Credit Scores for Homebuying

Minimum Credit Scores

Credit scores are crucial to the homebuying process. Not only does your FICO score determine if you can qualify for a loan in the first place, it will also have an impact on your mortgage terms. Your credit will affect getting the type of loan that will fit your family budget. You should also plan ahead in getting credit card debt paid down and correcting any inaccuracies in your credit report.
What credit score is needed to buy a house? Learn more at: https://bit.ly/CreditScore2Buy

Interest Rate Buy Down

An interest buy-down is a real estate financing option that Buyers can use to offer list price AND retain an affordable mortgage. By providing a credit to the Buyers, it allows Sellers to get their List Price from a qualified deal. It’s a win-win for both parties. If you have questions, please let me know and my favorite Lender will be happy to explain the details and determine if it will work for you!

Top DIY Mistakes

Many homeowners attempting to save money on household projects are turning to DIY projects. But do-it-yourself fixes can be costly, shows a new survey from Clovered, a home insurance company.

Eighty-seven percent of more than 1,000 homeowners recently surveyed admitted to making a mistake while attempting a do-it-yourself home improvement project. The median amount spent on fixing those DIY mistakes was $137.50, the survey showed. Millennials tended to spend the most in fixing their mistakes, spending up to four times as much as baby boomers—$200 versus $50 post-mistake.

The top DIY mistake across all generations was starting a project without the necessary supplies or tools. Gen Xers tended to admit to picking the wrong paint, and millennials were the most often to skimp on materials, the survey showed.

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Thirty-two percent of DIYers admit to having to contact a family member or friend to help them finish a home improvement project. Seventeen percent said they then hired a professional contractor to complete the job.

One in four homeowners who attempted to DIY also injured themselves. The most common injuries were “cutting myself with a sharp tool or project material” (74.9%), “hitting myself with a hammer or other tools” (58.4%), and “tripping over materials” (49%).

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CREDIT:  REALTOR Magazine – October 10, 2019

Be sure to get a chimney inspection

If you’re considering a home that has a fireplace and chimney showing some wear-and-tear or deferred maintenance, be sure to call in an expert. A Chimney/Fireplace inspector will provide a 13-point inspection, make repair recommendation, and ensure that it’s safe to use.