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Nathan Pierce

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3 Ways to Make Your New House Feel Homier

Although buying a new house can be exciting, it can take some time for it to feel like home. Everywhere you look, you are met with little reminders that someone else occupied the home before you did. These tips can help you turn your new house into a home much faster.   Give the walls a fresh coat of paint Even if the paint is new, it can feel odd if you are living in a house with colors that you would not have chosen. The best time to paint is when you first buy the house. Putting off this task until you have moved in will require that you move or cover all of your furniture. ...

April 23rd, 2019 | Homeowner Tips, Lifestyle, Home Improvement, 3 Ways to Make Your New House Feel Homier

How to Calculate Your Debt-to-Income Ratio

When you are ready to apply for a mortgage loan, your mortgage broker will ask you for all sorts of financial information. One of the things lenders do with this data is to calculate your debt-to-income (DTI) ratio. A DTI ratio is one of the most basic methods lenders use to determine how much of a monthly mortgage payment you can afford. You can calculate this number before talking to a lender so that there will be no surprises about how much you might expect to borrow. First, total all your monthly liabilities – including the potential housing payment - and divide that number by you...

April 17th, 2019 | Mortgage Basics, Credit and Debt, How to Calculate Your Debt-to-Income Ratio

Adding a Patio: 4 Fun Ideas

Give your patio some color and zest this summer with these four fun ideas that everyone will love.   Add Colorful Hammocks Hammocks are a great way to relax, and they come in many different styles and sizes. Add a fun pop of color to your patio by hanging one or two hand-woven hammocks that have vividly colored fabric. Hammocks can be attached to existing poles, or they can be hung on a stand made of metal or wood.   Build a Pergola with Hand-Carved Posts Pergolas are a great way to bring shade to your patio. A pergola is built on a vertical post with a top made from so...

April 17th, 2019 | Lifestyle, Homeowner Tips, Home Improvement, Adding a Patio: 4 Fun Ideas

The Unemployment Line is Shortest in 50 Years

Initial Jobless Claims is a weekly report that tracks how many people have filed for unemployment benefits. It is both a solid gauge on the state of the labor market and economy and a leading indicator on what to expect in the months ahead. So, what are Initial Jobless Claims telling us today? Last week's 196,000 recorded was the lowest in over 50 years! This is what it's telling us: The labor market continues to strengthen. The chance of a recession in 2019 is near zero. Low Initial Jobless Claims also leads to continued higher wage gains, which is wonderful for consum...

April 12th, 2019 | Mortgage News, The Unemployment Line is Shortest in 50 Years

4 Simple Ways to Get - and Benefit from - Client Feedback

4 Simple Ways to Get - and Benefit from - Client Feedback These days, getting feedback from your clients is often just an email, web form or social media post away. Before feedback gets buried in your inbox or lost in your feed, grab it and grow from it. Here are four things you can do to get client feedback, deepen your relationships and boost your bottom line.   Seek out feedback everywhere. Your clients use your product or service more than you do. Benefit from their experiences. Start following customer discussion forums in your area of expertise, read support tickets, gathe...

April 12th, 2019 | Real Estate Agent Tools, 4 Simple Ways to Get - and Benefit from - Client Feedback

Can I Qualify for Down Payment Assistance?

One of the biggest obstacles to homeownership is coming up with enough money for a down payment. When your own savings are not adding up quickly enough and you don’t have a rich uncle to tap for an early inheritance, you may find some help in a down payment assistant programs.   Down Payment Assistance Programs Many state and local governments, as well as local lending institutions and non-profit organizations, have created down payment assistance programs because of their vested interest in helping residents and fellow community members become homeowners. Those who own homes...

April 10th, 2019 | Home Buying or Selling, Loan Programs, First-time Homebuyers, Can I Qualify for Down Payment Assistance?