Monthly Market Report: 46530

Arguably the area’s most broadly desirable zip code with an abundance of quality, newer housing stock and great schools, the 46530 zip code has a lot to offer homeowners and families. Since I started doing this series, there have been several requests for a market report spotlighting Granger, and it makes sense. The majority of the zip code falls within …

Perks and Challenges of Becoming a Landlord

The number of people renting a home — as opposed to buying — is on the rise. Increased purchase prices in the major cities along with stricter lending requirements have contributed to Millennials renting rather than buying a home. At first glance, those who are thinking about entering the real estate investment game may see this as a signal to …

Mortgage Rates Start Summer Near 2017 Lows … Will It Hold?

Find out how the recent Federal Reserve rate hike could affect your home-buying and refinancing plans. This month the Federal Reserve hiked rates for the third time in seven months. Does this mean the end of low mortgage rates? Let’s take a closer look to see how it impacts your home-buying and refinancing plans. What is a Fed rate hike, …

What You Need to Know About Buying a House This Summer

Planning on buying a house this season? Go in prepared with advice from the pros. Summer brings longer days, warmer weather and more people out house-hunting — particularly families hoping to get settled before the school year begins in September. But there aren’t necessarily more houses on the market—and this year that’s truer than ever. “Inventory is the lowest I’ve …

Belly Up to Your Own Home Bar: Our How-to Guide

A guy walks into a bar … and he’s still in his own home. You could be that guy (or gal)! And it’s easier than you might think. A home bar can up your entertaining game and transform your social life, making your abode the coolest one on the block. Of course, a home bar can also be where you …

8 New Costs of Owning a Home You May Never Have Considered

You’ve paid your mortgage and property tax, but you’re not quite done yet. . . You learn a lot about a house once you live in it for a few months. You hear some creaky sounds; you meet some odd neighbors. And your first bills start to arrive. It turns out that the monthly costs of owning a home can …

Sellers: Here’s How to Update Your Home With Looks Buyers Love

Before you list, tweak your home decor and finishes to up your odds of attracting a sale. When you’re putting your home on the market, you want it looking its best. You know you’ll need to clean and declutter, but what about making cosmetic updates? Investing in a new look for your home might be well worth the effort. The …

How Much House Can You Really Afford?

Just because a lender approves you for a mortgage doesn’t mean you can comfortably afford it. If you ask Google “how much house can I afford,” you’ll find a number of online tools and mortgage calculators to help you find a fast answer. You might also find quick but somewhat confusing advice like “your mortgage payment shouldn’t take up more …

Is Buying a ‘Starter Home’ Still Smart?

Your parents’ rite of passage may not make sense for you. When the Baby Boomer generation was venturing into adulthood, it was common to buy a “starter home” — a modest, small dwelling. As their families grew and careers advanced, they moved into bigger or better homes. Now, many people struggle to come up with the down payment for a …

What Type Of Mortgage Is Right For You?

Choosing the right mortgage is daunting, so we’ve demystified common scenarios to help you find the right loan. Tired of paying rent and ready to become a homeowner? Good news! According to Trulia’s recent rent vs buy report, buying a home remains a cheaper option than renting, thanks to relatively low interest mortgage rates and fast-rising rents. And, even better …