Buying

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

Found 64 blog entries about Buying.

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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5 Tips for a Great Entertaining Space

If you are planning to create a great entertaining space from scratch, than you have come to the right place. Below you will find five great tips for creating the perfect space for entertaining.

1. Keep the Space Nice And Open

If you have the option to create or utilize an area that is very open with a nice area of space in the middle, then use this space to create exactly what you would like to out of this area. You can form seating around the perimeter or add a fountain, fire pit, or television to the middle of the area. The idea behind having an open space is keeping plenty of walking space between people and where they may be playing a game, watching television, eating, or sitting to ensure that everyone

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4 Ways to Make Your Home Feel Like New

Your home likely felt new and fresh during the first few weeks after you bought it. The daily activities in your home can result in stains, scuff marks and a buildup of clutter. Over time, the walls, floors and furniture may start to look dull, worn or dated. When you are ready to make your home look new again, try these four simple tips. Each of these activities is easy to do and is affordable on any budget.

 

Removing Clutter

After you have lived in your home for a while, items start to accumulate. It might even seem like things are multiplying in the back of your closets. What felt like a lot of space when you moved in might now feel cramped and stuffed. Removing some clutter from your home could help

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4 Signs It’s Time to List With A Realtor

It seemed a great idea at the time. Save yourself the 6 percent commission that you'd have to pay a realtor by selling your home on your own. After all, how difficult is it to put up a “For Sale By Owner (FSBO)” sign on your front lawn and to put an ad on the local paper and in a real estate website. You've even seen enough housing shows to know that you should stage your property inside and out to make it attractive to buyers. You certainly don't need a sales agent to tell you that.

So here it is, six months later, and your home is still on the market with no buyer in sight. Before you reach that sorry state, learn to recognize the four signs that it's time to list with a realtor.

 

You don't know how

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The Pros and Cons of Buying vs. Renting

People often wonder whether they should buy or rent their home. There are many things to take into consideration, not all of them financial. We’ll cover some of the pros and cons of buying vs renting so you can decide which one would be right for you.

 

Renting

You’ve probably heard the saying 'renting is throwing money away'. This is because people equate renting with giving away your hard-earned cash. You’re not building equity when you rent, so when you move out you cannot sell your property or make money from it.

 

Renters, on the other hand, do not have to pay for upkeep or repairs. They are able to move whenever they wish depending upon the lease and often only have to pay a penalty if they

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TOP 10 THINGS ON HOME BUYERS' WISHLISTS

If you are selling your house, it is a given that you want it sold as soon as possible. Having your house sit on the market for a long period is costly and inconvenient. To sell it quickly, it is important to know some of the most popular qualities in a home that buyers are looking for.

1. Updated Windows

 Buyers are looking for energy efficiency in the home they want to buy to save money and be more environmentally friendly. When buyers see old windows, they automatically think about high utility bills and drafts. The most effective way to increase energy efficiency is to update old windows with good quality, Energy Star-rated windows.

 2. Open Floor Plans

 A house with an open floor plan tends to

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Last week, we started talking about how you can become a homeowner with our "How to Become a Homeowner in 10 Steps: Steps 1 - 5" blog post. This week, we're continuing with steps 6 - 10, the final steps to homeownership.

Step 6: Gather the Funds

Now that you've chosen the right home for you and your family, you need to select the right loan. Yes, you've been pre-approved for a specific loan amount, but there are hundreds of different loan types and lenders out there. Answering the questions below will help determine which kind of loan will be most suitable to your situation and needs.

  • How much would you like to put down?
  • How is your credit?
  • Are you a first-time buyer?

In order to get the actual loan, you'll need to fill out an

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Buying a home is one of the biggest investments you'll ever make. This week, we're featuring steps 1 to 5 of our "How to Become a Homeowner" guide. Following our tips will make the home-buying process as easy and stress-free as possible. So much so that you might even enjoy yourself!

Step 1: Plan, Plan & Plan

As the saying goes "failing to plan is planning to fail." Making sure you have everything in order, from extra cash and mortgage pre-approval, to knowing where you want to live and what kind of house you can afford, will go a long way in making your home-buying process a successful one.

Do some research about your local real estate market to help better define your needs and your goals.

Aside from needing enough money squared away

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Why is Greenville, South Carolina one of the most desired places to live in the entire state? Are people moving there for the biscuits and gravy or is there more to the city at the base of the Appalachian Mountains? As one of the fastest growing urban areas in South Carolina, Greenville is booming. With any thriving city comes a demand for real estate. Many people are wondering if they are missing out on a great investment oppoprtunity. If you're one of them, read these top 4 reasons why purchasing Greenville, SC real estate is a brilliant idea.

1. Beautiful homes at affordable prices

Greenville, SC real estateThe homes in Greenville are beautiful and affordable! Nowadays, it's hard to find a property that's reasonably priced and contemporary. This exciting city has newer

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