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Buying a Home

Contracting on a New Home in the Fall

October 5, 2017

Why October is a great time to buy The leaves are falling, the telltale pumpkin spices are in the air, and homebuyers are making their moves. What makes this season a great time to take the leap into homeownership? Let’s find out now…   Avoid the holiday rush When you have a mile-long gift list and you’re facing all the normal stressors of the holiday season, there may not be room on your calendar for visiting communities and model homes with your real estate agent.…

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What is a Seller’s Market in Real Estate?

March 14, 2017
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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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What Are House Hunters Looking for in 2016?

September 9, 2016

From dedicated laundry rooms and outdoor living spaces to eat-in kitchens and walk-in pantries, here’s a look at the top structural items on homebuyers’ wish lists—plus a few more desirable features like exterior lighting, garage storage and hardwood floors. Check out our handy infographic and feel free to share it!   If you like this post, don’t miss our other home-focused infographics: Tips for coordinating your home’s color scheme and A simplified guide to mortgage options.   

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What to Look for When Buying a Townhome

September 1, 2015

Does the idea of living closer to the city appeal to you? What about the idea of no yard, or maybe a smaller one requiring less maintenance? If so, a townhome might be a good option for your next home. But what do you look for when buying a townhome? Read on for our quick primer on townhome basics, floor plans and more.   TOWNHOME BASICS Townhomes are attached dwellings that share at least one wall with another home, typically near shops and businesses in…

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Why Renters are Becoming Homebuyers in 2015

February 26, 2015

2015 is shaping up to be a great year for first-time homebuyers, as the real estate market continues to enjoy a resurgence in new homes built, coupled with exciting new breaks designed to make homeownership more affordable. To get the full scoop, check out these four reasons renters are making the leap to homeownership in 2015. THE RETURN OF 3% DOWN PAYMENTS ON CONVENTIONAL LOANS In fall 2014, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac each announced a decrease in down payments required on some conventional loans…

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