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

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

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

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

Stop! Bad House, Bad Buy

Buyer beware is not just an expression, it’s a lesson to keep in mind, always, lest you end up with a bad buy. The property market may be hot but that doesn’t suggest you should now be reckless all of a sudden. In view of that, stick to your guns and keep to your budget. … Continued

10 Tips to Help You Choose the Right Agent

The rise of online real estate information means everyone with an internet connection can be an informed consumer when buying or selling a home. But, even with all the data available, it’s more important than ever to choose the right agent. Surprisingly, most buyers and sellers give little or no thought to picking their agent. … Continued

Doing the Final Walkthrough: What to Look For

In the process of buying a home, the final walkthrough is one of the last steps to take before you get the keys to your new home. This crucial procedure is organized by your agent about a week before closing and is your final chance to make sure everything is in working condition. This is … Continued

5 Things Needed Before Homeownership

Welcome to the exciting world of real estate; get ready for the roller coaster ride that’s the path to homeownership. But before you leap, think of all the pitfalls. By being sure you have every bit of necessary information, you can approach this mile-stone with confidence. Real estate is a big step for any buyer … Continued

What is a Home Warranty and Do You Need One?

Mention home warranties and you open a can of worms. Ask folks what they think about this type of insurance and no two people will have the same opinion. Try the internet and you’ll find a quagmire of conflicting opinion. Nonetheless, home warranties are widespread in today’s market and are a recommended tool to add … Continued

7 Home Defects That Should Set Off Alarm Bells

A coat of paint and some landscaping are easily made cosmetic changes, affordable and straightforward. Then there are the home issues you should never ignore. When viewing a home, there are countless structural and component issues you need to pay close attention to as you house hunt. Here are some of the things that should … Continued

Your First Mortgage: 2 Tips to Ease the Stress

Are you a hopeful, would-be homeowner who is hesitant to commit to the big responsibility of a first mortgage? If your experience of debt has been limited to credit cards, car payments and student loans, committing to that first mortgage can be daunting. But very few of us will ever be able to pay for … Continued