What to Expect at Closing

What to expect at the closing of a real estate transaction

Closing on a new house can be one of the most exciting days of your life. But before you get the keys, you’ll need to sign several documents at the closing table. So, here’s what to expect on your big day. What Are Closing Costs? Closing costs are the fees and expenses buyers and sellers…

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Pros and Cons of Paying Off a Mortgage Early

Discover the Pros and Cons of Paying Off a Mortgage Early

Soon after signing mortgage loan documents that lock in a 15- or 30-year debt, homeowners dream about paying off the debt early to get rid of the monthly burden. But, even if you could pay the mortgage off early, is it a good idea? When Considering Paying Off a Mortgage Early Paying off a mortgage…

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How Long Does It Take to Buy a House?

Buying a House can take time

The time it takes to buy a home can be a long process. According to a December 2021 Bankrate.com article, the average time to close on a home with a conventional mortgage is about 51 days. Having all documentation organized in advance and quickly responding to all lender questions will minimize the time between an…

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Four Upgrades that Add the Most Value to Your Home

Upgrades that add value to your home

Remodeling and upgrades can help increase the return on investment (ROI) of a home; however, it is unlikely the homeowner will recoup the total cost of most upgrades. Generally, an upgrade project must fix a design or structural flaw to recover the construction cost. A home remodeling project can help increase a home’s value. But…

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Eight Simple Ways to Increase Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Increase Your Home's Curb Appeal

Curb appeal is the first impression a potential buyer gets of your home. A home’s curb appeal refers to its attractiveness when viewed from the street and is essential to consider when putting a home on the market for sale. It helps set expectations for potential buyers and positively influences a home’s value and marketability.…

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How Much is My Home Worth?

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Like most everything, home values are generally subject to the law of supply and demand. However, determining a home’s worth can be difficult due to the current economic conditions, location, comparable area sales, interest rates, and other factors. Knowing a home’s current value means greater control for the homeowner. Why Understanding Home Values is Important…

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What Kind of Return Should I Expect on My Investment and Why?

Video: Real Estate Investing

This is a lightly edited transcript of a video from Graystone Investment Group’s official YouTube channel byJorge Vasquez, Graystone Investment Group CEO. What Kind of Return Should I Expect on My Investment and Why? This is one of the most common questions I get when I’m speaking with investors. The answer is fairly simple. It…

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Top Five Reasons To Hire A Property Management Company

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Overlooked Advantages of Hiring a Property Manager Hiring a property manager may seem like an added expense at first, but when considering the benefits that come along with having a property manager, it’s actually hardly an expense at all. Property managers are available to make your life more convenient and handle the tedious parts that…

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Maximizing Your Credit

Now more than ever, there is a lot of confusion about being qualified for a home mortgage – and a lot of misinformation as well. It’s common to hear people say, “I heard banks aren’t lending money right now,” or, “I heard you need to have 20 percent down to get a mortgage these days.” While mortgage underwriters…

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