Home Buying Tips

Home Buying Tips Why a pre-approval should be your first stop in the home-buying process Trying to buy a home can definitely be overwhelming, especially for first-time home buyers. With so many moving parts, it can be hard to know what you should be doing first and how the process actually works. But if the mortgage process has you all confused, you’ve come to the right place! We’re breaking down […]
Home Buying Tips What to do when buying a new home before selling your current one Are you starting to outgrow your current home? Are you thinking it’s time to downsize? That’s awesome! But let’s talk about how to transition from one home to another.   When you think you found “the one,” it can be tempting to just jump on the opportunity before selling your current home. So the question […]
Home Buying Tips 6 tips to keep credit scores looking good Buying a house can be a huge wake-up call, especially when you learn what your credit score is and how it affects your mortgage application. On the bright side, the average FICO score in the U.S. was 714 in 2022, which is pretty darn good overall. However, that includes the higher scores of people who […]
Home Buying Tips 5 Tips for Making the Most Out of Open House Season Open houses can be an excellent way for prospective homebuyers to get a feel for a property before making an offer. However, a few mistakes can be made during the open house that can harm your chances of getting the home you want. Here are some of the ways you can prep to make attending […]
Home Buying Tips 18 things homebuyers should look for before making an offer Buying a home is a big-time undertaking, and knowing what to look for before making an offer can be a little unnerving for anyone on the hunt, especially first-time homebuyers. Whether you’re considering living in an urban, suburban or rural area, make sure, first and foremost, that it’s safe and clean and that you’re OK […]
Home Buying Tips 8 misconceptions about mortgages If you’re in the market for a new home and have done some research into what it takes to get a home loan, you may already know that navigating the world of mortgages without guidance from an expert can be a major headache. It’s like wading through a sea of confusing financial jargon with all […]
Home Buying Tips Is springtime really the best time to buy a home? Everything goes through upheaval in the Spring. That’s an old saying describing farming and gardening, but it holds true for new homebuyers, too. Spring is when the whole world wakes up from a winter nap and people start to feel like they need to put down new roots. Depending on where you live, the home-buying […]
Home Buying Tips The ins and outs of a top-to-bottom home inspection During the height of the pandemic, when people were moving homes fast and furiously, some people bought homes sight unseen – with a virtual walk-through as their only basis for making an offer. This was somewhat common when families relocated some distance away, like to another state or cross country. Others may have gone to […]
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Home Buying Tips 6 questions renters should ask when applying for a mortgage We’ve written this blog for you if: you’ve grown out of your apartment you’re tired of paying rent and watching it land in someone else’s pocket rather than your own you have no idea what goes into buying your first home Let’s face it, anyone buying a home for the first time is in unfamiliar […]
Home Buying Tips 7 upsides to buying a home over the winter Most Americans start househunting in earnest in the spring and move into new homes between May and September. While taking all this on in the dead of winter might not sound appealing, buying a home during the cooler months may have some advantages. Here are seven great reasons to consider buying a home in the […]
Home Buying Tips Assembling your homebuying dream team? Here’s who does what. Considering purchasing a home in 2023? You’ll need to form a team — a real estate agent and a loan officer to help you get into your new home as quickly as possible. But the last thing you want is to waste time duplicating effort — or worse — skipping essential steps in the home […]
Home Buying Tips 4 tips to help you save for a house while you wait out the market Inflation, which we’ve all been feeling the pinch from over the last six months, has a powerful influence on where mortgage rates go. And historically, when inflation eases up a little, so will mortgage rates. That’s the good news, but when you add in the remarkable pandemic-related increase in home prices and that the US […]
Home Buying Tips 7 habits to adopt to get ready to buy a home We recently devoured the book Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything by BJ Fogg, Ph.D., who writes, “Take a behavior you want, make it tiny, find where it fits naturally in your life, and nurture its growth.”  Simple enough. Fogg’s book is a grounded guide to building new habits, sustaining them and making positive changes […]
Home Buying Tips How much of your salary should go towards a home loan? There are two ways to go about planning to buy your dream house. You can look at your salary and estimate how much house you can afford based on what you earn every month. You can take a look at the type of house you’re dreaming of and estimate how much income you’ll need to […]
Home Buying Tips Managing Moving Costs: Tips for First-Time Homebuyers Many first-time homebuyers are so focused on saving up for a down payment of closing costs that they forget that there are also costs (which can be pretty hefty, by the way) that come with getting your stuff from your old home to your new home. Whether you’re moving down the block, from the city […]
Home Buying Tips Yes, you can buy a home if you have student loans! It costs more to get a college education than any other time in American history. Unfortunately, that’s forcing students to take out multiple loans to cover their expenses. Bigger loans — and more of them — means it takes the average graduate much longer to pay off their student debt. And that, sadly, is causing […]
Home Buying Tips Buying a home? Avoid these 3 home loan hiccups For many people — especially first-time homebuyers — the process of buying a home can seem a little off-putting. To the unaware, it can look as if a huge financial fire-pit will swallow up unsuspecting newbies, especially if they don’t have a guiding hand. While it’s not that dramatic in real life, there is a […]
Home Buying Tips 7 Homebuyer Tips for Coping with Low Inventory in a Seller’s Market Many families have found their savings accounts a little fatter over the last two years, thanks to remote working, less commuting and more cooking at home versus dining out. If that sounds like you, and you’re in the market to buy a new home, you might find that new construction fits — maybe for the […]
Home Buying Tips How rising interest rates affect potential homebuyers Mortgage interest rates are grabbing headlines and rightfully so. There was a significant jump in rates recently with Freddie Mac’s latest 30-year fixed-rate mortgage average hitting 3.45%. As Freddie Mac’s economists note, this was due in large part to actions taken by the Federal Reserve. In a statement, Freddie Mac economists note, “Mortgage rates rose […]