Inspections & Negotiations Archive

Before you close on your new home, you’ll have to go through inspections and negotiate with the seller — here’s everything you need to know to ensure you walk away with the best deal possible.

5 Things to Know About Fannie Mae Appraisal Guidelines

5 Things to Know About Fannie Mae Appraisal Guidelines

You’ve heard of Fannie Mae, but what is it, exactly? The Fannie Mae program helps lower- to moderate-income borrowers afford to buy their own home. Fannie Mae does not lend money itself, but the ...

5 Additional Questions to Ask During a Home Inspection

5 Additional Questions to Ask During a Home Inspection

Buying a home can be stressful, especially if you’re new to the buying process. While your [popup-modal text="real estate agent"] will be a much-valued asset during your journey, it’s also importa...

HOA Transfer Fees: What They Are, What They Cost, & Who Pays

HOA Transfer Fees: What They Are, What They Cost, & Who Pays

Whether it’s due to repairs or to unforeseen fees at the closing of a transaction, the hidden fees of buying a home shock most buyers. HOA transfer fees are one type of fee that pops up at closing w...

5 FAQs About Fireplace Inspections and When to Get One

5 FAQs About Fireplace Inspections and When to Get One

Nothing says cozy quite like a roaring fire on a chilly winter's day. For hundreds of years, families have gathered around fireplaces in the home to keep warm, cook food, and socialize. Today, fire...

7 FAQs About Termite Inspections and Reports

7 FAQs About Termite Inspections and Reports

Termites are responsible for property damage and cost a whopping $5 billion every year. 600,000 homes across the United States deal with infestation annually. Given how widespread these pests are, ...

7 FAQs About Home Appraisals

7 FAQs About Home Appraisals

Do the words “home appraisal” strike fear into your heart? Whether you’re a home buyer or seller, the appraisal is an important, and scary, part of the real estate process. If there is a lend...

5 Options Buyers Can Ask for In Lieu of Repairs

5 Options Buyers Can Ask for In Lieu of Repairs

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, always, always, ALWAYS get a home inspection before purchasing a home. Sure, it may be tough to learn that your dream home has major foundation damage,...

7 FAQs About Negotiating When Buying a New Construction Home

7 FAQs About Negotiating When Buying a New Construction Home

Negotiation is a tricky business in real estate transactions. For many costs, there is a traditional way of doing things. However, virtually everything is up for negotiation. A skilled negotiator can ...

Top 5 FAQs About Sending Repair Request Letters to Sellers

Top 5 FAQs About Sending Repair Request Letters to Sellers

When you find a home you like, pick your battles when requesting repairs after a home inspection. While it would be nice for the seller to fix every issue, there are only so many they're usually willi...

How Does a Home Inspection Work When You Buy Out of State?

How Does a Home Inspection Work When You Buy Out of State?

Ah, the tricky logistics of buying a home remotely. It can be done and is done frequently by loads of buyers each year. But, there are some quirks to making sure everything runs smoothly. Since you’...