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Changing Interest Rates Have A High Impact On Purchasing Power

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Purchasing power, simply put, is the amount of home you can afford to buy with the budget you have available to spend. As rates increase, the price of the house you can afford will decrease if you plan to stay within a particular monthly housing budget.

The chart below shows what impact rising interest rates would have if you planned to purchase a home within the local median price range, and intended to keep your principal and interest payments between $1,600-$1,700 a month.

With each quarter of a percent increase in interest rate, the value of the home you can afford decreases by 6.25% (for every $25,000). DOWNLOAD PRINTABLE FILE

Buying Power- FCM_ALL



Squash Marital Money Squabbles

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According to a Money Magazine poll of married couples over age 25 with household incomes of $50,000 or more, 70 percent of couples argue about money more than other topics. Fortunately, there are ways to avoid common trip wires and help defuse money arguments before they blow up.

Money talks. Personalities, childhood experiences, spending and lifestyle habits all create differences in attitudes and behavior with money. Discuss these differences openly to deepen understanding.

No secrets. The most common money secrets among couples include hiding cash, minor purchases, and bills, as well as setting up secret bank accounts or credit cards. Keeping secrets creates stress. Maintain transparency to keep your relationship healthy.

Budget building. Budgeting — and sticking to the budget — is one of the best ways to prevent arguments and avoid too much debt. Since an agreed-upon budget is an objective measurement, budgeting can help establish a financial foundation, foster teamwork, promote living within your means and create goals. Ease the process with budgeting tools and apps.

Make allowances. Like budgeting, joint bank accounts foster openness and teamwork. But sharing every penny, especially when you have different spending habits, can cause problems. Budgeting a little every month for each person to spend on “whatever” promotes a sense of personal freedom.

Manage together. Sharing the responsibility, rather than one partner handling the finances, helps avoid misunderstandings and mistrust. Moreover, if an illness or death occurs in a couple, the remaining partner is acutely aware of how to manage the household finances.

Get advice. The perspective of a professional financial advisor or coach can help you set realistic goals, educate on options, promote collaboration, diffuse potentially tense conversations and often save you money in the long run.

Everyone has a unique way of looking at money, so remember to see discussions as an ongoing opportunity to deepen your perspective about each other and your relationship, not as an opportunity to prove a point.

Sources: Reader’s Digest, Psychology Today
Some of the material contained in this newsletter has been prepared by an independent third-party provider. The material provided is for informational and educational purposes only and should not be construed as investment, financial, real estate and/or mortgage advice. Although the material is deemed to be accurate and reliable, there is no guarantee it is without errors.



Dear First Class Mortgage:

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Dear First Class Mortgage,

“What does a good REALTOR® look like?”

-Merry of Maple Grove, MN


Hi Merry,
That is an excellent question! Here are some things to keep in mind and look for when finding your REALTOR®:

They should…

•    Effectively communicate with you and adapt to what communication style you prefer: text messages, email, phone, or good ol’ face-to-face interaction
•    Listen to what you want and actively search based on your needs and desires
•    Confirm they’re on the right track with the house hunt, and make adjustments when necessary
•    Understand your time frame and why you are purchasing and/or selling
•    List your home with an appropriate price
•    Utilize all marketing tools necessary to make your home stand out when listing: social media, top-notch photography, posting on Multiple Listing Services (MLS), etc.
•    Confirm that an interested buyer is pre-approved
•    Negotiate to get you the best offer

And, verify that they are…

•    Organized and detail oriented
•    Local experts- they know the area inside and out
•    Willing to provide a list of their clients as references

First Class Mortgage has had the pleasure of working with excellent local real estate agents.  We would love to refer one of them to you! Call or email us today for more information.

Remember that it is always a good idea to get pre-approved prior to starting the house hunt. Apply today!



First Class Mortgage. Our Expertise, Your Peace of Mind.

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Welcome! We launched our new website and blog!

For fourteen years, First Class Mortgage’s goal has remained simple — deliver an exceptional mortgage experience. We thank our customers for joining us on this awesome journey and we hope that you will continue to be a part of our story.” 

This blog is an exciting new element to our multimedia offerings. Its purpose is to answer your top mortgage questions and provide resources for your personal wealth. We will share company news, community information and breaking mortgage news.

But, we don’t want a static blog. We will leverage social technologies to engage in two-way communication with our customers. From there we will take your feedback into consideration as we create new content, tools, and resources. 

Please contact us to let us know what you think of our new website and blog! All comments and feedback are welcome. We would love your suggestions for new information or topics. What do you want to learn more about? Is there something we are missing that you would like to see? What other questions do you have? 

We look forward to growing with you as we embark on this new journey.

Thanks for stopping by!