When is the best time to buy a home? The first answer you’ll hear is whenever you are ready to own one. But, most people will agree that buying a home in the spring when sellers and buyers are fresh on the market is the worst time.
But, did you ever consider buying a home on Christmas Day? Here are some reasons why this odd sounding idea could save you lots of money.
Finding a real estate agent is as simple as picking a name out of the phone book.
Finding a GOOD agent is a bit harder.
And finding a GOOD agent with VA loan experience can be even more challenging.
Challenging as it may be, it’s essential for military buyers to locate an agent with knowledge of the VA loan program and its unique requirements. Agents who are familiar with VA protocol can save borrowers from big-time hassles on things like appraisals and property requirements. See More
Interest rates and home prices are low. Your credit is in order, and you’re sick of renting. Ready to start your house hunt?
Finding the perfect home can take some time, so don’t be hesitant to start your house hunt early. It takes the average homebuyer 12 weeks to find a home to purchase, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR).
Kick off your house hunt today with our congratulations, and via one of the following resources:
You can’t buy a house unless you’re married…right?
Wrong. Single men and women make up a big chunk of the nation’s homebuyers, and that trend continues to grow. Single homebuyers purchased 33 percent of all homes sold in 2011, up from 32 percent in 2010 and 31 percent in 2009, according to the National Association of Realtors.
It’s the one. Or is it?
When you find a house you love that’s in some disrepair, you feel torn. On the one hand, you could invest some money, time and energy in getting it fixed. Or you could keep shopping the market in hopes of finding the same house in mint condition. Look at these tips to assess what option is best for you.
Buying a home is one of the biggest financial ventures an individual or family will take on in their lifetime.
For some, it can seem like a process riddled with obstacles and delays that makes it seem like homeownership is unattainable. But the reality is many of those roadblocks can be overcome.
Here’s a look at a few of the major issues that can complicate a home purchase and some of the solutions to help deserving military members achieve their goal:
No matter how temporary a home may be, it’s still a home.
It’s meant to be a refuge from a sometimes chaotic, stressful world. It should never be a source of discomfort, meaning you’ve got to weigh your options heavily when choosing a house. While price, size and style are important features, there is so much more that goes into a home’s essence.
What happens when you get new orders but don’t have the proper time to scope out a neighborhood? Researching from a distance can be difficult, but it’s not impossible.
Banks are on pace to sell around 500,000 real estate owned homes, or REOs, this year alone, a great opportunity for a homebuyer looking to score a great deal in the struggle housing market. Most bargains will be around 5-10 percent below market value, but some could be as much as 30% below.
Still, buying a foreclosed home, and especially one that’s gone as long without a buyer as an REO, is a process not for the faint of heart. But if you have a taste for adventure and bargain-hunting, here are 5 things you should know before buying an REO.
When you’re looking to buy a home, it’s important to find a good neighborhood. Not only will the quality of the neighborhood make living in your home more enjoyable and worry-free, it will help the value of your home appreciate more quickly, giving you a higher return on your investment when you decide to sell.
For veterans buying a home, there are a lot of components to consider: price, location, upkeep, etc. For some, the choice of house style is as simple as being “cute.” For others, it’s all about functionality.
The styling of a home is important to consider due to its potential impact on the financials, sociability and comfort of your home. And what styles have better resale values could mean a lot if you’re expecting a PCS anytime soon.
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