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  • What is negative home equity?
    Negative equity is not common, but occurs when the value of your home falls below the loan amount outstanding on that collateral. This can happen when a home or neighborhood is not taken care of. For example, if the appraised value of a house is lower than the amount owed on the house, the borrower is said to be in a state of negative equity.
  • What can I do with my home equity?
    Pay off or consolidate unsecured debts like student loans and personal loans. Pay down or pay off high interest loans, such as credit cards and vehicle loans. Invest using your equity for a higher return. Remodel or add on to your current home. Some retirees use Home Equity Lines of Credit for additional income. Refinancing down the road can provide limitless opportunities to use your equity.
  • What are some affordable changes I can make to increase the equity in my home?
    There are a lot of changes you can make to increase the value of your home without spending much money. Paint rooms, ceilings, outdated cabinets and trim. Upgrade the trim in your living room, master bedroom or foyer to crown molding. Update your bathroom and/ or kitchen hardware. Update your Kitchen appliances. Paint your front door and shutters. Add fresh mulch to your landscaping. Update the curtains and blinds throughout your home. Build a deck or fence to create an outdoor liveable space.
  • When is the appraisal ordered, before or after the home inspection?
    The appraisal is typically ordered at the time that we receive your signed application but you may request we put a hold on the order until your home inspection is received.
  • Should I get a home inspection if I am buying from a family member?
    Yes. You should get a home inspection for any home you are seriously considering purchasing. The seller may not be aware of all the issues that lie behind the walls, that an inspector will have a better idea on. You want to make sure that you are investing your money in a good, sound home.
  • What happens if I decide to cancel buying the home after the appraisal is completed?
    You will be charged for the completed appraisal fee and the file will be withdrawn. We do not charge for any other work done on the file, but we do want to make sure the appraiser is paid for their expertise.
  • What happens if the house I'm trying to buy does not appraise for the price on the purchase agreement?
    There are a few different directions you could go. If you are able, you could make up the difference out of your own pocket. That amount would be in addition to the down payment you might already have. You could renegotiate the price with the seller. You could cancel the purchase and request your earnest money be returned. (You may still owe for the cost of the appraisal)

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