Buying

Information that would be useful or intreresting for those buying real estate.

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There are a lot more options to buying a home than you might think. Prospective buyers will narrow in on amenities and square footage based on the budget at their disposal, but there are plenty of other factors to consider. It can be a truly intimidating task, especially considering the financial investment involved.

That is why we’ve created this guide to help you navigate the pros and cons of two of the most common options for buying a home: building a custom home and buying pre-owned. While the better option will depend on your situation, this guide should help you determine which route will best suit your needs.

Building a Custom House

 

Pros:

The biggest perk of building a custom house is being in control of every detail. You can add

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Why Should You Get Pre-Approved?

A pre-approval is a written commitment from your lending institution that it will release a given amount of funds when you get a home. The process involves checking your bank statements, credit report, ability to pay the loan and tax return among other things. It takes some time to be pre-approved, but it is worth the effort. Here are reasons why you should get pre-approved before looking for a home.

 

It helps streamline your house hunting

There are hundreds of homes for sale around the country. The homes come in a broad range of prices depending on the size, neighborhood and style. Unfortunately, if you are not pre-approved, you cannot call which house you can afford.

 You may be looking for houses that

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The Most Important "To-Do's" on Your Spring/ Summer Cleaning List

Spring cleaning can offer a way to freshen up the indoor and outdoor spaces of your home, while cleaning away the dirt and dust that has accumulated over the winter season. Many people also take advantage of the spring cleaning season to de-clutter throughout the home and clean up storage spaces like the attic and garage. Whether you live in a small apartment, or a large multi-level home, spring cleaning can help make your home a happier place to live in. The following are some of the most important things to consider when writing out your spring cleaning "to-do" list.

 

Clean Out Attic and Garage

Both of these areas tend to be catch-all spaces for junk that you don't know what

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When a seller lists a home for a certain price, he/she doubtfully expects someone to buy without trying to negotiate a lower price. The buyer may even try to negotiate covering closing costs and taxes. Smart buyers do understand they can negotiate quite a few things to their benefit. Smart real estate negotiations do need to be thoughtful and considerate. Novices -- and those who should know better -- could make some very bad negotiating mistakes, mistakes capable of ruining a deal.

 

Five major negotiating mistakes really do stand out. They should be bitterly avoided.

 

1.) Do not make a ridiculously low offer.

 

If a home is listed at $125,000, making an offer of $70,000 for no real reason other than to see if the seller goes for it is

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After many years of renting, and being unable to make your residence your own, you have decided to buy. Purchasing property presents many opportunities for creativity and financial advancement. The road to homeownership, though, is not for the faint of heart. Here are five ways to start the home buying process right.

 

1. Start researching early

Do not wait until you have given your landlord notice that you are moving to begin searching for a home. Real estate buying takes more than several weeks, which means that you could very well be searching for the perfect residence more than six months after deciding to buy a home. There is also the issue of pre-approval that takes a few weeks. You should, therefore, begin your home buying process with

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If you are preparing to buy a new property, you may be closely reviewing the many listings available in your local area that fall within your desired sales price range. In many markets, this includes both single family homes and condos, and you may be wondering which option is ideal for your needs and budget. There are key differences between these two property types, and a closer look at the pros and cons of each option may help you to determine which type of property you should focus your attention on.

 

The Proximity of Your Neighbors

A single family home generally sits on its own plot of land, and there are usually several feet of land surrounding the home in all directions before the property line. Likewise, neighbors usually have several

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For many home sellers and home buyers today, a home warranty comes as standard fare during the transaction. In some cases, it is the seller who will purchase a home warranty as an extra perk for buyers interested in purchasing the property.

 

In many more cases, the buyer will choose to purchase a home warranty to help keep home repairs and maintenance costs more reasonable. If you have never bought a home warranty before, you probably have lots of questions, including what a home warranty does and doesn't cover, the average cost of a policy and what type of property makes the best candidate to purchase a home warranty.

 

What Is a Home Warranty?

 

As Investopedia explains, there are important differences between a home warranty and

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The real estate market is hot in a lot of areas around the country. With the strength in the housing market, some buyers are having trouble affording homes in the area they want to live in.

 

One of the best ways to save money on the purchase of a home is to buy an older one. However, there are a lot of potential issues that come along with purchasing an older home. As long as you know all of the risks, this can be a great way to save money. Here are some of the most important aspects to consider when buying an older home.

 

 

Age of the Roof

 

One of the most expensive things in a home to replace is the roof. There are a lot of people who do not have the cash on hand to replace their roof all at once. If the home you are purchasing

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If you're planning to buy a home, you're most likely going to need financing or a mortgage. Because your mortgage will affect your finances for many years to come, it's important to make sure you understand your options and choose a mortgage program that will best fit your needs. Here are 5 common questions about home loans to help you in this process.

 

Q1. What documentation do I need to get a mortgage?

The documentation you need to apply for and qualify for a mortgage will depend on your individual case and the type of mortgage you choose. Still, most documentation requirements are similar. The initial documentation you need to apply for a mortgage includes your Social Security card, your driver's license, one month's pay stubs, W-2s for the

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A recent survey by Coldwell Banker real estate revealed that two-thirds of its agents found out that homebuyers are interested in homes with smart features and technology than they were just two to five years. This trend is increasing, and research shows that homes with smart technologies are generally more desirable.

28% of U.S adults and 47% of millennials have smart home products and believe that these devices make life more comfortable, efficient and secure. If you are remodeling your old house, add these smart features to give it a touch of elegance and to make it more comfortable. On the other hand, if you are buying a new home ensure that it has these smart features.

Some of these smart home appliances are:

Smart home lighting

This

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