Home Buying Tips and Purchase Considerations

5 Tips for First-Time Sellers

5 Tips for First-Time Sellers

By Tara Mastroeni / November 25, 2020
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There are plenty of tips to be found for first-time homebuyers, but what about for first-time sellers? In an effort to bridge the information gap, we’ve provided five tips for first-time sellers below. Read them over so that you have…

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Buying a House in a Vacation Town? Read This First

Buying a House in a Vacation Town? Read This First

By Aly Yale / November 14, 2020
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Interest in vacation-area real estate is picking up.  According to a report from Zillow, pending sales in well-known vacation markets are up 30% over last year. Whether that’s due to more remote work arrangements, desire for a change of scenery,…

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The Pros and Cons of Buying a New Construction Home

By Aly Yale / October 21, 2020
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Home construction has picked up steam in recent months, and experts largely expect that continue.  Fannie Mae, for example, predicts that housing starts will jump by 6.7% in 2021. The Mortgage Bankers Associations also sees strong single-family construction numbers for…

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Shopping for a Home in One of These Hot Markets? Get Ready for Competition

By Aly Yale / October 14, 2020
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The hottest housing markets probably aren’t where you think they are.  According to the latest data from Realtor.com, America’s home buying hotspots aren’t major metros or huge, urban cities like most of us would assume. For the most part? They’re…

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4 Reasons Fall May Be the Best Time To Buy a House

By Aly Yale / October 5, 2020
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Fall’s certainly the season for pumpkin-carving, hayrides, and apple cider tasting, but more importantly? It’s also a great time to buy a house. Both the current market and historical trends point to good home-buying conditions for Americans this fall. From…

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ADUs and Granny Flats Are Gaining Popularity; Here’s Why You Might Consider One, Too

ADUs and Granny Flats Are Gaining Popularity; Here’s Why You Might Consider One, Too

By Aly Yale / September 3, 2020
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Accessory dwelling units (ADUs) — also called granny flats or in-law suites — are on the rise. According to Freddie Mac, the share of for-sale listings with ADUs went from just 1.6% in 2000 to nearly 7% in 2019. In…

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Why Larger Homes Are on the Rise

Why Larger Homes Are on the Rise

By Aly Yale / August 27, 2020
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There’s been a lot of talk about small properties lately.  Granny flats, accessory dwelling units, tiny houses, and in-law suites — they’ve all been making major headlines in recent years, especially as home prices crept up and the Marie Kondo-inspired…

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9 Tips for Single Parents Who Want to Buy a Home

By Aly Yale / August 12, 2020
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As a single mom or dad, it’s easy to think homeownership is out of reach. To buy a house, you’d need to scrimp and save for that down payment (plus closing costs) — but most of the time, you’re just…

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Homes Are Selling Like Hotcakes; Here’s How to Not Lose Out on That Dream Home

By Aly Yale / July 23, 2020
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Houses are selling at their fastest pace in two years, according to Zillow, with the average home going under contract in just 19 days.  The speed is thanks largely to a shortage of housing inventory across the country — one…

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How to Negotiate Inspection Repairs Like a Pro

How to Negotiate Inspection Repairs Like a Pro

By Tara Mastroeni / July 9, 2020
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When you’re in the process of buying a house, negotiating after you’ve completed your inspections is a big deal. After all, it’s only natural that you would want your new home to be in the best shape possible once you…

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