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Nathan Pierce

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NMLS ID 12920

801-272-0600 nathan@advancedfunding.com

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6 Reasons to Become a Homeowner

Home prices have been on the rise for a while now and news stories abound with first-time homeowners being priced out of the Utah housing market. Breaking into the housing market seems daunting today, some people may ask themselves if reaching for the goal of homeownership is truly worth it. The answer is yes! And here are the top 6 reasons why:   Pay Yourself, Not a Landlord One of the most frustrating parts of renting for many people is the feeling that they could be using their monthly rent costs to invest in their own place rather than giving it away to a landlord. When you b...

October 16th, 2019 | First-time Homebuyers, Home Buying or Selling, 6 Reasons to Become a Homeowner

Don’t Move Out Before You Sell

You are selling your home but have already moved into your next place. You might think that an empty home would sell faster than a currently lived-in one. It’s more convenient for tours and it’s easier for buyers to picture their own things in the home, right? Actually, no. The truth is that vacant homes stay on the market longer and sell for less than their furnished counterparts. A recent study from Redfin found that homes that were no longer occupied sold for roughly $11,000 less and took six days more to sell than similar occupied homes. The reasons for the disparity include...

October 2nd, 2019 | Home Buying or Selling, Homeowner Tips, Don’t Move Out Before You Sell

Is a Bigger Down Payment Always Better?

In the homebuying process, if you find yourself in the enviable position of having more cash than needed for a minimum down payment, it may be difficult to know just how much you should put down. A larger down payment can bring plenty of benefits, but is it always best to contribute the biggest down payment possible? First, remember that every loan program has its own down payment requirements. FHA loans, for example, require a minimum of 3.5% while jumbo loans will require at least 5%. To get a conventional loan without PMI you’ll need 20%. USDA and VA, by contrast, do not require an...

September 25th, 2019 | Home Buying or Selling, Mortgage Basics, Is a Bigger Down Payment Always Better?

Should You Buy an Investment Property?

Real estate can be a very profitable source of investment. Property values generally rise over time, giving owners equity and rental income at the same time. Owning a Utah investment property is not without risks and challenges though. There are several factors to consider in deciding whether an investment property is right for you.   Pros Investment properties can provide many financial benefits. They can produce a steady, fixed stream of income for you and plenty of equity should you decide to sell down the road. In addition to increasing equity over time, rental properti...

August 14th, 2019 | Home Buying or Selling, Should You Buy an Investment Property?

What’s More Important: Lower Home Prices or Mortgage Rates?

When buying a home, there are several factors that affect how much mortgage you can afford. Two of the most important are the property prices and current mortgage interest rates. Is it better to search for the absolute lowest rate or is it more helpful to choose a less-expensive home? Here’s how the two factors are related and how to make the right choice.   Mortgage Rate/Home Price Relationship Since higher mortgage rates make homebuying more expensive for buyers, you might think that home prices would tend to fall during high rate climates in order to compensate for those c...

July 31st, 2019 | Home Buying or Selling, Interest Rates, What’s More Important: Lower Home Prices or Mortgage Rates?

Energy Efficient Mortgage Program

The federal government has aimed to help increase homeownership for decades. One of the Federal Housing Administration’s many programs to help Americans, including those in Utah, in their homeownership dreams is the Energy Efficient Mortgage program (EEM). Many homes, especially older ones, could be much more affordable if they were updated to be more energy efficient. The EEM allows borrows to make those updates and save money as new homeowners. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) first created the Energy Efficient Mortgage program in 1992 and piloted it in fiv...

July 17th, 2019 | FHA Loans, Saving Money, Home Buying or Selling, Energy Efficient Mortgage Program

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