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Educating Yourself On Reverse Mortgages

Reverse mortgages have begun to gain more positive attention as new laws make the option more attractive to both borrowers and loan officers. In the past, there were some concerns, but now that new laws protect the borrower, the option has become safer, and ultimately, more appealing. Reverse mortgages have ensured that many older Americans can stay in their homes by tapping into their home equity, and it’s overall popularity is rising. Many experts are now promoting reverse mortgages to older individuals as a way to escape financial hardship. More here 

Ideas To Reduce Home Insurance Costs

Insurance payments can be burdensome, but they are a necessity for you, your family, and your home. A few things you can do to help reduce your insurance costs are: Don’t switch companies too often, this may help reduce your payments or provide you with free credit from companies who reward for loyalty. Shop around for the best prices; check out comparison sites on the internet. Have plenty of smoke alarms throughout the house, and a burglar alarm to reinforce the fact that you are low-risk. Don’t be afraid to ask about discounts, you may be surprised by special perks. Bundling can sometimes reduce costs, consider bundling your auto and home insurance together for a discount. Also, maintain a good credit score, and if your score is low, take steps to improve it. More here

Tips For Maintaining Your Garage Door

Garage doors get a great deal of use and require special care to continue working properly. A few things you can do to keep your garage door well maintained are: Check all components of your door to make sure they are functioning correctly. Look for broken or bent pieces that may need repair. Lubricate the axles and rails and be sure they are in place and tight. If adjusting the sensitivity of your door, be certain the setting is in accordance with the manual. The weather sealant should be intact and free from cracks. You can also wash your garage door with car wax to control dirt and extra moisture. More here

Foreclosures Fall To Lowest Level Since 2008

According to recent data, foreclosure inventory in the United States declined this month, falling to the lowest level seen since February of 2008. There are currently around 893,000 loans in or starting the foreclosure process, down 435,000 from this time last year, and a 3.9% decrease from last month. Additionally, seriously delinquent loan inventory, mortgages 90 days late or more, has also decreased by 25,000, the lowest rate since August of 2008. More here

Home Prices Expected To Fall And Stabilize

Analysts predict that home prices will decrease and stabilize in 2015. Many Americans have expressed concern about the possibility of another housing bubble, but experts suggest that the decline and stabilization in home prices will be positive for the housing market. Home prices have fallen over the last few months with the average home price now at $176,500. Zillow’s chief economist, Stan Humphries said, “we’re transitioning from a fast form of recovery to a slow form of recovery, particularly since a lot of those factors driving us forward – household formation rates and income growth – have not fully recovered.” More here

Existing Home Sales Up In September

Existing home sales in the U.S. jumped 2.4% to an annual rate of 5.17 million units, the highest reading since September, 2013 according to the National Association of Realtors. September’s existing home sales exceeded what many economists had previously predicted, though the increase is not yet considered to be above average. Sophia Kearney-Lederman, an economist at FTN Financial said, “the housing recovery continues to move along sluggishly, as consumers are stuck between tight credit standards and limited wage growth.” More here

Prepare Your Chimney And Fireplace In Time For Winter

Winter is approaching, and if you have the luxury of owning an indoor fireplace it is time to start cleaning it up and making sure it is working safely and efficiently for those cold winter nights. A few things to do in order to get your home and chimney ready for winter are: Hire a professional chimney sweep to clean and inspect the outside and inside of your chimney and fireplace to be sure it is clear of any creosote build-up. Install or replace batteries in smoke alarms inside your home, also replace batteries in carbon monoxide detectors. And finally, be sure you have a working fire extinguisher close by in case of an emergency. More here

Home Remodeling Spending Expected To Improve In 2015

As the year comes to an end, experts predict home remodeling spending will decline, ending the year 1.9% lower than last year. However, experts expect a jump in remodeling spending as we begin the new year and head into spring buying/selling season. Home sales have a strong correlation with home improvements as people selling their homes usually make small improvements and repairs before the sale, and homebuyers usually make larger improvements within the first year of purchasing. More here

Tiny Homes Are Not An Emerging Trend

According to many recent news articles, tiny houses are trending across the country, but the latest Census report proves different. The median house size in the United States has increased 25 square feet yearly over the last ten years and is approximately 2,384 square feet, up from 1,525 square feet in 1970. While some may be attracted to smaller living spaces, the average American enjoys large rooms and plenty of living space. Many experts say that homes are indeed getting bigger and are expected to continue to grow over the coming years. More here

Things To Consider When Adding On To Your Home

Thinking about adding on? There are a few important few things you should consider before getting started: Hiring professionals; be sure you hire an architect before hiring a builder. The addition should look as if it was a part of the original design.  Also, thoroughly research prospective professionals before you hire them. Cost; have a clear idea of your budget, but, be realistic. A good resource is CostHelper.com; this site will help you roughly estimate the cost of the project. And finally, prepare yourself for a mess, people will be in and out of your home; it will be noisy and inconvenient at times but, in the end it will be worth it. More here

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Chris Schaller is a certified mortgage planner/loan officer with Diamond Residential Mortgage in Springfield, IL. Chris is the only lender in central Illinois that is also a military veteran. He's consistently been in the top one percent of all lenders nationally in closed units and hosts the weekly “Let's Talk Mortgage” radio show on WMAY 970 AM and at www.wmay.com. Chris is the top FHA, VA, and Rural Development lender in central Illinois and the preferred lender for first-time buyers from local Realtors.
Diamond Residential Mortgage saves their clients an average of $3,000 on their home purchase. Text me at 217-341-6850 to find out why we are different.

Listen to “Let’s Talk Mortgage” every Saturday at 1:00 pm on WMAY 970 AM or at www.wmay.com.

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Chris Schaller
Certified Mortgage Planner / Loan Officer
NMLS# 233271
Diamond Residential Mortgage
2040 W. Iles St., Suite A
Springfield, IL 62704
Phone: 217-726-6864, x1501
Cell: 217-341-6850
Fax: 866-560-9667

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chris.schaller@thedrmc.com

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www.ILmortgageman.com

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