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Buy Down Your Rate

Posted by C.H. Tan // August 30, 2017

Buy Down Your Rate

“Discount points the most confusing aspects of the mortgage process for many borrowers. Discount points are fees specifically used to buy down your rate.


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10 Tips to Sell Your Des Moines Home

Posted by C.H. Tan // August 23, 2017

10 Tips to Sell Your Des Moines Home

You might think there’s little reason to do much work to sell your house, but that would be a mistake. We have 10 tips to sell your Des Moines Home.


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Reverse Mortgage

Posted by C.H. Tan // August 16, 2017

Reverse Mortgage

Looking to capitalize on its connections in the forward mortgage world, a lender this month announced the launch of its new reverse mortgage division. Starkey Mortgage originated its first Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) about three months ago, according to new reverse mortgage division head Ken Witte, but only publicized the launch in early August. […]


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Inherit a Des Moines House

Posted by C.H. Tan // August 9, 2017

Inherit a Des Moines House

it, rent it, live in it, or sell it? If you live out of state and you inherit a Des Moines house, traveling back and forth may cost a lot of green paper.


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A Retrofit for Fire Safety

Posted by C.H. Tan // August 2, 2017

A Retrofit for Fire Safety

If you live in a Condo in South Florida with a height of over 75 feet or built before 1994, you have a problem. A bill passed in 1994 mandates a retrofit for fire safety. That means installing a sprinkler system. The original deadline was extended twice. The retrofit requirement was adopted in 2000 with […]


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Building Great Wealth in Des Moines

Posted by C.H. Tan // July 26, 2017

Building Great Wealth in Des Moines

Many of the largest fortunes in America were made one way: Real Estate. Why? In a few words, real estate investing is the easiest path to building great wealth in Des Moines. Chad Carson writes at  BiggerPockets.com, “The wealth you will build from real estate will allow you to have more freedom, more flexibility, and more […]


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A Good Time to Sell

Posted by C.H. Tan // July 19, 2017

A Good Time to Sell

The Columbus Dispatch reports that “A growing number of homeowners believe this is a good time to sell, according to a quarterly survey by the National Association of Realtors.


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Lead-Based Paint

Posted by C.H. Tan // July 12, 2017

Lead-Based Paint

Lead-based paint (LBP) was widely used on buildings until 1978.  The Consumer Products Safety Commission banned lead-based paint on residential structures


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We are in a Sellers’ Market

Posted by C.H. Tan // July 5, 2017

We are in a Sellers’ Market

In real estate, when there is less than a 6-month supply of inventory available, we are in a sellers’ market, and we will see appreciation. We are down to 75 days


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OwnItIowa

Posted by C.H. Tan // June 28, 2017

OwnItIowa

Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg announced OwnItIowa, a new closing cost assistance program for Iowa home buyers.


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