Buying or Refinancing? Get the Right Home Loan

Are you hoping to become a homeowner this year or want to refinance an existing home loan? If so, it pays to take the time to understand the current mortgage landscape. Getting the right loan can be as important as the home itself. The last thing you want to do is pay unnecessary fees or take on loan terms that might hurt your finances.

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5 Hard Truths About Buying Real Estate

Excited Family Explore New Home On Moving Day

Maybe you’ve bought a house in your day, so you feel like a real estate expert. But even some experienced buyers don’t know everything, though, which is why it’s always good to do your homework before buying or selling another piece of property. It’s time to get real and face the facts, here are five things you probably didn’t know about real estate.

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Tips for Navigating Multigenerational Living

Back in the good old days, it was common for several generations to live under one roof. In recent years, multigenerational living has made a big comeback, and with it more innovative housing choices. In fact, one in five American households are comprised of adults from different generations such as parents and their adult children, or grandparents, parents and children, according to census data.

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Ask the Agent: How to Buy and Sell a Home Simultaneously

By Curtis Rodriguez
Realtor, HomeSmart Evergreen Realty1

Curtis and his team service Riverside, Orange and San Diego Counties.

They say knowledge is power, especially when it comes to buying or selling a home. And when you’re trying to do both at the same time, you’ll need to be armed with plenty of information to make the transition as smooth as possible.

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Protecting Your Home Against Natural Disasters

By Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, The Money Coach®      

Natural disasters, weather-related catastrophes and other emergencies can strike at any time. When they do, you’ll no doubt want protection for what’s most likely your most costly asset: your home. None of us can outrun windswept fires, massive earthquakes or torrential flooding. And even the latest technology available cannot accurately predict these potentially life-and-property threatening dangers. Continue reading

Tapping Your Retirement to Buy a Home

If you’re planning to buy a home, you may be worried if you’ll have enough money saved for a down payment. You’ve probably heard that you can use retirement funds to help, but it’s important to know the restrictions, or you could be stuck paying penalties and taxes. And even though a home can be a great investment, taking out retirement funds early could hurt your long-term security.

Here’s what you should know before you make any financial moves.

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Confusing Mortgage Terms Made Simple

By Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, The Money Coach®

Getting a home loan can be a confusing process. You have to decide whether to get a fixed rate mortgage or an adjustable rate loan. You’ll want to shop around and qualify for the best loan rates and terms. And when you’re signing on the dotted line for one of the biggest purchases of your life, you naturally want to fully understand everything. So one way to make the home loan process easier is to understand some important lingo you might hear from experts in the mortgage industry.

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