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Message to Smart Homebuyers: Get Pre-Approved

Buying a home should be one of the most satisfying experiences of our lifetime, but for those homebuyers who have not taken the time to get pre-approved by a mortgage lender, the experience can become a nightmare. Pre-approval has always been a good idea, particularly for first-time homebuyers, but a» read more…

Higher Apartment Rents Spur More Home Buying

Don’t look now, but another bubble appears to be bursting–the apartment rental bubble. As the cost of renting an apartment continues to increase sharply in many parts of the country, apartment living appears to have become a victim of its own success.As a result, many apartment renters, including Millennials, empty» read more…

Creating “Stealth Wealth”

Creating a sound financial strategy, especially early in your adult life, is one of the keys to ensuring your financial security and the well-being of your family, not to mention a safe retirement. A smart financial plan lays the foundation for personal savings growth and enables you to put the» read more…

Curb Appeal is the Real Deal

The famous British playwright Oscar Wilde once wrote, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” Although historians disagree what Wilde was actually talking about when he coined this famous phrase (or whether he even said it), scores of real estate agents have taken it to heart» read more…

Tribute to Veterans on Memorial Day

From generation to generation, it’s up to all of us to show our gratitude(KANSAS CITY, MO.) May 25, 2015 - Every year, we Americans look forward to Memorial Day Weekend as a respite from work and an opportunity to recharge our batteries. Many of us mark the holiday by cooking» read more…

The Return of the First-Time Homebuyer

Each spring, millions of migrating birds return to their summer homes and signal the onset of spring.However, this year, many home builders and realtors are chirping about the return of a highly coveted species rarely seen in the U.S. for the past seven years—the first-time homebuyer.Indeed, the U.S. real estate» read more…

“Trickle Up” Economics

In the wake of a series of positive reports about the US economy, the message the financial markets appear to be sending homeowners is fairly clear—the days of record low interest rates appear to be numbered. For those families who have been thinking about refinancing to lower their house payment» read more…

Home Remodeling Catches Fire

As the US housing market continues to recover from the 2008-2010 recession, a clear sign of improvement can be found in the record number of homeowners around the country who are investing in remodeling projects.The National Association of Home Builders reported that the Remodeling Market Index posted an all-time high» read more…

New FHA rule will spur refinancing

Seeking to build momentum heading into his State of the Union address, President Obama announced yesterday that FHA will reduce the annual mortgage insurance premiums (MIP) that new borrowers pay on FHA loans by half a percent.Designed to bolster the nation’s housing market, the new FHA rule is intended to» read more…

Mortgages More Affordable and Accessible

As the CEO of a company that has been in the mortgage business since 1951, I applauded President Obama’s recent announcement of a major new step to make mortgages more affordable and accessible for creditworthy families.As outlined by the president on Jan. 7, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) will cut» read more…