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You’ve most likely heard the rule: Save for a 20-percent down payment before you buy a home. The logic behind saving 20 percent is solid, as it shows that you have the financial discipline and stability to save for a long-term goal. It also helps you get favorable rates from lenders. But there can actually be financial benefits to putting down a small down payment—as low as three percent—rather than parting with so much cash up front, even if you have the money available. THE DOWNSIDE The downsides of a small down payment are pretty well known. You’ll have to pay Private Mortgage Insurance for years, and the lower … [Read More...]

Creating a luxurious bedroom

For most of us, our bedroom is little more than a place to sleep and relax. However, just because it’s always been that way doesn’t mean that we have to settle for drab and dreary. One trend that’s gaining steam these days is converting your current bedroom into a luxury bedroom suite (or something comparable). If you want to live like you’re renting a room at the Ritz, then you want to follow these tips.         Compartmentalize Your Activities Making your bedroom more functional is going to make it more luxurious. Add a gorgeous desk for working and a TV area for … [Read More...]

Half way into 2019, Life in Prescott Arizona

Half way into 2019, Life in Prescott Arizona Where did half of the year go!? Like they always say, time flies when you’re having fun - and what a fun year it has been! We still have so much to look forward to as we continue through 2019 working with our buyers and sellers. Hope that you are enjoying our posts about Prescott as there’s nothing we love more than sharing our passion for the place we call home. July 4th sparklers replace New Years eve fireworks. Continuing education in 2019 So far this year, we earned our Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) certification in April.  We enjoy taking classes and … [Read More...]

Four reasons to consider buying a home today instead of waiting

Here are four reasons to consider buying today instead of waiting. 1. Prices Will Continue to Rise CoreLogic’s latest U.S. Home Price Insights reports that home prices have appreciated by 3.7% over the last 12 months. The same report predicts that prices will continue to increase at a rate of 4.8% over the next year. Home values will continue to appreciate. Waiting may no longer makes sense. 2. Mortgage Interest Rates Are Projected to Increase Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey shows that interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage have started to level off around 4.3%. Most experts predict that … [Read More...]