Archives: October 2015

Real Cost of Housing

A variety of factors have led to a shortage of rental units, especially single family homes, and as a result, rents have been steadily increasing nationwide. In most markets, it is considerably less to own than to rent. In some cases, the total house payment is less than the rent for a similar size and […]

What’s Happening ‘Fall’ Around Montgomery County, PA

When Rita’s Water Ice is officially closed for the season, it can only mean one thing…FALL IS HERE! At first it may seem difficult to trade your mango gelati for a hot chocolate, especially since the weather in Upper Dublin typically remains on the warmer side until at least mid-October. However, autumn in Montgomery County is […]

6 Reasons for Rentals

Rental homes have several distinct advantages compared to alternative investments. These advantages coupled with the opportunity for a higher yield make it a clear choice for some investors. Most investments must be paid for in cash. Stocks can be purchased with 50% cash but if the value goes down, more cash has to be used […]

Unique Ways to Decorate Your Home for Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner. Have you thought about decorating your home this year? It might seem like all of the options for Halloween decorations are the same year after year: carve a pumpkin, light the luminaries, and set out a bowl of candy for trick-or-treaters. But with just a little paint and creativity in the right places, […]

Your Best Investment

According to a Federal Reserve report on Consumer Finances, homeowners’ net worth is 36 times greater than that of renters. Building on that study, the National Association of REALTORS® believes that by the end of 2015, the factor will grow to 41 times greater. There can be several factors that contribute to this disparity but […]

The Cost of Co-Signing

It seems fairly innocuous; a friend or family member wants you to co-sign on a loan because they don’t qualify. They assure that they’ll make the payments; they’re quite convincing and very appreciative. You don’t want to disappoint them and after all, it’s not like it’s going to cost you anything…is it? Think of it […]

“Know Before You Owe”: How New Rules Could Impact Closings

If you’re a home buyer, changes to the closing process are coming in just a few days. New regulations go into effect on Saturday, October 3rd, providing new loan disclosure forms that are designed to help you better understand the terms of your home mortgage before you close on your new home. That means if you […]