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A Simple Trick to Take 8 Years Off Your Mortgage



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We’ve got an especially helpful tip for homeowners today. For those of you with a 30-year mortgage, listen to this.

If you just make one extra payment per year on your mortgage, it will reduce the length of your loan from 30 years to 22 years. Interest rates are at an all-time low, so now is a great time to buy. The Federal Reserve is likely to raise them soon, so it is in your best interest to act sooner rather than later.


As interest rates go up, prices will start to stabilize. If you’d like to learn about how this will affect your individual situation, give us a call or send us an email. We would be happy to put you in touch with one of our lenders.

Oh, and a quick reminder, we have a great 4th of July party coming up in Frisco. Stop by and enjoy the parade! Next month, we’ll talk about all different kinds of investment property.

We look forward to seeing you then!

The Problem With Zillow



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Can you trust Zillow to give you an accurate home valuation? The truth is, you really can’t.


In most cases, Zillow’s Zestimates are off by 5% to 15%. Zillow uses a basic algorithm that pulls information from similar homes in your neighborhood. Zillow cannot take your new kitchen, special location, or incredible views into account.

The best way to find your home value is to talk to a professional real estate agent. We can see what improvements you have made to your home and compare it to other, similar properties.

Zillow is a great tool to get an idea of your home’s value, but it’s not accurate. If you’re curious about how much your home is worth or you have other questions, give us a call or send us an email. We would be happy to help you!