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Home Buying

Home Buying Tip: Stalk the Neighborhood

Here is week five in our series of home buying tips: Stalk The Neighborhood. Before you buy, get the lay of the land. Visit the neighborhood in the morning, afternoon, and evening.  Many home buyers have become completely distraught because they thought they found the perfect home, only to find...

Home Buying Tip: The Secret Science and Art of Making an Offer

Here is our second in the series of home buying tips: What is the science and art of making an offer on a home? Your opening offer should be based on two things: what you can afford (because you don’t want to outbid yourself), and what you really believe the...

Home Buying Tip: Use Your Head, Not Just Your Heart

Have you ever heard the phrase “You don’t know what you don’t know”? This phrase is especially applicable when buying a home. Because buying or selling a home is something that most people do only two or three times in a lifetime, there are things that they’re completely unaware of. ...

How Much Home Can I Afford?

One of the most frequently asked questions our team receives is: How Much Home Can I Afford?  While we are not loan officers (and would be happy to recommend you to a local loan officer we trust to walk you through the mortgage application process), there is some simple math...

2 Reasons To Be Confident About The Real Estate Market

Why can you be confident in today's real estate market?  Here are two reasons: Reason #1: The current housing market is behaving the exact opposite of what happened in 2007-2008. It has flipped. Right now we have many qualified home buyers with strong credit scores who want to buy homes,...

Five Tips for Improving Your Zillow Search

After being launched in 2006, Zillow has slowly become a staple in the real estate industry with the goal of “empowering consumers with data, inspiration, and knowledge around the place they call home, and connecting them with the best local professionals who can help” (Zillow.com). Anyone who looks for homes...

Do I Need a Real Estate Agent to Buy a House?

Have you ever thought, "What does a real estate agent actually do? Do I really need one?" When someone wants to sell their home, they hire a real estate agent to market the property and negotiate on their behalf as the “listing agent.” A savvy buyer will want someone representing...