Home Buyer's Blog

The following survey can help you determine if now is the best time for you to buy a new home. For each question, choose the answer that comes closest to matching your current situation.

You may love your house, but hate your bathroom. That’s okay. Like every one of life’s challenges, you have alternatives for implementing changes. If you’re staring at a bathroom that leaves you feeling unhappy, consider three different approaches.

Perhaps you just bought your house. Or maybe you’ve lived in your home for years, and have no plans to move. Why should you, happy property owner, worry about something as “sales-driven” as your home’s curb appeal?

When it comes to personal on-the-job safety, real estate professionals are in a unique position. They often share their contact information and photo openly with others, they meet unknown clients, and they walk through vacant properties.

When buying a home, a final walk-through helps ensure that, at closing, your house is “identical” (in the same condition) to the one you agreed to buy. Similarly, you want to make sure your mortgage terms and conditions haven’t changed.

For most buyers, shopping for a home is a lot more enjoyable than shopping for a mortgage.

We’d like to present our very first guest blogger, Shannon Buss! Shannon has over 13 years of real estate experience and holds the ABR®, GREEN, and GRI designations. That means that she knows her stuff when it comes to working with homebuyers. We asked her to share some of her recommendations for those interested in buying a new home.

You’ve probably heard it before. Every homeowner should keep track of their repairs, maintenance efforts, and related expenses. But it’s such a hassle, right? Besides, all that information is somewhere in the house. Why pull it all together now, when it’s so tempting to put it off until sometime… later?

When you move into a new home, one of the first things you’ll want is a little privacy. Sure, all those windows and all that light looked wonderful when you toured the house. But unless you plan to put your life on display for your neighbors and anyone who happens to walk or drive by, window treatments will be a priority.

If you are considering ditching the landlord and buying your next place to live, you may be considering options other than a traditional “single family” home. Like most of life’s options, multi-unit structures offer both advantages and disadvantages. Carefully examine all the pros and cons.

Can you buy a house with a down payment under 20 percent of the purchase price? Yes. However, it’s important to understand you’ll probably encounter extra expenses—and there are some pros and cons to consider.

Until the late-1950s, plaster walls were the norm in new home construction. These walls are sometimes called “horse-hair plaster” because it was common to mix horse hair into the wet plaster to add strength, and to prevent cracking with minor flexing. Heating and cooling a house will cause plaster to expand and shrink slightly, so the hair helped keep the walls a bit more flexible.

For lenders, the standard “rule of thumb” is that an individual’s monthly housing payment (your mortgage, plus taxes, insurance, etc.) should be no more than 28 percent of your monthly income, before taxes. In cases like FHA loans, the debt-to-income ratio may be higher.

But how much should YOU borrow?

So, you just LOVE the 1960s, huh? Are you looking for a house that’s got all that ‘60s charm? Like any other era, specific styles will vary, depending on the location. There are, however, a few features that were commonly found in homes of this era. Here’s what to expect:

“Popcorn” ceilings are acoustic ceiling textures that were popular in the 1960s, 1970s and into the 1980s. They were used to dampen noise and were applied through painting, or spraying, the texture onto a ceiling’s surface.

Selecting a home is a very personal decision. It should be based on your needs and preferences, and those of the people who will be living with you.

If you are “moving on up” to a new house, and preparing to sell your first home, there are a few things to keep in mind that will make the process easier, less stressful and more profitable! Learn how to avoid these common mistakes that first-time sellers often make.

Finding and purchasing a home involves more steps than most buyers realize. A buyer’s representative can be an incredibly beneficial resource, helping you navigate the entire process. Here’s a partial list of everything they can do for you.  

Ready to buy your first home? Congratulations!

What considerations should you take into account when budgeting for a house? Your preferred location and the amount you are willing to spend are two of the biggest factors. Right? But these two considerations may be much more intertwined, and fiscally significant, than you realize.

The REAL cost of a home entails much more than the sales price. For example, if you are employed and travel to work every day, your commuting costs can quickly add up. To prevent a serious, long-term financial mistake, take time to calculate this cost.

You’ve moved into your new home and it’s time to make it your own. Resale value probably isn’t top-of-mind at this point, but it should be! In a departure from our collection of articles providing serious home buying advice, we hope you enjoy this tongue-in-cheek look at homeowner mistakes…some of the easiest ways to HURT the future value of your home.

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