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.

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Do You Need a Structural Engineer for a Home Inspection?

Once you have chosen the perfect home that checks off every box on your house hunting checklist, you should always hire a professional for inspection before entering the negotiation process. Most init...

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6 Things to Know About Loan Contingencies When Buying a Home

In a real estate transaction, a contingency is a legal provision that makes finalizing a property sale conditional on the terms of a designated contingency clause. Contingencies are listed in the purc...

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Is It Legal to Sell a House with Asbestos? What You Need to Know

You won’t find any asbestos in most of the products made today. In fact, if your house was built after 1978, you probably don’t have asbestos. However, many of the products used to build your home...

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Four Things to Know When Buying a Home With Lead Paint

In 1978, the federal government banned the use and sale of lead-based paint. Before the ban, the majority of homes built were painted with lead paint. So how does this affect homes currently for sale ...

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6 Questions to Ask your Home Inspector

Buying a home is a significant investment. Most offers are made contingent upon a home inspection, and for good reason. A home inspector inspects your potential new home for any needed repairs and ide...

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Tools of the Trade: Home Inspector Gadgets, Explained

A home inspection is a must if you’re buying a house. If you don’t have any remodeling or contracting experience you might wonder what all those tools in your inspector’s kit with tell you about...

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Buying a Fannie Mae Home: an In-Depth Guide

You can get a great deal when you buy a Fannie Mae home. But because the home is owned by a government-sponsored agency rather than an individual, the home buying process is different. You’ll need t...

FHA appraisal

6 Things to Know About FHA Home Appraisal Inspections

Home appraisals are a regular part of the home buying process and are often required by lenders. Home appraisals are performed to determine a home’s actual value so lenders can be sure they’re mak...

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Ultimate Home Inspection Checklist for VA Home Buyers

If you’re a prospective buyer interested in using your VA home loan benefits when purchasing your home, then you’ll need to have a VA appraisal done. But while the VA appraisal is invaluable fo...

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How to Read a Home Inspection Report and Avoid a Money Pit

Picking out a house can be an emotional process. Perhaps you fell in love with one home because it had a weeping willow tree in the backyard that reminded you of your grandmother’s house. Maybe you ...