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Wednesday, June 19, 2019   /   by Brian Ness

What You Need to Know About Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)

Whether it is your first time or your fifth, it is always important to know all the facts when it comes to buying a home. With the large number of mortgage programs available that allow buyers to purchase homes with down payments below 20%, you can never have too much information about Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI).
What is PMI?
Freddie Mac defines PMI as:

“An insurance policy that protects the lender if you are unable to pay your mortgage. It’s a monthly fee, rolled into your mortgage payment, that is required for all conforming, conventional loans that have down payments less than 20%.
Once you’ve built equity of 20% in your home, you can cancel your PMI and remove that expense from your mortgage payment.”

As the borrower, you pay the monthly premiums for the insurance policy, and the lender is the beneficiary. Freddie Mac goes on to explain that:

“The cost of PMI varies based on your loan-to-value ratio &ndas ...

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019   /   by Brian Ness

Why Is So Much Paperwork Required to Get a Mortgage?

Why Is So Much Paperwork Required to Get a Mortgage?
When buying a home today, why is there so much paperwork mandated by the lenders for a mortgage loan application? It seems like they need to know everything about you. Furthermore, it requires three separate sources to validate each and every entry on the application form. Many buyers are being told by friends and family that the process was a hundred times easier when they bought their home ten to twenty years ago.
There are two very good reasons that the loan process is much more onerous on today’s buyer than perhaps any other time in history.
1. The government has set new guidelines that now demand that the bank proves beyond any doubt that you are indeed capable of paying the mortgage.
During the run-up to the housing crisis, many people ‘qualified’ for mortgages that they could never pay back. This led to millions of families losing their home. The government wants to make sure th ...

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Monday, June 17, 2019   /   by Brian Ness

5 Reasons to Sell Your House This Summer

Here are 5 compelling reasons listing your home for sale this summer makes sense.
1. Demand Is Strong
The latest Buyer Traffic Index from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows that buyer demand remains strong throughout the vast majority of the country. These buyers are ready, willing, and able to purchase… and are in the market right now! More often than not, multiple buyers are competing with each other for the same home.
Take advantage of the buyer activity currently in the market.
2. There Is Less Competition Now
Housing inventory is still under the 6-month supply needed for a normal housing market. This means that, in most of the country, there are not enough homes for sale to satisfy the number of buyers.
Historically, the average number of years a homeowner stayed in his or her home was six, but that number has hovered between nine and ten years since 2011. Many homeowners have a pent-up desire to move, as they ...

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Saturday, June 15, 2019   /   by Brian Ness

Rochester Real Estate Talk Show 6/15/19

Rochester Real Estate Talk Show Saturday’s from 8:30-9am on KROC-AM 1340 / 96.9 FM
6/15/19 Every profession has its own jargon and real estate has its fair share. Robin Gwaltney with Gwaltney Group | RE/MAX Results explains many of the terms used by those involved in buying and selling homes, along with those who track real estate transaction. Robin also provides some of the most recent statistics on the housing market in Rochester and explains how you could get regular updates for free.

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Friday, June 14, 2019   /   by Brian Ness

Top 4 Renovations for the Greatest Return on Investment! [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights:

If you are planning on listing your house for sale this year, these four home improvement projects will net you the most Return on Investment (ROI).
Minor renovations can go a long way toward improving the quality of your everyday life and/or impressing potential buyers.
Whether you plan to stay in your house for a long time or just a few years, it’s smart to know which home renovations add the most value.

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