Classes, Conversations and Other Ways to Educate Yourself About Home Buying

Preparing to buy your first home? Research should be a top priority at this time. An educated buyer is a successful buyer and, fortunately, there are many resources that help home buyers learn about credit, budgeting, financing, selecting a home, homeowners insurance, closing, taxes and agency. Once you’ve reviewed realestate.com’s first-time buyers guide, dig into…

A Killer House Bidding Strategy: Think like a Seller

With sky high rents and rock bottom interest rates, it seems the perfect time to buy. But there’s a problem: not a whole lot of houses to go around. It’s not uncommon for a seller to list a home on Friday morning and, by Sunday night, have a pile of offers to sort through. So…

Let’s Do This: Making an Offer

Making a purchase offer is two parts logic, one part emotion and one part pure guts. How much should you offer? Is your opening bid too high or low? Are there competing offers? Will the house appraise? Here are some super-important factors to consider when writing a purchase offer on a home. Forget the List…

Calling It Quits: How to Back out of a Home Contract

If you’ve landed here, you may be at the tail-end of a real estate transaction. Something has changed, you’re having doubts and now thinking, “Can I back out of buying this house?” The answer is yes … in certain circumstances. A Buyer’s Best Friend: Contingencies While it’s true that the seller is required to disclose…