Home Buying Tips and Purchase Considerations

How to Make an Offer

How to Make an Offer on a House

By Tara Mastroeni / March 12, 2020
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Many buyers, especially first-timers, may wonder how to make an offer on a house. With that in mind, we’ve broken down most components of an offer for your benefit. Read them over so that you know what to expect when…

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Buying Your First Home? These Are the 5 Best Mortgages for You

By Jon Clark / March 8, 2020
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First-time homebuyers have long made up a significant portion of the overall number of homebuyers in the country. According to the National Association of REALTORS®, those first-timers accounted for 33% of all homebuyers at the end of 2019. With a…

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8 of the Top Questions About Home Appraisals

8 of the Top Questions About Home Appraisals

By Aly Yale / March 4, 2020
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Whether you’re buying a house or selling one, a home appraisal will likely come into play during the process. But what exactly does that entail? And how could it impact your transaction (or the costs of it)? We’ve broken down…

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Buying a House? 6 Ways to Protect Yourself from Email Scams (It’s More Common Than You Think!)

By Aly Yale / February 24, 2020
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When you buy a home in today’s day and age, you have to be on high alert. With more and more real estate transactions conducted online, the potential for fraud and scams is huge.  The most common problem? That’d be…

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What You Should Know Before Financing a Second Home — and How to Buy the Right One for Your Budget

By Aly Yale / February 20, 2020
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If you’re thinking of buying a second home or vacation property, now might be the time to do it — especially given today’s historically low mortgage rates. But exactly how should you finance that purchase? That largely depends on your…

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A 9-month Plan to Buy a House This Year

By Aly Yale / February 6, 2020
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Does buying a house seem like a far-off pipe dream?  It can actually be a lot easier than you think — as long as you’ve got a plan in place.  If you’re hoping to get out of the rent race…

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New Construction and the Return of the Starter Home

By Aly Yale / February 5, 2020
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It’s certainly no secret that housing inventory has been tight in recent years. The problem has been especially apparent at the lower end of the market which, according to Realtor.com, has seen an 18% drop in home listings over the…

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How to Save for a Down Payment with an Irregular Income

By Tara Mastroeni / January 13, 2020
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Saving for a down payment is tough. After all, you’re likely going to need to bring thousands of dollars with you to the closing table. That goal is made even tougher when you have an irregular income. That said, it’s…

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Inventory Shortage? No Problem. Here’s How to Find a House When Listings are Scarce

By Aly Yale / December 18, 2019
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A shortage of housing inventory made it difficult for many homebuyers to find a house this year. And according to many experts, next year may be much of the same. As more and more Baby Boomers age in place and…

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Is 2020 the time to buy a house?

Is 2020 the Time to Buy a House (or Refinance)?

By Aly Yale / December 5, 2019
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Whether you’re thinking of buying a home or just refinancing the one you already own, it seems like next year could be a good year to do it. According to industry experts, interest rates will remain historically low — and…

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