5 Ways to Build Equity in Your Home

It doesn’t feel like it, but when you send off your mortgage payment every month you’re actually saving money. How’s that possible? Well, a little thing called equity increases with each payment you make.   Equity is the difference between your home’s market value and the amount you still owe. To calculate your equity you… Continue reading 5 Ways to Build Equity in Your Home

The Ultimate New Homeowner Checklist

Homeownership is a big responsibility – one that’s just beginning when you sign the closing papers.   “Buying a home, whether it’s your first time or your fifth, involves quite a bit of work upfront and a decent amount of ongoing upkeep,” says Kelly Boenzi of the Zimmerman Group. “A little pre-planning can make the… Continue reading The Ultimate New Homeowner Checklist

Should You Buy or Sell First? Consider These 3 Factors

As a current homeowner, you’re already familiar with the home buying process: determine your wants and needs, find a REALTOR®, secure financing, and begin your house hunt. You’d think your second time around would be easier, but buying a new home when you already own a home is a uniquely challenging situation.    It’s generally… Continue reading Should You Buy or Sell First? Consider These 3 Factors

Self-Employed? Here’s How to Get a Mortgage

For most American’s, getting a mortgage is an essential step in the home buying process. Potential homebuyers must provide their credit score, reveal their outstanding debt, and verify their income in order to qualify. For the approximately 16 million self-employed Americans, this last step gets a bit complicated.    Lenders are primarily concerned with two… Continue reading Self-Employed? Here’s How to Get a Mortgage

How Are My Property Taxes Calculated?

Understanding how property taxes are calculated can be confusing, especially when the amount you pay may be vastly different than the amount homeowners in neighboring towns pay.   What Exactly Are Property Taxes?   Property taxes are based on your property’s value, which includes your home, any other buildings (like a garage or shed), and… Continue reading How Are My Property Taxes Calculated?