How To Create Real Family Wealth [Infographic]

The financial crisis affected so many who had no choice but to sell or relinquish their homes and take a credit hit.  Those who did are starting to see their credit improve and are wondering if it’s time to re-visit the world of homeownership.

Many of you are understandably more cautious, yet homeownership is still the best way to wealth building. The key is using the lessons of the past to avoid another misfortune.

If your credit is in good shape, you are more ready to get back into homeownership. Homeowners have up to 45 times the wealth of renters. It really comes down to whose wealth do you want to build? Your landlord’s or your own?

How to Create Real Family Wealth

Some Highlights:

  • Buying a home is often the biggest financial decision that any family will make.
  • The average net worth of a homeowner is 45x greater than that of a renter.
  • Homeownership puts your housing costs to work for you.
  • Infographic was created in cooperation with Jensen & Co.

Rita Boswell is who to notify when you are moving, a recognized leader in her field. Rita can be reached via email at rboswell@kw.com or by phone at 614-270-4499. Rita has helped people move in and out of many Central Ohio communities.

Search for Central Ohio homes at www.SeeBeautifulHomes.com

Thinking of selling your home? I have a passion for Real Estate and love to share my marketing expertise!

I service Real Estate sales in the following Central Ohio towns: Dublin, Powell, Delaware, Lewis Center, Galena, Sunbury, Westerville, Worthington, Columbus, Hilliard, New Albany, Blacklick, and Gahanna.

See all my Rave Reviews. People Say The Nicest Things!

Mortgage Rates Again at Historic Lows

Low Interest Rates

Just two weeks ago, we posted an article discussing where mortgage interest rates may be heading over the next twelve months. We quoted projections from Fannie MaeFreddie Mac, the Mortgage Bankers’ Association and the National Association of Realtors. Each predicted that rates would begin to rise slowly and steadily throughout 2016.

However, shaky economic news and a volatile stock market have actually caused rates to drop six out of the last seven weeks, and have remained at 3.65% for the past two weeks.

30 year fixed mortgage

Rates have again fallen to historic lows yet many experts still expect them to increase in 2016. The only thing we know for sure is that, according to Freddie Mac, current rates are the best they have been since last April.

Bottom Line

If you are thinking of buying your first home or moving up to your ultimate dream home, now is a great time to get a sensational rate on your mortgage.


Rita Boswell is who to notify when you are moving, a recognized leader in her field. Rita can be reached via email at rboswell@kw.com or by phone at 614-270-4499. Rita has helped people move in and out of many Central Ohio communities.

Search for Central Ohio homes at www.SeeBeautifulHomes.com

Thinking of selling your home? I have a passion for Real Estate and love to share my marketing expertise!

I service Real Estate sales in the following Central Ohio towns: Dublin, Powell, Delaware, Lewis Center, Galena, Sunbury, Westerville, Worthington, Columbus, Hilliard, New Albany, Blacklick, and Gahanna.

See all my Rave Reviews. People Say The Nicest Things!

 

Thinking of Buying A Home? What Are You Waiting For?

Thinking of Buying A Home? What Are You Waiting For?With spring right around the corner, you may be wondering if you should wait to enter the housing market. Here are four great reasons to consider buying a home today instead of waiting.

1. Prices Will Continue to Rise

CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index reports that home prices have appreciated by 6.3% over the last 12 months. The same report predicts that prices will continue to increase at a rate of 5.4% over the next year. The Home Price Expectation Survey polls a distinguished panel of over 100 economists, investment strategists, and housing market analysts. Their most recent report projects home values to appreciate by more than 3.2% a year for the next 5 years.

The bottom in home prices has come and gone. Home values will continue to appreciate for years. Waiting no longer makes sense.

2. Mortgage Interest Rates Are Projected to Increase

Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey shows that interest rates for a 30-year mortgage have remained below 4%. Most experts predict that they will begin to rise over the next 12 months. The Mortgage Bankers Association, Freddie Mac & the National Association of Realtors are in unison projecting that rates will be up almost three-quarters of a percentage point by this time next year.

An increase in rates will impact YOUR monthly mortgage payment. Your housing expense will be more a year from now if a mortgage is necessary to purchase your next home.

3. Either Way You Are Paying a Mortgage

As a paper from the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University explains:

“Households must consume housing whether they own or rent. Not even accounting for more favorable tax treatment of owning, homeowners pay debt service to pay down their own principal while households that rent pay down the principal of a landlord plus a rate of return. That’s yet another reason owning often does—as Americans intuit—end up making more financial sense than renting.”

4. It’s Time to Move On with Your Life

The ‘cost’ of a home is determined by two major components: the price of the home and the current mortgage rate. It appears that both are on the rise.

But what if they weren’t? Would you wait?

Look at the actual reason you are buying and decide whether it is worth waiting. Whether you want to have a great place for your children to grow up, you want your family to be safer or you just want to have control over renovations, maybe it is time to buy.

If the right thing for you and your family is to purchase a home this year, buying sooner rather than later could lead to substantial savings.

Bottom Line

If you are ready and willing to buy, find out if you are able to. Meet with a local real estate professional who can help you find your dream home.


Rita Boswell is who to notify when you are moving, a recognized leader in her field. Rita can be reached via email at rboswell@kw.com or by phone at 614-270-4499. Rita has helped people move in and out of many Central Ohio communities.

Search for Central Ohio homes at www.SeeBeautifulHomes.com

Thinking of selling your home? I have a passion for Real Estate and love to share my marketing expertise!

I service Real Estate sales in the following Central Ohio towns: Dublin, Powell, Delaware, Lewis Center, Galena, Sunbury, Westerville, Worthington, Columbus, Hilliard, New Albany, Blacklick, and Gahanna.

See all my Rave Reviews. People Say The Nicest Things!

Will Appraisals Continue to be a Challenge in 2016?

Appraisal-Challenge-2016

First American Title issues a quarterly report, the Real Estate Sentiment Index (RESI), which “measures title agent sentiment on a variety of key market metrics and industry issues”. Their 2015 4th Quarter Edition revealed some interesting information regarding possible challenges with appraisal values as we head into 2016.

“The fourth quarter RESI found that title agents continue to believe that property valuation issues will be the most likely cause of title order cancellation over the coming year.” 

This shouldn’t come as a surprise. In a housing market where supply is very low and demand is very high, home values increase rapidly. One major challenge in such a market is the bank appraisal. If prices are jumping, it is difficult for appraisers to find adequate, comparable sales (similar houses in the neighborhood that closed recently) to defend the price when performing the appraisal for the bank.

Another monthly report by Quicken Loans measures the disparity between what a homeowner believes their house is worth as compared to an appraiser’s evaluation. Here is a chart showing that difference for each month through 2015.

Will Appraisals Continue to be a Challenge in 2016? | Keeping Current Matters

Bottom Line

Every house on the market has to be sold twice; once to a prospective buyer and then to the bank (through the bank’s appraisal). With escalating prices, the second sale might be even more difficult than the first. That is why we suggest that you use an experienced real estate professional to help set your listing price.

 


The above Real Estate information on who to notify when you are moving was provided by Rita Boswell, a recognized leader in her field. Rita can be reached via email at rboswell@kw.com or by phone at 614-270-4499. Rita has helped people move in and out of many Central Ohio communities.

Search for Central Ohio homes at www.SeeBeautifulHomes.com

Thinking of selling your home? I have a passion for Real Estate and love to share my marketing expertise!

I service Real Estate sales in the following Central Ohio towns: Dublin, Powell, Delaware, Lewis Center, Galena, Sunbury, Westerville, Worthington, Columbus, Hilliard, New Albany, Blacklick, and Gahanna.

More Rave Reviews. People Say The Nicest Things!

I love getting rave reviews from happy clients.

Rave Reviews

"We recently purchased our first home with Rita as our realtor. We were referred to Rita from my parents, who also use her as their realtor. She was very knowledgeable and very helpful throughout the entire process. She was always available and quick to respond to our questions. Rita is very   kind and sincere, and we greatly appreciated her no pressure style. We would highly recommend her!"

Derek and Morgan Bochnak


The above Real Estate information on who to notify when you are moving was provided by Rita Boswell, a recognized leader in her field. Rita can be reached via email at rboswell@kw.com or by phone at 614-270-4499. Rita has helped people move in and out of many Central Ohio communities.

Search for Central Ohio homes at www.SeeBeautifulHomes.com

Thinking of selling your home? I have a passion for Real Estate and love to share my marketing expertise!

I service Real Estate sales in the following Central Ohio towns: Dublin, Powell, Delaware, Lewis Center, Galena, Sunbury, Westerville, Worthington, Columbus, Hilliard, New Albany, Blacklick, and Gahanna.

After 8 Days This Westerville Home is IN CONTRACT!

249 Ashford Dr., Westerville, Ohio

$ Click for current price

4 BEDROOMS | 3 (2 full, 1 half ) BATHROOMS | 2286 SQUARE FEET

 

Don't miss this extraordinary & immaculate Windsor Bay home w/ all the features you're looking for including an updated island kitchen w/ granite counter tops, new back-splash, new SS appliances, solid oak cabinets, a freshly-painted interior, brand new wood laminate flooring & carpet throughout. A loft overlooks the 2-story great rm which is flooded w/ natural light & highlighted by a brick fireplace. The basement features a finished rec. room/media room plus unfinished space for plenty of storage. Sit on your rear patio & enjoy the expansive over half acre of outdoor living space. The yard is picturesque & beautifully landscaped with lush trees. Conveniently located – close to schools, shopping & recreation. Walking distance to Westerville North High School. MUST SEE!

 

6 Money Saving Tips for First Time Home Buyers

rita1

6 Money Saving Tips for First Time Home Buyers – Buying your first home requires a ton of research and careful planning. Let’s face it, you’ve never done this before, so money is probably the first thing on your mind – it is a huge expense; however, it’s incredibly rewarding to become a homeowner for the first time. Here are six tips for first time home buyers to save some money throughout the process.

 

Pay for an Inspection

At first glance you might think that this is an added expense that you can skip – wrong. If something is wrong with your potential new home, hiring a professional to conduct an inspection before you sign any papers can save you money in the long run.

 

Choose the Right Mortgage

This can be tricky, a 30-year mortgage might appear to be the best option at the beginning, but if you go with a 15-year mortgage right from the beginning, you will end up paying less in interest fees overall. Do your research to figure out what works best for you, but don’t forget about interest rates!

 

Negotiate Closing Costs

These costs typically account or 1-8% of the purchase price, so don’t be afraid to negotiate this added expense.

 

Consider a Contractor

If there are updates that need to be made, consider hiring a home contractor for some projects – however, don’t rely on them for all of the updates. Determine which projects your can do yourself and which ones require the help of a professional.

 

Bundle Cable/Internet/Phone

Cable, internet and phone are things that most people see as a necessity, so when you are moving into your new space, consider bundling these services to provide you with the most possible savings.

 

Consult a Professional

A local real estate agent is one expense that will actually save you time and money. He/she will act as a resource and provide you with the right type of guidance to get the most bang for your buck.

 

Highly Likely To Recommend

Testimonial - Rita banner

“Rita provided real estate services for my deceased mother’s home. She was very compassionate and empathetic through the whole process. Rita is very professional, ethical and knowledgeable. If you are looking for exemplary real estate experience, you will find it in Rita Boswell.”

05/02/2015 – bperrin bp
Sold a Single Family home in 2015 for approximately $125K in Blacklick, OH.

How to Calculate Mortgage Payments

3.17_FRitaBoswell (1)

How to Calculate Mortgage Payments

It is important to calculate your mortgage payments to understand exactly what you owe and how your loan is being paid down. The easiest and least time consuming is to use a Mortgage Calculator. Ask your Realtor if they have one available or check out the option below.

You can use the mortgage calculator to help determine how much you can afford and to even see the the effects of adding extra payments and how it will effect the payoff date! This is a convenient tool to help you pay off your loans.

Just click on the link here and enter in your mortgage amount, the term or length of your loan, the interest rate, and the date your mortgage starts.

The calculator then shows you what your monthly payments would be.

To determine what it would look like to add extra payments a month, a year, or even as a one time extra payment you can add them in the next section.

By calculating the one time payments on top of your regular calculated monthly payment you will be able to see how your pay-off date can change.

Check out the mortgage calculator to find out what you can afford and to help you determine if making extra payments can change your payoff date!

Pros and Cons of FSBO

1.20_BRitaBoswell

Pros and Cons of FSBO – Once you’ve deciding to sell your home, some choose to work with a real estate professional and some choose to sell “For Sale By Owner” or FSBO. Ultimately, you don’t have to sell your home using a real estate professional but there are definitely pros and cons of selling your home FSBO. Here are a few to help you decide the right path for you…

Pros of Selling a Home FSBO:

  • Save Money – You won’t have to pay 2 real estate agents. Instead you will only be in charge of paying the agent of the buyer unless you work with the buyer directly.
  • You Are In Control – You can control how your home is staged, marketed, when you show the home, etc.
  • It’s Your Home – You know the home better than anyone. You can point out the amenities and items in the home like no one else.

Cons of Selling a Home FSBO:

  • No Help – Without an agent, you are in charge of marketing, pricing, showing, staging, negotiating, finding a buyer, doing the paperwork, etc.
  • Pricing – This is a touchy subject. Too high and you lose interest. Too low and you lose money. Real estate pros know the strategy and how to negotiate the best price for you and your home.
  • Less Visibility – This is what real estate pros do. They have a marketing strategy for your home to get you the most exposure and to target the right buyers. Without the right marketing you have less visibility.
  • Contracts – Real estate pros tell you what you need, what it means and handle the leg work for you. When you sell a home FSBO, you can get that info from a title company or an attorney but you will still most likely pay a fee for that information.

There are pros and cons to every situation. It won’t hurt to interview a real estate professional to get your questions answered and to see which route is best for you. It’s important that when you want to hire a real estate agent that it’s the right one. We recommend you interview a few to find the right one for you.