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Posted by Russell Hulteen on 5/31/2016

THE STRESSES OF THE SPRING SELLING SEASON When most people think of spring, they think of chirping birds, blooming flowers, spring break and warmer days. In real estate however, we think of bidding wars, tough negotiations and making sure our clients are well represented in the purchase, and/or sale, of their most important financial asset. This spring is no different. The National Association of Realtors® reports that pending home sales have maintained their momentum by increasing for the second consecutive month and have reached their highest level in nearly a year. It's a solid start to the spring selling season which is expected to continue to climb upwards. Rising rents across most of the country are fueling buyer demand. In a recent Gallup survey renters are more worried about housing costs than homeowners at all income levels. When one purchases a property, they know that their costs will stay relatively stable and increase slightly overtime due to insurance and property tax adjustments. Renters, on the other-hand, face many market variables and drastic rate increases over a shorter period of time when compared to homeowners. Low mortgage rates, which are easing affordability crunches in some parts of the country, and a healthy labor market, are also enticing buyers to act right now. While demand is up, inventory remains stagnant, which only serve to drive-up prices, and strain the patience of homebuyers everywhere. There are several steps a buyer can take to ease the stress that naturally comes this time of year. Come prepared!

  1. Know your financial status and credit limitations. They will affect the terms of a mortgage, the interest rate you will pay and the types of mortgages you can qualify for.
  2. Get pre-approved for a loan. Being pre-approved gives you bargaining power that you'll need in this highly competitive environment. Plus, you'll know how much house you can afford before shopping.
  3. Have your list of must-haves in order. If you must have a walk-out basement, then walk away from that gorgeous 2 bedroom condo, even though it seems like a great deal. Think long-term as well. Are you planning to have a family in the next two years? Then you need to consider school location as well.
  4. Use a strong, full-time real estate agent that can react quickly and look out for your best interests at all times of the day. Ask for market status reports, similar to the ones here that provide inventory in the area, median price and more. I know how to use this information to your advantage, help you negotiate, keep you informed, and walk you through the entire purchasing process.
It's a stressful market out there, but it doesn't have to be. Align yourself with me and let me lead you through the process and minimize the stress for you.   Find Your County/Zip Below to See Your Market Report. Want a hyper-local, up-to-the-minute report specifically for your neighborhood or town? Just Call and Ask - it’s free!   617-901-6004 Massachusetts Boston - 02113-North End | Boston - 02115-Fenway | Boston - 02116-Back Back | Boston - 02118-South End | Boston - 02130-Jamaica Plain | Boston - 02210-Seaport | Boston - 02114-Beacon Hill 02108 | Boston - 02108 | Boston - 02129-Charlestown | Barnstable Bristol | Essex | Franklin | Hampden | Hampshire | Middlesex | Norfolk | Plymouth | Suffolk Worcester Maine Androscoggin | Cumberland | Kennebec | Lincoln | Sagadahoc | York New Hampshire Belknap | Carroll | Hillsborough | Merrimack | Rockingham | Strafford Rhode Island Bristol | Kent | Newport | Providence | Washington

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Posted by Russell Hulteen on 10/14/2015

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Posted by Russell Hulteen on 7/10/2015

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Posted by Russell Hulteen on 12/12/2014

Who wouldn't like to pay off the mortgage early? Getting rid of mortgage debt will allow you the security and the psychological benefit of owning your home free and clear. There are lots of ways to accomplish these goals. Here are some suggestions on ways to get rid of your mortgage debt. Compare the options and do what works best for you. 1. Add more money to your monthly payment. This will help pay down the principal balance shortening the length of your loan. When you pay more, your principal is gets lower. The lower your principal gets, the more every payment from then on is applied to principal, as less goes to cover interest expense. 2. Refinance. Refinance your mortgage to 10, 15 or 20 years. Your payments will be higher on a 15-year loan, but often the rate is lower and the loan is paid off much quicker. If you are afraid to take out a 15- year loan, take out a 30-year loan, but make payments as if you had a 15-year loan. 3. Make biweekly payments. Most banks have a biweekly payment plan. Since there are 52 weeks in the year if you pay half your regular mortgage payment every other week, you'll have made 26 half-payments, or 13 payments. There are options when it comes to owning your home free and clear. Just decide which one works for you and be on your way to being mortgage free.







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