Whole-home inspections cover numerous systems within the house. Don’t be spooked by your 50 page inspection report. Focus on the safety and structural issues that will have the biggest impact on the property value. You have leverage when it comes to these issues. A typical inspection starts at the roof and ends at the foundation, […]
Sometimes home buyers wonder if it’s even worth trying to compete against other buyers in a seller’s market. When there is very little inventory on the market, it’s not unusual for a seller to receive 20 offers. It’s almost always a good idea to write an offer anyway. I tell buyers somebody will be the winning offer, […]
Don’t let the word amortization scare you. Understanding amortization is the key to understanding how a mortgage works. Amortization is the term that basically means your unpaid balance is re-calculated every month based on payments to the principal and interest. By the end of your mortgage period, usually 30 years, your loan is paid off. Mortgage Interest Is Paid in Arrears Arrears means money owed […]
Cold feet. It’s more than walking in the snow in skimpy shoes without socks. After you’ve received the good news that you’ve just bought a home, it’s not unusual when you’re a buyer to develop buyer’s remorse or what real estate agents call cold feet. This cold feet syndrome happens all at once. One minute you’re jumping […]
Right now you’re probably wondering how you will know that you have found the right house if you don’t sleep on it. What’s wrong with sleeping on it? Everything is wrong with sleeping on it. Trust yourself. Don’t second guess your own instincts. Your instincts will not steer you in the wrong direction. You Want […]
Step 1: Determine your budget Even before you start searching, you should determine how much you can afford with an online tool like the Zillow Home Affordability Calculator. Just plug in some basic information to get an estimate of how much you can spend on a home. Tip – Typically, your total housing payment (including fees, taxes, […]
Whether you want to add an extra bedroom, a theater or a workout room, the basement gives you options that you otherwise wouldn’t have – unless you wanted to add an above-ground addition to the home, which would be more expensive. Besides adding space, a finished basement could also increase the value of your home. […]
The wait between submitting your offer and waiting to hear back if it has been accepted. This is probably the most stressful wait of all. You finally find the PERFECT home, it meets all your criteria and you really, really want that home! Unfortunately, so do TEN other buyers. You put your best foot forward and […]
Decide What You Want. Where do you want to live? Do you want a condo, or a single family home? City or ”the burbs”? Do you like to entertain? Do you want a garden? Write down your home ownership goals. Gathering your thoughts now will make decisions you make later in the home buying process […]
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