Real estate was named an ‘essential’ business by the State of Wisconsin on March 23rd, 2020 per the Safer at Home Order and since then we’ve made some significant adjustments. Housing is an essential need. If you are in a home and feel safe, it makes it easier to navigate through this pandemic. If you need to buy or sell a home right now, you might feel anxious or have questions. We are here for you.
Not only are we following the CDC safety guidelines for businesses but we are also going above and beyond in other areas specific to the real estate industry. The best way to start is with a virtual conversation. Reach out and we can discuss any real estate questions or concerns you may have about the impact of COVID-19 and your situation.
If you have real estate questions and are concerned about the impact of COVID-19, please reach out for a virtual consultation.
Every dollar you add to your regular mortgage payment puts a larger dent in your principal balance. You can still make a difference with even small changes. Adding just 1 extra payment each year knocks years off your mortgage.
Here are ways you can save thousands and reduce years off your mortgage without big changes to your budget:
Biweekly vs. monthly payments
This will have a similar impact on your budget, but will result in 13 full-sized payments per year instead of 12 because there are 52 weeks per year.
You will be making half-sized payments every 2 weeks. If your mortgage is $1400 per month, pay $700 every other week.
If you have a $200,000, 30-year mortgage at 5% interest rate, paying biweekly will save you over $34,000 in interest and allow you to pay your mortgage off 5 years earlier!
Additional principal payments
Send additional funds marked for asprincipal onlyvs. principal and interest as your budget allows.
JUST SOLD 1205 Manhasset Place, Madison on 5/1/20 for $268,500 by Carlos Alvarado!
3 bedrooms | 2 bath | 1,497 sq ft
Congratulations to our clients Judy and Larry on the sale of their home. Accepted offer received right before we went into quarantine and thankfully everything went smooth through closing. Shout out to co-broke Melissa LeGrand for her awesomeness.
JUST SOLD 3546 Heather Crest, Madison on 4/21/20 for $222,500 by Carlos Alvarado.
2 Bedroom | 1 baths | 1,017 Sq Ft
JUST SOLD by Carlos Alvarado! Buyers were once again in competition (inventory remains low) but with Carlos’ experience and amazing negotiation skills, they got the house! Congratulations to the Buyers and the Sellers on a successful closing! Contact us to find out how we can help you in your home search or listing.
Online learning is available to help you become a homeowner and start building generational wealth! These 2 HUD approved online courses and counseling allow you to stay in the comfort of your home during COVID-19 while learning and meeting the requirements for many down payment assistance programs for first time buyers. If you want to take advantage of programs offered for home buyers assistance, this is a great place to start You will learn more about how the process works, and what you need to be ready and able. Alvarado Real Estate Group agents are a great resource for when the time is right to search and these resources can help…
JUST SOLD 8422 Elderberry Rd, Madison on 4/15/20 for $326,500 by Carlos Alvarado!
4 bedrooms | 2.5 bath | 2,273 sq ft
Buyers patiently waited to find their perfect home and it was worth the wait! Even in a very competitive market Carlos was able to negotiate a great value for his clients on this spacious 4 bedroom home. We are all excited they will have more room to create memories for their family. Congratulations to both Buyers and Sellers!
JUST SOLD 208 N Allen Street, Madison on 4/17/2020 for $480,000 by Carlos Alvarado!
3 bedrooms | 2 bath | 2,039 sq ft
Happy Sellers to be certain when they accepted a great offer within days of listing. With our newly refined COVID-19 systems/processes, virtual meetings, and electronic negotiations, we can help buyers and sellers navigate their real estate needs during this time and stay safe. The closing might not be as fun, but the job gets done!
Congratulations to the Perez family on their recent home purchase! We wish you a smooth move-in during these hard and difficult times! Not only was it a challenging transaction but you also navigated through a major shut down due to the pandemic. Big shout out to John Schroder at Great Midwest Bank for helping us through it all too!