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Everything you need to know about paying off your home early, getting a mortgage and saving money around the house.

Top 6 Ways to Save Money for a Down-Payment

Top 6 Ways to Save Money for a Down-Payment

Four bedrooms with a large backyard and a white picket fence.

For most people, this is an American dream that they cannot wait to attain.

But turning that dream of homeownership into a reality can take a lot of grit and determination in this day and age. Considering that a traditional mortgage requires a 20 percent down-payment and that the average price for a single-family home sold in 2014 was $345,800 according to the US Census Bureau, you would have find a way to save a whopping $69,160 (not to mention additional closing costs) before you would be able to sign on the dotted line.

So how is it that 437,000 people were able to do that?

We at Modernize have a few tips to help you reach your goal without having to give up everything.

How to Sell an Occupied Rental Property

How to Sell an Occupied Rental Property

The best way to sell a rental property is to let the lease expire and put a vacant home on the market. This option avoids many potential difficulties, but is not ideal from a financial standpoint, since an empty rental brings no income and still has expenses.

Whether your renters are difficult or dream tenants, if they are under a lease when you are ready to sell your property, it poses a few challenges. That said, it’s not anything that can’t be overcome with some effort and know-how.

How to Check Your Home Loan Eligibility

How to Check Your Home Loan Eligibility

Are you tired of paying rent and listening to the demands of a stubborn landlord? How about buying your own house?

Living in their own house is what most people look forward to from an early age. However, buying a place with only your savings may not be the safest bet. You could end up with too little money to finance your other requirements.

That’s where home loans can rescue you. You can borrow the required amount from a financial institution and pay it off in EMIs over a fixed tenure.

Before applying home loan it is important to look at the eligibility criteria in order to know if you qualify for a loan. Here is a list of the most significant factors that banks take into consideration when giving out home loans.

What You Should Know Before Posting Your Home on Airbnb

What You Should Know Before Posting Your Home on Airbnb

Airbnb is the personal accommodations website that’s taking the overnight guest industry by storm. If you’re considering posting your home or personal property on the website to make a supplementary income, you’re not alone. People across the world have taken note and put their homes up for grabs, but this route is not without its caveats and risks. Before you take the plunge, consider the risks and rewards that come along with this venture.

Why Selling Your Home for the Highest Price is NOT Your True Objective

Why Selling Your Home for the Highest Price is NOT Your True Objective

When you go to sell your home, if you’re like most people, you’ll hire a real estate agent to help you. They’ll come over to your home and do what they call a listing presentation. The listing presentation is where they tell you all the things they’ll do to market your home, what they think your home is worth and how much you’ll pay them (customarily 6% of the sales price) when the home sells. And if they’re like most agents, sometime during their listing presentation they’ll point out that the objective is to sell your home for the highest price. But that’s not true. It’s a lie. Actually it’s a sequence of lies.

The sequence goes something like this: what you want, Ms. home seller, is to sell your home for the highest price. The only way you can guarantee that is to hire a top notch real estate agent (i.e., me). And the only way to do that is to pay the full, customary commission.

How to Select Private Money Lenders to Buy Real Estate

How to Select Private Money Lenders to Buy Real Estate

Anyone that works in finance will tell you the immense power of leverage. Leverage is basically taking more money than you have to boost your profits in an investment. You can have someone either lend you money or invest in your venture and have more cash working for you than you can afford by yourself.

Using leverage like this works well for relatively stable investments like real estate. Buying a house and flipping it for a profit is more clear cut for most people than investing in stocks, bonds or commodities.

And the lender of choice for most people is a bank. The mortgage industry, however, isn’t what it used to be and after the last financial crisis banks have gotten pretty risk averse when it comes to making loans out to individuals.

Your chances of getting a bank loan may be reduced by certain aspects of your career and credit history and that’s where you may have to turn to private lenders.

9 Tips to Help You Save Money During a Move

9 Tips to Help You Save Money During a Move

They say that moving homes can be one of the most stressful experiences you will ever go through in your life – but moving can not only cause stress for the body and mind, it can also place huge strains on your bank balance (and this is after you’ve purchased your new home).

In this article, I will cover nine steps to ensure that the financial burdens of moving are lessened and your bank account can breathe a sigh of relief.

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