Monday, October 17, 2022 / by Todd Mowry
We all dream about having our own home and not be compelled to
live in a rental. However if you’re just like most of today’s renters, you
most likely feel trapped in an apartment or condo that just doesn’t feel
comfortable and like your home.
How could you feel at home in a place where you’re not even allowed to paint a wall or change a fixture to one you like better ? Don’t you feel stuck in a rut with literally no chance of getting out ? Well, you
shouldn’t. Believe it or not, there are ways to move out of a rental and
into your own home.
6 NOT-SO-COMMON FACTS THAT MIGHT HELP YOU BECOME A FIRST-TIME HOME OWNER
Most renters don’t fear that they won’t be able to pay a monthly
mortgage. You’re already paying rent, so that ship has already sailed.
The real problem is that people don’t have enough capital to cover a
down-payment. Believe it or not, saving up and or getting a down payment is not
that difficult ...
Wednesday, September 21, 2022 / by Todd Mowry
No one likes to think about disasters. Severe weather, fire, theft—or even a seemingly small issue like a broken pipe—can wreak havoc on your home and result in thousands of dollars in damages. Fortunately, a good homeowners insurance policy can offer you peace of mind that you and your family will be financially protected if disaster strikes.
A homeowners insurance policy covers your home—as well as the belongings in it—in case of theft, accidental damage, or certain natural disasters. In fact, most financial institutions require that you purchase homeowners insurance before they issue a mortgage. While coverage varies, most policies also help to protect you from liability should someone outside your household become injured on your property. And that liability coverage is often extended to include damage you (or anyone living in your household) may do to someone else’s property.1
With all the protection offered, it’s equally important to unders ...
Wednesday, September 14, 2022 / by Todd Mowry
Mortgage rates have been on a roller coaster ride this year, rising and falling amid inflationary pressures and economic uncertainty. And even the experts are divided when it comes to predicting where rates are headed next.1
This climate has been unsettling for some homebuyers and sellers. However, with proper planning, you can work toward qualifying for the best mortgage rates available today – and open up the possibility of refinancing at a lower rate in the future.
How does a lower mortgage rate save you money? According to Trading Economics, the average new mortgage size in the United States is currently around $410,000.2 Let’s compare a 5.0% versus a 6.0% fixed-interest rate on that amount over a 30-year term.
Mortgage Rate(30-year fixed)
Monthly Payment on $410,000 Loan(excludes taxes, insurance, etc.)
Difference in Monthly Payment
Total Interest Over 30 Years
Difference in Interest
Thursday, March 31, 2022 / by Todd Mowry
The annual inflation rate in the United States is currently around 7.5%—the highest it has been since 1982.1 It doesn’t matter if you’re a cashier, lawyer, plumber, or retiree; if you spend U.S. dollars, inflation impacts you.
Economists expect the effects of inflation, like a higher cost of goods, to continue.2 Luckily, an investment in real estate can ease some of the financial strain.
Here’s what you need to know about inflation, how it impacts you, and how an investment in real estate can help.
WHAT IS INFLATION AND HOW DOES IT IMPACT ME?
Inflation is a decline in the value of money. When the rate of inflation rises, prices for goods and services go up. Therefore, a dollar buys you a little bit less with every passing day.
The consumer price index, or CPI, is a standard measure of inflation. Based on the latest CPI data, prices increased 7.5% from January 2021 to January 2022.1 A little bit of inflation is considel ...
Monday, January 31, 2022 / by Todd Mowry
Things to Negotiate When Buying a Home in the Orlando Area by Todd Mowry Orlando Realtor
Whether you are a first-time homebuyer or a experienced multi home buyer …negotiation and contract talks can be a little stressful. However, it is necessary to ensure you are getting the best possible deal for your money. So, what should you negotiate when buying an Orlando area house?
What to Negotiate When Buying an Orlando Area Home
Your closing costs are determined by a variety of factors, but you can expect them to be between 2% to 5% of the purchase price. In a standard market you may ask the seller to cover some or all of the closing costs upfront or request a closing credit that can be used to make specific updates and fixes to the home. In a seller’s market this may be more difficult.
Love how the seller has furnished and decorated the home? Buyers often negotiate keeping couches, landscaping items, patio furniture, appliances, and more. ; ...