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Mortgage Update – January 2023

As we journey into 2023, I decided to look back at the housing and mortgage predictions from our 2022 January newsletter. These prognosticators were clearly off the mark last year. Much of this was driven by the Federal Reserve’s poor communication. It really wasn’t until the spring that they even admitted that they were behind …

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3 tips on selling a home

3 Critical Tips If You Plan On Selling Your Home Soon 

Selling your home over the past two years didn’t require much thought or effort. The minute you listed your home, you would typically have 10-20 offers, many of them above your list price. Things have finally started slowing down. With prices skyrocketing over the past two years and interest rates finally making a move higher, …

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Credit Score Improvements & Renovation

New Credit Score Improvements & Home Renovations

Credit Score Improvements The CFPB (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau) shared a concern to the credit industry regarding medical debt and consumers. The director of the CFPB stated that 58% of the debt and collections on people’s credit reports is medical debt. As a result, the credit bureaus have agreed to alter the data reported on …

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family mortgage blog - July 2022

Recession Coming? What Does It All Mean For Housing…?

You can’t pick up any article or watch anything on TV related to the economy today, without hearing the word recession. The National Bureau of Economic Research determines when a recession starts and ends. Typically, they define this as two consecutive quarters of negative gross domestic product (GDP). But there are other factors involved including …

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Property Taxes and Homeowners’ Insurance Increasing

With property values in much of the country up over 20% year-over-year and more and more catastrophic weather-related situations, real estate property taxes and homeowner’s insurance are likely to be significantly higher this year. If you are a homeowner and you escrow as part of your monthly payment for taxes and insurance, you receive an …

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Buying A Home Is Still Cheaper Than Renting In Metro Atlanta

According to recent data from Redfin, Atlanta Metro’s median monthly rent is currently $2,095. That’s $392 higher than the current median mortgage payment in Atlanta, which is $1,703 (*includes 5% down payment).  Redfin’s Chief Economist, Daryl Fairweather, states, “Those who choose to rent may save money in expensive housing markets in the near term, but …

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Should I Wait to Buy a Home Until the Market Slows Down?

With home inventory at record lows and property values increasing significantly over the past few years, you might be wondering if it makes sense to wait until things calm down to buy a home. The media would have you believe that we are in another 2008/2009 scenario where the market might crash. The reality is …

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