home buying

3 Steps to Buying a Vacation Home With Friends

Given the current strength of the dollar abroad and the fast-moving real estate market at home, you may be thinking about buying a second home at your family’s tried-and-true vacation spot, on a sunny beach, or near your favorite ski destination. But what can your budget realistically get you? If what your vacation-home fund allows

4 Tips for Buying a Fixer-Upper

So you’ve set your sights on a home that, to put it mildly, needs a little repair work. The stairs are creaky, and you’ve noticed a leak (or three). Still, your mind is made up. What’s a love-struck home buyer to do? If your heart is set on a fixer-upper, this advice from real estate

10 Tips for Spring Home Buyers

The arrival of spring means it’s time to start fresh. Along with pulling out your warm-weather wardrobe and tackling spring cleaning, you may have a bigger project on your to-do list: buying a new home. Before you start on your home-shopping journey, check out these 10 home buying tips to save you both time and money.

3 Things You Should Know About Preliminary Title Reports

Among the dozens of records that serve to inform or disclose to the buyer significant knowledge about the property, the title report is one of the most important. It documents ownership, vesting, and detail regarding anything recorded against the home, such as liens, encroachments, or easements. The title company compiles the report from a search of

3 Ways to Research a Property Online

Nearly every home search starts online these days. Sorting through listings, photos, floor plans and descriptions is a great way to feel out the market for those who are in the earliest stages of the home search. When you find a home you’re ready to bid on, it’s incredible how much background information you can find online.

5 Ways You’ll Spend Money on Your New Construction Home After Closing

By the time you get the keys to your new construction home, you might feel stretched thin in the finance department. From earnest money and design center upgrades, to closing costs and moving expenses, buying a brand-new home is never cheap. As you take a look at the costs on the horizon, it’s wise to

What to Expect When You’re Inspecting

If you’re a first-time buyer who just nabbed your first place, you’re likely in one of the scarier places in the real estate transaction. Before choosing paint colors, you’ll need to inspect. If you’re feeling nervous, you’re not alone. The property inspection is one of the most important parts of the home purchase process, yet

What Is the Difference Between Interest Rate and APR (Annual Percentage Rate)?

Home shoppers who have begun looking into mortgages often wonder about the difference between interest rate and APR (Annual Percentage Rate). Basically, think of the interest rate as the starting point in what you will pay for a mortgage loan, then tack on associated fees to calculate the APR. To better understand these concepts, let’s

Dealing With a Seller Who Is ‘Just Not That Into You’

As Valentine’s Day approaches, many single folks swipe left and right searching for the “one” love of their life. Looking for the right match is not much different in real estate: trying to find the perfect home, in a prime location, that checks all the boxes on your wish list. Given the ups and downs of a

Dealing With a Seller Who Is ‘Just Not That Into You’

As Valentine’s Day approaches, many single folks swipe left and right searching for the “one” love of their life. Looking for the right match is not much different in real estate: trying to find the perfect home, in a prime location, that checks all the boxes on your wish list. Given the ups and downs of a