Tag: michigan mortgage

What to do when you’re facing foreclosure

If you’re facing foreclosure, you’re not alone. According to RealtyTrac, 1 in every 3,426 homes in Michigan are being foreclosed in 2017. Muskegon is the worst county for foreclosures in the state, with every 1 in 1,063 homes being foreclosed. What should you do when you’re facing foreclosure? Communicate with your lender Your first instinct… Read more »

Use Your Tax Refund as a Down Payment on a Home

Use Your Tax Refund as a Down Payment on a Home One of the biggest roadblocks to homeownership for prospective first time homebuyers is the down payment. Given the cost of rent, utilities, student loan debt, and many other expenses, it is hard to save up thousands of dollars for a down payment. Some first… Read more »

Housing Inventory Reaches 18-Year Low

Housing Inventory Reaches 18-Year Low The number of active listings dropped again last month to the lowest level since 1999, according to the National Association of Realtors.  Only 1.65 million homes are available for sale, which equates to roughly 3.6 months of inventory nationwide.  This figure is downward from the 3.9 months of inventory reported in December… Read more »

7 Mortgage Myths Debunked

7 Mortgage Myths Debunked It is no secret that the home buying process is a long and complicated one. Getting started can be intimidating and confusing, so we’ve compiled a list of common mortgage myths we hear from our clients. Here, we’ll break them down and explain the truth about mortgages, in plain English. 1.… Read more »

Millennials, Mortgages and Homeownership

Millennials, Mortgages & Homeownership It is no surprise that millennials, generation aged 18-34, make up more than 40% of homebuyers today. Follow these simple steps to join your peers on the path to home ownership. Don’t Wait Forever If you find yourself waiting for the perfect house, at a great price, and the lowest rate,… Read more »

Five Reasons to Buy a Home in the Winter

5 Reasons to Buy a Home in the Winter Baby, its cold outside—and its only going to get colder. Before you put your home search on hold for the next four months, check out these benefits of buying a home in the winter! 1. Less Competition During the winter months, there are less buyers shopping, and… Read more »

Who has the Best Fall Donuts in West Michigan?

Cider & Donut Season in West Michigan Fall is officially upon us, and every good Michigander knows what that means– cider and donuts! A friendly office debate about where to find the best apple cider and donuts in West Michigan inspired a donut tasting at the Riverbank Finance office today.  So, here are the results; a definitive ranking of… Read more »

International Home Sales

Every week we are bombarded with news regarding the housing market. Some of the news becomes the bearer of bad news while on other days we are told to rejoice in hopes of a brighter tomorrow for the housing market.  Well it seems the market is receiving help from an unlikely source. That source would… Read more »