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    • Fast Track Rental Property

      FHA allows owner-occupants to purchase up to a four-unit property with a minimum 3.5% down payment. The rent collected on three units could be used to make the payment and the owners’ pro-rata share would be less than ¼ of the payment itself. The owner-occupied unit would be considered their principal residence. The other three … Continue reading Fast Track Rental Property
      Written by Carla Higgins
    • Mortgage Free

      It may be an all too common belief that a person will have a house payment and a car payment for the rest of their lives. However, with a plan and some determination, you can be mortgage free. Planning for retirement is obviously important and many times, an activity plagued by procrastination. Some homeowners’ goal … Continue reading Mortgage Free
      Written by Carla Higgins
    • How to Clean Gutters

      The gutters and downspouts on your home are intended to channel rainwater away from your home and its foundation. When they’re blocked and not functioning properly they can lead to the gutters coming loose, wood rot and mildew, staining of painted surfaces, and even worse, foundation issues or water penetration into the interior of the … Continue reading How to Clean Gutters
      Written by Carla Higgins
    • Consumer Protection from Irresponsible Mortgage Practices

      Congress enacted the Dodd-Frank Act in 2010 in response to the mortgage crisis that led to America’s Great Recession. The two parts that apply closely to homebuyers are the Ability-to-Repay (ATR) and Qualified Mortgages (QM). A Qualified Mortgage is a category of loans that have certain, more stable features that help make it more likely … Continue reading Consumer Protection from Irresponsible Mortgage Practices
      Written by Carla Higgins
    • Quick Plumbing Inspection

      No one wants to waste water or money. For that reason, take a few minutes every other month to do the following inspections: Check to see if cutoff valves on sinks and toilets are working properly. Many times, builders will put individual cutoffs on supply lines to sinks and toilets. It is reasonable to expect … Continue reading Quick Plumbing Inspection
      Written by Carla Higgins
    • Act Decisively

      Whether it is hesitation or procrastination due to uncertainty, it can cost buyers by having to pay more for both the house and the financing. This is one of those markets where most of the experts expect interest rates and prices will continue to rise through 2019. The National Association of REALTORS® reports there is … Continue reading Act Decisively
      Written by Carla Higgins
    • Reduce Refinancing Costs

      There is much more than a lower rate and payment to determine whether to refinance a mortgage. Lenders try to make refinancing as attractive as possible by rolling the closing costs into the new mortgage so there isn’t any out of pocket cash required. The closing costs associated with a new loan could add several … Continue reading Reduce Refinancing Costs
      Written by Carla Higgins
    • Moisture & Mold

      Moisture is mold’s best friend and it thrives between 40 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit which is why it is commonly found in homes. Mold spores float in the air and can grow on virtually any substance with moisture including tile, wood, drywall, paper, carpet, and food. Moisture control and eliminating water problems are key to … Continue reading Moisture & Mold
      Written by Carla Higgins