Home Buying

Sept. 9, 2019

Choosing the Right Neighborhood

 

There are many important factors that come into play when trying to find a home that is right for you and your family. Is the home big enough, does the yard have enough space for kids to play and are there enough bathrooms? These are all things we think ...

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Sept. 6, 2019

TAKE 5: WHAT TO NEGOTIATE WHEN BUYING A HOUSE

 

Whether you are a first-time homebuyer or a seasoned veteran, the negotiation part of the transaction can be a little daunting and stressful. However, it is necessary to ensure you are getting the best possible deal for your money. So, what should you negotiate when buying a home?

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June 25, 2019

Frequently Asked Mortgage Questions

 

 

Does the term "amortization" leave you perplexed? Are you unsure how preapproval differs from prequalification? If so, you're not alone. Here are some mortgage basics to help you become more familiar with the process.

What's the difference between prequalification and preapproval?
Getting prequalified is often the ...

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May 13, 2019

Home Buying Myths

 

Myth #1 – You Must Put Down 20%

Saving enough for a 20% down payment can be very difficult, but that is not required to purchase a home. You are able to avoid paying PMI if you put 20% down but a lot of lenders offer loans with 10 ...

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Feb. 4, 2019

TOP TIPS FOR HOUSE HUNTING ONLINE

 

Hunting for a new home online is a great place to start your search, but it should not be your end all be all. Good listing agents are excellent at highlighting the best features of the home, but keep in mind there may be more than meets the eye ...

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Jan. 3, 2019

5 HARMFUL HOMEOWNER HABITS TO BREAK

Negotiation is a subtle art in real estate, but skilled negotiators can usually find some common ground that satisfies all parties. On the other hand, using the wrong negotiation tactics can sink a deal pretty quickly. Here are some negotiation tactics buyers (and real estate professionals) should avoid:

 

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Aug. 24, 2018

Hire an Agent When Building a House

 

 

Many homebuyers think they don't need to hire an agent when building a new home. After all, you're buying directly from the builder and they already have contractors, lenders and inspectors. Why should someone else be brought into the mix? 

The truth is, buying any ...

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Aug. 14, 2018

PRIORITY TASKS FOR YOUR MOVE IN

 

Moving into a new home is an exciting time, and you’re probably daydreaming about decor and paint schemes and new furniture. But before you get into the fun stuff, there are some basics you should cover first.

 

Change the locks

Even if you’re promised that new locks have ...

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July 26, 2018

Seller didn't hire an agent? Here's why you should.

 

Homes that are for sale by owner -- when a seller decides not to hire a listing agent -- are more common than you might think. They account for about 8 percent of all home listings currently on the market. If you're on the house hunt, you're likely to ...

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June 29, 2018

5 Types of Home Inspections to Know

 

Most buyers and sellers know that a home inspection is an essential part of the purchase process. But in real estate, there's more than just one type of inspection to consider. In fact, there are dozens. 

Whether you're purchasing a new home or investment property, selling ...

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