Can You Make an Offer on a Home That’s Pending Sale?

Congratulations! You found your dream home! Except… so did someone else. About two weeks before you. And now the home is “sale pending”. So… does sale pending mean “your” home is off the market, or can you still make an offer and start shopping for the best home mortgages? Below, we’ll take a look at what sale […]

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 […]

11 Unique Things that May Impact Your Home’s Worth

One of the weird things about people is that we tend to downplay our strengths and focus on our weaknesses. This can go double for our homes, especially when we’re trying to assess how much they’re worth. “It’s just another two-bedroom, two-bath.” “The backyard isn’t as big as I’d like.” “The tree in the yard […]

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 […]

Must-Have Budgeting Apps to Save for a Downpayment

Let’s get this out of the way up front: just as home mortgages are not “must-haves” for purchasing a house, no budgeting app is actually a “must have” to help you save for a down payment. However, trying to go it alone without either of these two options is quite simply way more trouble than it’s worth […]

New Study Lists Grand Rapids Among Housing Markets to Watch in 2019

Each December, Trulia releases a report highlighting the top real estate markets to watch in the upcoming year. Each of the markets considered must meet specific criteria, including job growth, vacancy rates, affordability, and a population that is mostly under 35, reflecting even more growth potential. In 2018, Grand Rapids held the top spot on the list, […]

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