Buying Up is Hard to Do

I’m sure you’ve heard that the real estate market is coming back on strong right now, especially where we are in Silicon Valley.  If you bought your home before 2007 you might have thought you’d be in it for just a few years and you had planned to move up, but you didn’t because of...

Surprisingly Strong Jobs Report May Affect Mortgage Rates

Last week's jobs report -- a combination of the Department of Labor's non-farm Payrolls Report and Unemployment Rate -- provided investors and job seekers with unexpected good news.

3 Top Tips To Selecting The Right Home For Your Family

Whether you are moving to a new house with children or you are buying your first home with the intention of raising future little ones there, many factors will come into play when making your decision.

Look For Improvements In The Real Estate Market In 2013

The previous couple years' doom and gloom outlook is looking like it is turning more upbeat and robust for the rest of 2013.

The case for lower interest rates

Mortgage rates are about to take a nice little turn down.  You heard it here first.I am often asked how  mortgage interest rates are set.  I hear this question all the time, and you’d be quite surprised at the answer.  It turns out that there is a huge table with dozens of interest rates randomly...

5 Simple Indoor Do-It-Yourself Projects for Your Home

With spring right around the corner, you might be thinking about sprucing up your home.

Boring but Important: How Banks Force Taxpayers to Overpay for Insurance

A very interesting article about an arcane issue appeared Tuesday in Originator News, a magazine aimed at mortgage originators.  Although boring, this message is so important that it should get out to the general public.  As the old saying goes, “If you aren’t outraged, you aren’t paying attention.” The issue: Force-placed insurance.  What is this? ...

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week: March 4th, 2013

Mortgage rates were lower last week as investors sought safety in bonds in the wake of US legislators' failure to agree on budget cutbacks, and after Italy’s elections failed to reveal a leader committed to continuing economic reform.

5 Important Tips To Save Money On Your Tax Bill

Owning real estate can make a big difference on your tax return, so make sure that you're taking advantage of all the deductions you're entitled to.