What First-Time Home Buyers Should Know

Making the decision to buy a home can be both exciting and frightening at the same time. There are many considerations to be accounted for before you even sign the papers. Since this is likely the biggest purchase you have ever made, it’s important to do it right to prepare for the future. Consider the type of home you want to buy, decide on a budget and stick with it, understand that the searching and buying process can be a long and arduous task, and be sure that buying is the best option before you go in. Here are some other good tips to get you started.

What You Need to Know About Real Estate Investing

Historically, real estate has been one of the most solid investments to consider. But in 2008 real estate got a huge “Black Eye”. Personal and commercial properties can offer excellent opportunities for investors. But as in many things timing is everything.

Top 10 Cities for 1st Time Home Buyers and Retirees

Recently “The Money Source” decided to mine their database of home loan applications and choose their top 10 cities for first time home buyers. Of course every list like this is somewhat subjective and depends a lot on what criteria they used for their decisions. But when it comes to first time home buyers obviously low cost real estate is going to be a major priority. Another key factor will be a healthy local economy that provides plentiful job opportunities. But in addition to just financial factors choosing a location to relocate to also involves ascetics i.e things to do, places to go, and people to see.

Tips for First-time Home Buyers

Buying a new home is an exciting adventure that requires careful planning and budgeting. Real Estate agents often break market conditions into two classifications i.e. a “Buyer’s Market” or a “Seller’s Market”. In the first eight years of the new millennium much of the world experienced a housing bubble. During this time the world was awash in liquidity and the real estate market was considered to be a seller’s market. Property was thought to “always appreciate” and so it was in high demand. In a typical sellers market homes receive multiple offers often within days or even hours of being listed. This would result in the price being bid up above the seller’s initial asking price. A buyer’s market will provide more flexibility in financing and room for negotiation. First-time home buyers can benefit from a few tips on navigating the higher standards of mortgages and what to look for in that first new house.

Is Beach Rental Affordable on a Budget?

Many people are struggling financially perhaps due to a lack of work experience, working part-time while attending college classes or simply the overall economy. Younger families may also be paying student loans or have other expenses to contend with.

Affordable beach rent on a Budget With these and other factors in mind, you may have your heart set on a beach location but also be focused on trying to find an affordable place to live.

Financial Freedom: What you Need to Know About Your Mortgage

Buying a house is probably one of the biggest decisions you will make, so it’s important to understand what you’re getting into. Suppose you live in British Columbia and have spoken to a custom home builder in Vancouver and you have determined the cost of your dream home. Some builders work with specific banks to help arrange your mortgage while others leave finding the mortgage up to you.

Although it may seem easier to go with the mortgage provided by the builder, you have to look carefully at the terms of the proposed mortgage. This is probably the largest purchase of your life so don’t be afraid to ask your builder and/or mortgage broker questions before you sign on the dotted line. Often the builder will “get a cut” which may increase the cost of your mortgage by 1% or more, which could add up to thousands of dollars over the life of the mortgage, so it pays to compare. A few minutes of diligence could result in the highest paid moments of your life! If you know what you’re looking at and have a good understanding of your mortgage contract, you will avoid making a costly mistake.

5 Steps to Improving Your Home’s Value

When it comes to the value of your home, it’s all about appealing to the masses. While you may love having a pool, far too many buyers look at this feature and see the maintenance costs as a liability. So consider resale value before making major changes. Here are five steps you can take to make your home look more favorable to most buyers, and that will result in a rising value.

Finding the House of Your Dreams

Buying a home is one of the biggest financial investments you can make in your life but looking for a home is stressful. You know the payoff will be great, but the agents and the time spent on drive-bys can feel like a chore. You also get tunnel vision, where you’ve seen something so many […]