Home Buying Tips

Things to help you buy your home.  Whether it's your first home or a luxury estate, you'll find useful info here.

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Explore the Home Closing ProcessFirst time homebuyers may not know much when it comes to closing on a home. Time can easily get away from buyers busy with arranging a move and getting everything in order. Knowing more about the closing process can help mitigate challenges and allow a buyer to get everything in place for this last part of the home buying process.

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Home Closing: The Final Hurdle

A buyer is now getting close to the end of the home buying process at this point. In the majority of cases, buyers are financing their purchase, necessitating the involvement of a lender. Home closings are generally faster and with few, if any,

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What To Put On Your Home Wish ListWhen getting ready to look for a brand new home to buy, most buyers already have an idea of what sort of features they want, and it could be anything from hardwood floors to a big yard with a patio. Before buyers go to home showings, they should put together a home wish list to organize everything they want and have an answer for all the questions their agent will ask when trying to find them the prefect home. Here are some things to consider when making a wish list.

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Wants and Needs: How to Differentiate Between Them

Many people are familiar with the term “wants versus needs” and how it’s used to organize

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Start to a Home-buying BudgetIt pays to not get more home than can be reasonably afforded. A home-buying budget can help create a financial cushion when first purchasing a home, making it easier to make regular mortgage payments and upgrades to a home. Know how to get started on a realistic home-buying budget today.

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Review Current Expenses

When buying a home, the amount of debt to an applicant's income will be of interest to lenders. Before looking for a mortgage lender, review your credit history, credit card and banking statements over the last three months. Assess how much money generally goes towards expenses like:

  • Car or
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4 Things You Need To Know About Historic HomesMany people dream of owning a slice of history, and that can be done fairly easily through buying a historic Tuscany home in Henderson NV. A historic home is defined as a home that is associated with a significant historical event or was significant to a historical figure’s past, is distinctive in its construction, and gives insight to the time period that it was built in. Buying a historical home can seem amazing on the surface, but there’s a lot more to it than just signing on the dotted line. Here are some of the most important things buyers need to know about historical homes before making an offer so they can decide if it’s truly for them.

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4 Common Mortgage Mistakes Buyers MakeVery few people have the means to buy a home with cash only, and that means in order to buy a home, most people are going to need a loan. Because loans are so important to buying homes, it’s important that buyers make sure they don’t make any mistakes when applying for and using them. However, it can be easy to make mistakes, especially for first-time home buyers who haven’t dealt with mortgages before. Here are some common mistakes buyers make regarding mortgages and how to avoid them.

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1. Going With the First Lender

There are many, many different lenders out there, and each of them offers different rates

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Buying a Home? What You Need to Know About Pre-Approval and Pre-QualificationPre-qualification and pre-approval are both a part of the mortgage application process. All home buyers who apply for a mortgage must go through these processes. To show they are able to qualify for a mortgage, most buyers will start the mortgage application process before making an offer on a home.

If you're thinking about buying a home, it's important to know the difference between pre-qualification and pre-approval. Knowing the difference can help you decide what you need to do in order to make a competitive and attractive offer when you find a home you wish to buy.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed mortgage professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

What Is Mortgage

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Your Mortgage Refinancing GuideMost new home buyers will need to secure financing in the form of a mortgage with a lender. However, the interest rate a borrower closes with, doesn't have to be the interest rate they are stuck with for the life of the loan. In most cases, a homeowner can refinance their loan.

There can be several reasons for refinancing a mortgage. One reason could be to simply reduce the amount of monthly payment. However, some may be struggling to make mortgage payments or could use extra funds to cover unexpected expenses. Those homeowners that qualify may benefit from refinancing their home mortgage, as refinancing can help borrowers get better terms on their loan or achieve specific goals.

There are important considerations for those thinking of

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3 Floor Plans Home Buyers Should KnowRanch or multistory home? There are many questions home buyers have about the different types of floor plans when they’re planning to buy a new home, like what exactly is the difference between an open floor plan and a semi-open floor plan? A home’s floor plan can drastically change how the home feels to live in, so home buyers should know the differences between them and know which floor plans will work best for their lifestyles. Here are some of the different floor plans home buyers will find and what sets them apart from each other.

Open Floor Plans

Open floor plans have become especially popular in the past few decades, but what exactly does it mean when the floor plan is open? Homes are considered to have an open floor plan when two or

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All About Fixed Rate Versus Adjustable Rate MortgagesMortgages come in many flavors. One of the many things that homeowners can decide when selecting is mortgage is whether their loan will have a fixed or adjustable rate. The interest rate on a mortgage can affect the monthly payment amount. So knowing the difference between the adjustable and fixed rate mortgage, including the pros and cons, can help a home buyer decide what kind of mortgage is right for them. Here's what you need to know.

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What Is an Adjustable Rate Mortgage? Fixed Rate Mortgage?

Very simply, a fixed rate mortgage is a mortgage with an interest rate that never changes. The fixed rate

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What to Know About Property TaxesMost first-time homeowners realize that along with buying a home will come the responsibility of paying property taxes. What may come as a surprise is how much property taxes can add up to, requiring many to budget for this expense that can amount to thousands of dollars annually. In most cases, however, property taxes are placed in an escrow account should a mortgage be used in buying the home. Understand more about property taxes and a few ways to reduce property taxes today.

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An Overview of Property Taxes

Property tax will be determined on assessed real estate property. It is generally a value that is in

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