The Accunet Mortgage Show (5/22/16 Episode)

It’s another jam-packed Accunet Mortgage and Realty Show with tons of great tips on smarter home shopping, what to look for in a real estate agent, credit card debt and much more. Accunet President Brian Wickert and loan consultant David Wickert sit down with 620 WTMJ’s Steve Ketelaar to discuss what motivates people to buy or sell a home.

Using results from a focus group conducted by the Wisconsin REALTORS Association, Brian and David outline some of the key deciding factors for buying and selling which include:

  • Upgrading in size – Starting a family, adding new children to your existing family, or getting a raise, are all influences that may encourage someone to move into a bigger home.
  • Decreasing commute times – Shortening the daily commute to work can cut costs and eliminate much of the stress that comes with long bus rides and stop-and-go traffic.
  • Rent increases – For many renters, there’s nothing more frustrating than the inevitable rent increase. To avoid paying the landlord’s mortgage month after month, it’s common for younger renters to take the next step and buy their first home.

Once you’ve decided you need a new living situation, the next step is to pick out a good real estate agent that can guide you through the process. Brian and David share best practice tips for choosing a skilled, highly qualified real estate agent. As the focus group results suggest, these experiences can be both positive and negative. Quite often, people rely heavily on recommendations made by family members and close friends. While this method can certainly work, there are still many important questions that need to be addressed before making the best choice.
Later in the show, Brian and David talk about credit card debt and how it impacts your ability to buy or refinance a home. David goes into detail about the importance of an accurate affordability calculation and the age-old concept of spending less than you earn, which for many, is easier said than done.
Check out this week’s episode below and learn more about how Accunet’s expertise can make your home buying experience a success.
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