Home Ownership

It’s Hard to Believe, but Today’s Homes are Affordable

It’s no secret, home prices have skyrocketed. In fact, according to CoreLogic’s April 2021 Home Price Index report, home prices increased 13 percent year-over-year and 2.1 percent monthly in April. Coupled with lack of inventory, today’s housing market could be quite tricky to navigate. With that in mind, we’re guessing you wouldn’t believe us if we told you houses are actually quite affordable. We agree, it sounds outlandish given the state of the current housing market, but the truth of the matter is that home prices aren’t the only thing that determine affordability. Read More

The Mortgage Process: Part 4, Processing and Underwriting

Pre-approval? Check. Offer on the perfect house accepted? Check. Mortgage application process completed? Check. Ok, so what is next? Well, this step is really for us rather than for you. Up next in the mortgage process is Processing and Underwriting. Read on to learn more about these next steps. Read More

Fabulous Flowers for Spring Planting

For some people, the warming weather is a call to dust off the gardening gear and get out and tend to beautiful plants and flowers. For others of us not blessed with a green thumb (guilty!) there may be some trepidation around the spring planting season. One way to ease into spring planting is with container gardens since they can add instant color without a lot of effort. Here is a list of flowers to look for at your local nursery or garden center to create fun and easy potted gardens for your spring curb appeal. Read More

The Mortgage Process: Part 3, Application

You have found “the house” and your offer has been accepted… Really exciting stuff! But what’s next? When you initially completed your application, upon review and approval, your lender either provided a pre-qualification or a pre-approval letter. The terms are similar, but not the same. A pre-qualification is a pretty vague application including very basic pieces of information. While this information may have allowed your lender to give you the initial OK to search for homes... If you chose this route, now that you have found the house you are going to purchase, it is time to revisit that application and add more specific documents and information to keep your loan file moving along in the process. Read More

5 Hacks to House Hunt Like a Pro

Hands down, house hunting tends to be one of the most exciting parts of the home buying process. However, being unprepared can really take away from the experience. To ensure you have the best home buying adventure possible, we’ve cultivated 5 hacks that will have you house hunting like a pro. Read More

The Mortgage Process: Part 2, The Search

Now that you’ve taken your first step toward homeownership and have met with a Mortgage Consultant to better understand how much you are approved to spend on a home, it’s time to move onto the more exciting step two… SHOPPING! In this article we’ll cover how to get ready to shop for a home, beginning the home search process and some tips and tricks we have learned over the years supporting our clients. Read More