After surviving the stresses of a home search, completing the checklist for a successful closing, and managing the logistics of moving, you’ve finally reached the end of the process, right? Well, almost. While self-congratulations are certainly in order, there’s one more step you don’t want to overlook. Fortunately, its simplicity and cost-saving results provide ample […]
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Kathie Thomas, CFE kicked off 2019 by joining national mortgage lender Open Mortgage as Executive Vice President of Lending Operations. Thomas brings not only 39 years of mortgage banking expertise and knowledge as a Certified Fraud Examiner, but enthusiasm and energy to the role. “Every person I met before joining Open […]
Where does one begin when they start house hunting? The first step is talking to a mortgage lender before you house search so you know what you can really afford. The second is to find a real estate agent you trust to represent you as a buyer. But even with a great agent, those living […]
In a perfect world where mortgage rates, market inventory and demand from homebuyers align, downsizing to a smaller home would be a piece of cake for aging seniors. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case, and sometimes downsizing isn’t a feasible option. Seniors Staying Put Factors like lack of affordable inventory in a preferred location can […]
We often start the new year with resolutions to better ourselves, but that doesn’t always extend to the space that most defines us—our home. If you plan to stay in the house long enough to see a return on investment, and if you’ve got the itch to make some structural changes, make this the year […]
For most of us, the dream of home ownership is important for reasons that aren’t easy to quantify with numbers. After all, a home of our own gives us a place to build a life, and the ability to mold it to our specific needs and family. But that doesn’t mean we don’t hope that […]
The decision to divorce is often emotional and difficult, and the minefield of legal and financial actions that follow add to an already stressful situation. There will be important choices to make when it comes to dividing up joint property and assets, and while it’s never an easy process, knowing what happens to a mortgage […]
If you’re one of the 44 million Americans with student loan debt, buying a home may seem like a distant dream. However, some sound financial planning and an understanding of what lenders are looking for can put homeownership within reach. Start With Understanding Your Situation It’s not uncommon to feel overwhelmed by student loan debt. […]
The fact that most of us can expect to enjoy a longer, healthier retirement than previous generations is certainly worth celebrating. However, it also requires careful consideration of the financial implications that come with a retirement that could last 40 years or more. Give Your Plan A Second Look If your retirement date is approaching, […]
If you’ve ever wanted to start a weight loss plan and been terrified to step on the scale, starting a budget can feel the same way. Seeing the truth laid bare means we can’t hide our heads in the sand anymore, which feels comforting but is detrimental in the long run. The truth is, we […]
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