The Top 10 Apps to Find a Home in 2019

How did we manage as home buyers before the internet? Can you imagine having to drive all over town—up and down street after street—trying to get a sense of your target neighborhoods? Or trying to narrow down the dozens of homes for sale to the one or two you’d really want to move into? Or […]

What Is a Construction Loan and How Does It Work?

You’re finally ready to step up from renter to homeowner, but despite keeping an open mind on gas vs. electric ranges and ranch-style vs. open-floor-plans, you just can’t seem to find a place you want to take on 15-30 years worth of debt for. One option is to skip traditional home mortgages and opt for […]

The First-Time Buyer’s Guide to Closing Costs

Closing costs. Even the best home mortgages have them, and it can seem like they never end. It’s totally understandable if you think there might be an actual kitchen sink somewhere on the list. However, while it’s no fun coming up with an additional 2-5% of the purchase price of your home, closing costs play an important part […]

The Value of Thinking Long-Term with Real Estate

Even in the best of situations, purchasing a home is not a decision to be made lightly. Ask any four people their opinion, and you’ll likely get five different answers. It’s not the most reassuring assessment when you’re thinking about dropping tens of thousands of dollars on a home—and that’s just the closing and upfront […]

How to Make Your Lawn Look Great for Your First Open House

Clichés become, well, clichéd for a reason: there’s a big chunk of truth in them. And when it comes to selling your home the old saying, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression” never rings truer. Your front yard can make or break a potential buyer’s interest in your home. If the first […]

7 Steps You Can Take to Start Improving Your Credit Today

The math is cold but simple: the best home mortgages are only available to those with the best credit. It’s an easy to swallow reality if you’ve never dipped below a 700+ credit score, but if you’re more typically in the 600 range, plus or minus another 100, this can be a very bitter pill. […]

Four Common Home-Buying Hurdles — and How to Overcome Them

Owning a home may be the great American Dream, but the obstacles to becoming a homeowner can make the whole process seem more like a nightmare. You might have your pick of the best home mortgages available, but there are still a lot of hoops to jump through during the home buying process. Fortunately, actually […]

Top 10 Tips for Negotiating with Home Sellers

This likely comes as no surprise: The real estate market is strongly favoring home sellers over buyers these days. But time, tide, and home mortgages wait for no one; so if you’re at the stage where you’re making offers on properties, the following ten tips will help you develop a winning negotiation strategy when dealing […]

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