That Nostalgic Feeling
50+ million people from New York City to Cleveland, Ohio were left in the dark in the largest blackout in United States history. We fell in love with a clown fish on the big screen in Finding Nemo. And, oh yeah, Apple® launched a little thing called iTunes®.
This was 2003. The same year the federal government established the National Do Not Call Registry. It’s that list where you can register your phone number (you can register your number here), putting a stop to those pesky telemarketers and prerecorded voice messages from tying up your landline phone (the days before smartphones). The idea worked… for a little while. Continue reading
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Are you feeling cramped from the hustle and bustle of city life? Perhaps living out in the ‘burbs’ isn’t what you thought it would be. If either of these are the case, then we have the remedy for you and your family.
The stereotype is millennials are lazy and entitled. But, that’s far from the truth. In fact, this group of tech gurus, social media specialists who have a knack for food and culture are driven to making a difference in the world. Our way of living and doing business has dramatically changed due to the technology inspired and developed by this largest living generation. But, when it comes to finances, millennials may experience some challenges to building a nest egg.
Shipping containers; you seem them, a lot. From on the road to rail and water, these large steel containers appear as giant Lego blocks, packed with goods that keep us and the world moving. It brings us to the question, have you thought about what’s inside of them? Or better yet, did you ever imagine living inside of one? Okay, chances are the idea has never crossed your mind, but calling a container home is very real.
- Think creatively: don’t worry about what a listing ‘should’ look like
- Identify the key advantage of renovating this house, then turn it into an attention-grabbing headline
- Write an opening statement that gets to the point – a sentence or two should do it
- Sell emotion with your copy – describe the ‘home’, not just the ‘house’
- Accentuate the positives and focus on the potential
- Create urgency with a closing call-to-action
How are renovation listings different?
Listings for homes with perfect foundations, new roofs, gorgeous gardens and all the modern amenities practically write themselves. So, how do you spin sweet poetry about a property that needs some TLC?
The first step is to ditch any preconceived notion you may have about what a property listing should look like. Lately, it seems like most listings are just a quick paragraph listing the property’s features. Yet, if your property is ripe for a renovation mortgage, describing features like, “Roof needs replaced, windows are drafty, paint chipped throughout, and hole in the bathroom floor,” won’t whet anybody’s appetite.
With an attention-grabbing headline and the right descriptive copy, your listing will attract the right audience and will clearly communicate why this property is worth the time and investment to renovate.
In my last post, I discussed what drives a lending decision. I also want to take a look at payment ratios/formulas and how they impact the total monthly payment for a home. The dirt is in the details…let’s consider buying a house.
Whenever my team works with a client, maybe the most frequently asked question is, “How much will this house cost me every month?” It’s understandable….a necessary question. Buying a home is a huge financial investment. Not to mention one of the most important financial decisions a person will make. I find many clients are under informed about what home ownership truly costs.
The mortgage loan is simply one variable in the grand scheme of things. Instilling confidence by providing “how to” details is important…with financial clarity comes less anxiety.
As winter inches toward spring and parts of the country finally start to thaw, many people will hop in their cars and start browsing the local housing stock for their new home. It can be an exciting venture, especially when you’ve found a few in your price range.
But what is your “price range,” really? Do you know what that corner dream house with the covered patio and finished basement will cost you each month? The truth is, the sticker price in the homebuyers guide is just a part of the total housing cost and doesn’t take into account all the other costs and criteria that a lender will be considering when you apply for a mortgage loan.
There are four distinct questions a lender has to answer before they can determine what a mortgage payment is going to look like. We’ll discuss these elements over the next few weeks, but for now… we will start at the beginning.