Jeffs Reviews

I review computer hardware and software, consumer electronics, kitchen gadgets and tools. Almost all I know about computers comes from hands on learning on the internet on my own, no classes or college in computers. I have built a few computers on my own and do all the work for all the reviews I write, contacting the companies myself and asking for things I am interested in purchasing myself. I work hard to bring you my opinions of the things I review and hope you enjoy my writing.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Mortgage Details Complete, On to Inspection

We met with our banker, very nice guy at Wells Fargo, and have settled the mortgage stuff. 20% down 30 year loan, No PMI, No tax and insurance ecsrow. Low monthly payments and we deal with monthly or whatever for insurance and taxes since we will be putting down the 20 perent.

If you can scrape, beg, borrow or whatever the money I highly recommend getting 20 percent of the home cost for a down payment. It leaves yourself in control with more options in handling your money as the monthly payments will be so much less.

Now we go to inspection which is Monday, yeah, whoop, and jumping.

We will get to see first hand everything that we can about why we should not buy the home versus what we will have to fix sometime in the future. That is really how I see the home inspection unless there is soemthing major like main damage to the roof that is only visible from the attic. Other than this kind of stuff we are sold on the home and just have to wait till the closing with a few more appointments and such.

We will also be going to the insurance agent to get the insurance up and ready but not till after the inspection, one step at a time.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Home Purchase and the process

We offered on a two story 2,000 sq foot home not far from our current rental. They accepted verbally and when the sellers realtor received a written confirmation we are going forward with the purchase.

We must get with our banker and update our loan information with current payroll information and make sure all the mortgage details are settled on. We scraped enough money together for a 20 percent down payment which means no PMI, Private Mortgage Insurance, so payments will be less.

We also need to get the home inspection taken care of which will happen on Monday, fun times. We will have to pay this out of our pocket as is usual for home inspections. A home inspection is important so you know any problems small and large that you should know about and have taken care of eventually. A home inspector will be experienced in looking at things that you may not know of or think to. Either the seller or buyers agent will arrange to open the door for the inspector and I plan to be there to watch, check out any problems as he finds them and do some measuring.

We also need to get to our insurance agent and start home owners insurance, but with the 20 pecent down payment we may be able to deal with this on our own instead of having to deposit monthly payments into an escrow account. We will find out from our banker if we are required to deposit monthly into an acocunt to pay the insurance and taxes or if we can deal with this on our own and pay the insurance and taxes ourselves.

These are the first steps when a home offer is accepted: loan and mortgage with banker, insurance and home inspection.

After this it will be up to the banker to arrange the appraisal and other things.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Another Offer (and this one looks promising)

We offered on another home, yeah. Better yet, they accepted.

The house is an old one, older than me and my wife put together. But it has character and hardwood floors with enough rooms upstairs to have our bedrooms and an extra room as a craft utility room.

The main floor has a living room, dining room and large kitchen with a bathroom on each floor plus another room for my office. Basement does need some TLC but we don't figure on using it other than to store plastic tubs, monsters and the boiler. The garage could fit about a half dozen cars, it looks like it may actually encrouch on the two properties. We may be doing some demolition work to get the garage down to a usable and decent size instead of a shop, garage, rumpus room and storage for squirrel nuts for a couple dozen critters.

Now its on to appraissal, inspection and paperwork until the current tenant in the upstairs apartment is moved out.