Step 4 – Look At Homes Educating yourself on the local market and working with an experienced Realtor can help you narrow your priorities and make an informed decision about your new home. Start With Your Budget Before beginning your home search you should have a preapproval from a lender and an idea of your ...

Step 3 – Get a Mortgage Pre-Approval There is nothing worse than falling in love with a home and then finding you can’t afford it.  Consulting with a mortgage lender is the FIRST step you should undertake in the home buying process.  When you’re armed with the knowledge of what you can afford and what ...

Step 2 – Get a Realtor Buying and selling real estate is a complex process.  You may think that by checking online sits you could quickly find the right home at the right price, but a basic rule in real estate is that all properties are unique.  Homes differ and so do contract terms, financing ...

Step 10 – What’s Next? You looked at homes, made an offer, obtained financing and gone to closing.  The home is yours!!!  Is there any more to the process? The papers you received at settlement are extremely valuable, so home on to them.  In the short-term they can help establish tax deductions for the year ...

In the next few posts we will explore a 10 step guide to Buying a House… Step 1 – Are You Ready To Become a Homeowner? Knowledge and experience are the keys to successful real estate transactions.  Utilizing the training of a local Realtor can be essential to your success. Buying a home requires thoughtful ...

Buying Foreclosures and Fixer-Uppers Sometimes you can save money by buying a foreclosed home, but you need to understand the process and determine whether the potential rewards are worth the inherent risks. The Facts about Foreclosures Foreclosure is the process by which a bank or other lender repossesses a home when the owner fails to ...

Quick Home Maintenance Tips Home maintenance isn’t only repairs.  There are many tasks if performed regularly that may prevent things from breaking in the first place. Must-Do Maintenance: 1) Test your garage door opener monthly to ensure that it reverses when it hits and obstruction or when its sensor beam is interrupted. 2) Vacuum the ...

Realtor.com Report: 2014 Home Buying Starts Strong 2014 Real Estate Trends The 2014 home buying season started strong with a year-over-year increase in inventory and increase in home prices.  The number of properties for sale was up 3.1% and median age of inventory as unchanged. The solid start is encouraging and the rise in inventory ...

Is a Home Warranty Worth the Cost? Whether buying or selling, a home warranty could be a valuable protection for your financing and peace of mind. Buyers opt to purchase warranties which average $350-500 for basic warranty and $100-300 more for extra protections.  Buyers like the fact that they can rely on a warranty to ...