Category: Real Estate

How’s your Credit?

How’s your Credit?

by Steve Hash. Are you considering buying a home this year? If so, one of the first things you should do is check your credit. Bad credit results in financing rejections, higher loan interest rates, and failed real estate transactions. First, make sure your current credit reports are accurate. U.S. Public Interest Research Group, a consumer advocacy group, showed that […]

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How’s the Real Estate Market in Mapleton?

How’s the Real Estate Market in Mapleton?

by Steve Hash. How’s the real estate market in Mapleton? Five years ago, that was a tough question to answer. We were in the grips of an economic depression driven by the collapse of the real estate market. Fortunately, today the news is much brighter. Just comparing some simple statistics shows how much the market has recovered. During the last […]

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How much is my home worth?

How much is my home worth?

by Steve Hash, Maple Mountain Real Estate. In the real estate business, we are often asked “How much is my home worth?”  The answer to this question is the same today as it was one year ago, two years ago, or ten years ago: Your home is worth what a capable and qualified buyer is willing to pay for it. […]

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What is my home worth?

What is my home worth?

by Chris Hash. If you own a home, it’s probably a major piece of your financial picture. Most people want to know “What is my home worth?” The answer is at once simple and complex. The simple answer: Your home is worth whatever a qualified buyer is willing and able to pay. The complex part: Many, many factors – both […]

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For the First-time Homebuyer: Part I – Shopping and Submitting an Offer

by Chris Hash. First-time home buyers often have many questions. It’s understandable – buying a home is a big new step that can be a bit intimidating. But it helps to know what you can expect. So let’s walk through the process The first step for most first-time home buyers is to start the loan process. You’ll meet with a […]

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Is now a good time to buy a home?

Is now a good time to buy a home?

by Steve Hash, www.MapleMountainRE.com  Many wonder if now is a good time to buy to real estate, worried that we have not reached the bottom of price declines after the “bubble burst” in 2007. To answer that, we must realize that like most investments, the ups and downs of the real estate market follow predictable trends. In general, investment “bubbles”occur […]

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Save the mortgage interest tax deduction

Save the mortgage interest tax deduction

Ever wonder where the federal government is going to get the money to pay for all the recent corporate bailouts – or perhaps pay down some of the federal deficit? Current pending federal budget proposals include provisions that may eliminate the mortgage interest tax deduction or at least significantly change how the deduction is taken. Anyone remotely associated with the […]

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Why Use a Real Estate Agent?

Why Use a Real Estate Agent?

by Steve Hash. With so much real estate information readily available online, why use a real estate agent? One reason is experience. For example, one of the biggest mistakes sellers make is in pricing their home. An agent will help guide sellers to make the right choices for establishing the listing price of their home. That advice will be based […]

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Which Comes First, the Chicken or the Egg?

Which Comes First, the Chicken or the Egg?

by Steve Hash. Homeowners who are planning to upsize or downsize often wrestle with the dilemma: “Should we sell our current home first or buy our next home first?” Which of course, reminds us of the question, “Which comes first, the chicken or the egg?” In real estate, that depends on the current market conditions and your personal motivation. You’ll find […]

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Tax Benefits of Home Ownership

Tax Benefits of Home Ownership

by Steve Hash. Despite all the grim news about the economy in general and the housing market in particular, the American dream still means owning your own home. Pride of ownership, family stability and long-term appreciation are common reasons for home purchase. As we approach tax season, homeowners can also reap the many tax benefits of home ownership. For example, […]

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