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Step-by-Step Home Buying

  • Things Not To Do Before Buying a Home
    When a lender reviews your loan package for approval, one of the things they are concerned about is the source of funds for your down payment and closing costs. Most likely, you will be asked to provide statements for the last two or three months on any of your liquid assets. This includes checking accounts, savings accounts, money market funds, certificates of deposit, stock statements, mutual funds, and even your company 401K and retirement accounts.

  • Reasons to Delay Buying a Home
    Assuming you have the financial resources and the desire to eventually own your own home, there are very few good reasons to put off the purchase. You can miss out on years of appreciation if you do.

  • Are you Buying a House?  Or a Home?
    As you read and study about buying real estate, you will often find the words "house" and "home" used interchangeably. There is a huge difference between a house and a home.

  • Why Buying a Home is a Good Idea
    As a fairly general rule, homes appreciate about four or five percent a year. Some years will be more, some less. The figure will vary from neighborhood to neighborhood, and region to region.

  • Why Search for A Realtor?
    When someone decides it is time to sell their home, they interview several Realtors from different companies to determine which one is best for them. They want someone who will represent them and someone they feel will do an effective job at marketing their home. However, when someone decides to buy a home, they usually end up with their Realtor through sheer accident. Why donít homebuyers search for a Realtor the same way that homesellers do?

  • Offering to Purchase Real Estate- the Basics
    Once you find the home you want to buy, the next step is to write an offer Ė which is not as easy as it sounds. Your offer is the first step toward negotiating a sales contract with the seller. Since this is just the beginning of negotiations, you should put yourself in the sellerís shoes and imagine his or her reaction to everything you include. Your goal is to get what you want, and imagining the sellerís reactions will help you attain that goal.

  • Writing Offers - Property Safeguards
    Although you have toured the property, looked at the walls and ceiling, turned on the faucets and played with the light switches, you have not lived in it. The seller has years of knowledge about his or her home and there may be some things you want to find out about as quickly as possible. For this reason, you will require certain disclosures as part of your offer.

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