A Guide for First-Time Home Buyers

By: Zoocasa The decision to purchase your first home is one of the largest you’re likely to ever make, both from an emotional and financial perspective. It is important to find balance between the excitement of becoming a new homeowner, and being practical about your needs. As a first-time buyer, this process can be quite

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Top 7 Things a Home Buyer Should Consider When Deciding on Location

By Bill Gassett What are the top things a home buyer should consider when deciding on the location of their first home? There are a number of factors that go into deciding on a location in which you’ll be happy. Every buyer is different but some of the more important factors include the following: How

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The Top 5 Things to Look For When Inspecting Your First Home

By Bo Kauffmann Over the past few years, many insurance companies in Winnipeg have taken issue with several items such as the below: Knob and Tube wiring, which is an old style of electrical wiring typically found in homes pre-1950s houses. Insurance companies have started to demand that new home owners remove that old wiring

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9 Mindful Tips to a Stress-Free Home Buying Experience

You decide it’s time to buy a home. Naturally you start talking about it – your hopes, dreams, plans and wishes. Next thing you know, your friends and family start recounting their near-death stories of the struggles and stresses they went through on their home buying journey. So, you enter the process with your guard

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House Prices Are Not the Real Barrier to Millennial Home Ownership

By Steven John @stevenjohnbooks www.stevenjohnbooks.com After having experienced the most precipitous drop in modern times after the bursting of the housing bubble in 2007, American home prices are again near a peak high. This elevated market suggests a vast and ready pool of would-be home buyers, and as the last of the so-called Millennial generation

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Top 6 Things First-time Home Buyers Should Consider After They’ve Bought the Home

By Bo Kauffmann 1) Between the time when your offer has been accepted and the actual day-of-possession, DO NOT make any changes to your financial status. For example, do not go out and get a car loan, or buy lots of furniture on a lay-away-plan. Many lenders will perform a second credit check just BEFORE

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Board Packaging

By Frederick Peters Board package preparation is one of our industry’s most important and underrated skills. It requires financial know-how, authorial and editorial skills, and a keen ability to craft disparate elements into a coherent and compelling narrative. As most of my readers will know, co-operative apartment purchases, and increasingly purchases in condominiums as well,

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Top 5 Things Luxury Home Buyers Need to Consider

Securing the right homeowners insurance isn’t typically seen as the most exciting or sentimental part of the house buying experience. But especially for luxury homebuyers with so much at stake, it’s not only important that you do it – but important that you do it right. Here are the top things luxury homebuyers need to

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How to Make the Right Home Buying Compromises in a Hurry

Since then end of the Great Recession, some properties are selling far over asking price. Many are selling in the first week of marketing with multiple offers, many are going to buyers with cash or very large down payments. This is especially true in areas where there is a low number of properties for sale.

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Mortgages Matter: What Americans Need To Learn From The Past Recession

By Frederick Peters Are we safe from another mortgage meltdown? During the first quarter of 2019, ATTOM Data Solutions reports that fewer than 10% of outstanding mortgage loans nationwide are “seriously underwater.” “Seriously underwater” means that the mortgages on the property exceed its value by 25%. While slightly higher than the level at this time last year, this

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