Looking to buy a home soon? If so, you’ll want to start saving for a down payment — and thinking about getting pre-approved for a home loan. But before you do, it’s worth checking your credit score to see whether you need to bring it up to increase your chances of qualifying.
These days, very little is left to the imagination when it comes to browsing homes for sale online. With virtual tours, professional photos and mapped locations, it’s easy to see what you might be getting — before you ever set foot in a potential purchase. Technology certainly has its advantages, doesn’t it?
These listing features help you, the homebuyer, narrow down your home search and direct your real estate agent to specific properties. And although you shouldn’t risk ruling out an otherwise perfect property based solely on its online reputation — hey, even houses have bad days — photos and videos can help save time and energy when it comes to building your short list of homes to tour.
So what should you really be looking for based on these photos, videos and mapping tools? Start with:
How deep do your feelings go for the place you call home? Here are some indicators you’re completely head over heels.
We all know that moving can be stressful. Add to that the confusion and anxiety that a child may feel at leaving their familiar little world, and all of a sudden moving into that new place can be downright traumatic.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here’s a list of some things you can do to ease your child’s transition to a new home.
We all have it. That long list of dream renovations or upgrades we’d like to do on our homes but never seem to find the money or time to get started.
There’s a lot to consider when buying a house: location, price, bedroom count, taxes, and a slew of other items everyone and your uncle will remind you about, especially if you’re a first-time homebuyer.
Here’s yet another item you shouldn’t forget: Educating yourself about local schools. Whether you have a full house, you’re an empty nester looking to downsize, or you’re years from starting a family, the quality of schools should factor into your home search.
According to the National Association of Realtors, schools will affect:
Instant Offer or Instant Trouble
Online companies may facilitate your transaction, but not necessarily with your interests in mind.
By Hilary Nixon, RE/MAX Senior Public Relations Specialist
This week my parents, Norma and David, are making a move they’ve never made before: They’re downsizing. They both were born in 1945 (I’m sure they’ll be psyched I just told you that), and although they missed the exact window to be labeled baby boomers, they have, for the most part, identified with the Post-World War II generation. Boomers have had a broad influence on the American way of life since coming onto the scene between 1946 and 1964. According to some experts, my parents are on the very front end of a trend that will see a significant number of boomers transition into a smaller, simpler, more manageable lifestyle. In many cases, this can involve selling a home that’s just too much to maintain.
Hear that whoosh? It’s the sound of homeowners in flood-prone areas around the country sighing in relief, albeit cautiously. In late October, Congress drafted legislation calling for a four-year delay of the Biggert-Waters Act, which would have significantly raised flood-insurance premiums.
By Katharine Davis, RE/MAX Editor
Yes, I know the leaves are falling, the temperatures are dropping and the holidays are fast approaching. But my sights are set on spring – the season when my husband and I hope to become first-time homebuyers.