Beyond the “Must-Do” Tip for Morris County First-Time Homebuyers

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Last week’s “Moneywatch” article on CBSNews.com was a surefire attention grabber. It promised to reveal a single “must do” tip for first-time homebuyers. The main point covered familiar ground—but within the supporting information were some facts that could nudge some Morris County renters into becoming first-time homebuyers. Although the headlined “Don’t Buy a Home Without Doing This First” tip was …

Brightening Prospects for Buying a Home in Morris County

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Because buying a home has long been a hallmark of success in America, whenever that possibility seems to weaken for the average Joe (or Josette), it comes as sobering news. Back in June, CNN Money ran a downbeat story focused on how the rising cost of housing had been “putting a major squeeze” on some Americans. For Morris County readers …

Applying for Morris County Mortgages: One Underlying Factor

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Every mortgage lender develops their own unique guidelines for evaluating the factors contained in a home loan application. These may change from time to time so that their portfolios stay “balanced”—that is, so that the cumulative risk represented by the entire batch of home loans do not exceed the level of risk they wish to assume. Potential Morris County mortgage …

Financial Guru’s Advice Yields 4 Morris County Home Buying Steps

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What a simpler world it would be if Morris County home buying could be reduced to anything like a simple 4-Step process. Even better if those were four easy steps. Actually, without actually coming out and saying so, that’s the tantalizing prospect hinted at on radio financial guru Dave Ramsey’s web site’s “Home Buying Process Made Easy.” Ramsey is the …

As Morris County Mortgage Rates Hold Steady, Diligence Pays

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Mortgage rates in Morris County remained mostly steady this past month, at least partially due to the predictable July-August doldrum effect. When the summertime vacation schedules of Washington and Manhattan movers and shakers presages a slowdown in activity and economic reports, there is simply less going on that might affect the rate meter—in either direction. Summertime can also mark the …

Morris County Mortgage Rates Point to Encouraging Future

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Last week, following the Fed’s hike in the rates they charge banks, you might expect a matching rise in mortgage rates for Morris County home buyers and refi applicants. If the experts are right, that’s far from a done deal. The Washington Post headline said it all: “Mortgage rates move slightly higher but could be headed back down again.” Mortgage …

Smart Positioning in the Quest for Morris County Homes for Sale

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Not everyone who is looking at the homes for sale in Morris County needs to come up with a winner right away. If their own house has just been listed, they may reasonably estimate that it will be some months before the moving vans need to be summoned. Or they may be contemplating a move only if they happen across …

Morris County Mortgage Interest Rates: Another Surprise

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It usually takes at least some digging to come up with relevant news for Morris County real estate watchers. Last week provided an exception. The boldest headlines, cable TV info crawls, and email announcements dealt with the unexpected move in mortgage interest rates. The welcome news for Morris County home sellers and prospective buyers came with Freddie Mac’s midweek announcement …

Experts Startled by Early U.S. New House Sales Increase

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Morris County house sales do usually respond in the seasonal pattern that is familiar in most other areas. Spring and summer lead the way for weather-related, financial, school scheduling and other family-related reasons. From now into well past July (and sometimes even August), house sales activity can be counted on to peak. Those are the normal expectations. But when any …

Growing Confidence Affects Morris County Real Estate Scene

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The attachment we build to the places where we live is an easy-to-understand human emotion. Almost everyone who has ever moved away from a family home has experienced a sense of loss that can be quite profound. But that’s only one of the emotional connections that come into play where real estate is involved. Even though we tend to think …