buying a home: Buying A Home This Fall... - 10/16/18 09:56 AM
 
Buying A Home This Fall Comes With Some Advantages
 
 
Thinking about buying a home this fall? Sure, the days get shorter as we enter the fall and winter months, but there are a few benefits for those looking to buy a home this fall.
 
With the shorter days and longer night ahead, one would think “not the best time to buy a home.” But, not so fast – the slower pace just might be what the doctor ordered for would-be homebuyers.
 
Are you in the market to buy a home? Here are 3 of the top reasons why buying in the fall or winter … (5 comments)

buying a home: Top 3 Reasons To Purchase A Home This Fall - 10/17/17 11:23 AM
 
Top 3 Reasons To Purchase A Home This Fall
 
 
As the long summer days come to an end and days start to grow shorter, there are some substantial home-shopping benefits. And even though fall typically signals the start of things slowing down in the real estate market, it doesn’t mean the fall season is not a good time to buy a home. In fact, fall is a great time to buy a house, let me explain. 
 
Fewer Buyers~
Yes, come fall, families that wanted to buy a new home before the start of the new school year are no longer in the market. And … (7 comments)

buying a home: Buying/Selling A Home – Don’t Give Up More Than You Have To! - 08/23/17 11:34 AM
 
Buying/Selling A Home – Don’t Give Up More Than You Have To!
 
 
 
*Whether you’re on the buying side “or” selling side of the transaction – you never want to give up more than you have to.
 
After your intense search for the for the perfect home, it finally happens. You finally get your offer accepted, and you strike a deal on the perfect home. Of course, it wasn’t easy as it most likely took some intense negotiations and you probably had to beat out other hopeful buyers. But you finally did it, and you and the seller have come to terms.
 
But not so … (10 comments)

buying a home: Waving The Home Inspection Is A Big Gamble. - 08/10/17 02:01 PM
 
Waving The Home Inspection Is A Big Gamble.
 

 
 
As a home buyer, you want to make your offer as attractive as possible. But waiving the home inspection may sound like a great strategy, but it is a big gamble at the very least. And here’s why.
 
Buyers in a competitive housing market need to sharpen up their pencil before making an offer, so they don’t get beat out by others buyers. Besides offering a quick closing date or more than the asking price, some buyers might be tempted to agree to waive the home … (58 comments)

buying a home: A Home Warranty Plan – A Safety Net That Comes In Handy - 05/09/17 11:25 AM
 
A Home Warranty Plan – A Safety Net That Comes In Handy
 
 
 
Those of you thinking about buying a home need to know about a repair and maintenance safety net called "a one-year home warranty plan."
 
Many first-time home buyers don’t even know what a one-year home warranty plan is. As renters, when the water heater breaks or the heater stops working they instinctively call the landlord to fix the problem. But what do you do when your water heater breaks, and there’s no landlord to call?
 
For homeowners, the next best thing to calling a landlord when there’s a needed repair is … (17 comments)

buying a home: Many Hats – But None Bigger Than Trusted Advisor! - 04/13/17 12:01 PM
 
We Wear Many Hats – But None Bigger Than Trusted Advisor!
 
  
As a Realtor, we have to wear many hats to be successful, but no hat is more important than the one of trusted real estate advisor to both home sellers and home buyers.
 
For home sellers, our advice usually starts off with advising them on establishing an asking price. I find that most home sellers I meet already know the price they want “as well as” the price they will accept. But it is the job of a professional Realtor to advise a homeowner what the house should appraise for as … (22 comments)

buying a home: What to Expect During Your Home Inspection. - 04/04/17 02:32 PM
 
What to Expect During Your Home Inspection.
 
 
Did you just make an offer on a home and have it accepted? If so, congratulations. And as exciting as it is (especially for first time home buyers,) it is also a bit scary, too! But before you start deciding where the furniture is going to go “or” before choosing a new paint color for the dining room, you’ll need to have the home you’re about to buy inspected by a professional home inspector.
 
As fun and as exciting as it is to buy a home, there’s no doubt about it – it is also … (8 comments)

buying a home: Revealing Helpful 2017 Home-Buying Tips… - 03/21/17 11:08 AM
 
Revealing Helpful 2017 Home-Buying Tips…
 
 
The 2017 spring home-buying season has not only sprung up quickly but also it looks like the spring home-buying season is going to be very competitive for buyers as the shortage of housing inventory remains tight and prices high. The number one regret for buyers is not starting their home search soon enough. And according to some top surveys – those looking to buy a home successfully this year should start the process early.
 
Here’s a sobering fact for those thinking about buying a home should know. According to Real Estate Market Reports, U.S. home values across … (9 comments)

buying a home: Backup Offer – Should You Pursue It? - 03/08/17 10:53 AM
 
Backup Offer – Should You Pursue It?
 

 
 
So you’re looking to buy a home? Odds are you’ve seen “Backup offer” on a “For Sale” yard sign, and there’s a good chance you’ve now seen the word “Backup offer” when searching for homes online, too! But what does “Backup offer” really mean?
 
Often, today’s home buyer sees the word “Backup offer,” and they don’t really understand what it means. When searching to buy a home, a lot of buyers presume that when they see “Backup offer,” it means the property is no longer available. But guess what? That’s not necessarily the case. … (12 comments)

buying a home: Negotiations After the Purchase Contract is signed - 02/08/17 10:35 AM
 
Negotiations After the Purchase Contract is signed
 
 
 
When buying a home – most of the negotiations occur before the seller and buyer sign the contract.
 
Although, the negotiations don’t necessarily end with the acceptance and signing of the purchase contract. In fact, especially in competitive markets, negotiations continue once in escrow.
 
In many cases, just after the buyer home inspection, issues typically arise, and any such issues spark another round of buyer and seller negotiations. The negotiations usually go one of three ways. The buyer and seller negotiate fixes, credits, or in extreme cases the buyer and seller can't come to terms and … (64 comments)

buying a home: Home Buying: A Step by Step Process! - 01/25/17 12:03 PM
 
Home Buying: A Step by Step Process!
 
 
 
After a long debate and after careful thought you’ve made the decision to buy a home. And as first-time buyers find out – buying a home can be a complicated and stressful process. Although, knowing what to do and what to expect reduces a lot “if” not all the anxiety and will help you confidently open the door to your new home.
 
Below is a step by step guide for first-time home buyers to follow.
 
Your credit
 
Unless you are paying all cash for your home, you’ll want to have a good FICO score. Why … (8 comments)

buying a home: Home Buyers: Before Reaching the Closing Table “Be Proactive.” - 01/10/17 10:47 AM
 
Home Buyers: Before Reaching the Closing Table “Be Proactive.”
 
 
 
Once the seller accepts your offer, there are a few things “you” the home buyer should be aware of before reaching closing day.
 
Once you “the home buyer” signed on the dotted line the real work begins. Everything from the loan process, disclosures, home inspection, and final walkthrough are very demanding and deserve your complete attention. Keep in mind. As you make your way to owning a home, there are some key things to focus on once the home buying process begins.
 
Let’s start with your home mortgage loan! Most home buyers need … (6 comments)

buying a home: Important Real Estate Disclosure Facts. - 10/04/16 05:27 AM
 
Important Real Estate Disclosure Facts.
 
 
 
Whether you are buying a home “or” selling a home, real estate disclosures are an essential part of the real estate transaction. It is standard practice for the seller to do everything possible to show the property at its best. And 9 out of ten times the seller gets the home in selling shape to make sure the home looks its best. Although, sometimes the seller makes the home look great in hopes of hiding potential defects/flaws.
 
The good news, especially for potential home buyers – in most areas around the country, sellers (and their agents) are … (6 comments)

buying a home: Is The Real Estate Market In A Bubble That’s Ready To Pop? - 09/29/16 05:45 AM
 
Is The Real Estate Market In A Bubble That’s Ready To Pop?
 
 
Especially after the last real estate bubble popped, everyone wants to know “are we in another real estate bubble that’s ready to pop?”
 
As a real estate investor/agent/broker, I continually get asked, “is the real estate market in a bubble that’s ready to pop?” Now, before I share my thoughts on this topic, it is important to remember my opinion is really geo-specific to the greater Los Angeles area. And just to put it into perspective. California is its own economy by itself, and Los Angeles is a micro-economy inside … (9 comments)

buying a home: Buying a Home? Understand and Protect Your Initial Deposit. - 07/28/16 05:35 AM
 
Buying a Home? Understand and Protect Your Initial Deposit.
 

Making an offer on a property and having it accepted is exciting. But once the contract gets signed by both parties – now it’s time (for the buyer) to show good faith and put some money down (usually 3% but can be as much as 10% of the purchase price) to let the sellers know they are serious about the home purchase.
 
Your offer gets accepted, and now you need to fork over a good chunk of money to escrow (know as the initial deposit) to show good faith and your interest in … (35 comments)

buying a home: Are Home Buyers Primed to Buy Right Now? - 07/07/16 05:55 AM
 
Is now a good time to buy a home? Have you been on the sidelines waiting to time the real estate market? Well “if” so – it looks like you might be in the driver’s seat getting ready to enjoy the ride. It looks like buying a home today pencils out pretty good right now for those that have been waiting on the sidelines.
 
Are you tired of paying ultra-high rents? Well if you have been renting you know that rents are at an all-time high. And if you have been paying attention to home mortgage rates – they are approaching all-time … (5 comments)

buying a home: Home Buying Made Easier - 06/27/16 08:03 AM
 
Home Buying Made Easier
 
 
 
Shopping for a home is a lot easier with the help of the Internet. But with that said - home buyers should understand the three major dealbreakers. Home buyers “if” a home doesn’t meet any of these three categories, do yourself a favor and move on.
 
Even with all the help from the Internet to weed out homes - today’s home buyers still view about a ten homes before making an offer, and unless very lucky they will probably view a few more homes before they eventually get their offer accepted.
 
But what is the key to shopping … (5 comments)

buying a home: Timing the Real Estate Market “Best” for You - 06/10/16 06:33 AM
 
Timing the Real Estate Market “Best” for You
 
 
When it comes to ‘timing’ buying or selling a home isn’t as easy as one might think. Buying or selling a home usually happens due to a life event (and or) a financial one. And because buying or selling a home usually happens from a life event or a financial issue – the real estate forecasts and the economy take a back seat to consideration. With that said – sellers and buyers seemingly always ask the question, “when is the best time to sell or buy?”
 
So for those that have the solace of … (5 comments)

buying a home: To Invest in a home “or” Not to Invest in a home? - 03/21/16 04:37 AM
 
To Invest in a home “or” Not to Invest in a home?
 
 
 
Is buying a home a smart investment? While some say “yes” others might say “no.” So why is there such a nonaligned view? The reason there is such a diverse view is simple; this is a classic case of “there are two sides to every story.”
 
For those that say a buying a home is not a smart investment because it does not pay you money every month – they’re right. Although, with that, said – that does not mean buying a home is not a smart investment.
 
Let me … (2 comments)

buying a home: Your Home is Your Castle… - 02/05/16 04:24 AM
 
Your Home is Your Castle…
 
 
It does not matter whether you rent or own- your home is your castle. Not only is your home where you create precious memories, but also, it provides much-needed protection. But how do you know whether renting a home or buying a home is best for you?
 
Knowing whether or not renting a home or buying a home is right for you is a vital decision to make. One thing is for sure- when buying a home- you don’t want to make a mistake and do it too soon, just as you don’t want to wait too … (5 comments)

 
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