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Buying a Home

Deciding Between Two or More Ideal Homes on the Market

Imagine your search has been fruitful, and now there’s a delightful dilemma: choosing between two or more homes that seem perfect. It’s like being at an ice cream shop and trying to decide between your favorite flavors. Here are some tips for making your final choice. • Prioritize your must-haves: Every homeowner has a list of…

What to Bring with You when Viewing Homes for Sale

When you’re viewing homes for sale, you want to make the most of the experience. The last thing you want is to go home and wonder, “Will our sofa fit in that second house we saw?” That’s why coming prepared is important. Here’s what to bring: • A Checklist: Before heading out, jot down essential features and…

The Role Carrying Costs Play when Buying a Home

When shopping for a new home, many homeowners compare the listing price with their budget. That’s understandable. However, the listing price isn’t the only factor that impacts affordability. For example, you might find a property that falls just under the top end of your budget, but discover that the taxes are significantly higher than expected….

Surprising Features Today’s Home Buyers are Seeking

If you’re thinking about selling your home, you can gain an advantage by anticipating what buyers will want to see. What’s on their wish list? The desires of home buyers are changing rapidly. Beyond the usual request for spacious kitchens and energy efficiency, a few surprising features have emerged as hot-ticket items. First, not surprisingly,…

Helping First Time Home Buyers

Since average house prices are no longer aligned with average incomes, as they once were, many homeowners are becoming concerned about how the next generation will be able to afford to buy homes in the future. Fortunately, there are many government programs designed to assist first-time homebuyers, based on a myriad of qualifications. Such programs…

Buying a Home During the Busy Holiday Season

The December holiday season can be a hectic time for most people — especially when searching for a new home. To help you navigate this busy period, check out these tips: 1. Be Prepared. Before you begin your home search, get pre-approved for any financing you need. This will give you a clear budget and…

Should You Buy a Home with an Existing Tenant?

Imagine you’re viewing a listing which is ideal for you. The only issue is the tenant currently renting the home! Although you’re concerned, the seller tries to reassure you that the tenant’s lease expires soon, and the property will be vacant well before closing. Is that reassurance enough to confidently buy the home? After all,…

Find your Dream Home Faster by Narrowing your Focus

Have you heard the expression, “It’s like finding a needle in a haystack”? That’s an apt analogy for searching everywhere and anywhere for the ideal home. It’s a recipe for frustration and lost opportunities. You’re much more likely to find a home you love by targeting a specific area. There are several advantages to doing…

Look Closer when Attending an Open House

If you’re searching for a new home, even casually, you might visit a few Open Houses. They are a convenient way to view properties for sale. However, people often make the mistake of being too casual when attending an Open House. For example, a couple might drop by an Open House, look around briefly, and…

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