Jeff Compton’s top 10 mortgage blog posts of 2017.

2017 was an interesting and dynamic year for the mortgage markets, with interest rates staying near historical lows despite movement by the Fed, the return of 1% down and other loans that made it easier to buy, and a surge in equity for homeowners once again. However, there is still work to be done, as […]

10 Fast Facts about Guild Mortgage

1. Guild Mortgage was founded by Martin Gleich in 1960. However, the company was first called “Guardian Mortgage.” 2. Since then, Guild Mortgage has held true to its mission “to provide affordable home financing, unsurpassed service, and a dedicated workforce to meet our customers’ needs.” 3. It’s now one of the fastest-growing mortgage lenders, ranked […]

15 Charming, Interesting, and Bizarre Housewarming Traditions

Did you move into a new house recently and your neighbors, friends, and family brought you some food or other token of their congratulations? What about if they showed up with a gift of firewood, pineapples, or frogs? Believe it or not, those have all been housewarming traditions in the past, as the practice has […]

Understanding the important difference between REALTORS and Real Estate Agents

If you’ve bought or sold a home recently, you’ve probably encountered two terms that may be a little confusing. From news to ads to social media, we hear the labels “real estate agent” and “Realtor” used so often that you may think they’re interchangeable. But, in fact, a real estate agent and a REALTOR are […]

The 5 Most Common Reasons for Accidents, Injuries, and Deaths at Home

Keep our family safe is probably our number one priority: an accident, robbery, natural disaster or any other harm that threatens you or a family member, will make everything else look unimportant. Yet the reality is that accidents and hazards around the home can do damage every day, so be proactive to prevent and to […]

Does staging sell? A home staging fact sheet for Realtors and Homeowners.

When it comes time to put a For Sale in your front yard and sell your home, every homeowner wants the same thing: the highest possible price in the shortest amount of time. That much is universal. But from there, home sellers may diverge in their opinions of how to best reach that goal, as […]

Turkey and travel; family and football: celebrating Thanksgiving with these 25 facts

These days, we celebrate Thanksgiving every late November, but the origins of the American holiday actually go back before the U.S. was even a country. In fact, there are claims of 12 different Thanksgivings in the Americas, including one in 1541, when explorer Francisco Vasquez de Coronado and his followers held a Thanksgiving celebration in […]

Property Taxes: the good, the bad, and the expensive

Ask any homeowner, and “property taxes” are two of the most hated words in the English language. But taxing citizens based on their home values is also essential since states and even municipalities use the money to pave roads, build schools, hire teachers, police, and firefighters, and fund just about every other project. In fact, […]

10 Reasons why real estate is always as solid as a rock

Why do 94% of millionaires attribute real estate ownership as a significant part of how they obtained and held their wealth? It’s probably because real estate ownership is always solid as a rock. In fact, the average homeowner’s net worth is 34 times that of a renter, and 77% of homeowners say owning real estate […]

Don’t fear the Fed – Here are 10 ways a rate increase is actually positive news

This week, the Federal Reserve is in the news with a shakeup that may usurp current Chairwoman Janet Yellen as agency head. But that’s not the only headline about the Federal Reserve, the central bank in the U.S. that dictates so much about the ebb and flow about our economy, as rate increases are once […]