May 28, 2020

Is Buying A Home Right Now A Mistake?

Is Buying A Home Right Now A Mistake? When you see all those “for sale” signs pop up in your neighborhood — and then see them change to “under contract” shortly afterward — it’s easy to feel like you’re missing out if you’re not buying a home this summer. So, you run the numbers, spend nights scrolling through listings, and start to imagine your new life in your dream home. There’s just one thing: you may not be ready to buy a home right now. While most real estate agents point to a hot market (and still low-interest rates) as […]
May 28, 2020

How Long You Should Live In Your Home Before You Sell It

How Long You Should Live In Your Home Before You Sell It Whether you just moved in or have lived in your home for 50 years, it’s common to wonder how long you should stay in your home before you sell it. According to the National Association of Realtors®, ten years is the average amount of time that a homeowner will stay in their home before deciding to sell it. If you’re under ten years and itching to sell, many experts say you should follow the “five-year rule” and stay in the same home for at least five years before selling. This […]
May 28, 2020

5 Things You’ll Wish You Knew Before Buying Your First Home

5 Things You’ll Wish You Knew Before Buying Your First Home We know that the home buying process is daunting, and it might seem like you have a million tasks on your plate. Everyone is giving you advice, but what should you really spend your time worrying about? We asked a recent first-time homebuyer what she wishes she knew before she bought her home. Here are the 5 pieces of advice she thought were worth sharing. Take Your Time With Mortgage Lenders It’s no easy decision when debating over the many home lender options. First-time home buyers typically do the […]
May 28, 2020

The Emotional Side of Home Selling

The Emotional Side of Home Selling   The decision to sell your home isn’t an easy one. In fact, research has ranked selling a home as second to relationship breakups for the most stressful experience in a person’s life. The same survey said Americans are more stressed out about selling their home than planning a wedding, getting fired or even becoming a parent. In other words, it’s perfectly normal to have strong emotions. The good news? Though the experience can feel overwhelming and inspire doubts, it doesn’t have to get in the way of a successful home sale, and there’s […]
May 28, 2020

The Hidden Costs Of Selling Your Home The Silicon Valley Way

The Hidden Costs Of Selling Your Home The Silicon Valley Way     Getting your home sold in just one day with multiple offers might sound too good to be true, but these days there are many start-ups and tech-backed companies promising to do just that. They guarantee a sale in a certain time period, buy the house directly from you, or offer a platform where you accept and review online bids from buyers. It sounds like a dream come true, right? Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work out and has some serious hidden costs.     Hidden Cost #1: Low-Ball […]
November 5, 2012

Are Buyers Overlooking Key Factors in Home Purchases?

Home buyers may be so swayed by the home’s appearance and price that they may be missing out on researching some other important factors about the home that may keep them happy there for years to come. Articles in U.S. News & World Report and the Community Associations Network highlight some of the most common areas that buyers’ are overlooking in their home purchases. Some of these overlooked areas include: 1. Nearby zoning. The surrounding area of a home or neighborhood can change drastically through the years so home buyers shouldn’t always assume that what they see today is what […]
October 29, 2012

Pros and Cons of Buying New Construction

Are you considering buying a home? If so, you know getting started is among the toughest steps—establishing budget, finding a Realtor and truly coming to know what type of home you want. Is a condo right for you? Are you interested in renovated properties? Planned communities? New versus old? That last consideration gives many potential homeowners pause. Why? Because there are so many great benefits to buying a newly constructed home; however, at the same time, there are downfalls that many buyers overlook. Here are a few of the pros and cons of buying new homes that will help you […]
October 22, 2012

What to Expect From Your Buyer’s Agent

If you’re going into the home purchase process well armed with information, you already know how important it is to use your own real estate agent and not the seller’s. If this is news to you, read on. Real estate agents owe their clients what is known as a “fiduciary duty.” Although it sounds like legal jargon, it simply means that the agent is obligated to act in the best interests of his or her client. What are these interests? At their most basic, the seller’s interest is to sell the home for the most money possible while the buyer […]
October 15, 2012

Advice for Buyers (Part 2)

5. Making an Offer Once you find a house you want to make your home, your REALTOR® can help you develop an offer. In the offer, you should specify how much you’re willing to pay. State when the offer expires and suggest a closing date for the transaction. You can also propose some conditions on the offer. Some common types of conditions are: Getting a suitable mortgage (include the amount, interest rates and any other figures you feel important); Selling your current home (the seller may continue to look for a buyer, but will give you the right of first […]
October 8, 2012

Advice for Buyers (Part 1)

Finding the perfect home doesn’t happen in one day. It takes careful planning and lots of work. Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to simplify the process. 1. Things to Consider Before Starting Your Search What Features Do You Need? Do you need an extra bathroom, a garage, a fenced backyard, or lower utility bills? Do you want a fireplace, a short drive to work, or maybe minimal yard work? Once your list is complete, decide what’s most important to you. What’s the Ideal Location? Where you live obviously affects your lifestyle; it’s also one of […]