Tips for a Successful Walk-Through

August 23, 2013

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After the inspections, the appraisal, the negotiations over repairs and other items, it’s tempting to coast down the rest of the road to closing on the purchase of your new home. You have one final duty, however, and it’s important: the final walk-through. This walk-through happens shortly before closing – the timing is typically dependent [...]

Choosing School Districts and Schools

August 18, 2013

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The neighborhoods you consider while house hunting may be determined, in part, by school districts and educational choices. If you’ll be sending your children to public school, ratings and other assessment tools can help you judge the merit of the schools near you. If you’re considering a private school, you may have to sort through [...]

Don’t Sacrifice Style for Budget

July 8, 2013

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When it comes to searching for your perfect home, you don’t have to sacrifice style for budget. Your hunt for your dream home should not be limited by your financial situation, no matter how much or how little you have to spend. Here are three ways you can maximize your housing’s style on your limited [...]

Tips for Buying a Foreclosed Home

July 5, 2013

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Homebuyers in the market for a deal on their dream home needs two things: lots of patience and the stomach to do battle with investors. Any home that is in a decent area and priced right is facing keen competition in today’s market. Homebuyers in the market for a foreclosure need those qualities tenfold. Buying [...]

Furnish Your Home for Less

June 21, 2013

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Starting out with a “blank slate” can be both a blessing and a curse. The blessing comes if you have enough money to furnish your home with whatever you want from wherever you choose. Furnishing a home on a shoestring, though, takes creativity, an eye for a good value, and possibly some elbow grease. While [...]

Retirement Planning: Will Owning a Home Help You Retire?

May 31, 2013

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There was a time when nobody had doubts about the value of owning a home. It was considered an incredible long-term investment and ideal for retirement. Today we know that real estate isn’t as safe as we once thought it was, at least as a short-term investment, and Americans, young and old, are leery of sinking [...]

The Advantages of Getting a Mortgage Preapproval

May 28, 2013

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The homebuying process can be exciting, but also stressful. When there are a large number of buyers in the market for real estate, the odds of being able to purchase your desired home can be low. However, getting a mortgage preapproval prior to home shopping can dramatically increase the odds of success. Make Mortgage Preapproval [...]

The Benefits of Buying in Mixed-Use Developments

May 24, 2013

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If you’re in the process of buying a home, you’ve probably seen the terms single-family residential, multifamily, and mixed-use development. You may be wondering what exactly these terms mean and what the benefits may be of one over another. Single-family residential is simply a residence occupied by one family, as opposed to multifamily, which means [...]

Are You Ready to Buy a House?

May 10, 2013

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Cue Michael Buffer yelling, “Are you ready? Let’s get ready to rumble!” Buffer’s is a fitting soundtrack for the homebuyer in a seller’s market, trying to prevail in catching the seller’s attention. The better equipped with knowledge you are, the better your offer will look to the current owner of what you long to possess: the [...]

How to Submit a Competitive Offer

April 12, 2013

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With inventories of available homes sliding ever downward, real estate markets across the country are becoming more competitive. It seems like only yesterday that buyers were in the driver’s seat, able to take their time with the purchase process. Today, it’s a whole different story. Nationwide, the inventory of available homes has shrunk to its [...]