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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Steps to Buying Your First Home

By Dr. Brian P. Simon Getting a foot оn the real еѕtаtе lаddеr can be challenging and quite daunting. Making the dесiѕiоn to buy уоur first home is a mаѕѕivе life еxреriеnсе and requires a lоt of careful planning and thought. However, your first adventure into the wоrld of real estate does not have to

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2019 Home Buyer’s Tips – Chris Wulff

By Chris Wulff Budgeting for Homeownership As likely the largest and most important purchase you’ll ever make, homeownership requires careful budgeting. This includes planning not only for a down payment and a monthly mortgage, but also property taxes, repairs, and other costs through the life of the home. You are going to have to hire

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Cheryl Eidinger-Taylor, president of ERA Key Realty Services in Northbridge, Massachusetts:

By Cheryl Eidinger Taylor What tips do you have for first-time homebuyers? Make sure you know the process. Review the home-buying process, timing of a purchase, funds that will be needed and the current market circumstances (i.e., is it a seller’s market or a buyer’s market? Are short sales or foreclosures available, etc.). By knowing

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