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When To Lock In Mortgage Rates 4 Signs Its Time

April 4th, 2018 by Chris Smithson

One huge question among home buyers who need a loan is this: when to lock in mortgage rates. Some panicky sorts might presume they should lock one in ASAP (because have you seen how rates are rising?), while others argue that the waiting game could payoff (in case rates fall). Who’s right?  A rate lock is important because mortgage interest rates fluctuate in response […]

How To Spark A Bidding War

March 28th, 2018 by Chris Smithson

Spark A Bidding WarReady to make a move? Have a certain figure in mind that you need to sell for? Depending on your market, you might be able to get a little more than what you may be needing. Go over with your agent if setting a bidding war is smart for the sale of […]

Why You Should Still Talk to a Lender Even If You’re Not Ready to Buy a Home

November 12th, 2017 by Chris Smithson

If you’re a first-time home buyer, you might think you’re not ready to purchase a house. Perhaps you’re concerned about your job situation, your previous credit history, or your high monthly expenses. Whatever the circumstances, every borrower and financial situation is unique. Unless you’re a financial expert, it’s best not to self-diagnose your financial problems. […]

Questions to Ask When Considering Selling

October 10th, 2017 by Chris Smithson

These questions will help you decide whether you’re ready for a home that’s larger or in a more desirable location. If you answer yes to most of the questions, you may be ready to move.   Have you built substantial equity in your current home? Check your annual mortgage statement or call your lender to […]

5 Vital Financial Steps Millennials Must Take

August 4th, 2017 by Chris Smithson

Millennials face a lot of financial challenges, from student debt to tough employment markets. But one member if that generation, Ashlee Veneman, a senior planning analyst at The Planning Center in Fresno, Calif., has some good answers for Generation Y: Article By Ashlee Veneman, a senior planning analyst at The Planning Center in Fresno, Calif I came […]

Everything You Need To Know About USDA Loans

July 6th, 2017 by Chris Smithson

What Is A USDA Loan? The USDA home loan program is one of the best-kept secrets in the home buying market today. This zero-down, 100% financing home loan is sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture to promote home-ownership in less-dense communities across the U.S.   For this reason, it’s often known as the USDA Rural Development Loan […]

Rent or buy? In Whatcom County, it may take longer to break even

June 30th, 2017 by Chris Smithson

Some honest information. A new report suggests that for some people in Whatcom County, it makes more financial sense to rent a home rather than buy if they plan on being here less than four years A new report suggests that for some people in Whatcom County, it makes more financial sense to rent a home […]

8 Tips For Adding Curb Appeal And Value To Your Home

June 28th, 2017 by Chris Smithson

Homes with high curb appeal command higher prices and take less time to sell. We’re not talking about replacing vinyl siding with redwood siding; we’re talking about maintenance and beautifying tasks you’d like to live with anyway. The way your house looks from the street — attractively landscaped and well-maintained — can add thousands to […]

For Sale By Owner Cautions

February 28th, 2017 by Chris Smithson

In today’s market, with home prices rising and a lack of inventory, some homeowners may consider trying to sell their home on their own, known in the industry as a For Sale by Owner (FSBO). There are several reasons why this might not be a good idea for the vast majority of sellers. Here are […]

When to Lock In Mortgage Rates: 4 Signs It’s Time

January 30th, 2017 by Chris Smithson

One huge question among home buyers who need a loan is this: when to lock in mortgage rates. Some panicky sorts might presume they should lock one in ASAP (because have you seen how rates are rising?), while others argue that the waiting game could pay off (in case rates fall). Who’s right? A rate lock is important because mortgage interest rates fluctuate in […]

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Chris Smithson

Bellingham Realtor Chris

chris@rickmooregroup.com

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RE/MAX Whatcom County, Inc.

913 Lakeway Drive Bellingham, WA 98229

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Becoming a first time home owner, I had no idea what to expect working with a realtor until I met Chris. Chris was very easy going and professional working with my girlfriend and I. He had a lot of patience for us and was determined to find exactly what we... (more)

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