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Your Home is a Hedge Against Inflation

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The concern about inflation is the sustained upward movement in the overall price of goods and services while the purchasing value of money decreases.   Tangible assets like your home consistently become more valuable over time.   In inflationary periods, your home is a good investment and a hedge against inflation. Money in the bank loses purchasing power due to inflation and the interest you may be earning is almost always less than inflation. Home prices are going up but so is rent.   With mortgage rates near historic lows, the interest is, generally, less than the appreciation the property is enjoying.   Combine this with the leverage that occurs using borrowed funds to control an asset and your equity is most likely, growing at a faster rate than inflation. A 90% mortgage at 3.5% for 30-years on a $400,000 home that appreciates at 4% a year will have an estimated equity of $220,000 in seven years due to appreciation and amortization.   That is a 27.5% annual rate of return o

Why is the APR higher than the interest rate?

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Annual percentage rate is a calculation to accurately reflect the cost of the mortgage considering the note rate of interest, financing fees and charges based on the term of the mortgage. Annual percentage rate, APR, calculates the interest rate and loan fees over the life of the loan expressed as a rate.   A mortgage has a quoted interest rate plus a specified number of points which may be paid at closing or rolled into the loan, in some instances. For example, a $400,000 loan amount at 2.98% interest for 30-years with 0.7 points would have an annual percentage rate of 3.0349%.   While the mortgage rate is quoted at 2.98%, the borrower must additionally pay 0.7 points or slightly less than one percent of the amount borrowed as a fee to the lender in consideration of making the loan. This increases the yield to the lender on what they are earning by making this loan and is expressed as the annual percentage rate for the benefit of the buyer. Since the lender is required to incl

There's more to it than you might think

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There is more to selling a home than you might think.  Superficially, a person might think that it will sell itself currently because, nationally, homes for sale receive 3.6 offers and they sell within 18 days.  Any business student can probably list the four Ps of marketing: product, price, place, and promotion.  It may appear that there isn't much to selling a home: put a price on it; photograph it; put a sign in the yard; and, put it in MLS but, on closer scrutiny, there is a lot more that the best agents provide. Long before the home goes on the market, the agent will create a detailed value and pricing study based on similar homes in size, price, proximity, and condition.  An overpriced home will sit on the market longer than it should.  The longer it stays on the market, buyers, as well as other agents, begin to wonder if there is something wrong with it. The agent will develop a staging and declutter plan to make the house show at its best because first impressions m