Home Buying Tips

June 20, 2024

Worried About Mortgage Rates? Control the Controllables



Chances are you’re hearing a lot about mortgage rates right now. You may even see some headlines talking about last week’s Federal Reserve (the Fed) meeting and what it means for rates. But the Fed doesn’t determine mortgage rates, even if the headlines make it sound like they do ...

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June 20, 2024

What You Need To Know About Today’s Down Payment Programs



There's no denying it's gotten more challenging to buy a home, especially with today's mortgage rates and home price appreciation. And that may be one of the big reasons you’re eager to look into grants and assistance programs to see if there’s anything you qualify for that ...

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June 3, 2024

The Biggest Mistakes Buyers Are Making Today



Buyers face challenges in any market – and today’s is no different. With higher mortgage rates and rising prices, plus the limited supply of homes for sale, there’s a lot to consider.

But, there's one way to avoid getting tripped up – and that’s leaning on a real estate  ...

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May 13, 2024

The Top 2 Reasons To Consider a Newly Built Home



When you’re planning a move, it’s normal to wonder where you’ll end up and what your future home is going to look like. Maybe you’ve got a specific picture of that house in your mind. But unless you came into this process knowing you want to buy a newly built ...

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May 13, 2024

Tips for Younger Homebuyers: How To Make Your Dream a Reality




If you’re a member of a younger generation, like Gen Z, you may be asking the question: will I ever be able to buy a home? And chances are, you’re worried that’s not going to be in the cards with inflation, rising home pricesmortgage rates, and more ...

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April 19, 2024

Is It Better To Rent Than Buy a Home Right Now?



You may have seen reports in the news recently saying it’s more affordable to rent right now than it is to buy a home. And while that may be true in some markets if you just look at typical monthly payments, there’s one thing that the numbers aren’t factoring in ...

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March 28, 2024

What Every Homebuyer Should Know About Closing Costs



Before making the decision to buy a home, it's important to plan for all the costs you’ll be responsible for. While you're busy saving for the down payment, don't forget you’ll want to prep for closing costs too.

Here’s some helpful information on what those costs are ...

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March 21, 2024

4 Tips To Make Your Strongest Offer on a Home



Are you thinking about buying a home soon? If so, you should know today’s market is competitive in many areas because the number of homes for sale is still low – and that’s leading to multiple-offer scenarios. And moving into the peak homebuying season this spring, this is only expected ...

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March 15, 2024

Finding Your Perfect Home in a Fixer Upper



If you’re trying to buy a home and are having a hard time finding one you can afford, it may be time to consider a fixer-upper. That’s a house that needs a little elbow grease or some updates, but has good bones. Fixer-uppers can be a really great option if ...

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March 7, 2024

What To Know About Credit Scores Before Buying a Home



If you want to buy a home, you should know your credit score is a critical piece of the puzzle when it comes to qualifying for a mortgage. Lenders review your credit to see if you typically make payments on time, pay back debts, and more. Your credit score can ...

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