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Buying a Home, Selling a Home

What is a Seller’s Market in Real Estate?

March 14, 2017

In real estate, a “seller’s market” occurs when the demand for housing exceeds the supply. This often results in multiple buyers competing for a single home. Cue the bidding wars… A seller’s market is obviously an ideal time to sell your home—especially if you have built up a lot of equity. But is it the right time to buy a home? Imagine falling in love with a house and then having to submit a more attractive offer than 10 or even 20 competing buyers (and…

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Buying a Home

The Facts on Closing Costs

February 26, 2017

Closing costs: a generic term tossed around by mortgage originators, real estate agents and even your neighbor. But what are these fees all about? Read on to learn the basics of closing costs and how they will affect your home purchase. What are closing costs? Closing costs, or settlement costs, are one-time expenses charged in connection with the origination of your loan. They cover additional costs like loan origination fees, loan discount points, appraisal fees, title search fees, title insurance premiums, survey fees, transfer taxes,…

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Buying a Home

What Does a Homebuilder Do?

February 16, 2017
Couple with Real Estate Agent

As you might have guessed, there’s much more to homebuilding than foundation and framing. If you’re thinking of purchasing a new home, read on for what you might expect from different builders. Floor Plan Selections: Homebuilders often have architectural teams that design their own floor plans (including us!), offering a variety of single- and multi-story layouts to choose from. Floor plans also vary widely in structural features, such as different bed and bathroom counts and add-on options like covered patios and finished basements. To learn…

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Buying a Home

4 Signs You’re Ready for Your Next Home

February 13, 2017
Happy couple packing boxes

On the fence about buying a new home this year? Following are four signs you’re ready to make a move—and soon! Your home requires major renovations. Current living space simply not working for you? A brand-new home may be a better option than costly, time-consuming renovations. Plus, do you really want to live amidst the dust and disrepair? Your household is changing. A new baby, an older child leaving the nest, an aging parent suddenly requiring round-the-clock care… So many factors can alter your household…

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Financing & Insuring

New Home Loan Limits For 2017

January 3, 2017
New 2017 Home Loan Limits

Wondering about financing a new home in 2017? Good news! Home loan limits have increased in the new year for several areas across the country. That means more homes may qualify for a greater variety of loans—potentially offering you more ways to finance your dream home! While not all areas experienced increases, it’s certainly worth checking to see if your county got a boost. Here’s a breakdown of the recent changes by loan type. Conventional loans Conventional loan limits at many Richmond American communities saw increases…

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