How to Cut Your Household Budget and Stick to It

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017
Verani Realty

If you are about to buy a home or recently settled into your new abode, you may realize that you need a better budget if you want to avoid financial stress.

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Could Your Appraisal Come in Too Low?

Friday, September 1st, 2017
Verani Realty

The current seller’s market has advantages for those looking to get the most return when selling their home. But if buyers enter a bidding war on a property, what happens if the final agreed upon selling price is above what the bank appraiser says it’s worth? Just because both sides agree on a price doesn’t mean the deal can’t fall apart because of an under-appraisal.

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Is it Cheaper to Buy or to Rent?

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017
Verani Realty

Once upon a time it was actually cheaper to rent an apartment or condo than it was to buy a home, but that is not always the case anymore. It all depends on your location, but there are some areas where the monthly mortgage payment for an average-priced home is less money than the average monthly rent on a three-bedroom property.

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If you have been watching the real estate market and think that the price of homes is steadily increasing, you are correct. The median price of an existing home in the U.S. rose to a record $252,800 in May.

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Are Bi-Weekly Mortgage Payments Right For You?

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017
Verani Realty

Typically homeowners think about mortgage payments in terms of a monthly bill. But, there is a different payment plan that can save you a bundle of money over time. Known as the bi-weekly mortgage payment plan, homeowners pay a mortgage installment every two weeks instead of monthly.

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Can Your Home Pass an FHA Appraisal?

Monday, April 10th, 2017
Verani Realty

Nervous about the appraisal for that FHA loan? An FHA appraisal requires some very specific things to go smoothly. A wise homeowner knows what to expect and prepares to meet all of the requirements.

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Protect Yourself from Rent Increases

Thursday, January 26th, 2017
Verani Realty

If you are a renter, you probably worry that your landlord will eventually hike up the monthly rent payment to more than your budget will allow. Fact is, rental prices have been going nowhere but up for the last few years.

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Get Your Accounts Back on Track after Holiday Spending

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017
Verani Realty

The holidays have a way of expanding our waistlines and shrinking our bank accounts and available credit. If you are guilty of overindulging, particularly when it comes to spending on gifts, there are ways to get back on track.

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What’s On an FHA Appraiser’s Checklist

Monday, September 26th, 2016

The purchase and sale contract is signed, but now you are nervous about the appraisal for the FHA loan. It helps to know what is on the FHA appraisal checklist (and what is not ) so you know what to expect.

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Research has found that in August of this year, more than 50 % of home buyers said they were first-time purchasers. This compares to 2015’s figures of about 35% of home buyers identified themselves as first-time buyers. They are shopping for their dream homes, but not without challenges.

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