The House is a Dime Piece. Does the Yard Match Up?

The home you like is nestled in the chillest neighborhood ever — mature trees, quaint back alleys and lots of charming front porches as far as the eye can see. And your favorite coffee shop is a short block-and-a-half stroll away. You’ve visited this house more than a few times — at different times of…

How to Find the Right Real Estate Agent

If you’re like most first-time home buyers, you probably grind on the daily. The hustle is real, so why would you expect any less from your real estate agent? Finding someone who understands your needs and also knows her way around the block will make shopping for a home a little less taxing. Get Recommendations,…

Say What? Home Buying Lingo You Should Know

DTI, PMI, LTV … TBH, it can be hard to keep all this stuff straight. Designed to help you shine, this lexicon of real estate terms and acronyms will help you speak the language like a pro. Appraisal management company (AMC): An institution operated independently of a lender that, once notified by a lender, orders…

Up-and-Coming Neighborhoods: Before You Buy

You’ve got your eye on an older neighborhood that needs a little love. You can tell, just by looking at the architecture, that the place must have been completely dreamy when the first residents moved in. Now, not so much. There’s word on the street that things are changing. Some young couples are moving in,…

Why Co-Buying a House Requires Baby Steps

It’s been a minute since you moved into your apartment. And you’re so over it. The time seems right to buy a home. You’ve been toying with the idea of co-buying … with a friend, maybe your SO or both. There are clear advantages to co-buying. Pooling incomes allows you to shop in a higher…

End the Arguing: How a Couple Can Compromise When Home Shopping

You and your SO have made the decision to buy your first home. And that’s where agreement ends. Your thoughts on home style and location are at opposite ends of the spectrum, and the bridge loosely connecting the two? Way wide. Don’t let bickering get the better of you. Follow these steps to establish some…

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Home Loan Paperwork

You’re going to be reviewing and signing a lot of paperwork in the days leading up to and during closing. Most of the documents you sign at closing are related to your loan and will vary, depending on loan type, property type, property size (single unit or more than one unit), property purpose (home or…