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8 Tips for Finding Your New Home

  A solid game plan can help you narrow your homebuying search to find the best home for you. House hunting is just like any other shopping expedition. If you identify exactly what you want and do some research, you’ll zoom in on the home you want at the best price. These eight tips will guide you through a smart home buying process. Know thyself Understand the type of home that suits your personality. Do you prefer a new or existing home? A ranch or a multistory home? If you’re leaning toward a fixer-upper, are you truly handy, or will you need to budget for contractors? Rese... Read More

7 Reasons to Own Your Home

Tax breaks. The U.S. Tax Code lets you deduct the interest you pay on your mortgage, your property taxes, as well as some of the costs involved in buying your home. Appreciation. Real estate has long-term, stable growth in value. While year-to-year fluctuations are normal, median existing-home sale prices have increased on average 6.5 percent each year from 1972 through 2005, and increased 88.5 percent over the last 10 years, according to the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. In addition, the number of U.S. households is expected to rise 15 percent over the next decade, creating conti... Read More

Your Property Wish List

Your Property Wish List What does your future home look like? Where is it located? As you hunt down your dream home, consult this list to evaluate properties and keep your priorities top of mind. What architectural style(s) of homes do you prefer? Do you want to buy a home, condominium, or townhome? Would you like a one-story or two-story home? How many bedrooms must your new home have? How many bathrooms must your new home have? Home Condition Do you prefer a new home or an existing home? If you’re looking for an existing home, how old of a home would you consider... Read More

6 Tips for Buying a Home in a Short Sale

Do Your Homework! By preparing for a real estate short sale, you can emerge with a great home at a favorable price. When sellers need to sell their home for less than they owe on their mortgage, they’re shooting for a short sale. Short sale homes can sometimes be bargains, but only if you do your homework, stay patient, and remain unemotional during the sometimes lengthy and difficult short sale process.Here are six tips for protecting yourself emotionally and financially when bidding on a short sale. Get help from a short sale expert A real estate agent experienced in short sales c... Read More

5 Tips for Buying a Foreclosure

Buy Smart! Get prequalified for a loan and set aside funds, and you’ll be ready to purchase a foreclosed home. When lenders take over a home through foreclosure, they want to sell it as quickly as possible. Since lenders aren’t in the real estate business, they turn to real estate brokers for help marketing their properties. Buying a foreclosed home through the multiple listing service can be a bargain, but it can also be a problem-filled process. Here are five tips to help you buy smart. Choose a foreclosure sale expert. Lenders rarely sell their own foreclosures directly to con... Read More