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The importance of needing a home inventory

  Home Inventory With the hurricanes, floods and earthquakes happening weekly, I thought it might be a good time to share about how important having an home inventory is for everyone. My sister and I put together a fact sheet on home inventories for our clients about five years ago.  Remind your family and friends so they are prepared if necessary.  Having  your home contents insured is very important. Having a detailed record of everything that you own is a must. Should you ever need to file a claim; the insurance adjuster will expect you to submit a list of all damaged belongings, complete with purchase dates, purchase prices, brand names, model numbers, receipts and photos. If you can't provide this information, your claim may be denied, and that's not what you've been paying those hefty premiums for! Protect yourself (and your belongings) by completing a full home inventory and updating it annually.  Having an up-to-date home inventory will help you get your insurance c
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What is the hidden cost of buying a home?

    Hidden Costs of Buying a Home You’ve saved and planned, and you are finally ready to buy your first home or move up to a larger one. It is easy to figure out how large a mortgage you can fit into your budget. Your real estate agent has tables and formulas that can determine the percentage of your income that’s reasonable for a home. However, be aware of the numerous other costs that must be considered, both for the home purchase and for the monthly payment. Loan Origination Fee This is the fee paid to your lender for the work involved with making the loan. It can be a large expense, depending on the lender and the size of your mortgage. Figure it will be between a half and one percent of the total mortgage. The loan origination fee must be paid to the lender up front, so budget accordingly. Inspections Your first big expense after your offer on the home is accepted will be inspections . Your lender will likely require a thorough inspection, but it will be money well spent for you t

Understanding Pre-qualification and Pre-approval

  Buyers ask me all the time what the difference is between Pre-qualification and Pre-approval. If you are considering the purchase of a new home or selling your home, you may be concerned with the issue of finance. If you are a buyer obtaining the right mortgage is a key step in the home buying process, but it does not have to be a stress inducing one. Talk to your lender before you make an offer. Most lenders offer pre-qualification, pre-approval, or both to help you know where you stand. Get Prequalified and be up front about the source of your down payment money. A good lender will explain the true costs of borrowing to you so you can comfortably afford the home you want as well as the monthly payments. Sellers should always ask if a buyer that wants to see their house is already pre-qualified. Pre-qualification: Is a preliminary estimate of how much you can afford to pay for a home based on information you provide. Because credit and employment information are not validated fo

RE/MAX ~ More Than 48 Years of Outstanding Agents & Outstanding Results

  From a single office that opened in 1973 in Denver, Colorado In other words, great things happen when driven individuals come together and treat real estate as a profession. And that, in a nutshell, is RE/MAX, and the reason for my decision to choose RE/MAX Harbor Country my brokerage of choice.   RE/MAX Balloon is easily recognized logo of Real Estate Excellence   RE/MAX Cares For more than 45 years, RE/MAX agents help Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® support millions of kids each year. Customer service – built on a foundation of drive, experience, and education – is the cornerstone of RE/MAX success. The RE/MAX track record built over the past 45 years is proof that a focus on the customer's needs, backed by the ability to deliver, remains as important as ever.    Learn About The RE/MAX network's unique history   Still based in Denver and led by CEO Adam Contos, its parent company, RE/MAX Holdings Inc., is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange as RMAX. D