Homebuyer's Blog

Defaulted properties are a sad fact of any real estate market. Mortgage foreclosures are a multiple-step process, presenting various opportunities for buyers.

So you found the home you’d like to buy, but is it the RIGHT home? Are there any little (or big) problems on the horizon that you didn’t see on the tour? Maybe. That’s why it’s important to learn more about home inspections – why you need one, what it includes, and how it works.

Distressed sales are a sad fact of the real estate market. While no one wants to see a homeowner lose their home, these properties also present unique opportunities for buyers.

To determine whether you are a candidate for such a purchase, it's important to learn all you can about distressed properties—and to work with a qualified buyer's representative who can guide you through each step of these complex, non-traditional transactions.

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!

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.

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 since you must prioritize 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. 

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.

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.

When two parties enter into negotiations on a home, there are far too many opportunities for bumps and obstacles to get in the way. What are the most common traps, and how can you avoid them?