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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 ...

Five tips to know before buying

August 17, 2019

Every year thousands of condo buyers call our advisors looking for help out of a sticky situation resulting from a uninformed condo purchase. As the buying season fires up, buyers need to take a few simple steps to avoid disappointment and unanticipated costs. Here are five specific situations buyers have encountered in the past month alone. 1. ...

11 Things You Must Know When Finding a Home

August 15, 2019

Once you've decided to buy a home, there's a number of issues that need to be considered. Because buying a home will be one of the biggest purchases you make in your life, learning the "11 Things You Must Know When Finding a Home" can make the process easier. In this report, we outline 11 Questions and Answers to help you make informed choices ...

Foyer a welcome invitation

August 4, 2019

No doubt about it: first impressions count. And when it comes to your home, the foyer is the area that first strikes the eye. "The foyer should be a beautiful hors d'oeuvre," said Francoise Chanteau, owner of Montreal's Lakeshore Decor. "Very appetizing, and make you and your guests want to feast the eyes on the rest of the house." It's also ...

The Inspection

July 31, 2019

You've found your dream home. But don't buy before ... Your house has been sold, pending an inspection. Now the tough part begins. Here's the drill: Two vehicles pull up outside your front door. From one, out steps the real estate agent, client in tow. From the other emerges the most feared face in real estate sales: the house ...

Seller refuses to make agreed-upon repairs

July 30, 2019

Q: We were supposed to close on a house a week ago. The day before the scheduled closing, we went out to the house and noticed that the seller did not fix the heating system as we agreed in the contract. We gave the seller a one-week extension. It is now the day before the revised closing date and he has not yet fixed the problem. Our lease is ...
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