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Posted by MDM Realty, Inc on 9/18/2018

If you’re ready to buy a home, you probably have done a lot of research. One thing is sure: You know you need to get pre-approved for a mortgage. It’s perhaps the most critical step in the process of buying a home for a variety of reasons. There’s down payments and debt-to-income ratios, and other financial issues to worry about. You need to know what type of mortgage you should get. To help you understand what kind of mortgage you need, you should get pre-approved.


Understand The Pre-Approval Process


There are many misconceptions about pre-approvals. First, buyers need to understand that there is a difference between a pre-qualification and a pre-approval. A pre-qualification merely scrapes the surface of your financial state, while a pre-approval goes through everything a mortgage company will need to grant you a loan. You may be pre-qualified for a much higher amount than you can actually afford, for example.


Pre-Approval Defined


A pre-approval is a lender’s written commitment to a borrower. The approval states that the lender is willing to lend a certain amount of money for a home. The lender obtains the following from the buyer:


  • Employment history
  • Credit report
  • Tax returns
  • Bank statements


The time and effort that it takes to get a pre-approval is worth it because everything will be ready for the lender to grant the mortgage once an offer is made on a home. It also gives the buyer an upper hand in finding the home of their dreams. Many sellers require a pre-approval with an offer.


When To Get A Pre Approval


As soon as you know you’re serious about buying a home and are ready to start the house hunt, you should get pre-approved. Pre-approvals do expire after a certain amount of time, but lenders can renew them with proper notice. 


The Importance Of The Pre-Approval


Many buyers feel that they can skip the pre-approval process altogether. It has many benefits. Besides giving you a better look at your finances and how much house you can afford, pre-approvals can:


  • Give you the insight to correct your credit score and help you correct credit problems
  • Help to avoid disappointment when you find a home you love
  • Allow first-time buyers to see all of the costs involved in buying a home


A pre-approval is a handy thing to have, and it’s not just because the experts say it’s essential. Getting pre-approved for a mortgage can help you to be more on top of your finances going into one of the most significant purchases you'll ever make in your life. 

 




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Posted by MDM Realty, Inc on 9/11/2018

If you plan to list your home, you may want to consider the buyer's perspective. That way, you can determine what differentiates your residence from others and promote your house to potential buyers accordingly.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you evaluate the buyer's perspective.

1. Assess Your House's Strengths and Weaknesses

Your home may be a wonderful option for many property buyers – you just need to be able to accentuate the key features of your residence to the right groups of prospective buyers.

Oftentimes, it helps to conduct a home inspection prior to listing a residence. A home inspection enables you to gain comprehensive insights into your house's strengths and weaknesses. Then, you can take the necessary steps to transform your home's weaknesses into strengths.

2. Consider Your Home's Location

Location plays an important role in a buyer's decision to purchase a house. Therefore, you need to think about where your home is located so you can price your residence competitively.

For example, a home in a small town may prove to be more affordable than a comparable residence in a big city. At the same time, a big city house likely provides convenient access to a broad range of notable landmarks and attractions.

You may want to check out the prices of comparable houses in your city or town too. With this housing market data in hand, you can boost the likelihood of setting a competitive initial asking price for your residence.

3. Craft an Engaging House Listing

A home listing offers a great opportunity to connect with a buyer. And if a buyer likes a house after reading a listing, he or she may be more inclined than ever before to set up a house showing.

Think about why a buyer may choose your house over others when you craft your home listing. By doing so, you may be able to find ways to help your home listing stand out to prospective buyers.

Furthermore, you should review your home listing closely before it is published. Because if your home listing is filled with grammatical errors or inaccuracies, buyers may shy away from your house.

As you look for ways to promote your residence to the right groups of buyers, you may want to hire a real estate agent as well. In fact, if you have a real estate agent at your side, you can receive plenty of support as you navigate the property selling journey.

A real estate agent will help you list your residence, set a competitive initial asking price for it and set up home showings and open house events. Plus, if you ever have concerns or questions during the property selling journey, you can receive expert responses from your real estate agent.

Ready to add your house to the real estate market? Use the aforementioned tips, and you can consider the buyer's perspective and increase your chances of enjoying a quick, profitable house selling experience.




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Posted by MDM Realty, Inc on 9/4/2018

You've sold your home, and moving day is almost here. As such, now may be the perfect time to pack an overnight bag; that way, you're ready to survive with only limited supplies until you get settled into your new house.

Ultimately, there are several essential items to include in an overnight bag, such as:

1. Clothing

It is important to pack enough clothing to ensure that you can dress comfortably until you get unpacked. Thus, you'll want to consider how long that it will take you to get settled into a new house as you prep your overnight bag.

For example, if you plan to take several days to unpack, you'll want to pack your overnight bag clothing accordingly. In this scenario, you'll likely need work clothes for the days that you're in the office, along with pajamas and other comfortable clothing that you can wear around the house.

2. Cash

If you know that you're going to be living outside a traditional home environment for a few days, it never hurts to pack cash in your overnight bag. By doing so, you'll have money available to buy food, beverages and other items as needed.

Consider how much money that you'll need to survive even a few days outside of a traditional home setting. Also, be sure to keep extra cash close to reduce the risk of losing this money while you relocate to a new address.

3. Toiletries

Shampoo, toothpaste and other toiletries should be included in your overnight bag. These items ensure that you can maintain a clean, neat appearance, regardless of where you're staying.

Many convenience stores and supermarkets sell travel-size versions of popular toiletries. Therefore, you may want to purchase travel-size toiletries to limit the chance that assorted toiletries will take up too much space in your overnight bag.

Furthermore, you can pack only the toiletries that you know you'll need for a set period of time to conserve additional space in your overnight bag.

4. Smartphone Charger

Let's face it – no one want to lose access to his or her smartphone for any length of time. Fortunately, if you pack a smartphone charger in your overnight bag, you can recharge your smartphone at any time.

Include a smartphone charger and any smartphone cords or wires in your overnight bag. In addition, don't forget to test your smartphone charger and accessories to ensure they work properly.

Packing an overnight bag can be quick and simple, particularly for those who plan ahead. And if you include the aforementioned items in your overnight bag, you should have no trouble surviving outside a traditional home setting.

Lastly, if you need help as you get ready to vacate your house, a real estate agent may be able to provide assistance. A real estate agent serves as an expert guide along the home selling journey and will do everything possible to guarantee that you are fully prepared for an upcoming move.




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Posted by MDM Realty, Inc on 8/28/2018

If you're in the market for a new home, one of the first things you need to determine is how much of a monthly mortgage payment you can comfortably afford. A loan officer or mortgage broker can help you figure that out, based on your income, debts, and other information.

One thing they probably won't include in the equation is the cost of home maintenance and other essential services, like garbage collection.

Ultimately, it's up to the homeowner to build in enough "breathing room" in their budget to cover unexpected expenses. Although you can't predict exactly what those expenses will be or how much they'll cost, it's virtually guaranteed that they're going to occur. Whether you're planning to buy a new house or a mid-century dwelling, here's the short list of typical homeowner expenses that could crop up. While all these items may not apply directly to your situation, many of them eventually will.

  • Plumbing repairs: Leaky pipes, clogged drains, and broken plumbing fixtures are common problems in most homes. You may also need a plumber to fix or install a garbage disposal, repair or replace a hot water heater, or hook up a new refrigerator to your water supply.
  • HVAC services: When you combine the cost of semi-annual routine service calls and unexpected emergency repairs, the cost of maintaining your heating and cooling systems can really take a bite out of your household budget!
  • Appliance repair: The typical family depends on at least a half a dozen major appliances to prepare meals and keep their clothes and dishes clean. When one or more of those appliances break down, chaos can ensue! In many cases, it's more cost-effective and practical to call a repair service than buy a new appliance.
  • Exterminator services: Regardless of whether you live in the city or the country, unexpected and unwelcome insects, rodents, and other miscellaneous varmints can show up in your home and yard. Sometimes it's even necessary to call a wildlife control specialist to remove skunks, raccoons, and other intruders!
  • Electrical repairs and upgrades: Although electrical repairs are occasionally needed for safety reasons, most calls to electricians are more routine in nature. However, when light switches, electrical outlets, and ceiling lights stop working, it can be a huge inconvenience for you and your family. In some cases, you might even be desperate enough to pay extra for emergency electrical service on weekends!
  • Miscellaneous expenses: Garage door repairs, fireplace cleaning, swimming pool maintenance, deck repairs, rain gutter cleaning, professional carpet cleaning, landscaping, fence repair, home siding repair, and wet basement problems are a few of the many expenses that may require you to dip into your savings or household budget.
If you happen to be a first-time homeowner, you may also need to shell out hundreds (or thousands) of dollars for items like a lawn mower, yard maintenance tools, snow blower, vacuum cleaner, furniture, and interior painting supplies. While home ownership, decorating, and yard maintenance can give you a feeling of satisfaction and pride of ownership, it's necessary to earmark a sufficient amount of money to pay for those sometimes unexpected costs!





Posted by MDM Realty, Inc on 8/21/2018

In the pre-internet era, furniture shopping was an all-day event. You would make room in the back of your vehicle and bring along bungee cords in case you decided on a purchase. Then you would spend hours walking around a massive warehouse, ultimately only liking a few items. Today, on the other hand, you can shop for furniture on your smartphone during your lunch break.

Online furniture shopping has its advantages and disadvantages. Pictures can be deceiving, so it’s sometimes difficult to buy an item solely on its online photo gallery. Oftentimes, a piece of furniture will look different online than it will in your home depending on the lighting and other furniture. Furthermore, if you’re buying a sofa or recliner that you’re going to use daily, you’re going to want to feel the texture, and test the comfort level for yourself. In this article, we’re going to talk about some of the ups and downs of shopping for furniture online. And, we’ll give you some tips to improve your overall shopping experience.

Use the internet as a time saver for household furniture shopping

When it comes to furniture shopping, the internet can save you time in multiple ways. If you’re shopping for a simple side table or throw rug, you might not need to see the item in person before you buy.

For bigger items like sofas and chairs, the internet can still be a useful tool. First, find out what you’re looking for and use the right search terms. Furniture, like anything else, has its own set of vocabulary. Chesterfield, mid-century modern, sectionals… all of these are important search terms for when you’re looking for the perfect sofa.

Once you’ve narrowed down your search, you have two choices. You can take that information to your local furniture store and start shopping, or you can order online.

Buying furniture for your house online

There is a massive number of places to buy furniture online, and the list is constantly getting bigger. Here, we’ll break down some of the best places to shop online based on their different options, styles, and services.

  • Ikea. The unofficial king of online furniture shopping, Ikea makes affordable, modular, and modern furniture. With Ikea, you can browse items for any area of the house and of any size. If you’re lucky enough to have a brick and mortar store near you, you can browse the website or catalog and then go check it out in person.

  • Poppin. For all of your home office needs. Poppin offers customizable, modern desk and storage solutions. Their style tends to be sleek, minimal, and modern. But, as their name suggests, their furniture tends to pop with color.

  • Amazon, Overstock, Wayfair. These three web giants have a lot to offer at any price range. Be sure to read customer reviews carefully, as they will be a good indicator of quality.

  • Etsy. The rise of online shopping has given a boost to independent craftsmen and furniture makers. There are countless Etsy shops where you’ll find handcrafted, furniture that you won’t see anywhere else.




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