Ellen Smith
East Lake Real Estate
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Ellen Smith

As an agent who knows this area inside and out, I bring a wealth of knowledge on local communities, current market conditions, and more. I strive to make your real estate experience an exceptional one.

Whether buying or selling a home, I can advise you through the processes from beginning to close. Call me or email me to set up a time to discuss your specific real estate needs.

As a valued client, you'll receive:

  • Expertise on neighborhoods and the local markets
  • Innovative strategies to market and sell your home
  • Additional insights into listings that are not accessible online
  • A proven negotiator who will be with you every step of the way
  • A trusted and knowledgeable partner through closing and beyond
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Interest-Only Loans

Interest-Only Loans A new trend in home-buying is emerging…the interest-only (i/o) loan. Although interest-only loans have been available for quite some time, they’re becoming more popular. Currently about half of all adjustable-rate mortgages are interest-only, according to E-Loan. But why in the world would you want to get an interest-only loan? Isn’t the point of home-ownership building equity and security? That’s one of the points, but an interest-only loan can be a viable alternative if you meet several criteria. For instance, you need a credit score of at least 680 if you’re a salaried borrower, and if you’re self-employed you need a 700 or higher. But we’re getting ahead…
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