Jan. 23, 2019

Crown Gaithersburg MD | The Importance of Homeownership to the American Dream

Crown Gaithersburg MD | The Importance of Homeownership to the American Dream

 

As Gaithersburg has developed over the years, many neighborhoods are now blended with one and another without any distinction or personalities. 

Not in CROW, the newest and most vibrant community in Gaithersburg MD   

Located next to Rio, this new and unique neighborhood is separate in four groups   

 

* Downtown Crown   

* Crown West   

* Crown Central    

* Crown East    

 

If you are looking for city-living style with a flair of urban village, The Crown community has everything to offer and more. 

There is even a direct Metro Shuttle between the community and Shady Grove Metro Station to connect you directly with Washington DC and its surroundings.   

Today, I would like to talk about The Importance of Homeownership to the American Dream

 

For centuries, people in this country have seen homeownership as part of the American Dream. Whether they were born here or immigrated from another country, they wanted to own a piece of America. With so many prominent societal changes over the last few decades, it is fair to ask if people in America still feel the same way about owning a home. The answer was made abundantly clear in two separate reports released earlier this month.

In their market trends report, As Housing Trends Shift, So Does Renter, Buyer and Seller Sentiment, Trulia revealed that:

“After two years of no change, the share of Americans who say that homeownership is part of their personal “American Dream” ticked up from 72 percent to 73 percent of Americans.”

At the same time, the National Association of Realtors released their Aspiring Home Buyers Profile. As the report explained:

“For both homeowners and non-homeowners alike, homeownership is strongly considered a part of the American Dream. For non-owners, roughly 75 percent reported that homeownership is part of their American Dream. For owners, nine in 10 believe it is part of their American Dream.”

 

Bottom Line

The belief among the vast majority of Americans, whether they rent or own, is that purchasing a home still remains a major step toward accomplishing the American Dream.

 

Source.. KCM Fernando Herboso Blog

 

If you have any questions about the Crown Plaza, Gaithersburg MD, the schools, amenities or the surrounding community, don't hesitate to give us a call at 301-246-0001 We will be happy to help you. We specialize in Gaithersburg MD and our agents also live here.  

To reach us, please call 301-246-0001

 

 

 

Posted in GAITHERSBURG
Jan. 22, 2019

Cabin Branch Clarksburg MD | Do You Prefer the Charm of an Existing Home?

Cabin Branch Clarksburg MD | Do You Prefer the Charm of an Existing Home?

 

If you are looking to buy a home in Cabin Branch Clarksburg. As a real estate agent, I want to be prepared to ensure that you are given the best buying experience with knowledge and expertise to guide you along the way. One of the methods I use is to research the current inventory almost on a daily basis, I want to know where are the best deals for my clients when it comes to purchasing a brand new home in the Cabin Branch area.   

Today, I would like to talk to you about Do You Prefer the Charm of an Existing Home?

 

When homebuyers begin their research, they want to see all their available options! In many cases, they will include both new construction and existing homes in their search; but is a new construction home really the house of their dreams?

According to a recent survey by Zillow, of the 38% of total buyers that added new construction to their list, only 11% ultimately purchased a newly constructed home!

They added that 71% of these buyers are repeat buyers who are financially secure, with 45% using the money from the sale of their previous homes to make a purchase.

Below are some reasons why buyers are interested in purchasing a new build:

 

 * Everything in the house is new/never used (49%)

 * To be close to family (41%)

 * The home is the best value for their money (37%)

 * Appealing home features (34%)

 * Desirable location (34%)

 

So, then why did most of the buyers surveyed choose not to purchase a new home?

1) Location

Buyers could not find new construction in the desired neighborhood, and some felt that new construction is not established (e.g., landscaping, community, neighbors).

 

2) Timing

Buyers face the end of a lease or sale of their previous property and could not wait for a house to be built.

 

3) Price

Some buyers felt that new construction base prices were deceiving. Adding upgrades and HOA fees no longer made the home fit in their price range.

 

4) Appeal

For some buyers, new construction homes are too “cookie cutter,” and models are limited. Others feel that the charm and uniqueness of an existing house trumps one that’s never been lived in.

 

Bottom Line

Not all buyers are looking for a newly built house! There are many buyers looking for “the charm and uniqueness” of an existing home. If you are considering selling your house, don’t wait! Let’s get together to come up with a plan to feature the charming details of your house to future buyers.

 

Source.. KCM Fernando Herboso Blog

 

If you have any questions about Cabin Branch, the schools, the amenities or the surrounding community, don't hesitate to call on us at 301-246-0001 We will be happy to help you. We specialize in Clarksburg and our agents also live here.

To reach us, please call 301-246-0001

Or send us an email to: info@ReallyNiceHomes.com 

Thinking of selling your home? Let Fernando take over the marketing of your property with our unique 99 STEPS system 

 

 

 

Posted in Clarksburg
Jan. 21, 2019

Milestone Germantown MD | The Difference Having a Professional on Your Side Makes

Milestone Germantown MD | The Difference Having a Professional on Your Side Makes

 

At a local level in Germantown Maryland, buyer confidence remains strong with some changes that varies on the price level and whit type of houses they are looking for.     

Particularly in and around Milestone 20876 zip code. The addition of new store and business entities in the area makes Milestone one of the most busiest areas in Germantown.      

As you are aware, for most families, choosing a new home is the biggest financial decision they will ever make and for that reason, there are many complicated decisions involved in choosing your new home.      

Today I would like to talk to you about The Difference Having a Professional on Your Side Makes

 

 

In today’s fast-paced world, where answers are a Google search away, there are some who may wonder what the benefits of hiring a real estate professional to help them in their home search are. The truth is, with the addition of more information, comes more confusion.

Shows like Property Brothers, Fixer Upper and the dozens more on HGTV have given many a false sense of what it’s like to buy and sell a home.

Now more than ever, you need an expert on your side who is going to guide you toward your dreams and not let anything get in the way of achieving them. Buying and/or selling a home is definitely not something you want to DIY (Do It Yourself)!

 

Here are just some of the reasons you need a real estate professional in your corner:

There’s more to real estate than finding a house you like online!

There are over 230 possible steps that need to take place during every successful real estate transaction. Don’t you want someone who has been there before, someone who knows what these actions are, to ensure you achieve your dream?

 

 You Need a Skilled Negotiator

In today’s market, hiring a talented negotiator could save you thousands, perhaps tens of thousands of dollars. Each step of the way – from the original offer, to the possible renegotiation of that offer after a home inspection, to the possible cancellation of the deal based on a troubled appraisal – you need someone who can keep the deal together until it closes.

 

What is the home you’re buying or selling worth in today’s market?

There is so much information out there on the news and on the internet about home sales, prices, and mortgage rates; how do you know what’s going on specifically in your area? Who do you turn to in order to competitively and correctly price your home at the beginning of the selling process? How do you know what to offer on your dream home without paying too much, or offending the seller with a lowball offer?

 

Dave Ramsey, the financial guru, advises:

“When getting help with money, whether it’s insurance, real estate or investments, you should always look for someone with the heart of a teacher, not the heart of a salesman.”

Hiring an agent who has his or her finger on the pulse of the market will make your buying or selling experience an educated one. You need someone who is going to tell you the truth, not just what they think you want to hear.

 

Bottom Line

Today’s real estate market is highly competitive. Having a professional who’s been there before to guide you through the process is a simple step that will give you a huge advantage!

 

Source.. KCM Fernando Herboso Blog

 

To protect your interests and assure that you make the best possible decisions,  

it's important that you have a knowledgeable agent on your side who is an expert in the local real estate market.  

We are dedicated to keeping you on top of our local market. Rest assured that we will provide you with a well-informed,  

and the most updated strategic view for your home purchase in Germantown Maryland  

To reach us, please call 301-246-0001 

or send us an email  info@ReallyNiceHomes.com  

Thinking of selling your home? Let Fernando take over the marketing of your property with our unique 99 STEPS system  

www.99SOLD.com - Call or text 240-426-5754 for more information

 

 

 

Posted in GERMANTOWN
Jan. 14, 2019

The Cup Of Love

For my Wife on her Birthday…

As I cup my hands gently together,

and fill my hands with refreshing water,

to calm my thirst….

It reminds me of the love I have for you…

my beautiful wife…

Being older has made me wiser and now,

I see it clearly …

That the love I have for you is like,

holding water inside my hands.

If I never wanted to end…I have to keep refilling it with water.

The water symbolizes the love I have for you

I know it is a very delicate thing…

like holding water in the cup of your hand…

It will eventually drain out…unless I

keep refilling it everyday

This is why I promise to always give you

on a daily basis

love, comfort, respect, admiration and protection..

Not only I want to earn your love,

but I want to keep it forever…

I shall never stop refilling the water of the love I have for you.

…and I will do that

with my daily actions of appreciation

I’m so happy that you are by my side.

Happy Birthday Mi Amor!

Te Amo,

Fernando

 

Posted in Uncategorized
Jan. 8, 2019

Milestone Germantown MD | Buying A Vacation Property? Now Is A Good Time!

Milestone Germantown MD | Buying A Vacation Property? Now Is A Good Time!

 

At a local level in Germantown Maryland, buyer confidence remains strong with some changes that varies on the price level and whit type of houses they are looking for.     

Particularly in and around Milestone 20876 zip code. The addition of new store and business entities in the area makes Milestone one of the most busiest areas in Germantown.      

As you are aware, for most families, choosing a new home is the biggest financial decision they will ever make and for that reason, there are many complicated decisions involved in choosing your new home.      

Today I would like to talk to you about Buying A Vacation Property? Now Is A Good Time!

 

Every year around this time, many homeowners begin the process of preparing their homes in case of extreme winter weather. Some others skip winter all together by escaping to their vacation homes in a warmer climate.

For those homeowners staying at their first residence, AccuWeather warns:

“The late-week cold shot should fade next week, but this is a warning shot for winter’s return late in the month and early February.”

Given this, it’s time to go and stock up on winter weather supplies! However, if you’re tired of shoveling snow and dealing with the cold weather, maybe it’s time to consider obtaining a vacation home!

According to the Investment & Vacation Home Buyers 2018 Report by NAR:

“72% of vacation property owners and 71% of investment property owners believe now is a good time to buy.”

It’s time to take advantage of the equity in your home. As the latest Equity Report from ATTOM Data Solutions stated:

“Nearly 14.5 million U.S. properties (are) equity rich — where the combined estimated amount of loans secured by the property was 50 percent or less of the property’s estimated market value — up by more than 433,000 from a year ago to a new high as far back as data is available, Q4 2013.

The 14.5 million equity rich properties in Q3 2018 represented 25.7 percent of all properties with a mortgage.”

This means that over a quarter of Americans who have a mortgage would be able to use some of their home equity to make a significant down payment toward a vacation home, and many are doing just that! According to the same report by NAR:

“33% of vacation buyers purchased in a beach area, 21% purchased on a lakefront, and 15% purchased a vacation home in the country.”

Many homeowners who are close to retirement will use some of their equity to purchase vacation homes, which may eventually become their permanent homes post-retirement!

 

Bottom Line

If you are a homeowner looking to take advantage of your home equity by investing in a vacation home, let’s get together to discuss your options!

 

Source.. KCM Fernando Herboso Blog

 

To protect your interests and assure that you make the best possible decisions,  

it's important that you have a knowledgeable agent on your side who is an expert in the local real estate market.  

We are dedicated to keeping you on top of our local market. Rest assured that we will provide you with a well-informed,  

and the most updated strategic view for your home purchase in Germantown Maryland  

To reach us, please call 301-246-0001 

or send us an email  info@ReallyNiceHomes.com  

Thinking of selling your home? Let Fernando take over the marketing of your property with our unique 99 STEPS system  

www.99SOLD.com - Call or text 240-426-5754 for more information

 

 

 

Posted in GERMANTOWN
Jan. 7, 2019

Sell My House in MD | Want to Get the Most Money from The Sale of Your Home? Use These 2 Tips!

Sell My House in MD | Want to Get the Most Money from The Sale of Your Home? Use These 2 Tips!

 

Most real estate brokers and agents don't really have all the tools needed to provide 100% selling services to sellers that need to sell their houses  quick, for cash and at a fair price.   

This is why we have integrated fully with all the data on the MLS and became a real estate source to thousands of investors in the MD, DC & VA region.   

In order for most consumers to take advantage of the competition between these investors, we've created the perfect system. If you are in the market to sell you home and you are in need for a fair offer  right away... you've come to the right place.   

We can provide customised innovation towards all  your real estate needs if you are a home seller.  

Today, I would like to talk to you about Want to Get the Most Money from The Sale of Your Home? Use These 2 Tips!

 

Every homeowner wants to make sure they maximize their financial reward when selling their home. But how do you guarantee that you receive the maximum value for your house?

Here are two keys to ensure that you get the highest price possible.

 

1. Price it a LITTLE LOW 

This may seem counterintuitive, but let’s look at this concept for a moment. Many homeowners think that pricing their homes a little OVER market value will leave them with room for negotiation. In actuality, this just dramatically lessens the demand for your house (see chart below).

Instead of the seller trying to ‘win’ the negotiation with one buyer, they should price it so that demand for the home is maximized. By doing this, the seller will not be fighting with a buyer over the price but will instead have multiple buyers fighting with each other over the house.

HGTV gives this advice:

“First impressions are everything when selling your home. Studies have shown that the first two weeks on the market are the most crucial to your success. During these initial days, your home will be exposed to all active buyers.

If your price is perceived as too high, you will quickly lose this initial audience and find yourself relying only on the trickle of new buyers entering the market each day. Markets are dynamic, and your price has an expiration date. You have one chance to grab attention. Make sure your pricing helps you stand out on the shelf — in a positive way.”

 

2. Use a Real Estate Professional

This, too, may seem counterintuitive. The seller may believe that he or she will make more money without having to pay a real estate commission, but studies have shown that homes typically sell for more money when handled by a real estate professional.

Research by the National Association of Realtors in their 2018 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers revealed that,

“the median selling price for all FSBO homes was $200,000 last year. However, homes that were sold with the assistance of an agent had a median selling price of $264,900 – nearly $65,000 more for the typical home sale.”

 

Bottom Line

Price your house at or slightly below the current market value and hire a professional. This will guarantee that you maximize the money you get for your house.

 

Source.. KCM Fernando Herboso Blog

 

To show my commitment to my clients, I will utilize the latest technology, know-how and information allowing me to bring you the best and highest offer for your house. 

To connect with me directly, 

Please call Fernando at 301-246-0001

Or via email:  Fernando@ReallyNiceHomes.com 

If you are thinking of selling your home in a more traditional way... Let Fernando take over the marketing of your property with our unique 99 STEPS system 

www.99SOLD.com - Call or text 240-426-5754 for more information

 

 

 

 

Posted in Selling
Jan. 2, 2019

Villages of Urbana Homes For Sale | Excited About Buying A Home This Year? Here’s What to Watch

Villages of Urbana Homes For Sale | Excited About Buying A Home This Year? Here’s What to Watch

 

If you are looking for a home in the Villages of Urbana. Let us share a secret with you. When someone becomes a professional real estate agent, they make a commitment to their clients from the moment they first connect, whether it is, first-time homebuyer's, who are very excited to purchase their very own home.... or seasoned Investors who are trying to build equity with key purchases and increase their portfolios. What is important for you to know is that your main purpose is to find the right real estate professional that will dedicate time and energy to bring exactly what you are looking for. Take your time and pick the one that has that commitment deep in their hearts

To show this commitment to my clients, We bring the latest technology, know-how and information allowing me to bring the best possible outcome on every real estate transaction we perform.

Today, I would like to talk to you about Excited About Buying A Home This Year? Here’s What to Watch

 

As we kick off the new year, many families have made resolutions to enter the housing market in 2019. Whether you are thinking of finally ditching your landlord and buying your first home or selling your starter house to move into your forever home, there are two pieces of the real estate puzzle you need to watch carefully: interest rates & inventory.

 

Interest Rates

Mortgage interest rates had been on the rise for much of 2018, but they made a welcome reversal at the end of the year. According to Freddie Mac’s latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey, rates climbed to 4.94% in November before falling to 4.62% for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage last week. Despite the recent drop, interest rates are projected to reach 5% in 2019.

The interest rate you secure when buying a home not only greatly impacts your monthly housing costs, but also impacts your purchasing power.

Purchasing power, simply put, is the amount of home you can afford to buy for the budget you have available to spend. As rates increase, the price of the house you can afford to buy will decrease if you plan to stay within a certain monthly housing budget.

The chart below shows the impact that rising interest rates would have if you planned to purchase a $400,000 home while keeping your principal and interest payments between $2,020-$2,050 a month.

With each quarter of a percent increase in interest rate, the value of the home you can afford decreases by 2.5% (in this example, $10,000).

 

Inventory

A ‘normal’ real estate market requires there to be a 6-month supply of homes for sale in order for prices to increase only with inflation. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), listing inventory is currently at a 3.9-month supply (still well below the 6-months needed), which has put upward pressure on home prices. Home prices have increased year-over-year for the last 81 straight months.

The inventory of homes for sale in the real estate market had been on a steady decline and experienced year-over-year drops for 36 straight months (from July 2015 to May 2018), but we are starting to see a shift in inventory over the last six months.

The chart below shows the change in housing supply over the last 12 months compared to the previous 12 months. As you can see, since June, inventory levels have started to increase as compared to the same time last year.

This is a trend to watch as we move further into the new year. If we continue to see an increase in homes for sale, we could start moving further away from a seller’s market and closer to a normal market.

 

Bottom Line

If you are planning to enter the housing market, either as a buyer or a seller, let’s get together to discuss the changes in mortgage interest rates and inventory and what they could mean for you.

 

Source.. KCM Fernando Herboso Blog

 

If you want to find the best house for the money in Villages of Urbana….

This is what we can do for you, 

We will prepare you a list of houses that fit your criteria and take the time to show all these houses to you, with no pressure and no hassle.

So please let us know when you are ready to get started

If you want to get started now, 

Please call us at 301-246-0001

Or text to: 240-426-5754

Email: Info@ReallyNiceHomes.com 

Thinking of selling your home? Let Fernando take over the marketing of your property with our unique 99 STEPS system 

www.99SOLD.com - Call or text 240-426-5754 for more information.

 

 

 

 

Posted in Urbana
Dec. 31, 2018

Crown Gaithersburg MD | Why You Should Not For Sale By Owner

Crown Gaithersburg MD | Why You Should Not For Sale By Owner

 

As Gaithersburg has developed over the years, many neighborhoods are now blended with one and another without any distinction or personalities. 

Not in CROW, the newest and most vibrant community in Gaithersburg MD   

Located next to Rio, this new and unique neighborhood is separate in four groups   

 

* Downtown Crown   

* Crown West   

* Crown Central    

* Crown East    

 

If you are looking for city-living style with a flair of urban village, The Crown community has everything to offer and more. 

There is even a direct Metro Shuttle between the community and Shady Grove Metro Station to connect you directly with Washington DC and its surroundings.   

Today, I would like to talk about Why You Should Not For Sale By Owner

 

In today’s market, as home prices rise and a lack of inventory continues, some homeowners may consider trying to sell their homes on their own, known in the industry as a For Sale by Owner (FSBO). There are several reasons why this might not be a good idea for most sellers.

Here are the top five reasons:

 

1. Exposure to Prospective Buyers

According to NAR’s 2018 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, 95% of buyers searched online for a home last year. That is in comparison to only 13% of buyers looking at print newspaper ads. Most real estate agents have an Internet strategy to promote the sale of your home, do you?

 

2. Results Come from the Internet

Where did buyers find the homes they actually purchased?

 

 * 50% on the Internet

 * 28% from a real estate agent

 * 7% from a yard sign

 * 1% from newspapers

 

The days of selling your house by putting out a lawn sign or putting an ad in the paper are long gone. Having a strong Internet strategy is crucial.

 

3. There Are Too Many People to Negotiate With

Here is a list of some of the people with whom you must be prepared to negotiate if you decide to For Sale by Owner:

 

 * The buyer who wants the best deal possible

 * The buyer’s agent who solely represents the best interests of the buyer

 * The buyer’s attorney (in some parts of the country)

 * The home inspection companies, which work for the buyer and will almost always find some problems with    the house

 * The appraiser if there is a question of value

 

4. FSBOing Has Become More And More Difficult

The paperwork involved in selling and buying a home has increased dramatically as industry disclosures and regulations have become mandatory. This is one of the reasons that the percentage of people FSBOing has dropped from 19% to 7% over the last 20+ years.

 

5. You Net More Money When Using an Agent

Many homeowners believe that they can save on the real estate commission by selling on their own, but they don’t realize that the main reason buyers look at FSBOs is because they also believe that they can save on the real estate agent’s commission. The seller and buyer can’t both save the commission.

 

A study by Collateral Analytics revealed that FSBOs don’t actually save anything, and in some cases may be costing themselves more, by not listing with an agent. One of the main reasons for the price difference at the time of sale is that,

“Properties listed with a broker that is a member of the local MLS will be listed online with all other participating broker websites, marketing the home to a much larger buyer population. And those MLS properties generally offer compensation to agents who represent buyers, incentivizing them to show and sell the property and again potentially enlarging the buyer pool.”

If more buyers see a home, the greater the chances are that there could be a bidding war for the property. The study showed that the difference in price between comparable homes of size and location is currently at an average of 6% this year.

Why would you choose to list on your own and manage the entire transaction when you can hire an agent and not have to pay anything more?

 

Bottom Line

Before you decide to take on the challenges of selling your house on your own, let’s get together to discuss your needs.

 

Source.. KCM Fernando Herboso Blog

 

If you have any questions about the Crown Plaza, Gaithersburg MD, the schools, amenities or the surrounding community, don't hesitate to give us a call at 301-246-0001 We will be happy to help you. We specialize in Gaithersburg MD and our agents also live here.  

To reach us, please call 301-246-0001

 

 

 

Posted in GAITHERSBURG
Dec. 27, 2018

Sell My House in MD | 24 Hours that Suddenly Improved the Market

Sell My House in MD | 24 Hours that Suddenly Improved the Market

 

Most real estate brokers and agents don't really have all the tools needed to provide 100% selling services to sellers that need to sell their houses  quick, for cash and at a fair price.   

This is why we have integrated fully with all the data on the MLS and became a real estate source to thousands of investors in the MD, DC & VA region.   

In order for most consumers to take advantage of the competition between these investors, we've created the perfect system. If you are in the market to sell you home and you are in need for a fair offer  right away... you've come to the right place.   

We can provide customised innovation towards all  your real estate needs if you are a home seller.  

Today, I would like to talk to you about 24 Hours that Suddenly Improved the Market

 

This year started strong for real estate, but then the market began to soften. Home inventory in the starter and move-up categories dwindled to almost nothing, mortgage rates were projected to rise, and home sales had decreased for several months in a row.

To many, the outlook heading into 2019 appeared dim… at best.

Then, in a 24-hour window last week, things seemed to change. On Wednesday, the National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) revealed in their Existing Homes Sales Report that home sales had INCREASED for the second consecutive month. The next day, NAR’s economic research team announced that the percentage of first-time buyers in the market was higher than last month and even higher than a year ago.

 

What happened to turn around the downward momentum in the market? 

You only needed to wait a few hours to find out. On the heels of NAR’s revelations, Zillow released their November Real Estate Market Report that explained:

“After nearly four years of annual declines in inventory, the number of homes for sale has now increased year-over-year for three straight months…”

Ending 2018, we now know two things:

 

 1.- Listing inventory increased over the last three months

 2.- Home sales increased over the last two months

 

Maybe a lack of inventory was the major challenge all along.

 

But, what about those pesky interest rates?

Last Thursday (the day after all of the above news), Freddie Mac announced that mortgage rates did not increase but instead decreased…again. From their release:

“The response to the recent decline in mortgage rates is already being felt in the housing market. After declining for six consecutive months, existing home sales finally rose in October and November and are essentially at the same level as during the summer months.

This modest rebound in sales indicates that homebuyers are very sensitive to mortgage rate changes – and given the further drop in rates we’ve seen this month, we expect to see a modest rebound in home sales as well.”

 

Bottom Line

Will 2019 start out better than many have predicted? Perhaps, but we’ll have to wait and see. Things do look much better today, though, than they did just a month ago.

 

Source.. KCM Fernando Herboso Blog

 

To show my commitment to my clients, I will utilize the latest technology, know-how and information allowing me to bring you the best and highest offer for your house. 

To connect with me directly, 

Please call Fernando at 301-246-0001

Or via email:  Fernando@ReallyNiceHomes.com 

If you are thinking of selling your home in a more traditional way... Let Fernando take over the marketing of your property with our unique 99 STEPS system 

www.99SOLD.com - Call or text 240-426-5754 for more information

 

 

 

Posted in Selling
Dec. 26, 2018

Cabin Branch Clarksburg MD | How to Save Thousands of Dollars in Interest on Your Mortgage

Cabin Branch Clarksburg MD | How to Save Thousands of Dollars in Interest on Your Mortgage

 

If you are looking to buy a home in Cabin Branch Clarksburg. As a real estate agent, I want to be prepared to ensure that you are given the best buying experience with knowledge and expertise to guide you along the way. One of the methods I use is to research the current inventory almost on a daily basis, I want to know where are the best deals for my clients when it comes to purchasing a brand new home in the Cabin Branch area.   

Today, I would like to talk to you about How to Save Thousands of Dollars in Interest on Your Mortgage

 

One of the most common loans you can get to buy a home is a 30-year fixed rate mortgage. If the thought of paying for your home over the course of 30-years seems daunting, here are some easy ways to shorten that term which will actually end up saving you money over the life of your loan.

Any additional payments to the principal amount (the original sum of money borrowed in a loan), helps to cut down the amount of interest that you will pay over the life of your loan and can also help to shave years off the loan as well.

When you make ‘extra’ payments toward your loan, the key is to let your lender/bank know that you want the extra funds to go toward your principal balance as they will not automatically do this for you.

You don’t have to double your mortgage payment to make a big difference either!

If you have a 30-year mortgage on a median-priced home ($250,000) with a 5% interest rate, you’ll be responsible for a $1,342.05 monthly principal and interest payment. Over the course of the loan, if you pay your exact monthly payment, you will have paid $233,133.89 in interest alone!

 

Paying a Little Extra Can Pay Off Big

1. Pay an additional 1/12th of your mortgage payment every month

Benefit: In the example above, adding $111.84 to your monthly mortgage payment might not seem like a lot, but each year you will have paid one extra month’s worth of payments which will shorten the term of your loan by 4 years and 8 months, all while saving you $42,000 in interest!

 

2. Pay an additional $50 per month towards your mortgage

Benefit: Fifty dollars might not seem like enough to make a difference on the term of your loan, but that small amount will save you over $21,000 in interest and will take over 2 years off the end of your loan. Twenty-eight years from now, you’ll be happy to pay off your loan that much sooner!

 

3. Make one-time lump sum payments when you can

Benefit: If you find yourself with a little extra money after a yearly bonus, a tax return, or from investment dividends, paying that money towards the principal can cut your costs. This option, however, is less predictable than the extra monthly payments.

If you have higher interest debts, like credit cards, consider using any extra funds you have to pay those debts down before applying that money towards your mortgage. Also, if you do not plan on staying in your home for more than 10 years, paying extra toward your mortgage might not make sense.

 

Bottom Line

If you’re wondering what strategies would work best for you to shorten the term of your loan, let’s get together to answer your questions.

 

Source.. KCM Fernando Herboso Blog

 

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