Home Buyer's Blog
Buying your first home is a big step! It’s wonderful to dream dreams, and it’s easy to get swept up in the excitement of searching property sites like realtor.com. Before going too far, however, it’s a good idea to hit the “pause” button and consider these more serious points.
Papering walls is a trend that comes and goes. That’s not a problem. Paint is currently more popular than wallpaper, and that’s not a problem either. The problem occurs when the two trends intersect, in the wrong order. It’s okay to place wallpaper over paint, but not paint over paper.
If you have a green thumb, you want to let it show. After all, it’s not only your personal passion, but it’s also a skill most people envy because so few of us have one! Having a beautiful yard full of landscaping and color is a good thing, right? It improves the value of your home as well as the beauty of the neighborhood, right?
Smart home technology keeps getting smarter and increasingly popular. Devices like smart thermostats, security cameras, and programmable locks are now found in many homes. But what about other devices, largely flying under the radar? Here are five new, but less familiar options:
So you want to carve out space in your home to work, think, and create, but try as you might, there doesn’t seem to be any room for an office or a workspace? Creating some personal space doesn’t have to require a home addition or a change of address. Sometimes you just need to reimagine the space you already have.
Would you like a simple, no-nonsense way to handle your monthly bills? Do you HATE balancing your budget every month and reviewing multiple account statements? Do you have arguments with your significant other (or your roommate) because you thought THEY were paying the electric bill this month? Do you get hit with late fees because you are so busy you forget to pay until a second notice arrives?
There are a few steps you can take that will help streamline your household expenses, save more money, and spend less time dealing with your bills and other debts!
Saving up for a down payment on a house has always been one of the biggest challenges for first-time homebuyers. Owning a home, and budgeting for additional expenses usually doesn’t make money management any easier.
Removing “dated” wallpaper from your home can be a real chore, but there are a few ways you can make it a bit easier. This DIY project is a great way to help update your new home’s appearance without investing a great deal of money.
When you are buying a home, there are so many things to remember. Property taxes are a big one!
Local governments rely on taxes to fund various community services. Tax revenues come from several different sources, including property taxes on all homeowners in the community. (Note that some areas also assess a transaction tax on the purchase/sale of properties, although this is uncommon.)
If you’re buying a home, here’s what you need to know:
What is escrow? This is when a third party holds onto money during a real estate transaction. You can’t touch this money and neither can the seller. However, having these funds in a neutral account protects both sides, by making sure the property transaction happens “all at once” at the closing table.
For most people, buying a home doesn’t happen very often. By definition, first-time buyers don’t have ANY experience! Even seasoned homeowners easily forget the details, many of which may have changed since they last purchased a home.
Buyer’s agents get it. They completely understand that buyers have lots of questions and need lots of assistance. That’s what they do.
There are, however, a few things buyer’s agents wish you DID already know…their “secret” wish list for helping you work together, as a team, to find the perfect home.
If you’re interested in buying a home that requires significant repairs or upgrades, you may need help financing these additional expenses. The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) offers a unique program that may be a good fit for your needs, called Section 203(k) Rehab Mortgage Insurance.
When your children are ages three to six, home means everything to them. So, how can you move from one home to another with minimal anxiety and stress for your little one(s)?
Do you tend to grimace when certain items arrive in the mail or appear in your email inbox? Do you hesitate to open your electric bill, or gas bill, or other energy-related charges? An energy audit may help make that experience less cringe-worthy.
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.