Is there anything holding you back from buying a home? In the latest Housing Opportunities and Market Experience survey by the National Association of Realtors, non-homeowners were asked about the barriers preventing them from purchasing a home... (Read More)
Ready to buy your first home? Your first step is to visit a mortgage lender to see how much house you can afford. But be prepared for the paperwork that comes with it. Here are the documents you'll be asked to provide as part of the loan application... (Read More)
Think you need a huge down payment in order to buy a home? Then you're in for some good news.
The "need" for big down payments is a myth in today's lending environment. Truth is, programs offered by three federal agencies are helping borrowers... (Read More)
Congratulations! You are using your VA loan benefit to buy a home.
Once you are under contract on a home, the lender will tell you that there needs to be a VA appraisal ordered. People usually have many questions about appraisals. The following... (Read More)
Ever hear the terms REO, bank-owned, short sale or HUD home? And have you even wondered what the heck all those terms mean? Here are some definitions used to describe common types of distressed properties:
Foreclosure: This refers to the process... (Read More)
Do you have a fire extinguisher? If you don't, it's time to add it to your shopping list. Every homeowner should have one on each floor or area of their home and know how to use it.
Fire extinguishers are life savers. Make sure to purchase one... (Read More)
Not much time, right? But that’s how long you have to catch a buyer’s attention when selling a home. So, you’ve got to make those seconds count from the moment a prospective buyer arrives on your property.
It’s not just... (Read More)
When it comes time to sell your home, you'll need to decide which types of repairs and improvements you'll want to make before it's listed for sale. Should you update your kitchen? Apply fresh paint to the living room? Plant flowers? Clean or... (Read More)
Homeowner and renter insurance plans are designed to protect you in the event of a disaster such as a fire. But with all the items in an average household, it's imperative that you document your belongings so that you can file an accurate and timely... (Read More)
The right moving company can help make your move to a new home a success. But the wrong one? It could lead to a moving day disaster. Here are some ways to tell if you are hiring a reputable moving company:
—They come to your home, inventory... (Read More)