Buying a Home

Buying a Home How Buying or Selling a Home Benefits the Economy and Your Community If you’re thinking of buying or selling a home, chances are you’re focusing on the many extraordinary ways it’ll change your life. But do you know it has a large impact on your community too? To measure that impact, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) releases a report each year to highlight just how much economic activity a home sale generates. The chart […]
Buying a Home Why Rising Mortgage Rates Push Buyers off the Fence   Why Rising Mortgage Rates Push Buyers off the Fence If you’re thinking about buying a home, you’ve probably heard mortgage rates are rising and have wondered what that means for you. Since mortgage rates have increased over two percentage points this year, it’s natural to think about how this will impact your homeownership plans. Today, buyers are reacting in […]
Buying a Home What You Need To Budget for When Buying a Home When it comes to buying a home, it can feel a bit intimidating to know how much you need to save and where to find that information. But you should know, you’re not expected to have all the answers yourself. There are many trusted professionals who can help you understand your finances and what you’ll need […]
Buying a Home Did Your Dream Home Just Come on the Market? For the first time in a long time, the number of newly listed homes is beginning to rise. In their latest monthly release, realtor.com reveals the number of existing homes entering the market has increased for two months in a row (this comes after six months of declines). Here’s a graph showing the monthly new listings going back […]
Buying a Home Key Factors That Impact Affordability Today Key Factors That Impact Affordability Today You can’t read an article about residential real estate without the author mentioning the affordability challenges that today’s buyers face. There’s no doubt homes are less affordable today than they were over the last two years, but that doesn’t mean homes are now unaffordable. There are three measures used […]
Buying a Home Two Ways Homebuyers Can Win in Today’s Market Two Ways Homebuyers Can Win in Today’s Market It’s no secret that many prospective homebuyers are finding the current real estate market challenging. One of the more unexpected consequences of the Covid pandemic was the hyper-focus on one’s home. This has resulted in a robust market where sellers are seeing advancing home sales prices and […]
Buying a Home Buyer’s Agent Exclusivity Contracts Buyer’s Agent Exclusivity Contracts Everyone expects to sign a contract when choosing a listing agent to help them sell their home. They understand that the agent needs to be protected as they spend out-of-pocket, upfront costs for marketing and other expenses. But often homebuyers are surprised when their buyer’s agent presents them with an exclusivity […]
Buying a Home Why a Move Could Bring You More Happiness This Year! Over the past two years, we’ve lived through one of the most stressful periods in recent history. Because of the health crisis, many of us have spent more time at home and that’s led us to re-evaluate both what we need in a house and how much we appreciate having a safe space. If you’ve […]
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Buying a Home Seller’s Guide to Buyer Contingencies Seller’s Guide to Buyer Contigencies Every news article talks about the fact that it’s a “seller’s market.” This means that if you are selling your home, you’ve probably gotten a few offers from which to choose. While sales price is important, so are the contingencies attached to the offer. Understanding what these contingencies mean can […]
Buying a Home How To Think Strategically as a Buyer in Today’s Market The game of chess can provide incredible lessons to apply to all aspects of life, including the homebuying process. Chess requires you to plan and think about your strategy from the very beginning of the game. The homebuying process, like chess, requires strategy and planning. Here are a few things to keep in mind to […]
Buying a Home VA Loans: Helping Veterans Achieve Their Homeownership Dreams The purpose of Veterans Affairs (VA) home loans is to provide a pathway to homeownership for those who have sacrificed so much by serving our nation. As the Veterans Administration says of the program: “The objective of the VA Home Loan Guaranty program is to help eligible Veterans, active-duty personnel, surviving spouses, and members of the […]
Buying a Home Can Expensive Still Be Affordable? Can an Expensive Home Still be Affordable? Real estate prices across the country have increased dramatically in the past year. With increases in the 10-12% range, many potential homebuyers have given up and decided that homes are just too expensive to consider. While homes have become more expensive, it does not mean they are unaffordable. […]
Buying a Home Homebuyers – Would You Buy That Home in a Buyer’s Market? Homebuyers – Would You Buy That Home in a Buyer’s Market? There’s one phrase which strikes fear into the heart of a potential homebuyer – “seller’s market.” A seller’s market is created when there are more homebuyers than inventory from which to choose. The anxiety this causes many potential buyers causes them to write offers […]
Buying a Home Home Values Projected to Keep Rising Home Values Projected to Keep Rising As we enter the final months of 2020 and continue to work through the challenges this year has brought, some of us wonder what impact continued economic uncertainty could have on home prices. Looking at the big picture, the rules of supply and demand will give us the clearest […]