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,…

Buying Your First Home: Bringing Friends and Family Along for the Ride

Buying a home can be stressful, whether you’re buying with a partner or solo. Seeking the guidance and second opinions of friends and family (hopefully homeowners themselves) is a great way to ease your mind — and make a more informed decision. You’ll learn from their experience and, more importantly, avoid their mistakes! Here are…

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…

The Right Home for You Right Now

You’re ready to buy. Props to you! Taking time now to narrow your focus (yes, we’re advising you to be completely selfish right now) will pay off big-time in the end. We’re talking about how to choose the right home. Location, Location, Location That old saying is still true. Where you choose to live will…

Home Shopping Time Wasters (and How to Avoid Them)

Worried you’ll waste too much time on the wrong one (hmm, sounds like a past dating experience) or rush into a less-than-stellar buying decision? The key to confident home shopping is being able to spot problems from the jump and bounce when necessary. By following these time-saving tips, first-time home buyers are sure to shop…

Is This Neighborhood Next Level?

Buying a home may be one of the biggest investments you will make in your lifetime. This single purchase has potential to significantly increase your net worth. And — added bonus — a home is the only investment you can actually live in. So what makes a good investment? We’ve all heard it before: location,…

Why Home Shopping Takes Detective Work (and How to Do It)

Discovering major problems with a home during the home inspection can be like *stomach drop*. Save yourself some money (and heartache, if you fell hard for the home) by looking more critically at these five key elements when you are out house hunting. Set Your Eyes on the Site The site is probably the biggest…

Up in Your Feelings About a Fixer-Upper? Read This First.

Imagine the scene: During a simple kitchen renovation, a contractor uncovers some super-serious damage and, the next thing you know, walls are going down and half the house is gutted. That’s completely OK if you had planned for surprises from the get-go. But if you didn’t, scope creep can lead to heartbreak and financial strain….

The Not-So-Bad News About Short Sales

A short sale means that the owner of the home owes more to the bank than the home itself is worth (i.e. “under water” or “upside down”) and now wants to sell. The owner is in a bad spot, as he or she will get little or nothing from the sale, and the bank is…