A good Realtor® is sort of like your own personal Yoda—someone you can trust with your most pressing questions and biggest decisions, guiding you safely toward your destiny (of a brand new home!). But how do you choose the right Realtor when there are literally hundreds of options in your area? They say in California the… Continue Reading Should I Use my Friend or Family Member as My Realtor?
With mortgage rates averaging less than 5% for the past five years—and 2015 set to become year No. 6 in that trend—there’s never been a better time to carry a mortgage into retirement, right? Not so fast. While it’s an appealing idea to hold onto a predictable monthly mortgage payment and plow into retirement savings… Continue Reading With Rates so Low, Should You Pay Off Your Mortgage?
The U.S. housing market is on track for its best year since 2006. Home prices are up, foreclosures are down, boomerang buyers are re-entering the market, and millennials are finally—finally—moving out of their parents’ basements. Our long national nightmare appears to really be over. Bottom line: The housing crisis is beginning to feel like a… Continue Reading 5 Financial Lessons Learned from the Housing Crisis