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Home Buying

Home Buying Tip: Ensure Storage Spaces Are Easily Accessible

Here is week 38 in our series of home buying tips: Ensure Storage Spaces Are Easily Accessible. If you’re close to retiring, make sure you don’t have to bend, stretch, or climb ladders to reach storage spaces. A fixed-attic staircase is better than the flimsier pull-down stairs, to make attic storage...

Home Buying Tip: Decide How Much Maintenance You Want To Do

Here is week 37 in our series of home buying tips: Decide How Much Maintenance You Want To Do. Some newer communities have a homeowners association that requires maintenance of the exterior, as well as provides lawn maintenance and snow removal. If the home you want is not in an association...

Home Buying Tip: Consider Geology

Here is week 35 in our series of home buying tips: Consider Geology. A breathtaking view can be a huge selling point of a home. Who wouldn’t want a clifftop view overlooking Lake Michigan? But that same vantage point can also pose serious issues for you in years to come. Hillsides...

Home Buying Tip: Zoning

Here is week 34 in our series of home buying tips: Zoning.  Zoning isn’t just a potential problem for commercial real estate. Imagine this – a property that is two separate parcels is being sold together, and they are each zoned differently. The lot the home sits on is zoned residential,...

Home Buying Tip: Red Tape

Here is week 33 in our series of home buying tips: Red Tape. If you’re considering purchasing a historic home, one located in a historic district, or one with a strict homeowners’ association (HOA), it could mean that any changes you want to make to the exterior — and sometimes...

Home Buying Tip: Repair Costs

Here is week 32 in our series of home buying tips: Repair Costs. If you’re looking to buy a unique home, one of the most overlooked challenges of owning a unique home is its maintenance. Is your dream house a large-scale version of the Nautilus from the 20,000 Leagues Under the...

Home Buying Tip: Add Up Ongoing Costs

Here is week 30 in our series of home buying tips:  Add Up Ongoing Costs. It’s important to consider the ongoing costs that come with having smart home equipment before buying a house. If your system includes security monitoring, for instance, you may have to pay a monthly fee. It’s...

Home Buying Tip: Check the Warranty Coverage

Here is week 29 in our series of home buying tips: Check the Warranty Coverage, If your new home's seller spent big bucks on a home automation system, it’s important to make sure it can be fixed if something goes wrong. It’s a good idea to find out whether the system...