first time homebuyer

First-Time Homebuyers, Don’t Skip This Super Important Step

Working with a great real estate agent, getting pre-approved for your mortgage, and organizing your financial documentation early are all important — and well-known — steps for first-time homebuyers. But there’s also a lesser-known must-do for first-timers that’s not as highly publicized: seeing your potential home at all hours. You see, touring a property [...]

By |2019-08-26T23:07:50-04:00April 12th, 2019|Categories: Advice, Purchase|Tags: , , |

First-Time Homebuyer? Leverage Your Tax Refund to Help

It’s tax season, and you know what that means: a hefty refund could be just around the corner. What will you use it on? A shopping spree? A much-needed vacation? New clothes or shoes? If buying a home is anywhere on your radar, you might want to think again. Earmarking that refund for your [...]

By |2019-08-26T23:06:43-04:00February 13th, 2019|Categories: Financial|Tags: , , , |

The 8 Most Common Unexpected Costs of Homeownership (and How to Prepare!)

If you’re on the hunt for a home, you’re likely well aware of listing prices, down payments, and maybe even closing costs. But as expensive as those all are, they’re not the end of your homeownership costs. In fact, they’re really just the beginning. As a homeowner, you’re beholden to dozens of expenses — both [...]

By |2019-04-08T16:53:56-04:00January 29th, 2019|Categories: Financial, Purchase|Tags: , , , , , |

Buying a Home When You Have Student Loan Debt

With record levels of student loan debt, today’s younger generations are struggling financially. They can’t save as much as they’d like, they’re saddled with years upon years of repayment, and, what’s worse, they’re dealing with ever-rising home prices that make things even harder. So how are these up-and-comers supposed to become homeowners? How can they [...]

By |2018-11-28T11:04:48-05:00November 28th, 2018|Categories: Purchase|Tags: , , , |

2018 Housing Market Do’s and Don’ts

The 2018 housing market will not differ significantly from what we saw in 2017. Interest rates remain on the rise, but more concerning are rising home prices and a continued shortage of properties for homebuyers to choose from. This doesn’t mean you can’t find a home in this selling season, though. It simply means you [...]

By |2018-11-13T06:18:46-05:00May 1st, 2018|Categories: Purchase|Tags: , , |

Setting Expectations with Your Home Buyers

Most home buyers---particularly the first time homebuyer, come in pretty optimistic. They’re excited at the premise of finding their dream home, and they’re ready to hit the ground running. Though that optimism is certainly enviable, it’s important for real estate agents to temper that excitement with a dose of reality. What can the buyer expect [...]

By |2018-11-19T03:48:02-05:00February 13th, 2018|Categories: Real Estate Agents|Tags: , |