Costs of Homeownership Add Up

When most people — particularly first-time home buyers — think about the costs associated with purchasing a home, they typically consider the costs related to closing on the deal. These closing costs include mortgage, title and insurance fees. However, extra or hidden costs of homeownership… Read More ›

Home Buying Contingencies Your BFF

What if you’re under contract to buy a home and then find out it has big problems? Home buying contingencies give you a way out. Most home buyers are comfortable with searching for properties but are uncertain of the commitments they make when writing a… Read More ›

Your Credit Score and Home Financing

A recent survey from credit bureau TransUnion reveals that a majority of people know a credit score is important, yet are unsure how it impacts home financing. They are unsure about actions that could help improve their credit score, and also unsure about what their… Read More ›

Find the Right Buyer Agent

Finding the right home is quite an undertaking, and a real estate purchase is a complex process that can take unexpected twists and turns, so having the right buyer agent by your side makes a huge difference to your success. Unlike a seller, who signs… Read More ›

Steps Before Buying a Home

Think you’re ready to start your home ownership journey? Be sure to get all your ducks in a row first. Purchasing real estate can be a complex process, and it’s essential for people who want to make a smart decision to buy the right property that suits their… Read More ›

Strategies for Multiple Offers

Multiple offers are a home seller’s dream. But when they come in, what do you do? Receiving multiple offers means you’ve presented your home to the market in its best possible light and that you’ve positioned it correctly concerning price. But multiple offers can be… Read More ›

7 DIY Bathroom Updates

It’s a fact. Kitchens and bathrooms sell houses. Kitchen and bathroom remodels are always right up there at the top of the list of the best investments you can make in your house for resale value. But you can dramatically, quickly and inexpensively update a… Read More ›

Closing Costs Credit for First-Time Homebuyers

Buying a home can be a daunting experience for any buyer, especially if it’s your first time. With some education, you can prepare yourself to make the best plan and decisions possible. And now a significant closing costs credit is being offered for first-time homebuyers… Read More ›

Is Your Home Ready to Sell?

Putting your home up for sale enters you into a competition with other like properties for sale. To maximize your sale price, stand out from the competition and sell quickly, your home needs to go on the market in tip-top condition. Prepping the home rarely… Read More ›

Getting Mortgages is Easier

Many home buyers found it easier to obtain a mortgage in the first quarter of 2015, and it looks like that lender stance will hold into the second quarter, according to the inaugural Zillow Mortgage Access Index (ZMAI). New loan options are helping, and getting… Read More ›