All posts by Colin Robertson

Why You Should Live in Your Home Until It Sells

Why You Should Live in Your Home Until It Sells
May 21, 2019 No Comments »

A new study from Redfin proved what we probably all assumed was the case; vacant homes sell for less than those filled with stuff. There’s something slightly unappetizing about a vacant home, whether it’s the emptiness of it all, or ... Read More »

What Mortgage Term Is Best?

What Mortgage Term Is Best?
May 20, 2019 No Comments »

Mortgage Q&A: “What mortgage term is best?” Before you set out to snag the lowest rate on your purchase mortgage or mortgage refinance, you’ll need to decide on (or at least narrow down) a mortgage term. I’m referring to the ... Read More »

Redfin Direct: Buy a Redfin-Listed Home Without a Real Estate Agent

Redfin Direct: Buy a Redfin-Listed Home Without a Real Estate Agent
May 14, 2019 No Comments »

First Redfin brought us the 1% listing fee, which disrupted the traditional 2.5% to 3% listing agents charge(d) to sell a home. But that still meant the home seller was on the hook for 3.5% or so if they elected ... Read More »

What Credit Score Do I Need to Get a Mortgage?

What Credit Score Do I Need to Get a Mortgage?
May 7, 2019 2 Comments »

Mortgage Q&A: “What credit score do I need to get a mortgage?” If you’re thinking about purchasing a new home or refinancing an existing mortgage, you should know that your credit score is going to be a big factor. In ... Read More »

Why You Might Want to Skip the Starter Home

Why You Might Want to Skip the Starter Home
April 30, 2019 1 Comment »

Some 45 million Americans are expected to reach the typical first-time home buyer age in the next decade, which is a fresh 34 years old. This is 7.4% more than the 41.8 million individuals currently aged 35-44, per a new ... Read More »

Study: Open Houses Result in Faster, More Expensive Home Sales

Study: Open Houses Result in Faster, More Expensive Home Sales
April 25, 2019 No Comments »

Aside from tracking mud through your beautiful home, it turns out open houses actually lead to higher sales prices and less time on market, per a new analysis from Redfin. The real estate brokerage, which studied 2018 for-sale listings, noted ... Read More »

Do Mortgage Rates Change Daily?

Do Mortgage Rates Change Daily?
April 25, 2019 No Comments »

It’s that time again folks, where I answer your burning mortgage questions. The latest mortgage Q&A: “Do mortgage rates change daily?” Mortgage rates are hot news right now, what with them hovering around all-time lows yet again but beginning to ... Read More »

Zillow Home Loans Is Now Live

Zillow Home Loans Is Now Live
April 10, 2019 No Comments »

Following the announcement made last summer to acquire Mortgage Lenders of America, “Zillow Home Loans” is now officially open for business. The new division of Zillow, which is 300 employees strong and operating out of Overland, Kansas, complements the company’s ... Read More »

Mortgage Lingo: 23 Terms You Should Know Before You Apply

Mortgage Lingo: 23 Terms You Should Know Before You Apply
April 1, 2019 No Comments »

Applying for a mortgage can be stressful, what with all the money that’s on the line. Oh, and the possibility that you could be denied entirely, perhaps while starting a family or attempting to relocate to a new state. Making ... Read More »