to me; therefore, he or she deserves a lower interest rate.”
People sometimes open credit card accounts in order to increase their available credit. Absolutely avoid this temptation! It’s simply too darned easy to charge for items you don’t really need, and, before you know it, you’re back in debt or have increased it to an unreasonable degree.
3.) Budget, Budget, Budget!
Financially, this is possibly the most “unsexy” task there is, and yet it’s the most vital and important one you can possibly undertake! YOU need to figure out where you stand financially. Budgeting will allow you to get rid of debt, improve your credit score, and shape a low interest rate financial future for you!
4.) How Much Debt is Too Much?
Here’s the first question to ask yourself in terms of budgeting: How much debt is too much?
Actually, there’s a standard financial formula that allows you to answer that question. This formula is called the debt to income ratio, and what it does is measure your net monthly income against your debt.
Here’s an example:
"George” has a net monthly income of $2000 and his monthly debt payments are $500.
So, to get his debt-to-income ratio, George divides $500 by $2000 and gets this ratio:
500÷2000 =.25 (25%)
Is this a good ratio?
Well, financial experts generally agree that debt expenses should be 25% or less of your income. George’s ratio is reasonable but could be better.So, what’s the ratio of your debt to your income? Figure that out by taking the next step.
5.) Calculate Your Debt-to-Income Ratio
You can answer that question by completing the following tasks:
Task 1: Analyze your bills from the last month. Add up all the fixed expense items (rent, mortgage, car payments, child support, loan payments, etc.)
Task 2: Review your credit card bills and add up the minimum payments owed on each card.
Task 3: Figure out your monthly take-home pay (net salary).
Task 4: Divide your monthly fixed expenses by your monthly income to get your debt-to-income ratio.
What percentage did you get? If it’s 25% or greater, then it’s definitely time to budget in order to reduce or eliminate your debt.
I’d be happy to discuss some more in-depth
at 11:31 AM
Monday, April 9, 2012
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Credit outlook is the most important aspect of the financial lives of millions of Americans. In fact, it is almost as unique as a thumbprint so it should be guarded and carefully protected. Not only does your credit report share an in-depth insight into your most personal financial details but it also shows those people that are accessing the report a lot about your financial personality.
So if you are buying a home or automobile, want a credit card, have applied for new phone service or anything else that requires the pulling of your credit report, beware and be aware of what is on your report.
A Credit Report Is a Glimpse Of Your Financial Lifestyle
Though mortgage companies view a different version than you do, bear in mind that the details are very much available and ready to see to any creditor that chooses to look over the history of your financial responsibility. The single most determining factor in deciding your mortgage application aside from your income eligibility and a few other aspects, is your FICO score. Lenders take the average of all three scores obtained from the three reporting agencies but when you view your report you will have access to one FICO score rather than the average of all three. You will however be able to view the same detailed information visible to creditors.
The basics will be included on the report but in addition there will also be contact information for each of your creditors, type of credit, the loan and/or credit amount that corresponds with each and the date each line of credit was established. There will also be information about any judgments against you and any settlements you may have made in the past. Any derogatory things such as repossessions, bankruptcy, past due amounts or debts that have gone to collection will be included on the credit report as well. There is a new trend that has become more prevalent with many creditors, where agencies report your rental payment history and other things showing how responsible you are with debt in situations other than just those that appear on a standard credit report . The CoreLogic® CoreScore report is a new report that almost acts as Big Brother, reporting a lot more detail on your spending habits as a consumer.
Things To Look Out For When Reviewing Your Credit Report
One of the best things you can do for your financial health is to pull your credit report at least once every six months. Check your report for any discrepancies and most importantly be aware of your financial situation.
If the balance owed is very close to or equal to the maximum high balance limit on any or all of your lines of credit it raises a red flag to potential creditors. That shows you have reached the maximum credit limit on a number of your responsibilities, and it is a factor that could get in the way of your obtaining new credit. As soon as you see your credit has reached about 80% of the maximum limit it is a good idea to start paying your debt down as soon as possible.
Additionally, if you see any derogatory items that are inaccurate you should work to resolve them by contacting the creditor and setting the record straight.
The best way to ensure strong financial health is to be aware, stay up to date on your report and maintain accuracy. Using the report as a tool you can guide your financial situation to where you want to be and once there, be sure to stay on top. For assistance in pulling your credit report or any other inquiries you may have, contact your loan officer or Realtor today!
at 12:41 PM