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By Brint Wahlberg, The Wahlberg Team
(Windermere Real Estate)
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A Home is More Than an Address - 8/19/2013  A home is a place to call your own, raise your family, share with your friends and feel safe and secure. It is also one of the largest investments most people have. Leverage is the ability to control a larger asset with a smaller amount of cash through ...

By Brint Wahlberg, The Wahlberg Team
(Windermere Real Estate)
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Low inventory is a relative term depending on how you're comparing it.  Would the comparison be to total number of homes on the market last year, homes in a certain price range or homes in a certain area?  In some situations, it's a combination of all of those things. In any given market, invento...

By Brint Wahlberg, The Wahlberg Team
(Windermere Real Estate)
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Get Regular Check-ups - 8/12/2013  Following his heart surgery last week, after an issue was discovered during his annual physical, President George W. Bush encouraged everyone to get regular check-ups.  Another important checkup that should be done on a regular basis and can be just as beneficia...

By Brint Wahlberg, The Wahlberg Team
(Windermere Real Estate)
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You’ve saved for a rainy day or retirement. Congratulations but don’t get too comfortable yet; where is it invested? It’s estimated that over 25% of Americans have their long-term savings in cash instead of investments like stocks, bonds or real estate. The memories of the financial crisis of 200...

By Brint Wahlberg, The Wahlberg Team
(Windermere Real Estate)
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It Can't Hurt to Wait, Can It? - 7/29/2013  It’s been said that more money has been lost due to indecision than was ever lost because of a bad decision. Regardless of whether you agree with the statement, delaying the decision to buy in today’s market is going to cost the buyer more.  Home prices...

By Brint Wahlberg, The Wahlberg Team
(Windermere Real Estate)
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If I'd Known... - 7/22/2013  We’ve probably all said or at least thought “if I knew then, what I know now, I would have done things differently.” We should have stayed in school longer. We should have listened to our parents. We should have bought Apple stock in 2002 for $8.50 that sells for $400...

By Brint Wahlberg, The Wahlberg Team
(Windermere Real Estate)
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FHA & VA Assumptions - 7/19/2013  Not many buyers have assumed a mortgage in the past 25 years. Most people think it was because FHA and VA in the late 80’s began to require that buyers qualify for the assumptions. Not having to qualify for a mortgage would certainly benefit certain buyers.  If a...

By Brint Wahlberg, The Wahlberg Team
(Windermere Real Estate)
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Retirement Without a Mortgage - 7/15/2013  Planning for retirement is obviously important and many times, an activity plagued by procrastination. Some people plan to have their home paid for by that magical date so they won’t have payments after they retire. It makes sense to eliminate a large re...

By Brint Wahlberg, The Wahlberg Team
(Windermere Real Estate)
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When Rates Go Up - 7/8/2013  Rising interest rates are great if you are renewing a certificate of deposit but not so much when you’re borrowing money. With interest rates on the rise as well as home prices, housing affordability is a concern for would-be homeowners. A rough rule of thumb is that ...

By Brint Wahlberg, The Wahlberg Team
(Windermere Real Estate)
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Inventory is dramatically shrinking and it is commonplace in many markets to have multiple offers on a home. While the sellers would prefer to be able to choose the best offer for them, it can be incredibly frustrating for the buyers who might consider the following tips to get their offer accept...

By Brint Wahlberg, The Wahlberg Team
(Windermere Real Estate)
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What's It Worth? - 6/3/2013  How much is a one carat diamond worth? Anyone who has shopped for one knows that the price could have a significantly wide range of value. It's been said that purchasers  should consider the color, cut, clarity and carat size to compare stones but when it gets down to...

By Brint Wahlberg, The Wahlberg Team
(Windermere Real Estate)
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Breathe Easy - 5/24/2013  The benefits of regularly changing the heating and air-conditioning filters are obvious to homeowners; the real challenge is creating a system to make sure it gets done.  A reasonable schedule would be to replace it with a new one-inch pleated filter every 60-90 days. Ho...

By Brint Wahlberg, The Wahlberg Team
(Windermere Real Estate)
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Don’t be afraid of those two words-expert advice. Remember: An expert doesn’t mean you’re going to give perfect advice. An expert means you’re going to give excellent advice. Here’s the difference: If you go to a doctor with a serious illness, she can’t tell you how it’s all going to wind up in t...

By Brint Wahlberg, The Wahlberg Team
(Windermere Real Estate)
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Whose Commission Is It? - 5/13/2013  One of the most common reasons buyers want to deal directly with the seller is because they feel they can save the commission. It’s a valid consideration but interestingly, it’s the same reason the seller isn’t employing an agent. Both parties cannot save the ...

By Brint Wahlberg, The Wahlberg Team
(Windermere Real Estate)
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I've been keeping an eye on sales volume and trends in the Missoula MLS and I wanted to quickly share some numbers that have stood out to me.  In particular April, which was a huge month for our area.  This is not just sales in the Missoula valley but within our entire MLS.  What we're seeing so ...

By Brint Wahlberg, The Wahlberg Team
(Windermere Real Estate)
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The "Right Size" Home - 5/9/2013 Work hard, buy a home, start a family and continue to upgrade your home until everyone has enough room. This has been the blueprint for lots of homeowners for the last fifty years but there is certainly a shift in thinking that could change all of that. Interestin...

By Brint Wahlberg, The Wahlberg Team
(Windermere Real Estate)
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It’s interesting that the housing climate has changed so quickly. Some buyers, who think they’re still in the driver’s seat, find the market is now going up and they’re losing the home that they really want. Multiple offers are increasingly more common and buyers are frustrated because even full-...

By Brint Wahlberg, The Wahlberg Team
(Windermere Real Estate)
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It's a beautiful Sunday morning, I've got a group of friends on their way over to my house for brunch, and life is good.  Spring in Missoula has been cold and snowy up until this weekend when we've finally had some warm weather and clear skies.   This weekend as an alumnus member of the local Sig...

By Brint Wahlberg, The Wahlberg Team
(Windermere Real Estate)
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Cut Refinancing Expenses - 4/29/2013  Every single day, homeowners who are excited about lowering their rate have a tendency to ignore the refinancing costs because they’re being rolled back into the new mortgage. If the payment is lower than what they’re currently paying and there’s no money out...

By Brint Wahlberg, The Wahlberg Team
(Windermere Real Estate)
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Shifting Debt to Tax Deductible - 4/24/2013  The Mortgage Interest Deduction is available to homeowners for up to $1,000,000 of acquisition debt on the combination of their first and second home.  They can also deduct interest on up to an additional $100,000 of Home Equity debt. While Acquisition...

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