How to Get the Most from an Open House Visit

If you are looking to buy a home, the season is upon on us! Spring and summer are the hottest times of the year to buy a home, and with the season nearly upon us open house signs are popping up across the country. If you are planning an open house visit, make sure to go into it with a game plan so you get the best result for your efforts. Continue reading

Costly Mistakes Buyers Make With New Home Builders

Strolling through new model homes alone seems innocent enough but beware of the Sales Representative.  They learn a lot through friendly small talk, comments between you and your spouse and body language. Remember, the home sales representative works for the builder to protect his interest.. NOT yours.  A Buyer’s agent can buffer the tactical questioning while preventing costly mistakes unforeseen by many buyers. Buyer’s receive free representation no matter if it’s a new build or a pre-existing home. Continue reading

Should You Consider Purchasing a Fixer-Upper?

Is buying a fixer-upper the best idea?

Are you an avid fan of HGTV? Does the season of spring cleaning elicit more excitement than annoyance? Forget Disneyland, is Home Depot the happiest place on earth for you?

If so, then you are likely a do-it-yourselfer. You have that innate knack for spotting a diamond in the rough. You see potential in everything and anything, as each object or opportunity you encounter becomes a canvas for your inner artist and craftsman. Always making this or doing that, there’s no project that doesn’t intimidate you. Continue reading

How Buying Real Estate is Like Dating

Did you think your dating days were behind you? Think again. Buying real estate is just like dating. From courting to making a long-term commitment, your adventures in dating have many similarities to searching for and buying a home. By applying what you learned dating to your next real estate search, you can enjoy a more pleasant house hunting experience. Continue reading

Calculating How Much Home You Can Really Afford

Buying a home is an exciting time and process, but knowing how much you can afford to spend is not always easy. Calculating how much home you can afford before you start looking helps you to understand your budget, how to create your wants and needs list, and what neighborhoods you should consider calling home. Continue reading

5 Best Uses for an Extra Bedroom

An extra bedroom at home can be a great space for your home. Extra bedrooms can be used for a variety of purposes ranging from storage to your own fitness studio. Whether you are considering buying a new home or looking for the best use for a spare room you already have, read on for some inspiring and useful ideas for the space. Continue reading

Deciding Whether or not to Purchase a Vacation Home

When the time comes to decide whether or not to purchase a vacation home, you've got a lot to think about beforehand. Here are a few factors to consider.

Buying a second home is not a decision to be made lightly. A vacation home brings with it a myriad of responsibilities and opportunities in equal measure, all of which come into play simply because of all the components of property ownership.

Your vacation home is a secondary dwelling, not your primary place of residence. That distinction puts the matter of money and budget at the forefront much more so than it does with a primary home. Everyone needs a place to live, but not everyone necessarily needs a vacation home. However, they sure are great to have at your disposal if you can comfortably afford it. Continue reading

5 Ways Owning a House Can Improve Your Life

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Owning a house is a big undertaking, but it can also be liberating and life changing. Buying your own house with your own four walls gives you a new level of freedom and independence that renters and condo dwellers don’t have. Read on for five ways owning a house can improve your life. Continue reading