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  • Is the Foreclosure Crisis Killing Home Appraisals?

    Is the Foreclosure Crisis Killing Home Appraisals?

    Have appraisals gone bad? According to the nation's home builders that may well be the case. "The inappropriate use of distressed and foreclosed sales as comparables in determining new home values is needlessly driving down home prices, killing home sales, causing more workers to lose their jobs and delaying a housing and economic recovery,” said Bob Nielsen, chairman of the National Association of Hom…

  • Good Real Estate Agents Make Life Easier for Military Homebuyers

    Good Real Estate Agents Make Life Easier for Military Homebuyers

    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…

  • Veteran Guides Military House Hunters Toward Oklahoma Dream Homes

    Veteran Guides Military House Hunters Toward Oklahoma Dream Homes

    Real estate agent Bob Stanbrough has been through the trenches. Literally. An agent based in Oklahoma City, Bob understands the unique nature of military life. He’s a former U.S. Army Officer who chose to focus his civilian real estate career on serving military clients. A significant portion of Bob’s buyers are Veterans and active-duty service members who are using VA loan benefits to purchase their firs…

  • Home Cost: A Look at What Goes into Buying Your Dream Home

    Home Cost: A Look at What Goes into Buying Your Dream Home

    When you’re buying a home for the first time, you’ll likely run across many surprises. One that always catches first-time homebuyers off guard is sticker shock and the real cost of buying a home. Home cost is a long-standing buyers myth. The idea that the list price is the price you pay sounds right, but there are a number of additional factors determining how much you will pay when all is said and done. …

  • 4 Quick Tips for Evaluating the Exterior of a Home

    4 Quick Tips for Evaluating the Exterior of a Home

    Open houses and listing photos are designed to accentuate a home’s positive features. But making a smart home purchase requires buyers to look beyond the gorgeous landscaping and perfectly staged furniture. Evaluating the exterior of a home is crucial to your wallet and your future happiness. Carefully examine a home's exterior for the following costly problems, and don’t ever skip a professional home insp…

  • 4 Questions for Single Homebuyers to Consider Before Buying

    4 Questions for Single Homebuyers to Consider Before Buying

    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. But whether you’re single or happily married, timing your home purchase c…

  • Why Roof Inspections are So Important

    Why Roof Inspections are So Important

    It’s easy to scrutinize a home during a careful walk through all the rooms and the yard. What’s not so easy is determining the condition of the roof based on how it looks. Fixing a roof can be the most expensive house repair an owner may face, with a full replacement ranging from $2,000 to $12,000. That means an inspection can be well the investment. Your seller may or may not pay the $200 to $400 in…

  • 7 Cheap Steps to Staging Your House

    7 Cheap Steps to Staging Your House

    Selling a house with a messy interior or unkempt exterior isn’t easy. No matter how sturdy, secure or cozy a house is, it needs to look nice to draw attention and get offers from prospective buyers. When military families are on the move, staging the home for open houses can become an afterthought. Follow these tips to ensure your home is ready to show. Depersonalize It seems silly, but prospective buyer…

  • Who are These People Helping You Buy a Home?

    Who are These People Helping You Buy a Home?

    In the end, the home will be yours. But until the sale is complete and closing papers get signed, a host of people will help you use your VA home loan benefits to purchase a home. Here’s a breakdown of some important folks who will guide you through the home-buying process. Real estate agent This home expert has insight about houses, neighborhoods and details that matter to your family, such as nearby s…

  • 3 Safety Considerations When Purchasing a Home with Extras

    3 Safety Considerations When Purchasing a Home with Extras

    It’s pretty easy to get caught up in a home’s features when you’re house hunting. Many times, a homebuyer is told to consider the additional costs of utilities and maintenance some features require, but extra safety and inspection concerns are often neglected. Here are a few instances where a little more consideration is helpful: Fireplaces People know to use caution with fire, but a fireplace comes …