Some Places Your Down Payment Could Be Hiding

Like many people who start out as renters, you may have decided that it’s high time you take the homeownership plunge yourself. But there’s a huge hurdle – that little problem of the down payment money! Just be glad you’re in Texas – not Australia – you might have had to give up your avocado-toast … Continued

Selling Your Home In A Hot Market

Simply put – there aren’t enough homes for sale in a hot market. When demand has outstripped supply and buyers are struggling to find suitable properties, the market becomes very competitive. If the majority of available homes sell faster than two months, the market is considered “hot.” If you’re a home seller in a desirable … Continued

10 Reasons Why Retirees Rent

Since the recent recession, one ongoing debate has been around the question, “Is it better to rent or buy?” While the right answer is unique to each individual situation, there is one demographic where renting gives the greatest benefits. When retirees rent, there are several significant advantages. Consider that most retirees are empty nesters; chances … Continued

The Seller’s Disclosure: What Sellers and Buyers Need to Know

Sometimes, it seems that buying and selling property has a whole language of its own you need to know and understand before venturing into the market. One such term would be “seller’s disclosure.” What are they and how can they impact on you and your transaction? Buyers and sellers are both affected by this key … Continued

Take Steps to Safeguard Your Earnest Money

The money you bring to the table when you make an offer on a property, signals your intent to see the deal through. This finance will represent a good chunk of change and before you hand it over, there are steps you should take to safeguard your “earnest money.” Eventually, the money will form part … Continued

The Mother-In-Law Apartment: When the Folks Need Family

Could a mother-in-law apartment be the answer when your home is perfect but you desperately need more space? There are many reasons why size becomes a critical factor. A widowed parent needs to be near family, you want to host out-of-town friends and family or your college grad needs a base while job hunting. Whatever … Continued

Common Mistakes First Time Home Buyers Make

Most of us would agree that when we buy our own home, we are making a major investment. But even with the significance of this venture, some of the common mistakes first time home buyers make can be mind boggling. Residential real estate is no less an investment than stocks and shares but you wouldn’t … Continued

Sale Pending: Is It Final or Can I Make an Offer?

Have you fallen in love with a home but think all hope is lost because it shows as sale pending? Although “sale pending” usually means all contingencies have been taken care of and the property is moving toward closing, this isn’t always the case. In order to know if a home marked as “sale pending” … Continued

Getting Multiple Offers: 7 Steps for Savvy Sellers

With the residential sales market flourishing nationwide, there’s never been a better time to sell your home. Good interest rates and the availability of easier loans are working together to get customers out and buying. You would think your home will sell quickly – with multiple offers – and for a great price. It’s not … Continued

6 Steps to Take When You Can’t Make the Mortgage Payment

If you’re in the same place that some Americans find themselves, you may have trouble covering a financial disaster without borrowing or selling something to meet the emergency. But what if the crisis has already hit, leaving you reeling, and there’s little or nothing left for your mortgage payment? Many of us juggle bills to … Continued

Move or Renovate: Is Your House Too Small

Move or renovate are pretty much the only choices when faced with a much-loved home that has become too small for your needs. If ever it comes to an add-on or trade-up, it’s always the same hard call, one which means staying or leaving your familiar comfort zone. Does one stay and face builders and … Continued

House Flipping: 5 Ways to Win Big

We all know about the record prices homes are going for. Although, on the flip side, house flipping may be highly competitive, there are still huge profits being made. People will tell you flipping is ‘a-walk-in-the-park’ easy. Don’t you believe them. Yes, for the hard working experienced flipper, there are big returns to be made, … Continued

Buying Less House Can Be a Good Financial Move

Buying less house is a radically different idea in this age of “bigger is better.” Although the Mac-Mansion hasn’t lost its appeal, there’s a lot to be said for going a little smaller or a little cheaper than you have to. For starters, the reality is the more money you spend on your property, the … Continued

What to Look For: Your Own Home Inspection Made Easy

These guidelines on doing your own home inspection are to help you get an idea of what you should be looking for when buying a house. Knowing what to look for, should give you confidence when viewing a prospective purchase, bearing in mind you are going to be living in and maintaining that building. Before … Continued

True or False: Do Millennial Buyers Hate the Suburbs?

For some time, real estate developers and professionals have believed that millennial buyers ignore the suburbs for housing options, choosing instead the more urban 24-7 live-work buzz provided by big cities. It is true that millennials continue to congregate in major urban hubs but areas with mass transit and particularly with an emerging a “24-7 … Continued