Surprising Benefits of Buying a Home


When talking about the benefits of owning a home, especially from a mortgage professional’s point-of-view, you often hear about the financial upside of homeownership. While it’s true that buying a home remains one of the most stable investments one make, there are many more advantages to homeownership. Continue reading

What Shoppers Should Keep In Mind About The Fall Real Estate Market


While some potential homeowners were unable to purchase a property this summer due to fierce competition and a short supply, many experts say autumn is actually the best time to shop. With fewer people in the market to buy a home and those who listed properties before still anxious to sell, this season creates a higher probability for better deals and better pricing. Continue reading

Buying an Investment Property


Planning to buy an investment property is an exciting … and serious venture. For most, no matter how logical and analytical the investment property search begins, the further you get into the process, the more “emotional” the decisions become. While buying an investment property certainly makes sense for some, be sure to consider the following before making the big decision: Continue reading

What Should Buyers Know About Starter Homes

Starter homes are becoming increasingly popular due to the number of young adults moving into the housing market – primarily as first-time homeowners and buyers. Due to their size, such properties typically carry significantly lower price tags than median-priced homes and may be perfect for buyers looking to keep their costs down, according to Trulia. However, with the demand so great, starter homes typically spend very time on the market and often attract multiple bidders. Continue reading

Things to Look for in a Home Inspection

Usually, by the time you schedule a home inspection, you’re at least halfway in love with a house. You’ve walked through it many times, and you’ve likely made note of any concerns you have regarding the home’s condition. The inspection is the last hurdle separating you from the house of your dreams, so it’s only natural for you to want it to go well.

Ultimately, though, you really don’t want a home that doesn’t pass the most rigorous inspection. Hire an impartial inspector who has no loyalties to anyone involved except you. The most qualified home inspectors do cost more than one you might find by happenstance, but when you compare this cost to the overall investment you’ll be making in this new home, it becomes clear that this is not the moment for penny-pinching. Continue reading

How to Move With Your Pet

Moving tests the “planner” in us all. The details, the prep –  the lists of what to prepare for seem to be never-ending. But one thing that seems to slip people’s mind is prepping to move your pets. After all, they’re members of the family – so it feels like they can just hop in the car and go, too! However, depending on the type of pet and move – there is likely some planning involved. Here are some things to keep in mind when it comes to moving your beloved furry one:

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Knowing When You’re Ready to Buy a Home

When preparing to buy a home, it’s important for buyers to work with a real estate professional who can advise the best possible strategies for getting a mortgage and finding an affordable home. This partnership can make the real estate sales process go a lot more smoothly.

Perhaps the most important part of getting into the housing market – especially if it’s for the first time – is to do as much homework as possible before diving in, according to Bankrate. That means first determining what homes in a given area are selling for, and what that would mean to the would-be buyer in terms of monthly costs, incorporating charges like mortgage payments, mortgage insurance, homeowners insurance, property taxes and so on. Closing costs must also be considered at this time.

Once that number has been determined, the real estate sales process becomes a lot easier to navigate.

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5 Questions to Ask at an Open House



Visiting an open house should be more than just a casual walk-through of the home – it’s a great time to talk with the listing agent and ask questions. Here’s a list to get you started.

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Should You Stage Your Home?



Spring in real estate is such a busy time and we know many of you are getting ready to list your homes! As you move on to your next dream home, let’s stop to talk about some important aspects of listing your current house! The National Association of Realtors®, or NAR, reports that 81% of Realtors® on the buyer’s side say that staging helps buyers see the property as a home. That’s some pretty strong statistics!

We have lots of reasons to stage and the pictures really speak for themselves but if you need more of a push…

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