firsttime home buyers: Aaaarghh! I Just Can't Decide!!! Let Me Ride On a Helicopter... - 03/23/10 06:39 AM
Aaaarghh! I Just Can't Decide!!! Let Me Ride On a Helicopter...
As inventory increased in the years following the "sub-prime meltdown" and we switched from a "seller's market" to a "buyer's market", many buyers experienced MORE DIFFICULTY in making a puchase decision.
(OK, hold it, wasn't it supposed to be easier, now that there are more choices available...??)
The fact is that having MANY options sometimes OVERWHELMS buyers and causes BUYER PARALYSIS!
Buyers are comparing different types of homes (private sales, short sales, lender-owned, foreclosure auctions) that have different advantages and disadvantages, features. special prices, incentives and gimmicks.
To keep the buying … (7 comments)

firsttime home buyers: The A-Z of Buying a Home (Part 5) - 11/12/09 11:52 PM
The A-Z of Buying a Home (Part 5)
By Alan Donald,
This is the last part of our brief guide for first-time home buyers in South Carolina. Once you have closed on the purchase of your home, you will still need to take care of some very important details (in addition to your move):
1.Change all the utilities in your name. Usually sellers stop their accounts as of the closing date, sometimes they give you 1-2 days grace. The last thing you want is to get to your newly purchased home and find the power is off, and the temperature … (0 comments)

firsttime home buyers: The A-Z of Buying a Home (Part 4 of 5) - 08/28/09 03:30 AM
By Alan
You have finished performing your Buyer's Due Diligence and everything's lined up for a closing on a specific date and time (usually at the attorney's office). What happens at this "closing"?
A "real estate closing" is the name given to a completion of the real estate transaction, including legal (title) and financial (loans & mortgages) aspects. It is an event that normally takes about an hour, in which normally all the parties are present (the sellers and their listing agent, the buyers and their buyer's agent, the closing attorney, and in some instances the loan originator). The parties … (0 comments)

firsttime home buyers: The A-Z of Buying a Home (Part 3 of 5) - 08/22/09 05:30 AM
By Alan Donald,
You found a home, negotiated a favorable contract ("ratified" = signed & delivered). You are supposed to close in 30 days. What now?
This period from contract to closing (also known as "escrow period" in some states) is critical for the buyers to do their due diligence. This means investigating everything they want about the home including the bricks and mortar, the title, the neighborhood, etc. to their satisfaction. It is also the time to formally apply for the loan (you may have shopped around with different lenders before you got pre-approved by one of them. You … (0 comments)

firsttime home buyers: The A-Z of Buying a Home (Part 2 of 5) - 08/21/09 02:45 AM
The A-Z of Buying a Home (Part 2)
by Alan Donald,
OK - so you've hired a REALTOR, discussed your needs and buying criteria and got preapproved by a lender. Now it's time to go see homes! Although it is a relatively small city, the Charleston Metro Area is very large, with hundreds of neighborhoods, areas and subdivisions each with a different style, construction, lot size and price point. 
Step 4 - The Home Search
The home search is a collaborative effort between you and your REALTOR. If you are comfortable "sharing the news", make sure that you mention to … (1 comments)

firsttime home buyers: Tips for First-Time Home Buyers - 06/14/09 05:50 AM
As a first time home buyer, you need to maintain a balance between money and lifestyle in a way that makes sense for you and your family.
Buying a home comes with great benefits, but also with added responsibilities, one of the reasons many would-be first home buyers are very apprehensive and fearful of the process. They need not be. Although the process is not complex, it includes a myriad of steps that have to be done in the right order to avoid problems.
Hiring a REALTOR who can recommend the right team of inspectors, attorneys, lenders, surveyors, insurance agents, painters, … (0 comments)

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