Practical Advice For Homebuyers


Buying a Home in a Good School District — What You Need to Know

Even if you don't have or never plan to have school-age children, the quality of nearby schools can have an impact on how much you pay, and how much you sell a…

What is a Home Warranty?

For $300 to $500 a year, depending on where you live, a home warranty covers the costs of repairing or replacing most any malfunctioning system in your home. For example, let’s say…

Top 7 New Home Construction Tips

Is buying a new-construction home right for you? Here are seven new home construction tips you should know. 1. New homes may not be in your local MLS. Unlike a regular seller…

Why Does Location Matter in Real Estate?

Ask just about any real estate agent what the three most important things a property should have, and they’ll likely say: "location location location.” But why does location matter in real estate? For…

Why School Districts Matter When Buying a Home

Even if you don't have or never plan to have school-age children, the quality of nearby schools can have an impact on how much you pay, and how much you sell a…

How to Research a Neighborhood Before You Buy

Before you buy your next home, you should fully check out the neighborhood. Given the high stakes of homeownership, it pays to do your homework before making an offer. After all, this…

Homebuyer Tips — Top 5 Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

From the home search until closing, you’ve got lots to think about and do. It’s not unusual to make a mistake. But with the financial stakes so high, one false move can…

Homeownership…..The American Dream?

Is Homeownership the key to happiness in 2013? Home prices are up. But homeownership has fallen to its lowest level since 1995. What gives? If the real estate market is so strong,…
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3 Reasons Why You Can’t Rush a Home Purchase Today

With housing in recovery mode, credit easier to get, people feeling more secure in their jobs, and the economy improving, this is a good time to buy a home. But is it…

Ways to Make a Low Offer on a House in a Competitive Market

In a competitive real estate market, getting a ‘deal’ on a home may seem impossible. But in some cases, savvy buyers can still make a low offer on a home—and win. Here’s…