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10 Strangest Questions Buyers Have Ever Asked About a House

by on May 22nd, 2017 Leave a Comment

Long before home buyers decide a certain place must be theirs, it behooves them to ask a lot of questions. For example: “How’s the neighborhood?” or “How old is that water heater, anyway?” Ask away! Such queries help you pare down your options, so don’t be bashful; real estate agents have heard them all. However, the adage “There’s no such thing as a […]

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What Is a Mansion? The Luxury Home Next Door Might Not Qualify

by on May 21st, 2017 Leave a Comment

What do you think of when you hear the word “mansion”? Do visions of huge manor houses with acres of lush green lawn, sweeping staircases, and grand ballrooms dance through your head? Perhaps you think of the most luxurious home in the neighborhood complete with lavish amenities like a koi pond, wine cellar, and four-car […]

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First-Time Home Buyer Programs to Help You Afford a Mortgage

by on May 20th, 2017 Leave a Comment

Conventional wisdom says you need a 20% down payment to buy a house, but let’s face it: That sum can be daunting, particularly for first-time home buyers who don’t have a pile of cash from a property they have just sold. The good news is that the average down payment for first-time home buyers is […]

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7 Questions to Ask at an Open House That Uncover the Truth, Warts and All

by on May 19th, 2017 Leave a Comment

Open houses are undeniably a fun way to ooh and ahh over property that could be yours. Still, once you’re done staring up at those high ceilings and peeking into walk-in closets, you should also try to get beyond the surface appearance of the place and take the golden opportunity to gather some valuable information. In case you’re stumped on […]

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8 Signs It’s Time to Walk (and Maybe Run) Away From a Home

by on May 18th, 2017 Leave a Comment

It happens: You’re buying a home, but something just doesn’t feel right. Are you just getting cold feet—after all, this is likely the biggest purchase of your life—or is that lingering worry telling you those yellow (or, dare we say, red) flags should be a deal breaker? Here are eight signs that you would probably be […]

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In It to Win It: Land Your Dream Home by Avoiding These 7 Mistakes on Your Offer

by on May 17th, 2017 Leave a Comment

You’ve seen every house on the market and you’ve finally found the spot you can’t wait to call home. In fact, you’ve mentally decorated it and planned your new life, down to the barbecues and block parties you’ll have with your awesome new neighbors. Sweet! Slow down there, dear buyer. As you know, you still have […]

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Assessed Value vs. Market Value: What’s the Difference?

by on April 14th, 2017 Leave a Comment

Homes don’t come with sticker prices set in stone. Rather they are moving targets—that’s what makes buying and selling real estate so fun! (Or frustrating, depending on your perspective.) And, as a buyer or seller, you will likely hear two “prices” thrown about: assessed value versus market value. So what’s the difference? While assessed value and […]

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What Is a HUD Foreclosure? A Home That’s Below Market Value

by on April 13th, 2017 Leave a Comment

“Foreclosure” is a scary word with a simple definition: It’s the process of a lender attempting to recoup the balance owed on a loan after the homeowner fails to pay the mortgage. Mortgage lenders can be banks, private institutions, or the Federal Housing Administration. The FHA is the world’s largest insurer of mortgages; FHA loans are managed […]

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Open House Red Flags: 10 Things to Look for When Buying a Home

by on April 12th, 2017 Leave a Comment

While most home buyers spend their time at an open house passively observing the layout of the rooms and the name brands on the kitchen appliances, smart buyers know the things that are really important to look for when buying a home. In competitive markets, you’ll often walk into an open house that has been […]

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The Parent Trap: 4 Home-Buying Mistakes People Make for Their Kids

by on April 7th, 2017 Leave a Comment

Ah, the things people do for their kids. One of the biggies? Buying a megamansion with a massive backyard perched in a stellar school district so they can give their offspring the best life possible—even if they’re mortgaged to the hilt. And yet, making real estate decisions solely for the sake of your kids can be a recipe for […]

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