Low Mortgage Rates

Low Mortgage Rates

The recent drop in mortgage rates may have you dreaming of buying a new home or refinancing your current house. You’re not alone. Today’s low interest rates are providing a break to new homeowners, making homeownership more desirable and achievable at the same time. Freddie Mac explains, “The combination of very low mortgage rates, a strong economy and more positive financial market sentiment all point to home purchase demand continuing to rise over the next few months.” There’s a current narrative that owning a home today is less affordable than it has been in the past. The reason some are making this claim is because house prices have substantially increased over the last several years. It’s not, however, just the price of a home that matters. Homes, in most cases, are purchased with a mortgage. The current mortgage rate is a major component of the affordability equation. Mortgage rates have fallen by over a full percentage point since December 2018. Another major piece of the affordability equation is a buyer’s income. The median family income has risen by approximately 3% over the last year. The chart below is featured from FRED Economic Research. It shows the 30-Year Fixed Rate Mortgage in the United States from 1980 to current times. Look at that drop, how crazy! In just 40 years, mortgage interest rates have dropped almost 15%! What an incredible cost savings! The National Association of Realtors (NAR) releases a monthly Housing Affordability Index. The latest index shows that home affordability is better today than at almost any point over the last 30 years. The index determines how affordable homes are based on the following: “A Home Affordability...
10 Things to Avoid Before Closing on Your Home

10 Things to Avoid Before Closing on Your Home

So you’ve been pre-approved for your first mortgage loan, and you’ve found the perfect starter home. Your offer was accepted, the home inspection has been negotiated and your loan officer locked you in at a competitive rate. You likely think you’ve all but sealed the deal. You won’t officially be a homeowner for maybe another 20-30 days, give or take, so don’t get careless. Because guess what? Your lender will check your credit again just before your closing date, prior to granting you the funds. Your lender might also need additional information from you while processing your loan application. That means that keeping your finances stable and being readily available to answer any questions over that 30-day time period is pretty important. Here are 10 things you should avoid doing before closing your mortgage loan. DO NOT…. Buy a big-ticket item: a car, a boat, an expensive piece of furnitureQuit or switch your jobOpen or close any lines of credit (NONE!)Pay bills lateIgnore questions from your lender or brokerLet someone run a credit check on youMake large deposits to your accounts outside of your paycheckCosign a loan with anyoneChange bank accountsTake out any payday loans Depending on your personal situation, you might want to take some time to get comfortable with your new mortgage payment — and after that, it’s probably okay to splurge on that new kitchen table, go on a long vacation or open a new line of credit. But doing so before you close could potentially put getting your home in jeopardy.  Bottom Line It’s now more difficult to get a mortgage loan. As a homebuyer, you don’t want anything...
Property Tax Exemptions

Property Tax Exemptions

The Property Tax Exemption Deadline in Indiana is Approaching! Are You Entitled to a Property Tax Exemption? If you purchased a house, changed the deed, or refinanced on your mortgage, you should make sure the correct exemptions are filed on your home. The Romanski Group of Keller Williams Realty wants to remind you to file your property tax exemptions by the end of the year!  If exemptions aren’t filed or confirmed by December 31 your taxes could go up substantially.  Below is a summary of common exemptions along with contact information for each county below. Homestead Deduction – If you own a home or are buying on a recorded contract, and use it as your primary place of residence, your home could qualify for a homeowner’s deduction. A taxpayer cannot receive the Homestead Deduction in multiple states as the homestead is considered the “principle place of residence”. The deduction is either 60% of your assessed valuation or a maximum of $45,000. Mortgage Deduction – If you are buying property on a recorded mortgage or a recorded contract, and you are a resident of the State of Indiana, you could qualify for a mortgage deduction. The value of the deduction may not exceed the amount of the indebtedness. The deduction is either one half of your assessed valuation or $3,000, whichever is less. A person owning more than one property may not receive mortgage deductions totaling more than $3,000. There are several other property tax exemptions that may be available to you as well which you may want to inquire about. Please find your county below and file your homestead...
#1 Reason To List Your House In Winter

#1 Reason To List Your House In Winter

There’s a myth many home sellers believe, and that is you should wait until Spring to put your home on the market. In fact, you should do the opposite and list in the Winter. Selling in the Winter have a greater advantage in terms of the type of buyers they attract, marketing and more. Here are the top 10 reasons that debunk the myth to wait to list for warmer weather and why Winter is the time to sell in Lafayette Indiana! The #1 reason to list your house in the winter: Less competition. Housing supply traditionally shrinks at this time of year, so the choices buyers have will be limited. As you can see, the ‘sweet spot’ to list your house for the most exposure naturally occurs in the late fall and winter months (November – January). Here are the other 9 reasons to list your home in winter…. 2. Corporate transfers. Statistically, January & February are the highest months of the year for corporate employees transferring and relocating. This makes listing during the Winter months and opportune time. 3. Non-contingent buyer. If you’re looking to buy, then you’d want to be able to sell now because by the time Spring arrives you have the opportunity to be a non-contingent buyer. Which means that if you find the home you love, you’ve already sold your current home and you won’t have to wait until you find a Spring Buyer. In addition, because more homes are for sale during the Spring, this could drive down market prices meaning you have the ability to sell high and buy low. 4. Low interest rates. Interest rates...
Preparing For A Showing

Preparing For A Showing

If you really want to sell your Lafayette Indiana home fast, you should be ready for anything. There will be times when showings will happen at a moment’s notice. So, make sure to use the below advice and maintain your home in its staged appearance at all times. Apart from preparing your house for the open houses and showings by de-cluttering, cleaning, and ​home staging, there are various last-minute things you can do to make your property stand out from the rest. Here are 20 of The Romanski Group’s top recommendations that include getting rid of clutter, hiding family photos, cleaning out closets, removing excess or oversized furniture, and cleaning…. Clean, clean, clean. Dust on top of the fireplace mantle and fan blades, polish your appliances and faucets, and give the windows a thorough washing. Make all beds and have towels hung nicely in all bathrooms. If you’ve already moved out or if you’re too busy to stay on top of things, consider hiring a cleaning service.Pay attention to smells. Be cautious of what you are cooking in your home the day prior to a showing. Smells linger for a long time and can prevent a potential buyer from wanting to stay in your home. Clear out the clutter. You want buyers to focus on how awesome your space is, not how messy it looks. Banish that piles of shoes from the entry, get rid of nearly everything on kitchen and bathroom counters; that stack of mail from the kitchen table and anything else that detracts from your home’s features.Repaint the walls neutral colors. As much as you love your dramatic purple dining...
412 E. Jackson St., Flora

412 E. Jackson St., Flora

Welcome to 412 E. Jackson St., Flora This spacious one story home with nearly 1,400 square feet is located in the charming town of Flora. Inside you will find three bedrooms, a spacious kitchen/dining space, a large family room and new carpeting throughout. The patio out back is perfect for grilling out with family and friends. Beyond the patio you’ll find a sizable yard that offers plenty of space for outdoor activities or pets, and an 8×10 storage shed. This home is nestled on a beautiful corner lot (0.15 acre) just blocks away from the local YMCA, Carroll County 4-H Grounds, Flora Community Park, and Carroll County Community Center. Flora Community Park is equipped with tennis courts, baseball and softball diamonds, a basketball court, soccer field, fenced-in “kid friendly” playground, a .9 mile walking track, horseshoe pits, several shelters for hosting events and parties, and more! The park is also home to several youth summer sports leagues and other group activities for the entire family to enjoy. What a great way to meet your neighbors and get involved with other members of the Flora community! All of this and more within walking distance of 412. E. Jackson St.! Contact The Romanski Group for more information (765) 293.9300 or click below: For up-to-date information on YOUR Indiana area neighborhood or a FREE Seller Consultation – call The Romanski Group at (765) 293.9100.  Using an experienced team is the way to get your home ‪SOLD‬! You deserve the BEST Realtor in the Lafayette Indiana area! Learn more about our Guaranteed Home Sale...