Real Estate Basics

How To Remove Private Mortgage Insurance

If you purchase a home with less than 20% down, your lender requires you to have private mortgage insurance. This is also true if you refinance your home and take out a new loan for more than 80% of your home’s current value. The lender will roll your PMI premium […]

Should You Tip Your Realtor?

Buying a home is a time-intensive and complicated process. In addition to the obvious questions about your purchase or sale, there are plenty of other queries you may have, especially about showing a real estate agent your appreciation. For example, I’ve been asked if you should tip your Realtor at […]

Are Zillow Home Values Accurate?

One question I’m frequently asked is, “Are Zillow Home Values Accurate?” Well. The answer to that simple question is kind of complex. Let me explain. The internet has changed how we do many things, and buying a home is no exception. From being able to see multiple properties on the […]

What Is A Real Estate Transaction Coordinator?

When you are buying or selling a home, you may encounter a transaction coordinator. This can be confusing for some people, especially if you are expecting to deal exclusively with your real estate agent. So today I’m going to answer the question: What Is A Real Estate Transaction Coordinator? Also […]

What is a foreclosure?

Are you one of the many Americans who believe they know the answer to the question What Is A Foreclosure? A quick poll of my friends and relatives showed that everyone I asked thought they knew, but only a handful could actually have the correct answer. What Is A Foreclosure? […]

What Do You Need To Apply For A Loan?

When you are ready to complete your full mortgage application, it is essential to know what you need to apply for a loan. A pre-approval has a lower standard of proof and usually does not require you to present the lender with all of your documentation. What Do You Need […]