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One Smart Way You Can Save On Your Home Purchase

August 29th, 2018 by Jeff Duncan

With continually rising home prices and mortgage rates creeping up, many home buyers are looking for ways to cut down on costs wherever they can. One often forgotten factor affecting your potential home financing is your credit score.  I know, boring right? You’re in luck- I’ve boiled it down for you. Read on for a […]

Why Summer Is a Great Time to Buy a Home

June 18th, 2018 by Jeff Duncan

Here’s a secret: I can make a list of reasons why now is a great time to buy a home, regardless of the season. It’s almost summer now, but the truth is that the best time to buy a home is when you’re ready to buy a home.  Are there reasons to wait?  Sure, but […]

3 Top Tips for First-Time Homebuyers

April 9th, 2018 by Jeff Duncan

It’s an increasingly difficult market for home buyers, first-timers especially.  I received an update on lending rates this morning, and the current 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is at 4.5% interest.  While that’s still very low compared to the trends over the past 30 years, it’s up from where we’ve been recently which isn’t making things any […]

Don’t Wait until Spring to Buy

January 18th, 2018 by Jeff Duncan

There are practical reasons that people generally like to shop for homes in the spring and summer (have you been outside lately? It’s COLD!).  But, buyers that shop in the winter have some distinct advantages this year.   Mortgage Interest Rates are Expected to Increase Your mortgage payment is driven by two main factors: Your […]

3 Tips for Buying a Home in a Competitive Market

December 20th, 2017 by Jeff Duncan

Buyers have been at a disadvantage for the past 24 – 30 months in the current high demand/low supply market. Many have learned the following information the hard way; by missing out on opportunities to compete for the home they wanted. These three tips can not only help you purchase a great home in this […]

Why Pre-Approval Should Be Your First Step

November 21st, 2017 by Jeff Duncan

In many markets across the country, the number of buyers searching for their dream homes greatly exceeds the number of homes for sale. This has led to a competitive marketplace where buyers often need to stand out. One way to show you are serious about buying your dream home is to get pre-qualified or pre-approved […]

Still renting?

October 10th, 2017 by Jeff Duncan

Are you still renting? You must have a good reason, but I can’t figure out why you’d continue making someone else’s mortgage payment. With interest rates near historically low levels, and new loan programs with low down payment requirements and down payment assistance, it just makes good sense to make the leap to homeownership. Here’s […]

Advice for Buyers in a Seller’s Market

August 22nd, 2017 by Jeff Duncan

Instead of my usual quick tips for buyers, today I’m giving advice more geared toward the mindset of a successful buyer.  Adjusting the way you think about your approach to buying a home will prepare you for the detailed steps you’ll take in the process.   Don’t get discouraged   This is much easier said […]

Homebuyer Compromises

April 20th, 2017 by Jeff Duncan

Home buyers are usually pretty certain about what they have to have in the home they purchase … then comes the rude awakening about how they need to pare down their list when they see what’s available. Unless you’ve got an endless supply of the green stuff, you may be in the same boat. So […]

The Worst Home Buying Advice and Why it’s Wrong

March 13th, 2017 by Jeff Duncan

When you tell your friends and family that you’re looking to buy a house, what’s the first thing that happens? Everyone you know becomes an expert and can’t wait to shower you with their wisdom! Maybe they’ve bought or sold a property or two, so you should trust them, right? Ever wonder if they really […]

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