For many homebuyers, choosing a neighborhood is more important than choosing a house when shopping for a place to live. You can repair, remodel, or renovate a house but there are many things about a neighborhood you can’t change. What should a buyer look for in a neighborhood? This list may change based on your interests, but there are many neighborhood factors that can add value to your home. Remember, it is all about “Location, location, ...Continue Reading →
When you find a house you love and are ready to make an offer to the seller, the ideal situation would be for the first offer to be accepted. This can be a challenge when there are multiple offers so it is a good idea to present the best, cleanest offer you can without doing anything to sabotage yourself in the process.
Although there are many ways in which you can sabotage yourself, all are avoidable.
- No Pre-Approval
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Purchasing a home can be one of the most rewarding and meaningful transactions folks will ever be a part of. Outside of the obvious reasons for owing a home (shelter from the elements, more space for a growing family, shortened commute to work/school/family, etc.) using your home for its investment aspects is especially attractive given current rates and market conditions. I would, however, argue that you should not just consider the investment, the pricing, or the timing of the ...Continue Reading →
…..The Catch 22
Here’s the Situation: You think you don’t have enough money saved to purchase a home, so you’re renting for a few more months… or even years.
But here’s the Problem: The cost to rent is steadily increasing; however renter’s total income is not. In turn, a higher percentage of income goes towards rent and ...Continue Reading →
Whether you’re a first time home buyer or a move-up buyer, before buying a house, it’s important to check out all aspects of the new home to prevent costly mistakes in the future. The following list represents issues that have the potential of turning your home ownership dream into a night-mare:
1. Siding – Houses built in the 1980’s & ’90’s are more susceptible to cheap siding which can trap moisture if not properly maintained. ...Continue Reading →
Faster closing times, stronger purchasing power, and greater loan flexibility are just a few of the ways getting pre-approved puts you at an advantage prior to ever even looking at a home. Often times when home buyers decide they’re ready to buy, the first person they contact is a Realtor. However, not only does speaking with a Lender prior to looking at houses give you and your Realtor a better idea of what you can actually afford, you also put yourself ahead of ...Continue Reading →
It’s safe to say, most people are aware of the ever-so-popular home buying reality TV shows. And it’s probably also safe to say most people watch, have watched, or have at least been in the room while someone watched one of these shows… Property Virgins, Love it or List It, House Hunters, Property Brothers… and the list goes on. And what makes them exciting on a personal level is when you realize the episode about to come on is set ...Continue Reading →
Being proactive in the home buying process can be the difference between your offer on a home being accepted or declined. By contacting a loan officer prior to looking for a home, you’ve not only educated yourself on what you can afford, but you’ve positioned yourself to make a stronger offer on a house. We’ve mentioned before the various types of approvals. And we’ve discussed how becoming aContinue Reading →
We hear it all the time, I live in the perfect location, great school district but if only we could… Let’s see; renovate the kitchen and bathrooms, add a sunroom, finish the basement, build a swimming pool, put an office over the garage or even add a second floor to our house. You get the idea, it is nice to dream. But maybe these sorts of renovations aren’t just a dream. In One Simple Loan with The Family Mortgage Team ...Continue Reading →
There are so many questions that come up when considering the purchase of a home. See if this sounds familiar; “I’m not sure we could qualify”… “We don’t have any money for a down payment” … “My credit isn’t very good”…or maybe it’s as simple as just not knowing if purchasing is the best decision.
These are all very legitimate questions that need to be addressed. Most young people want to buy a house at some point, they just ...Continue Reading →