Monday, July 1, 2019 / by Jody Lee
Regular house-hunting isn't always easy, but adding distance into the mix can present challenges you don't have when looking over a few neighborhoods for a new home. While it may not be a walk in the park to buy a home from far away, it is possible. If you find a great agent and follow these steps, you can take away some of the stress that comes with moving long-distance.
1. Start Your Research
Knowing what is in your neighborhood is something we tend to take for granted. You know where the best sushi place is and exactly what grocery store is closest to your home for those last-minute runs. When moving to a new neighborhood, especially in a new state, it is key to decide what is important to you when it comes to proximity. Does your new house need to be near a park for your kids? Do you need to be 5 minutes from the closest coffee shop? You'll also want to look into crime rates and school ratings if you have children. Researching your potential neighborhoods will help you feel bette ...
Monday, April 29, 2019 / by Dixie Simon
I don’t know about you but I think house hunting is so much fun! Everyone has a list of needs and wants when it comes to their dream home. But what happens when you walk into a home and it isn’t really speaking to you? Maybe the walls are covered in wallpaper and the clutter never ends. It can be SO hard to look past the visual noise that but it is so important to try when you are house hunting because, at the end of the day, the clutter isn’t what you are buying. The walls and permanent features of the home are what you are spending your money on. You just need to learn how to picture yourself in that space and determine what you would be able to do with it.
Size, shape, and functionality are all so important when looking at a home. When you walk in, look around to see what other rooms you can see. Are they on the first floor? Second floor? Try to get a feel for the walls that are up and how you would place your furniture in the space. How big are the rooms ...
Sunday, April 28, 2019 / by Dixie Simon
Buying a home is not cheap; however, there are costly expenses associated with selling a home as well! But being informed and educated will ensure that you aren’t surprised about any of the fees required when you are in the home selling or buying process. Contrary to what some people may say, it is important use a real estate agent who will help shed light on closing costs and help you know what to expect at all times.
“Closing Costs” is a term used to encompass all the fees that are associated with the loan process. The buyer will pay some of these fees, and the seller will pay some of them. The buyer generally pays for any of the expenses associated with getting the loan for the mortgage and the seller usually pays the real estate agents commission and fees associated with the transfer of the property. Here are some of the fees typically included in the closing costs; appraisal, home inspection and loan application fee, assumption fee, attorney&rsquo ...
Sunday, April 28, 2019 / by Dixie Simon
Buying a home isn’t necessarily a walk in the park. There are a lot of steps involved! One of the bigger, more confusing steps, is the loan process. You are getting a bank, or some sort of mortgage lender to entrust you with hundreds of thousands of dollars. Yeah, that is a big deal! The bank will have you jump through a couple of hoops to be sure they can trust you with their money. It doesn’t need to be a big scary process, but there are a few rules you can follow to ensure you keep the process as seamless as possible. Once you start the loan process, it is important that you follow these rules so you don’t put yourself at risk for losing the loan.
1. Don't change jobs, quit your job or change your job status.
The bank wants to know you have a steady job. They need to know that you have a secure and steady source of income so you can pay your mortgage. Now isn’t the best time to be job searching. Hold tight, and be patient!
2. Don't ope ...
Saturday, April 27, 2019 / by Connie Tracy
What is an Appraisal Report?
The appraiser sends the report to the lender taking note of the value of the home and how it was reached. Lenders are required to give buyers a copy. It may include the following:
* Condition of the home and notes about the neighborhood
* Information about upgrades
* Interior and exterior pictures
* Maps of the parcel and home
* Information about the comparables
* Description of how the appraiser determined the home value
* The home's value
As a seller, it is helpful to have the home appraised for a higher value. Here are some steps to give the appraiser the best possible impression of your home.
1. Keep receipts or pictures of recent upgrades or renovations
According to some appraisers, renovations made in the past five years are most valuable. However, even if it has been more than five years, you may want to mention it. Take note any newer appliances that are part of the home such as a new dishwasher or stove. Having this ready bef ...