home buying

Sale Pending: What Does It Mean & Should You Make an Offer?

Remember the big red “Pending” sticker you used to see across “For Sale” yard signs? Before the Internet and online listings, that sign was the consumer’s only indication that a home had a deal. Today’s consumers discover the words “contingent” or “pending” online, and they don’t always know what it means. Many buyers assume that

Sale Pending: What Does It Mean & Should You Make an Offer?

Remember the big red “Pending” sticker you used to see across “For Sale” yard signs? Before the Internet and online listings, that sign was the consumer’s only indication that a home had a deal. Today’s consumers discover the words “contingent” or “pending” online, and they don’t always know what it means. Many buyers assume that

How to Negotiate Repairs After a Home Inspection

Most would-be buyers and sellers believe the real estate “deal” is done at the signing of the contract. In many cases, the deal-making and negotiations only start at the contract signing. Even in more competitive real estate markets, negotiations still happen once in escrow. Issues typically arise after the home inspection, and those issues tend to

How to Negotiate Repairs After a Home Inspection

Most would-be buyers and sellers believe the real estate “deal” is done at the signing of the contract. In many cases, the deal-making and negotiations only start at the contract signing. Even in more competitive real estate markets, negotiations still happen once in escrow. Issues typically arise after the home inspection, and those issues tend to

Working With a Design-Build Team to Create Your Dream Home

Building your dream home from scratch is a daunting task, especially if you’ve never worked with an architect, builder, and design team before. To make the project a little easier to wrap your head around, here’s some advice from construction professionals. Do your research The building process isn’t short, so make sure you are happy

6 Critical Questions to Ask When Buying New Construction

If you’re in the market for a brand-new home, you’ve got a ton of options. Sales of new homes surged to an eight-year high in 2015, according to data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau, and single-family production is estimated to reach 840,000 units in 2016, an 18 percent

6 Critical Questions to Ask When Buying New Construction

Editor’s note: There’s nothing quite like moving into a brand-new home. Pristine appliances, every detail exactly to your taste, ding-free walls, no weird former owner – the appeal of buying new construction is pretty obvious. Every day this week, we’ll offer advice and perspectives on going the new construction route.   If you’re in the market for

Why You Need a Buyer’s Agent When Purchasing New Construction

  Buying new construction seems simple, right? Just pick out the floor plan you want, choose the perfect lot, and watch it go up. No sellers to deal with, no unexpected repairs that come up during inspection, no drawn-out negotiations. Right? Not so fast. In any real estate transaction, it’s important to have a professional

Why You Need a Buyer’s Agent When Purchasing New Construction

Editor’s note: There’s nothing quite like moving into a brand-new home. Pristine appliances, every detail exactly to your taste, ding-free walls, no weird former owner – the appeal of buying new construction is pretty obvious. Every day this week, we’ll offer advice and perspectives on going the new construction route.   Buying new construction seems simple, right?

Home Shopping During Winter: What You Need to Know

A generation ago, few would consider trekking out in a foot of old dirty snow to shop for a home on the weekend. But with our always connected, information-flowing society, today’s buyers shop and make deals all year long. If you’re a buyer looking in a part of the country where you may not see a