Home Buyer's Blog

Smart home technology is finally delivering on promises to make our homes more comfortable, convenient and secure. If you’re ready to incorporate one or more of these devices into your home, you’re in good company!

Picking a great buyer’s agent can make your home buying experience more enjoyable, protect you from potential problems and make your transaction progress more smoothly. However, like most things in life, there are important pros and cons to consider when making this decision.

Buying a home involves so many options. How can you possibly narrow the choices and make the best decision? Begin by looking at your finances, then your personality and how you enjoy spending your time. Eliminate home styles that don’t support your life now or in the near future.

You may be interested in buying a home, but is this the best time to buy? That decision will depend on your individual situation as well as your finances, but here are five good reasons to buy now, rather than waiting to see how things “shake out” later in 2017.

Are you trying to decide if you need to buy a different house? Moving is disruptive, but it may be the best option, particularly if your decision is predicated on things you can’t change.

When homebuyers outnumber sellers, the result can be a multiple offer scenario. If you’re searching for homes in a competitive market environment, you’ll want to take time to understand the dynamics of multiple offers and their impact on your negotiating strategy. 

Many details associated with the primary cost of mortgages—the interest rate—can be confusing, especially when you are purchasing your first house. Before you buy, here are a few things you need to know.

Home warranties are a service contract for your home that can cover failure in major systems and appliances due to wear and tear—items that are not usually covered by homeowner’s insurance. If you have a system or appliance problem, instead of calling a local repairman or tackling the problem yourself, you call your warranty company.

Buying a home is a big decision that involves thinking about many different needs and desires. In order to pinpoint your best options, your buyer’s representative will want to know as much as possible about your preferences.

Buying a home involves buying into an entire community. It’s important to make sure your new neighborhood suits your needs and preferences every bit as much as the house you decide to purchase. After all, most houses can be modified, but neighborhoods can’t.

Do you plan to purchase a newly constructed home? It’s an exciting and appealing option. But buying a new home typically entails considerably more steps and decisions than most existing-home transactions.

Finding a new home can be exciting. But deciding what you truly want and need—and can afford—can be challenging. Making these decisions begins with setting priorities among many different preferences.

Purchasing a home is a major decision that includes substantial rewards, but also substantial responsibilities. When evaluating your readiness to take this step, be sure you’ve considered all the related expenses you’ll encounter at the time of purchase and in the future, including...

Most buyers feel considerable pride in becoming a homeowner, but they also recognize that ownership includes many new responsibilities. To keep your home looking and performing its best, here are several of the most important jobs to remember.

The Federal Fair Housing Act, enacted in 1968, is designed to prohibit discriminatory practices when buying and selling homes. Administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the law prohibits housing discrimination against seven protected classes—race, color, sex, religion, national origin, familial status and/or physical and mental handicaps. 

If you’ve entered into a contract to purchase a home, your transaction won’t be final until closing. Most buyers have many questions about the process, including: What is closing?, Who attends closing?, etc.

You’ve found a home you’d like to buy. How much should you offer to pay? 

Moving into your new home is a big job. The further you plan in advance, the smoother it will go. This list contains most of the big tasks you’ll need to do and suggested timeframes. Depending on your situation, you might be able to delete (or may need to add) some items.

Most real estate agents earn their living by representing buyers and sellers in property transactions. While commission rates and/or terms vary from one listed property to another, there's no question about which agent and brokerage firm is representing the sellers.

Buying a home can present hidden risks. While sellers must provide prospective buyers with complete and accurate descriptions of properties for sale, each state varies regarding the details sellers must legally disclose to buyers.

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