Smoking, fire safety and home insurance premiums

Written on 20 November 2014 by

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If you are a smoker who’s looking to buy a new home, you might want to consider kicking the habit. This is because insurance companies usually give higher home insurance premiums to smokers because of the fire hazard smoking causes. Even if you make it a habit of disposing of your cigarettes or cigars properly, accidents can still happen.

Besides quitting smoking, you can also install a fire prevention system in your house like fire alarms and sprinklers to get lower home insurance premiums. Insurance companies are happy to give low premiums to home owners who are less likely to file claims.

Quitting smoking and fire prevention systems – they might be a bit pricey at the onset, but not only do they save you money in the long run, they keep you, your family and your home safe too.


House buyers are waiting…..and waiting….and waiting….

Written on 12 November 2014 by

forsale.jpgMarket analysts show that people who are indeed on the lookout to purchase real estate are waiting for the dust to settle in the turmoil that the market is currently undergoing. With no end in sight, people tend to be overcautious waiting for prices to fall more and more or the market to stabilize which could signal the end of the housing market jitters. People who do have mortgages to pay have suffered a lot with many properties being repossessed due to their inability to make payments. Many new houses constructed by developers are sitting idle whilst people are waiting for positive signs and start buying once again. The federal government, already burdened by military spending internally in the US with Homeland Security and Externally with Iraq and Afghanistan (not to mention their participation in NATO and the many other peace keeping missions they take part in) can do little but subsidize and lower the interest rates for mortgages preventing a sudden recession setting in and further ushering utter chaos in the ousing market.


Coldest Winter Ever

Written on 5 November 2014 by

realestateThat’s what this season turned out, and it’s not just the weather but the atmosphere in the real estates business as well. There are thousands of people losing jobs daily, companies shutting doors and more economic troubles. Fannie Mae says the slump is far from over as he promises not to kick out people from their foreclosed homes.
Recession has gripped the nation and the rest of the world and homes empty-up as foreclosure rates climb. No end is in sight but the Inauguration of President Obama might just be the change needed for the economy, just hope his promise of change can resurrect the ailing industry with proper aid and laws to avoid future market crashes. Banks stop lending to cut losses as forecasts see deepening misery.


Global Effects of the Sub-Prime Lending Market Problems in the US

Written on 29 October 2014 by

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HSBC, one of the world’s largest banks has announced that it has suffered a total loss of more $17 Billion making it one of the worst hit financial institutions by the financial woes that the US is currently facing. The company says that the loss is high but gains in the Asian market have helped a lot in easing the pain. The banks profits rose by 20% from last year allowing it to survive the extreme pressure placed on them by the sub-prime lending woes that have hit the US financial market. Their problems began whe they opted to buy out one of America’s leading lending firms a short time ago leaving them ripe for the taking and with the said huge losses in therms of their global financial markets. Mainland China is one of the biggest open markets and Asia are proving to be their apples and are hoping to move more investments out of the US into other promising areas. They are maintaining some of their assets in the US but mostly due to allow them to maintain a steady share of the market in the said country.


New Mortgage Lending Rules

Written on 22 October 2014 by

fed.jpgThe Federal Government has drafted and is seeking to implement new guidelines to be adopted by mortgage lenders and borrowers alike to prevent similar housing market problems in the future. Some analysts see this as a step too late and that the market is already in a deep state of disrepair even with the new set of rules and several attempts of the Fed to lower Mortgage interest rates. The new rules aim to improve the current system being used imposing stiffer penalties to lenders and borrowers alike thus demanding strict compliance from both. Many lenders have also suffered greatly from the current crisis who forecast the turmoil to last till 2009.


Mild Development Spending Rises

Written on 15 October 2014 by

devspendMild improvements in development spending has been noted in the US which may signal a slight improvement in the overall commercial real estate business. Many development projects have been put on hold as the economy slid into recession with millions losing their jobs in the construction industry. The effects of the economy has reached far beyond the borders of the US with the world slipping into recession as the markets tumbled affecting most global industries. Continue »


Tips in Buying Foreclosed Properties

Written on 8 October 2014 by

Many buyers are becoming aware of the fact that government seized properties cost so much less than any other houses for sale. But before buying one we need to be aware of some few things .

You must do background research on the property. The best way to do this is to browse online, for helpful sites to assist you.
A little know how in auction means a lot.
If you get the time, you might want to go for an ocular inspection of the property.
Be sure that you know the real value of the house you’re buying. You may ask an appraiser ot help you out.
Plan your finances well and make sure you have money to pay for the monthly amortization.
Be inquisitive. If you feel like something was not answered, speak up. Speak up now while you’re still evaluating the prospective property.

Its true, buying a property is often easier said than done. But knowing a few tricks like these can save you a lot of money and trouble.


40 Year Mortgage – The New Option For The New Era

Written on 1 October 2014 by

The 40 year mortgage makes monthly home payments more affordable, especially in areas where the real estate prices have skyrocketed. It is an attractive tool for homeowners who might otherwise be priced out of the housing market entirely. This article will help you understand the 40 year mortgage plans.

A 40 year mortgage may offer you a lower monthly payment. You may also be able to obtain a secure, fixed rate. But these mortgages typically have a balloon payment at the end of thirty years. AT that time, you have to refinance the loan or pay off the remaining balance. A 40 year mortgage has lower payments than the 30 year fixed mortgage because it stretches out the amortization schedule over a longer period. The loan is actually only for 30 years, but is amortized over 40 years, thus the balloon payment. An alternative to the 40 year mortgage is the interest only loan as it offers a similar low payment schedule. In some ways, the 40 year mortgage is more attractive though, because it allows you to build at least some equity in the home. Both the 40 year loan and the interest only loan allow you to purchase a more expensive home than you can afford with the same amount of cash. A $200,000 home would be $100 per month cheaper with a 40 year mortgage than it would be with a 30 year fixed rate mortgage.

The people who will benefit most from 40 year mortgage plans are those who are sure that they will be in the home for a long time before you take out a 40 year mortgage.


Martha’s Vineyard Remake

Written on 24 September 2014 by

martha.jpgIn hopes of staving off the housing crisis’s effects on the exclusive resort town, property owners have resorted to converting luxury hotels into luxury condominiums instead. The lower premiums and costs associated with the move is lower than what would be expected of luxury homes and is expected to take them well into the time when the housing market bounces back. That bounce back is expected to come in 2009 when the effects of the sub-prime lending market and the problems with insurance issues have been resolved. The move of property owners was in hopes of capturing the boom in vacation home sales in spite of the very much problematic housing crisis.


Be on the Lookout for the Best Home

Written on 17 September 2014 by

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Seeing is believing, this saying is what most people think of when looking for the right home. This is why reputable sales agents give out their one hundred percent to cater to all the client’s needs. Agents would normally give out flyers or brochures to passersby (the brochure includes the entire house’ features and sometimes the price). If you happen to be in a mall, they have Be on the Lookout for the Best Home for You Seeing is believing, this saying is what most people think of when looking for the right home. This is why reputable sales agents give out their one hundred percent to cater to all the client’s needs. Agents would normally give out flyers or brochures to passersby (the brochure includes the entire house’ features and sometimes the price). If you happen to be in a mall, they have booths that include a miniature house that is a replica of the actual house.

Another way you can check on the house that is being offered is by visiting a open house event. Normally, an hour is enough to check the whole house. This is enough time to help you decide whether you should buy it or not.

Finally, if you cannot go out to scout for a house, then you can simply go online and have a virtual tour of your desired house. Remember to look out for site features to help you utilize the website. If you accidentally click on language, etc. You really do not have to go to a Thai school and attend Thai classes to understand the language, simply click on your desired language and you are good to go. Things like these may be overlooked and just needs some few readings to understand how the site works. booths that include a miniature house that is a replica of the actual house. Another way you can check on the house that is being offered is by visiting a open house event. Normally, an hour is enough to check the whole house. This is enough time to help you decide whether you should buy it or not.

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