Category: The Home Buying Experience

Making an Offer on a House
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Making an Offer on a House

You’ve finally found the house. It’s got all the rooms you need, there’s a beautiful backyard, and it’s perfect for you and your family. Now’s it’s time to make the sellers an offer. But how exactly do you do that? And what’s happens after you’ve made your offer? How does the process work? Don’t fret....

Utilizing Home Equity to Your Advantage
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Utilizing Home Equity to Your Advantage

It’s typical for renters to be hesitant to take on a mortgage. Some don’t have enough for a down payment, and others are nervous about the commitment. But what many fail to realize, it that unless you have the luxury of living somewhere rent free, you are still paying a mortgage — your landlords. But...

20 Hints for Preparing Your House to Sell
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20 Hints for Preparing Your House to Sell

Selling your house can be stressful. With open houses, contacting potential buyers, and trying to get in touch with your realtor, it’s easy to see why. But it’s important to keep your eye on the prize; selling your home for the best price possible. And a big part of making that happen, is making your...

Using Your Tax Refund to Obtain a Home
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Using Your Tax Refund to Obtain a Home

United States citizens can expect an average tax refund of $3,143 this year, according the to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). In 2018, United States citizens saw a slightly larger average tax refund of $3,436. Many view these tax refunds as ‘free money,’ which can be used to achieve greater objectives, such as purchasing a...

Why Spring is a Great Time to Buy a Home
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Why Spring is a Great Time to Buy a Home

Spring has just about arrived, and if that news wasn’t good enough; it’s also a great time to purchase a home. Want to know why? Well let me tell you: Prices are only going to increase According to CoreLogic’s most recent piece on home prices in the United States, properties have increased in value by...

Purchasing a Home When You’re Self Employed
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Purchasing a Home When You’re Self Employed

Self-employment is becoming a growing trend in the United States. Freshbooks predicts that by 2020, roughly 27 million United States residents will be leaving full-time jobs for independent, client based work. This will bring the total number of self-employed workers to about 42 million. Although there are numerous benefits to being self-employed, buying a home...

Optimizing Your Open House Visits
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Optimizing Your Open House Visits

So you’ve decided to buy a home. Congratulations! That’s a big decision. One of the more fun and exciting parts of the home buying process is going to open houses.  You get to wander through other folk’s houses and imagine how you would decorate. Physically going to an open house helps you assess the property...

How Much House Can I Afford?
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How Much House Can I Afford?

When you are ready to buy a home, whether for the first time or the tenth, it is always important to know how much you can afford to spend. This will help you narrow your home search and ensure you do not get in over your head financially. There are several factors to consider when...

Should I Rent or Buy?
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Should I Rent or Buy?

While home ownership has long been the American dream, buying a home is not necessarily the best choice for every person or every situation. There are many factors to consider in determining if a home purchase is the right decision for you right now. Can you Afford It? If the cost to own a home...