More Than a Price Tag: How to Calculate the Overall Cost of Buying a Home

If only buying a home was as simple as buying a loaf of bread at the grocery store. Life sure would be easier. Imagine the price that you see on a home actually being the price you end up paying. As you likely know by now, that simply is not the case. Depending on where […]

4 Insightful Ways to Start the Home-Buying Process

The home buying process should be a fun and interesting one whether you are shopping for your first home or have gone through it several times before. The internet, smartphones and virtual tours have changed the way that people shop for homes these days. How can modern technology aid in your home search and provide valuable insights along the way?

More Than a Fixer-Upper: 5 Major Issues That Will Kill Your Home Sale

Though many people want a move-in ready home, others are willing to buy a house that needs a little work to get a break on the price and a chance to build equity. However, there’s a big difference between a fixer-upper and a money pit so the majority of buyers require a professional home inspection before completing the sale. Here are four major issues that can spook buyers or kill your final home sale price.

6 Reasons Investing In Real Estate Can Be a Good Idea

Investing in real estate got a bit of a bad reputation during the crash of 2008. But investing in real estate is a great way to diversify your investment portfolio, Here are six reasons why you should consider investing in real estate.

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.