SKIP THE COFFEE. BUY THE HOUSE
If You Really Love the House…
Don’t Lose the Bid.
In the housing market, the best deal doesn’t always come with the lowest price.
Price vs. Payments – If you’re financing your purchase, you’ll probably never come close to paying the actual price. You’re making a comparatively small down payment and then paying interest on the loan until you refinance or sell. Yes, you will have a higher payment if you pay more for the home, but an extra $10,000 of mortgage money can add less than $50 per month on a low-rate, 30-year loan.
Relative Prices – Our natural tendency to pay as little as possible is not as meaningful for an investment, such as a home, as it is for a consumable. In this case, what you pay now can affect your sales price later. There may be little difference in total earnings if you pay less and sell for less or pay more and sell for more.
Influencing Value – For appraisers, the last sale or “comp” in an area sets the value for similar homes. Whatever you pay helps to establish what your home and comparable properties are considered to be worth.
Setting the Trend – If you pay less for your home than was paid for the last similar home, you may be contributing to a downward price trend, which can be difficult to reverse. Conversely, helping to maintain a trend of price appreciation can end up paying you back many times over.
One Chance – No two homes are ever exactly the same. Even when structure matches, your land, your view, your address and your immediate neighbors will always be different. You truly may have only one chance at just the right house. Industry professionals have all seen buyers lose out on what they really wanted. We don’t want that to happen to you. Nor do we want you to pay more tomorrow for something less than what you could have had today as a result of increasing prices and rates.
Reach out, and we’ll be happy to help you weigh your options for the home you would really love to own today.
Remember not too long ago when all you heard or read in the news was how home values were going to keep falling? Well, it didn’t happen. In fact, not only did values stop dropping, but in almost all areas of the country, prices have risen well off the lows. In a few metros, they’ve even reached new highs.
We tend to take a far more factual and historical view of our market rather than the speculative and sensational perspectives you often see in the media. We often cite facts, such as the record affordability that came with falling rates and prices. That particular information led us to anticipate what we see today—price appreciation
Be aware that what you hear in the media is often not the best information for making decisions with consequences that last longer than the current news cycle. Homeownership generally falls into that category.
When long-term information is what you want, come see us. We’re happy to help.
The most frequent tax question that I hear is “What exactly does it mean when I hear that my home is tax deductible?” I’ll explain using your primary residence as an example. Let’s say that your $2,000 monthly mortgage payment includes $1,300 in interest, $200 paying towards the principle,$300 in real estate taxes, and $200 in home owner insurance. In this example, the $1,300 in interest and the $300 in real estate taxes are both tax deductible.
The $1,600 spent on those two things is tax free. In other words, the first $1,600 of your paycheck is now tax free! Normally you would have $432 taken out of your $1,600 paycheck that now doesn’t need to be sent to the IRS. Instead, it’s free to go in your pocket. So that $2,000 house payment really costs you $1,568. That’s great news! Do NOT underestimate the power of tax deductions. We would love to help you with the process please. Give me a call if you would like to begin the process . 319-899-3820 .
Hope Hall NMLS # 3938
Hall Lending Group nmls #3833
A good credit score is important for more reasons than just obtaining new credit. These days, it can factor into everything from landing a new job to getting the best deal on your insurance policies. It’s more important than ever to avoid late payments on your mortgage!
A 100 point drop for one late mortgage payment? It’s true. A single 30-day-late mortgage payment can cause your score to drop by as much as a hundred points. Credit scoring algorithms vary based on many factors, and in some instances, the damage may be even greater and last for years.
The costs accumulate. At the time, a single missed payment will cost you only a late fee, but the expense really adds up on your next loan or missed opportunity. Low credit scores typically mean a higher rate and cost. Higher rates can mean hundreds of thousands of dollars of extra expense over the life of a loan.
Missed payments are usually unplanned. Usually, events beyond our control lead to late payments, such as an accident, illness, job loss or family issue. At other times, carelessness or a hectic life may result in a forgotten payment.
What can you do?
Plan for the unexpected. Maintain an emergency cash reserve account equal to at least 3 months of living expenses or more.
Automate. If you’re prone to forgetting or don’t have a scheduled time to sit down and pay bills, set up auto payments through your checking account or put a perpetual reminder on your calendar.
Little other than time will decrease the negative impact of a late payment, so prevention is the one sure remedy. If you don’t already have a good system in place to assure timely payments and are not sure what’s best, reach out anytime. We’ll be happy to help set up a plan that’s right for you.
Hall Lending Group
Mortgage Loan Officer
1930 St Andrews Ct NE