“What’s the crime rate in this area?” It’s a common question and we understand completely why homebuyers want the answer. Unfortunately, real estate professionals are forbidden from answering it. So, when your question is met with silence, or you’re directed to the local police station or a ... Read More about An important thing about your new home that your real estate agent is forbidden to tell you
Sure, the results of an appraisal and the home inspection can stop a real estate deal dead in its tracks, but what if you never get that far in the process? What if the lender turns down your loan application – is there anything you can do to buy a home? That depends on why the lender denied your ... Read More about My mortgage application was turned down. Now what?
OK, so you don’t have a warehouse full of designer furniture, accessories and home décor items or a degree from an interior design school. Don’t let that stop you from fashionably staging your home before you put it on the market. Staging isn’t merely the act of decorating a home; it is ... Read More about DIY staging tips that won’t break the bank
Your monthly mortgage payment, which includes the loan’s principal, interest, property taxes and homeowners insurance, no doubt takes a large chunk of your take-home pay. Most homeowners just live with the pain, despite some concrete steps they can take to lower the payment. It’s not easy, ... Read More about How to lower your monthly house payment
“Deferred maintenance.” It’s a term that real estate professionals hear frequently. It describes a home that has been neglected and raises red flags concerning its condition. Putting off routine home maintenance can not only lead to big, ugly, expensive problems down the line, it causes a ... Read More about Prevent home repairs by breaking these 5 bad habits