Best Big City For First Time Home Buyers

Is Colorado Springs the Best Big City for First Time Home Buyers? According to U.S. News & World Report® Colorado Springs Ranks #1 as Most Desirable Place to Live in the US! Even with that desirability Colorado Springs was ranked #24 for the Best Big City for First Time Home buyers by WalletHub® for 2019. Big Cities are classified as having 300,000 people or more. WalletHub® indicated that they used 3 key dimensions with 18 relevant metrics in determining the Best Big City for First Time Home Buyers ranking. What might be even more impressive is that Colorado Springs was ranked #2 for Best Big City to Live in by WalletHub® and is ranked #3 Best Place to Live by U.S. News & World Report®. Colorado Springs also ranked … Read More

How To Buy A Short Sale

How To Buy A Short Sale Learn How To Buy A Short Sale In Colorado Springs You’ll Learn the INs and outs of buying a short sale and if it makes sense for you In Today’s market there are not a lot of Short Sales because home values have risen so much that most people are not under water. We are 12 years removed from 2008 & 2009 when short sales were peaking. As nature has it markets rise and fall and it is inevitable that the market will decline or crash in the future and knowing how to navigate a short sale and having a good Realtor help you is imperative to finding good deals. 1. Does it make … Read More

How To Get Free Money To Buy A Home

How to Get Free Money to Buy a Home? Did you know there are many programs where you can get Free money for your home purchase?…Read on and if you have any questions contact me, Jerrod Butler at 719-425-9474, I’m an Accredited Buyer Representative from the National Association of REALTORS®. I have helped many people get in to a home with No down payment money needed, no closing costs to be paid, and all earnest money returned at closing.  In most cases our clients walk out of closing with more money than they started with and have keys to their new home.  I hope you find this to be some great information.  These are Not grants that you have to pay back, it’s … Read More

Colorado Springs Best Places To Live

Colorado Springs Best Places to Live Colorado Springs Ranked #2 as of April, 2018 For those of us that live here, we know it is one of the best places to live. The demand for homes in Colorado Springs is very high so there are typically multiple offers on homes. The Demand is High in part because it is a Great place to live! According to U.S. News & World Report Colorado Springs Ranks #1 for Most Desirable Places to Live in the Country! Colorado Springs also Ranks #3 Best Place to Live by U.S. News & World Report. The supply and demand curve has pushed home prices up. In Colorado Springs the median home price in October 2018 was $305,000 and today … Read More

Radon In Your Home

Radon in your home is a colorless and odorless gas that can be harmful in high concentrations. Radon is typically found in higher concentrations in the mountain states such as Colorado. Radon in your home can cause lung cancer with prolonged exposure. Home owners should be aware about Radon and take any precautions to have their home tested and mitigated if necessary. For Real Estate transactions we recommend that all home buyers have a Radon test performed during their inspection period. The inspection period is specified in the purchase contract and is usually during the first 10 to 15 days once the property is under contract. The reason we recommend this is because Radon relates directly to your health and you can’t … Read More

FHA 203K Loans

You can buy a house with an FHA 203k loan to Acquire and Rehab a property.  The basic FHA eligibility requirements apply such as the minimum 3.5% (of purchase price) down payment requirement.  Also the minimum 620 mid FICO score is required by most all lenders for these types of FHA loans. The 203(k) Rehabilitation Mortgage Program is the official name of this program and it is offered through the FHA (Federal Housing Administration) which is part of HUD (U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development). Links to direct detailed information from HUD are provided below. 203(k) – Rehab Program Description This loan provides funds for the acquisition and rehabilitation which can be repairs and improvements. The Streamlined version of the 203k is the most common and applicable sub-set of the program … Read More

FHA Mortgage Insurance

We have the question come in frequently, “Do All FHA loans require Mortgage Insurance?” …And if so for how long. The short answer is “Yes” Mortgage Insurance is required on All FHA loans. This is effective for all mortgages with FHA case numbers assigned on or after June 3, 2013. Although we are not Mortgage Brokers, we get questions like this from our clients when we help them buy and sell homes, so we understand why this question gets asked. We realize the real question is “What’s the best lender or loan to keep my monthly payments as low as possible?” FHA loans are great if you don’t have much down payment money and you are not otherwise eligible for … Read More