In any discussion on affordable homes the focus is generally on the first-time buyer. As the first-time buyer looks to move on from renting and transition to home ownership finding the down-payment can be a huge hurdle. This is particularly the case for those living in areas where their rent takes up a large portion […]
Top 10 Pros and Cons of Living in a Gated Community
Real estate gated communities are widely considered to be the crowning point of luxury living. Gated communities offer privacy and security, as well as other benefits. But what are the cons to living in a gated community? Is it for you? Manned vs. Unmanned Gated Communities The entrance/exit gates at gated communities come either manned […]
Weird Housewarming Gifts to give. #3 really sucks!
New homeowners often don’t yet know what they’ll need to make their lives easier and more convenient in their new home. Most housewarming gifts include plants, bottles of wine or gift baskets. While these are sweet gestures, they don’t really reflect the practical needs of a first time homeowner. Giving one of these weird housewarming gifts […]
The American Dream: Are You Ready to Buy into it?
The classic “American Dream” involves a white picket fence, a two-story house and two kids. While you don’t have much control over the children in this story, you do have the ability to add the house. When everyone around you is buying a home, you may feel tempted to jump on the bandwagon and get […]
Should Home Buyers Spring for a Home Inspection?
If you are like most home buyers, the costs of the home buying process are starting to feel as if they will never end. You may find yourself wishing to cut corners on some areas to save a little money. Don’t let the home inspection be one of these. Here’s why a quality home inspector […]
The Essential Home Buyer’s Checklist
Buying a home, whether it is your first or your fifth, is an exciting process. It’s easy to get caught up in the emotional side of the process and forget the practical side. To make this as stress free as possible, try to remain realistic about the home buying process. Here’s a checklist of essential […]
4 Inspections Homebuyers Consider When Buying
A household’s physical assets maintain much of its value, and you should never settle in before ascertaining a home’s real value. Certainly, a lot of things factor into a home’s durability and sustainability, but several simple inspections go a long way. If you’re about to pack in, or, if you’re renting or buying a previously owned […]
4 Questions Home Buyers Should Ask Before Buying A Home
For both first-time home buyers and seasoned real estate investors, buying a home can be both a daunting and exciting experience. Since there are many factors to consider after you decide to buy a home, before you begin a home search for the perfect property, ask yourself the following four questions to be certain that you […]
5 Things Newlyweds Should Consider Before Buying
Here are five best practices newlyweds can use to prepare for the home buying process: 1. Get your credit and personal finances in order. A great place to start is getting a full picture of your credit. You will definitely want to obtain copies of your current credit report. Also, be sure the details are […]