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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 ...

IS IT FOR YOU?

September 11, 2019

You've just found the home of your dreams. It's exactly what you've been looking for plus the neighborhood is picture perfect. Is all that lovely manicuring the result of a Homeowners Association? Planned communities are increasing in popularity. You can be assured of proper maintenance. You may also be protected against loud noises, what many ...

10 Steps to Home Ownership!

September 10, 2019

The home-buying process doesn't need to be scary. Our step-by-step guide will walk you through the process and answer your questions on what you should expect from your REALTOR®, where to look for loans, and what to watch out for when closing the deal. Step 1: Are you Ready? Step 2: Get a REALTOR® Step 3: Get Loan Preapproval ...

Rewards of ownership

September 7, 2019

A home of your own sounds like an excellent idea. But is it a wise move? Will the benefits outweigh any financial risks? Before making your final decision, there are some facts you should know. It can seem a little frightening and kind of like signing your life away. After all, you'll be locked into a loan payment for 15, 20 or even 30 years or ...

Fifty-something first-time buyers

September 5, 2019

Tom Hehir grew up in San Francisco and knew he'd never be able to afford to buy a home there. Even though he has a good job as a management consultant, he watched as the housing bubble took home prices into the stratosphere. Then the bubble burst and everything changed. Hehir and his partner purchased a three-bedroom, one-bath home in the city's ...

Fixer Upper To One Is Cosmetic To Another

August 27, 2019

I receive emails regularly from people wanting to find the diamond in the rough so they can walk away with tens of thousands of dollars in one transaction like all the people on the infomercials. Everyone wants the quick fixer upper resulting in the quick buck. In some communities, that's very doable, while others are just unaffordable even ...

Step-By-Step Guide for First-Time Home Buyers

August 25, 2019

Everything's easier when you break it down into steps. Purchasing a home is no different. There are the fun parts: attending open houses, fantasizing about life in your new residence and calling the moving truck. And then there are the not-so-fun parts: crunching the numbers, filling out applications and deciphering the home inspection report. ...

The death of an American dream

August 22, 2019

It’s a story that is as American as apple pie: a couple with young children decides to settle down, looks for a place outside the city, and borrows to buy their first house. For Andrea and Raymond Quenneville, the search brought them to the small town of Merrimack, N.H., where they found a yellow colonial-style home with an ample yard and a ...

10 tips to find the perfect home

August 18, 2019

Now that you're ready to purchase a place, you want to make sure it's the right one for you. Follow these tips to find a home that's a perfect fit for you: Go for the long haul When looking for a home, search for one that you could see yourself living in for several years -- at least five to seven years is ideal. Buying -- and moving -- to a ...
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