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By David Kosmecki
(Sierra Pacific Mortgage)
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Interest rates fluctuate frequently, often depending on the news. If you are considering refinancing your home, your loan officer may suggest locking in the interest rate on your loan. There are some valid reasons why this is a good idea including: Saving Money For The Long-term: Over the life of...

By David Kosmecki
(Sierra Pacific Mortgage)
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Have you ever considered paying off the mortgage on your home in two biweekly payments rather than one monthly payment? It might seem like this wouldn't make a difference, but the truth is that biweekly payments really do add up more quickly. Since there are 52 weeks in a year you will end up mak...

By David Kosmecki
(Sierra Pacific Mortgage)
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When preparing for a closing on your refinance or home purchase, one of the documents you will be provided with a few days before closing is a HUD-1 Form. This form provides you with valuable information about your loan. While at first, this three page document may seem intimidating, if you under...

By David Kosmecki
(Sierra Pacific Mortgage)
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When it's cold outside, there's nothing quite as cozy as curling up on the sofa with a good book in front of a roaring fire. A fireplace evokes the idea of a warm and pleasant atmosphere. However, if it isn't properly maintained, your living room could be filled with a cloud of soot, or worse, fi...

By David Kosmecki
(Sierra Pacific Mortgage)
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Yesterday you may have read the blog post on questions to ask yourself before applying for a mortgage. Here are 5 additional that you may want to think about before you go into your meeting with your loan officer. Here are questions 6-10 that you may need to get answers to before completing your ...

By David Kosmecki
(Sierra Pacific Mortgage)
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If you are considering applying for a refinance, it is important to understand the mechanics of your mortgage loan. Before you sit down to speak with your loan officer, you should consider preparing a list of questions you feel may need to be answered. Typically, your loan officer will be availab...

By David Kosmecki
(Sierra Pacific Mortgage)
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According to the S&P Case-Shiller 10-and 20-City Housing Market Indices for September, home prices grew at an average of 13.30 percent year-over-year and achieved the highest growth rate for home prices since February 2006. On a month-to month basis, home prices are slowing in most areas with 19 ...

By David Kosmecki
(Sierra Pacific Mortgage)
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The calendar has turned and with that we receive less sunlight, colder temperatures, and shorter days ahead, it's an opportune time to cross those last-minute maintenance items off your homeowner to-do list. Practicing preventive care - both inside and outside your home - can save thousands of do...

By David Kosmecki
(Sierra Pacific Mortgage)
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"There's always something to be thankful for. If you can't pay your bills, you can be thankful you're not one of your creditors" – Author Unknown With Thanksgiving being tomorrow, I find myself thinking about everything I have to be thankful for. For instance, I've been a real estate agent for so...

By David Kosmecki
(Sierra Pacific Mortgage)
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The National Association of REALTORS reported Monday that pending home sales dropped by -0.60 percent in October after falling at a revised rate of -4.60 percent in September. According to Lawrence Yun, chief economist for NAR, 17 percent of real estate agents reported delays in loan closings due...

By David Kosmecki
(Sierra Pacific Mortgage)
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Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and if you're opening your home for the family get together, that usually means you'll be decorating.  If you've racked your mind for ideas and none sound just right, here are a few decorating ideas that might help you along your way. Fall Leaves: Decorati...

By David Kosmecki
(Sierra Pacific Mortgage)
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The minutes of the Federal Reserve's Federal Open Market Committee meeting held October 29 and 30 were released Wednesday. The meeting began with a report from the Manager of the System Open Market Account and included updates on developments within domestic and foreign financial markets. Accordi...

By David Kosmecki
(Sierra Pacific Mortgage)
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In order to save up a huge amount of cash for the down payment on your first mortgage, you need a solid savings plan! When you take out a mortgage on your new home as a first time homebuyer, the more you can pay as a down payment the better. The down payment on a mortgage reduces the principle of...

By David Kosmecki
(Sierra Pacific Mortgage)
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The National Association of Home Builders released its Housing Market Index  for November on Monday. This month's HMI reading was 54 against expectations of a reading of 55. October's reading was also 54 after being downwardly revised. Readings over 50 generally indicate that a majority of builde...

By David Kosmecki
(Sierra Pacific Mortgage)
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An open house gives you a great opportunity to look more closely at real estate you might be interested in buying. It also affords you the chance to chat with the owner or real estate agent so you can bring up any issues or hesitations you have with the home. Knowing what to ask can be difficult,...

By David Kosmecki
(Sierra Pacific Mortgage)
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Summer has been over and Fall is really here, temperatures are beginning to drop, and you’re dreading having to turn the heat on for the first time. Firing up the furnace can burn a hole in your pocket, but there’s something you can do about it. Consider these tips to help lower your heating bill...

By David Kosmecki
(Sierra Pacific Mortgage)
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Refinancing a mortgage is a golden opportunity to lock in today's low interest rate for the next 15 or 30 years. While interest rates now are still low, there's a good chance they will be heading up in the coming months. The Fed won't maintain the current bond purchasing level forever, and just a...

By David Kosmecki
(Sierra Pacific Mortgage)
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FHA loans are becoming increasingly popular these days as potential homeowners are not able to qualify for mortgages from traditional lenders. The FHA insures these high-risk loans, in turn allowing borrowers with low down payments and less than perfect credit to purchase homes and bolster the ho...

By David Kosmecki
(Sierra Pacific Mortgage)
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Private Money financing refers to loans collateralized by real estate, where the source of the funds used to close Real Estate transactions come from private investors. The decision by the investors to make a loan is based primarily upon plenty of equity in the real property securing the loan thu...

By David Kosmecki
(Sierra Pacific Mortgage)
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Every week the trash truck comes to pick up our garbage and unwanted items, which are promptly taken to landfills. Instead of filling landfills and just buying new items to stuff our homes, we can help the earth and recycle everyday household items. Below are a few fun and creative ideas for recy...

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