First Steps to Take Before Searching for a Home

Purchasing a home turns into a fairly lengthy process – one often far longer than most imagine. Even before you start browsing neighborhoods and checking properties, you should allot about eight weeks to financial preparation. At the same time, expect to spend roughly six months working with a local REALTOR® to learn about certain towns,…

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6 Hidden Costs of Homeownership

When it comes to purchasing a home, one myth persists: That because mortgage payments are smaller than monthly rent, owning a house is cheaper. Yet, those considering their first purchase often leave out the hidden costs, which add up over time. From making repairs yourself to lawn maintenance, the price keeps up and eats away…

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Tips for Buying a Second Home

Whether you’re looking to invest, create a quick getaway, or find a place to retire in the future, a second home can be a possibility – as long as you take the right approach. The typical buyer considering a second property is 46 years of age and makes about $99,000 per year. The property purchased…

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Should You Buy or Rent in 2015?

It’s not just interest rates and prices indicating improvement for the housing market. When buying becomes more advantageous than renting, it’s a sign conditions are becoming stronger. For 2015, is the market leaning toward buyers? Or is renting still your best bet? For Buying After a couple years of growth, 2015 appears to have reached…

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Four Homebuying Trends for 2015

Experts agree that 2015 should be the year the housing market stabilizes. Of course, this statement comes with its upsides and downsides. For one, improved hiring, especially for Millennials, is said to be bringing more first-time buyers, while lending standards have become less strict, essentially broadening eligibility. By contrast, prices, especially compared to the growth…

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