Exterior Home Staging

Home Staging Tips from A1 Mortgage Kansas City

Staging your home is common when selling your house. Have you thought about staging the outside though? It’s a simple but often overlooked thing that can make the difference between selling your home quickly and having it sit on the market for weeks.

Renovate vs Moving – Which is right for you?


The time has come that you have outgrown your home. Before you decide to put in on the market, weigh the pros and cons of renovating verses moving. Could a renovation solve the issue that makes you want to move? Would moving make the most sense and be a good fit for your family? There […]

How To Babyproof Your Home


Is your family expanding by two feet? Whether you’re newly pregnant or due any moment, now is the time to get started on baby proofing your home. While it may seem early, babies start exploring and touching everything as soon as they can. You want your home all ready to go when that happens. How […]

For Sale By Owner


Are you ready to sell your home? Have you been toying with the idea of foregoing a real estate agent? While you can potentially avoid agent commissions and be in complete control, there are some major factors you need to consider when you thinking about taking on this endeavor.

How to be a Courteous Neighbor


No wonder Mr. Rogers was the best neighbor in the neighborhood. He was friendly, warm, and very welcoming of people new to the neighborhood. Being a good neighbor shouldn’t be hard; all you have to do is be considerate of your neighbors and know good neighbor etiquette. Review these tips below to ensure that you’re […]

Winter Boat Storage


With all of the great local Kansas City lakes, more and more people are purchasing boats. The only downside to owning a boat in Kansas City, is the unavoidable winter weather. And it’s about that time again. Summer is slowly winding down now and unfortunately that means that’s it’s about time to retire your boat […]

How to Increase the Value of your Home


Have you been thinking about selling your home lately? Are you worried your home isn’t going to sell for what it’s worth? The key to getting the most value out of your home is to make your house inviting to potential buyers. Increasing your home value can be hassle-free if you follow some tips. 

Building Better Credit


It’s never too early to start building better credit, let alone repairing damaged credit. It takes time to up your score, but with a few simple steps you’ll be on your way to improving your credit score and being a lender’s dream client.

Mortgage 101 – The truth about buying down your interest rate

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Buying down your interest rate is also known as “discount points.” In this topic, I will discuss what a discount point is, an example of what it does and how to do the math to see if it makes sense for you. Discount points lower your interest rate and payment for an upfront cost. The […]

How much impact $1 can have on your mortgage?


Do you know how much your total mortgage costs? Did you know you could easily reduce that amount? Let’s look at a typical mortgage, According to Capital Economics analysts the average American mortgage in 2012 was $235,000 while most people take a 30 years mortgage. The national average of 30 years fixed rate mortgage is […]