Home Selling & Buying Tips for Veterans

House hunting is tough for everyone. If you’re a civilian, retired veteran or active military, the pressure for getting your house sold and finding a new place to live can be intense. Any veteran knows that moving around is part of the job. But moving can be much more complicated when a military family member is deployed. This added nuance can increase stress and potential add risks and challenges. So what can you do to ease the stressors of moving? Find a military-friendly realtor. Real estate agents who frequently work with military families already understand your special needs. They can save you time and money in the process because they understand the accelerated timelines. Let the realtor do the legwork for you. Your [...]

By |2016-12-15T18:35:15-05:00October 25, 2016|Homebuying|

Why Is Curb Appeal Important

An attractive exterior can make or break the sale of your home. In fact, improving your curb appeal can add to your home’s value. In real estate, curb appeal is known as frosting. Homes with high curb appeal typically take less time to sell while commanding higher prices. Curb appeal refers to your property’s overall appearance from the street. Buyers form their first impression of a home while standing in the street, sitting in their car and viewing pictures of your property online. In fact, potential buyers make decisions about whether to even view a home based on listing photographs. You have less than eight seconds to capture their attention and draw them into look at more information about your property. The bottom [...]

By |2016-12-15T18:35:23-05:00October 20, 2016|Homebuying|

Home Buying Mistakes to Avoid

Buying a home is one of the biggest purchases you’ll make in your lifetime. Make the process go smoothly by learning from the mistakes others before you have unintentionally made. Doing so will ensure you move into the home of your dreams. If you’ve never purchased a home before or you’ve taken the plunge many times before, a quick review of these costly pitfalls to avoid will be helpful. Stay within Your Means. The thrill of shopping for a new house can make anyone giddy. From granite countertops to smart home technology to wine rooms— it is easy to get distracted by all the bells and whistles. Each additional feature increases the cost of the property. Adding an additional $5,000 to your mortgage [...]

By |2016-12-15T18:35:32-05:00October 17, 2016|Homebuying|

Preparing for a Home Appraisal

Getting your home appraised can be nerve racking. You’ve invested time and money in your home and know you what you think it is worth. But putting the actual value assessment into the hands of someone else is another story. Let’s face it, home appraisal forms may not always capture a home’s true value. But a lowball appraisal can derail financing and can potentially kill deals. One study showed that problems with appraisals cause approximately 13 percent of contracts to fail. The bottom line is home appraisals are here to stay. They are needed when you’re selling, buying and refinancing your home. Mortgage lenders won’t close on a loan that is more than the home appraisal. There is not need to stress when [...]

By |2016-12-15T18:36:11-05:00October 4, 2016|Homebuying|

Why a Good Insurance Review is Important for Your New Home

Typically the single largest purchase of any person is buying a home. This makes getting the right property protection a must. The best way to do this is by getting a good insurance review that fully covers your investment. A good insurance review helps you – the homebuyer – determine: Proper replacement costs for the actual structure and your personal belongings on the property. Note that personal property includes everything from appliances to clothing, which is typically equal to 75 percent of the value of the home. Liability coverage for negligence you could potentially be sued over. For instance, your dog could bite a guest or a visitor could fall down your stairs due to a lose handrail. Is Everything Covered? Never assume [...]

By |2016-12-15T18:36:17-05:00September 28, 2016|Homebuying|