first time homebuyer

9 Tips for Single Parents Who Want to Buy a Home

9 Tips for Single Parents Who Want to Buy a Home

By Aly Yale / August 12, 2020
Posted in

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…

Read More
Buying your First Home

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

By Jon Clark / March 8, 2020
Posted in ,

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…

Read More

A 9-month Plan to Buy a House This Year

By Aly Yale / February 6, 2020
Posted in

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…

Read More
starter home new construction

New Construction and the Return of the Starter Home

By Aly Yale / February 5, 2020
Posted in

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…

Read More
2019 home tax deductions

2019 Home Tax Deductions and What New Homeowners Need to Know

By Aly Yale / January 23, 2020
Posted in

If you’re one of the millions of Americans who dreads tax season, you may just be in luck — at least if you bought or sold a home this year. Homeowners can usually qualify for a number of valuable write-offs…

Read More
confusing mortgage terms

Freddie and Fannie Who?! 13 Mortgage Terms You’ve Heard and May Not Understand

By Aly Yale / January 8, 2020
Posted in ,

The mortgage process can be pretty overwhelming — especially if it’s your first time around the block. In fact, according to a recent study from credit bureau TransUnion, a whopping 34% of first-time homebuyers aren’t familiar with a single mortgage…

Read More
new homeowner toolbox

Toolbox Must-Haves for New Homeowners

By Tim Coutis / November 4, 2019
Posted in , ,

The prospect of being a new homeowner — particularly a first-time homeowner — is exhilarating. Finally free of your landlord, you have the chance to personalize your new abode. Of course, without a landlord, you also have the added responsibility…

Read More
renter homeowner

Moving from Renter to Homeowner? 3 Ways to Make the Transition Easier

By Aly Yale / September 11, 2019
Posted in , ,

So you’re finally making the leap. You’re getting out of the rent race, buying a house, and moving onward and upward. Congrats! Buying a home is a really big deal. It usually means more space, more freedom with your design…

Read More

New Homebuyers Are Flocking to FHA Loans — Here’s Why

By Aly Yale / August 21, 2019
Posted in ,

New home sales are on the rise, and many of those purchases? They’re being made with FHA loans. According to a recent analysis from the National Association of Home Builders, almost 18 percent of all new home sales were purchased…

Read More
ready to be a homeowner

Are You Ready to Be a Homeowner? 6 Questions to Ask Yourself

By Aly Yale / July 22, 2019
Posted in ,

So you’re tired of the rent race. You’re sick of throwing money into the proverbial hole, and you want to start paying your own mortgage — not your landlord’s. But are you really ready? You see, there’s more to owning…

Read More