"I began to consider homeownership a couple of years ago, because my son is getting older and it has been driving me to want to leave something behind for him one day."
- Michael | Strong Blocks Rent to Own Milwaukee Resident
Do you have an old eviction haunting you, and you can't seem to find a decent home to live in? The tenant-landlord relationship is an important one, one where both sides of the relationship need to feel comfortable that the relationship won't be violated or taken advantage of.
When you apply for a new house or apartment to rent, the landlord will typically look into past court records (which are accessible to everyone in the State of Wisconsin, on the Wisconsin Court Systems website). If a landlord or property manager sees past judgments on your record, they may see you as a risk and assume you do not have "paying your living expenses" as a top priority; Some Landlords will use this in their decision to not rent to you even when the eviction was old. Here are some tips to consider to clear up your past so you can move forward...Read More
"I realized as my child got older the importance of homeownership for my family would be in order to continue to care for him at home."
- Jevita | Strong Blocks Rent to Own Milwaukee Resident
"I just got sick of landlords wanting extra money other than rent...my ideal housing situation is owning my own home, not having to pay anyone else's mortgage and taxes for them."
- Dana | Strong Blocks Rent to Own Milwaukee Resident
If you are like many Americans, you get excited around tax time to see that pretty chunk of change available at your fingertips. Face it, we could all use more cash, there never seems to be enough to go around.
However, your tax refund is not free money. It is your hard earned income that the government has been collecting from your paycheck throughout the year to cover your tax burdens. If the taxes you owed is less than what the government has collected through the year, you'll be getting a tax refund. Since this is your money, lets talk about a few ways you can keep more of it for yourself...Read More
As a first time homebuyer, the process may seem daunting; but it doesn't have to be. There is a wealth of information at your fingertips these days with many trustworthy books and websites out there to walk you through the process, step by step. For example, HUD is a governement website with info, videos, and homebuyer programs to guide you through the process. 360 Degrees of Financial Literacy is also a good site for homebuyer advice and handy calculators - be advised there are quite a few ads.
There are many resources that you can help you on your path to homeownership. But doing all this research can give us information overlord, sometimes a what not to do list can help us more than anything.Read More