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These Were the Cheapest Cities to Buy a Home in 2018
Investing
Are you ready to make a big move? Around the country, the housing markets in big cities like San Francisco and New York are currently soaring. The increase in demand for housing and the lack of available units is driving the prices up exponentially. This is causing many families to think long and h...
4 days ago
Leisl Bailey
Is There A Benefit To Paying 6% Realtor Commission?
Home Selling
What are the benefits of paying 6% commission over 5% for a real estate agent? Are there any at all? We are here to tell you. Realtor commission can be one of the biggest costs associated with purchasing a home. This is because on a $200,000 sale, a 6% commission is $12,000. That’s a pretty big c...
4 days ago
Leisl Bailey
When is Home Refinancing a Good Idea?
Buying a Home
Sometimes refinancing a home can be a smart financial choice. This is because restructuring payment plans can help you spend less on your mortgage each month, allowing you to save up for other areas of your life, like building up retirement or medical funds. While many factors can affect your choic...
5 days ago
Leisl Bailey
Top 10 Tips to Buying a Home Without a Realtor
Buying a Home
Buying a house without a Realtor can be tough. When you decide to buy a home on your own, you are essentially forfeiting the industry connections and years of experience that comes with partnering with a Realtor. However, if you follow the steps below, purchasing your dream house without a Realtor ...
5 days ago
Leisl Bailey
A Complete Guide to Home Appraisal Costs
Investing
We know that buying a house is stressful. We’re here to make it easier for you. That’s why our complete guide to home appraisal costs covers the ends and out of what you need to know about the entire appraisal process. This way, you can set a realistic budget as early in the process as possible...
2 weeks ago
Leisl Bailey
How Does Rent to Own Real Estate Work?
Buying a Home
Are you wondering about rent to own real estate? While this method of purchasing a home is very uncommon, if you do enough research and start the process with your wits about you, it’s possible that this could be a beneficial option. Here’s what you need to know: What is Rent to Own Real Estate...
2 weeks ago
Leisl Bailey
6 Signs of a Bad Real Estate Agent (YES You Can Switch)
Home Selling
Buying or selling a home is one of the biggest, if not THE biggest financial transaction you will ever make. So, being aware of the signs of a bad real estate agent is an essential part of ensuring the process goes smoothly. The 6 Signs of a Bad Real Estate Agent There truly are some terrible agent...
2 weeks ago
Leisl Bailey
The Ultimate Home Appraisal Checklist
Home Selling
Before you can apply for a mortgage on a home (or refinance the mortgage you already have on the home you currently own!) there is something very important that you need to do first: you need to have your home appraised. The Ultimate Home Appraisal Checklist This home appraisal checklist covers eve...
2 weeks ago
Leisl Bailey
How to Conquer the Stress of Buying and Selling a House (Complete Guide)
Home Selling
How stressful is buying and selling a house at the same time? It depends. While there is certainly a lot to juggle while you are wearing both the home seller and homebuyer hats at the same time, if you know what to expect (and have a good support system around you!), the stress of the property tran...
4 weeks ago
Leisl Bailey
What Do I Need to Buy a House in 2018?
Buying a Home
Updated 9/19/2018 “What do I need to buy a house?” is a great question to ask yourself at the beginning of the property transfer process. Once you decide that you need to move, be it for a new job opportunity, to be closer to your children, or maybe even to make room for an expanding family, th...
4 weeks ago
Leisl Bailey

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