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Posted by Realty Vision on 3/14/2019

Buying a home is a huge deal. First-time buyers transform from renters to owners in a single transaction, a change that has far-reaching implications about how you see yourself. 

Being an owner grounds you in your community.
When you buy a home, you create deep community connections in a way renting never can. After all, when you’re a renter, your relationship to the actual property and structure are less personal. You don’t own it, so if something goes wrong, you call the landlord—the owner—to make repairs. If the wind blows shingles off it is the owner’s insurance that handles getting a new roof. When a natural disaster strikes you know someone else will take care of it.

Now, as the owner, all these things are yours to manage. When you live in the property that you own, you are your own landlord. You’re the property manager in charge of repairs. The buck stops with you! 

Don’t let all that responsibility deter you, though. It is that very sense of duty that creates pride of ownership. While your home doesn’t define you, it does represent you in the neighborhood and to your community. And with the responsibility come all the rights of ownership as well. 

Every payment you make toward your mortgage principle adds value—equity—to your home. Each time you maintain your home and yard, you’re helping it retain that equity. As a renter, your payment went to the owner’s equity. So, if you make improvements to your home, and continue to pay toward the principle, that equity accrues to you. 

Equity increases when the community or neighborhood becomes more desirable so that the fair-market value goes up. Increases due to economic growth and demand add up to more value for you … instead of an increase in your rent payment that goes to a landlord.

Being an owner helps your bottom line in other ways too.
The most predictable thing about renting is that rent will go up. That means any increase you might get to your wages or salary must go toward rent rather than something else you’d like to have. If you have a fixed mortgage, the basic cost of your housing remains the same year over year. When you receive that cost of living adjustment or new position with a bump to your income, you can spend it on improvements to your home to further increase its value, pay off some other debt, or spend it on something else entirely. It gives you choices.

Because you appreciate your property, it appreciates in value.

If you've never owned a home and would like to explore the possibility, start by contacting a real estate agent and get the conversation started.





Posted by Realty Vision on 3/7/2019

Staying organized an on top of your bills is important to not only maintaining your lifestyle but to reducing your stress and working toward your savings goals. There are many ways to get yourself organized and plenty of digital tools to assist you along the way. For those just wrapping their heads around payment organization here are a few basics to get you started.

Know what you owe; know whom you owe.

The first step to managing your bills is knowing what you owe. It’s easy to forget about one of your credit cards or how much your car insurance payment is each month. Start setting yourself up for success by laying out all of your bills and what each monthly payment will be. For credit cards make sure to note your current minimum payments and your goal payment or each month. You can create a basic spreadsheet or use one of the many free or paid online services and phone apps to account for all of your bills.

Know your payment due dates. 

The second step you'll need to take is knowing your due dates. Take a thorough look at each of your bills and note what dates they are currently due. Do a little more digging to learn if you have any bills that you can control the due date for, just in case the current due date doesn't work for you when you're trying to determine a payment plan (more below). It helps to take a look at these dates on a current calendar to see where they fall in relation to your paycheck delivery dates.

Determine payment plans. 

When you know how much you owe, and when your payments are due you can start creating a payment plan. Take a look at your current income sources and the dates you get paid. Are you a single income household? Do you and your partner contribute to your monthly income? Do you get paid the same times or on an opposite schedule? Note all of the income you’ll receive in a given month and the dates each check comes in. Compare your check dates to the bill due dates you noted before and tally up how much you can pay from each check while continuing to buy groceries and other daily necessities. You may realize that you need to rearrange some of the due dates to better balance more substantial payments across multiple checks. Go online or get in touch with your payees and set up your due dates the way you need them. 

You can take further steps and set up automatic billing if you like. Automation may not work for all your bills or be the preference for everyone. Think about how you prefer to make payments and set up a plan that works for you. Maybe you only set up bills you tend to forget for automatic debit or those that are the same amount each month, but you continue to pay variable bills like utilities manually.

Track your payments. 

Tracking your payments will help you catch any bills you haven’t paid before they fall through the cracks. It will help you save on late fees or expedited payment fees. Payment tracking will also help you discover any adjustments you need to make to your payment plan, so you can best rearrange payments and due dates for future months when you see a glitch in your system. If you aren't the best at spreadsheets or prefer a simple user interface, you can access on your phone investigate the budget tracking applications out there and find the right one to help keep you on top of all your payments and manage each bill. 

Being able to manage your debt and monthly outgo is the first step in managing your finances to build toward your savings goals. Start here, and you'll be on your way to saving for your home down payment, remodel, vacation or whatever it is you're dreaming of doing.




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Posted by Realty Vision on 2/28/2019

If you are thinking of refinancing your mortgage, there are so many options available to you that address your needs. Whether you want to do some home improvement projects or provide a down payment for another property refinancing can be a good option for you. There are many different options when it comes to home loans and refinancing. Below, you’ll find some of the most popular choices and what they mean for your mortgage and your finances. 


Standard Refinance


A standard refinances requires that you have a certain amount of equity in your home. If you want to avoid Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI on the refinance, you need 20% equity in the home. Different lenders have different requirements for the amount of equity that you need in order to do this primary refinancing of your home loan. Keep in mind that a good credit score is also a requirement to do this type of loan.


Refinancing With Cash Out


This option is great when you need to take some of the equity out of your home. This way, you can get some of the equity out of your home without selling the house. This way, you’re able to refinance the mortgage, get a good loan term that’s affordable, and borrow a part of the equity you have built up in your home.


You can use the cash that you take out for just about anything you need including college, home renovations, business start-up costs, or to consolidate other debt you have. The only drawback is that you’re not able to borrow 100% of your equity. Usually, the highest percentage you’re eligible to borrow is 80%. The amount is based on both the equity you have built up in your home along with your income. Also, keep in mind that after you take out one of these loans, the amount of equity you have in your home decreases.  


Short Refinance


Short refinances may not be offered by all lenders. If you don’t qualify for a HARP loan or standard, refinance this could be a good option for you. If you hope to avoid foreclosure and are struggling to pay your mortgage each month, your lender may agree to the terms of this type of loan. The loan is in effect is a combination of a short sale and a refinance. The lender agrees to pay the existing mortgage off. The loan s replaced with a new mortgage. Beware that if you choose this option, your credit score may go down significantly. If you’re able to keep up with the new mortgage payments, you’ll be able to repair your credit score over time.         





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Posted by Realty Vision on 2/23/2019


263 Redemption Rock Trail, Sterling, MA 01564

Rental

$1,900
Price

5
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
Cozy cape for rent only minutes from 190, 140 and skiing and hiking at Mt. Wachusett. This three bedroom home has been totally renovated throughout. New kitchen with stainless appliances and granite counters, dining and living room with hardwood floors and 1st floor bedroom. Full basement for additional storage. Private deck off back overlooking large yard. Washer and dryer in basement.
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Posted by Realty Vision on 2/21/2019

If you recently bought or sold your home, moving day may be rapidly approaching. Fortunately, you still have time to pick up must-have supplies so you can get ready for moving day.

Now, let's take a look at three items that you should purchase prior to your upcoming move.

1. Moving Boxes

In all likelihood, you have a wide range of personal belongings that you need to pack. If you have lots of moving boxes at your disposal, you should have no trouble securing your personal belongings so you can transport them to your new address.

Home improvement and moving equipment companies often sell moving boxes in many sizes. You also may want to consider visiting a local grocery or convenience store to find moving boxes; in some instances, a grocery or convenience store may be willing to provide you with its empty food and beverage boxes free of charge.

2. Packing Supplies

In addition to moving boxes, you'll need supplies to ensure that you can pack your personal belongings safely. With packing supplies in hand, you can guarantee that your personal belongings are protected as they go from Point A to Point B.

Must-have packing supplies include bubble wrap, packaging tape, markers and labels. If you pick up these supplies today, you can move one step closer to finalizing your moving day preparations.

3. Snacks and Beverages

Oftentimes, moving day can be hectic, even for those who allocate significant time and resources to prepare for the big day. As such, it sometimes is easy to forget to eat and stay hydrated as you try to bring all of your personal belongings to your new address.

For those who want to do everything possible to prep for moving day, it generally is a good idea to pick up snacks and beverages. Granola bars, trail mix and other portable snacks are ideal for moving day. Meanwhile, purchasing bottled water and other beverages is beneficial too.

If you need extra help with moving day preparations, you may want to consult with a professional moving company as well. A moving company goes above and beyond the call of duty to help individuals map out all aspects of the moving day process.

A moving company employs friendly, knowledgeable moving experts who can guide you through your move. Plus, the company can offer packing guidance, moving services and other support to ensure that you can seamlessly relocate to your new address.

Lastly, for those who will need to move soon, it may be beneficial to hire a real estate agent. This housing market professional can help you buy or sell a house in any city or town, at any time. Furthermore, a real estate agent is available to provide support at each stage of the homebuying or home selling journey. And if you are uncertain about how to proceed along the homebuying or home selling journey, a real estate agent is happy to provide plenty of assistance.




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