10 Quick Tips for Finding the Right Realtor

Getting in the financial shape to qualify for the best home mortgages would be a hollow victory at best if your Realtor is a bad fit for you. And forget about handling the whole thing yourself. Without extensive experience in real estate, the whole process will almost certainly be more aggravating and expensive than it […]

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 […]

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 […]

The State of the Housing Market in 2019

What will the real estate market do in 2019? Over the past few years, the real estate market has seen record highs, with major cities like New York and San Francisco, and in-demand areas like Southern California seeing top-of-the-market sales prices. The booming market hasn’t been restricted to major metropolitan areas; in fact, smaller cities like […]

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, […]

10 Unconventional Strategies for Buying a Home in a Hot Market

If you’re constantly coming in second place when shopping for a home, try one of these 10 non-standard techniques to help you win the prize and a new address. It’s oh-so-frustrating, but also oh-so-true: the best home mortgages are of no use if you’re constantly getting beat out by other home buyers. You might think […]

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