House to Home

Beautiful Wedding or Beautiful Home? Why not both?

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 8/18/17 6:45 PM

Beautiful Wedding or Beautiful Home? Why not both?

Okay. Get ready. This statistic almost made me choke on my coffee… and I was a wedding planner (that seems like a lifetime ago). 

Per The Knot, the national average spend on a wedding is $35,329.00. 

Did you hear that?! Thirty-Five Thousand Dollars. These are young people just starting their lives together.  So, often, that means for these young couples that they must choose between a wedding and a house. But not Scott & Amy Wickberg in Denver, Colorado. 

Read More

Topics: Finances, Home Buyer, home buying

Get Your Move On!

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 8/10/17 6:50 AM

Get Your Move On!

…I like to move it! Move it!...

…I like the way you move, I like the way you move…

…Moving on up. Moving on up, to the east side…

…There’s something in the way she moves…

…Workin' on our night moves…

Read More

Topics: Home Buyer, Sellers, home buying, House Buying, Home Selling

So You Still Want to Sell?

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 8/3/17 6:50 AM

So You Still Want to Sell?

Stop! Breathe in. Exhale – before you really begin to dig into the process that is selling your home, take a moment to consider how much of a hurry you are in to sell. Selling your home is a big deal – don’t rush it! No doubt, you are eager to get your home on the market, and depending on your situation, you could be desperate to get it out of your hands - but rushing in the beginning will usually only cause you setbacks and lengthen the process. 

Read More

Topics: Home, Home Buyer, Sellers, Buying, homebuying, home buying, selling, House Buying, Home Selling

Destination Homeowner

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 7/28/17 7:00 PM

Destination Homeowner

Are you considering buying a new home? Do you feel confident about the steps you need to take, the order of the home loan process, and what you need to do? If not, download our road map - it's a simple, easy to understand, one page guide that will teach you:

  • The order of the home buying process
  • All of the steps you need to take
  • What is done at each step

Read More

Topics: Home Buyer, Buying, home buying, House Buying

Understanding TRID

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 7/21/17 7:00 PM

Understanding TRID

Timed Running in Dark. Truth in Research Investigator Department. Treats Really Impair Driving. I’ve spent about 10 minutes on my own trying to come up with things that TRID could stand for… personally I like the treats one. Shockingly, I was wrong on all of them (do you sense the sarcasm?). TRID stands for TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure… amazingly an acronym is short for a phrase that contains two acronyms. It’s no wonder that the good folks here at Stockton Mortgage created a guide that simply helps you “Understand TRID”. 

Read More

Topics: Home Loans, Home Buyer, home buying, TRID, Compliance

You're Paying How Much?

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 7/14/17 6:45 PM

You're Paying How Much?

Let’s try something. Close your eyes and picture…. wait, don’t close your eyes, keep reading. How about this, use your imagination to picture a kindergarten teacher, now a gardener, now a doctor, and lastly an appraiser. I bet you envisioned a stodgy, older man in suit who never smiles for that last one. While I doubt, this is true for all appraisers, I would have to guess that they got this reputation because their job requires them to be void of influence. They are to come in and assess the value of the home.

Read More

Topics: Home Buyer, Sellers, Buying, home buying, Home Selling

Throw In The Dog… And Other Weird Buyer Requests

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 7/13/17 6:30 AM

Maybe some buyers think, with a new home, comes a new life. At least that seems to be the case when it comes to some of the instances cited in an article on Realtor.com. Check out some of these weird requests below:

Is that rain?

I want you to unlock the house and let me back in, then turn on the hose, and make it rain on the house so I can hear what it sounds like.”

Read More

Topics: First Time Home Buyers, Home Buyer, Sellers, home buyers, home buying, Home Selling

Philly ‘burbs Break Pattern

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 7/5/17 6:30 AM

Philly ‘burbs Break Pattern

They are known for Cheesesteaks, brotherly love and, in some circles, Fresh Prince. You know… In west Philadelphia born and raised, On the playground was where I spent most of my days, Chillin' out maxin' relaxin' all cool. And all shootin’ some b-ball outside of school.

Read More

Topics: Home, Housing, Home Buyer, Home Building, House Buying

Clear to Close… Now What?

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 6/29/17 6:00 AM

Clear to Close… now what?

My boss recently tasked our team with creating Mortgage Comics. Yes, a newspaper style comic like Family Circus. He wanted us to find humor in an industry that for the most part is dry and humorless. For ideas of things people found funny, I did a simple google search and do you know what most these mortgage industry comics were about? Waiting on a closing! Waiting for those sweet words, “clear to close”, can seem like an eternity and with that a joke is born! One of these days I’ll include a Stockton Mortgage comic but for now let’s look at what a closing day entails.

Read More

Topics: Home Buyer, home buying, closing, Home Selling

Zip Your Lip!

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 6/27/17 6:30 PM

Zip Your Lip!

I have a bad habit of talking to talk, just something to fill the silence. I’ve realized that sharing every thought that pops in my head isn’t’ best and sometimes, I should just not say anything. According to a video recently posted on Realtor.com this is something that sellers might want to consider doing as well! They mention 3 phrases that are commonly said by someone selling their home, that are better left unsaid.

Read More

Topics: Home Buyer, Sellers, Buying, home buying, selling, Home Selling

Subscribe to our blog

Posts by Topic

see all