How to Get a Mortgage Loan for a Fixer

April 17, 2015

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Here’s a clever real estate dictum for you: Don’t buy the best house in a bad neighborhood; buy the worst house in a good neighborhood. There are several reasons for this rule, but the main one has to do with property values, which are determined in large part by the surrounding homes. If you buy [...]

Buyers Beware: 3 Points to Ponder About a Home’s Location

December 19, 2014

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When buyers are on the hunt for a new home, they’re usually very focused on one thing: the house. Blinders can get even worse if they fall in love with one, and the thought process becomes akin to one of those romantic photos with fuzzy edges—the only thing in focus is the house. What those [...]

Scoping Out a Neighborhood

January 3, 2014

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Homebuyers enter the process with one of two mindsets. There are those who know what kind of house they want – the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the type of kitchen and maybe whether or not they want a yard. Then there are those who know where they want to live, such as a specific school [...]

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 [...]