Can Experian Boost Turn You into a Homebuyer?

When it comes to buying a home, it might seem like minimal credit would look good to lenders. But, the opposite is typically true. Among other things, lenders are looking for a credit history that illustrates a pattern (hopefully a good one!). If you don’t have enough credit to satisfy their requirements, you could be…

What Does a Benchmark Interest Rate Halt Mean for Homebuyers?

Big financial news this week, as the Federal Reserve reversed course and and paused benchmark interest rate increases after initially indicating they would continue to rise throughout 2019. “Officials voted to hold their benchmark rate steady and delivered an about-face from their policy stance six weeks earlier,” said the Wall Street Journal. “Last month they…

2018’s Fastest-Growing Housing Markets

2018 was a booming year for the housing market, with home values nationwide rising approximately 7.7% over the previous year. We rounded up the five markets that saw the highest rate of growth over the past 12 months and compiled the data into the infographic below. So without further ado, here’s our rundown of the…

Early Valentine, Real Estate Style

Love with its related practical “where will we live” issues, should not get attention only on February 14 or during February. Anticipating the Valentine’s pressures ahead, PJ Wade offers an advance peek at how love and real estate can both come out ahead. Love and the related practical aspects of it, like “where will we live,” should not…

Goal-Setting: When The Goal is Buying a Home

Saving for a down payment can seem like an overwhelming task if you’re on a tight budget. It’s just plain not easy to make a plan, stay on that plan no matter what, stay motivated even when your plan goes temporarily awry, and – finally – achieve your desired result. So how do you get…

Top Ten Things to Look For In A Realtor

To Connie De Groot, a rising-star of a Beverly Hills real estate agent in Coldwell Bankers No. 1 office worldwide, choosing a full-time real estate agent isn’t about anti-competitive behavior or shutting out part-time discounters. It’s about obtaining full-time service for the full-time job of selling or buying what’s likely the owner’s or buyer’s greatest…

3 Signs Your Agent Deserves to be Trusted

Risk aversion stops many good things from happening when it is supposed to stop bad things. Natural fear in taking action or making a decision is meant to preserve our health, property, and way of life, but it can do the opposite. For some real estate buyers and sellers, any change or decision is seen…

What You Don’t Know About Real Estate Could Cost You

What you don’t know about real estate, real estate professionals do. PJ Wade identifies significant knowledge gaps for buyers and sellers and reveals how professionals fill those gaps—when asked. It’s what you don’t know about real estate that could cost you when buying or selling. • First-time buyers usually haven’t seen enough houses or condominium units to fully…

How To Keep From Going House Poor

The only thing worse than not being able to buy a home when you want to is owning a home and not being able to do anything but sit inside because after your house payment, HOA fee, taxes, and household bills, there’s nothing left. A few smart strategies can help you avoid becoming house poor.…

Are You Cut Out for an Older Home?

A home as dreamy as they come was just listed for sale. The 1928 Spanish Colonial in L.A.’s celeb-laden Hancock Park neighborhood is the current residence of designer couple Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent, who renovated the home they purchased in 2016 from Friends creator Marta Kauffman. And, while, someone with enough cash to purchase…