Perfect laundry

November 9, 2019

It may not be the first thing a potential home buyer sees but you can bet that paying attention to this area will certainly make a positive impact. So what can you do to make this neglected space more attractive? The laundry task is more than tossing the clothes into the machine with some soap. Ask anyone who is in charge of the laundry ...


November 6, 2019

For some people, haggling over price is a game. But most of us feel a little squeamish about it, although we do like a good bargain. When you're buying a house, there is a certain amount of negotiation that takes place and the final price is a part of that negotiation. When you and your agent find a home that seems to fit all your criteria ...

13 Extra Costs to be Aware of Before Buying a Home

October 31, 2019

Whether you're looking to buy your first home, or trading up to a larger one, there are many costs - on top of the purchase price - that you must figure into your calculation of affordability. These extra fees, such as taxes and other additional costs, could surprise you with an unwanted financial nightmare on closing day if you're not informed ...

Are You Financially ready?

October 10, 2019

So, you’ve decided that homeownership is right for you. Now you need to determine if you are financially ready to buy a house. In this Step, you will find a number of simple calculations that you can do to evaluate your current financial situation, how much house you can afford and the maximum home price that you should be considering. Test ...

Tips for buyers

October 10, 2019

Find out what the current owner pays in property taxes and energy costs Get preapproved for a mortgage. Preapproval was always a smart move, but now it is a must. The real-estate agents we talked to say they don’t want to take someone home shopping who might not be able to get a mortgage in today’s tighter loan market. Do some digging to ...

Do you buy before selling?

October 8, 2019

In today’s market where the majority of people who are actively pursuing real estate are involving themselves on both sides of the coin — the sale of their existing home and the purchase of their new home — the question of what to do first is an important one. On the one hand you don’t want to purchase before selling because you don’t want to ...

4 Things Buyers Can Do To Minimize Surprise

October 6, 2019

When people say they hate surprises, it’s a little bit like when someone says they don’t like change. Most people actually love change and surprises – so long as the changes are pleasant or they perceive the surprises to be in their favor. It’s really only unpleasant surprises that agitate, irritate and frustrate the average person. This is ...

How much home can you afford?

September 27, 2019

Before getting starry-eyed house hunting, don't forget that buying a home is a long-term financial commitment, accompanied by closing costs, mortgage payments, taxes and day-to-day maintenance. How can you determine how much buying power you have? Every first-time homebuyer should follow three easy steps to determine how much home he or she can ...

Why Use a REALTOR®?

September 15, 2019

All real estate licensees are not the same. Only real estate licensees who are members of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® are properly called REALTORS®. They proudly display the REALTOR "®" logo on the business card or other marketing and sales literature. REALTORS® are committed to treat all parties to a transaction honestly. REALTORS® ...

An Investment Mistake That Can Cost a Fortune

September 13, 2019

Investing on your own can be really difficult at times. At the same time as some people are blessed with the ability to make the right decisions, there are many who possess the resources and the determination to make successful investments. But, let’s face it, not all of us are well versed with the latest profitable investments. Therefore, getting ...
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