Whether you’re looking for a home in Dallas, TX or Seattle, WA, deciding to put earnest money down on a house is a big and necessary step towards buying a home.
Earnest money,also known as good faith money, is a critical part of the house buying process. It is a deposit given to the seller showing the buyer’s good faith in the transaction.
See also: Home Inspections: What You Need to Know
The reason it is so important is that it shows the seller that the buyer is very serious about buying the property. After the home-buying transaction is completed (contract signed by both parties) the buyer’s good faith … (3 comments)

real estate: WHAT IS A HOME WARRANTY? - 01/18/17 07:48 PM

What is a home warranty?
As an added incentive to buying a home, many sellers will purchase a home warranty, also known as a home owners warranty or home protection plan, usually lasting up to one year. A home warranty is a service contract that covers the repair or replacement of home appliances and home system components that may break down.
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How does it work?
There are many different companies from which you can buy a home warranty, but they generally all work the same way. Once purchased (typically $400-$600 for one year), the home owner calls the company when … (1 comments)

real estate: 4 THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT WANT WHEN BUYING A HOUSE - 01/18/17 07:40 PM

Buying a house is often the biggest purchase a person will make. When making a decision of this magnitude, the last thing you want is to walk away from your closing day with buyer’s remorse. One way to avoid any regret after buying a home is to make a list of things you do notwant in a house.
Here are 4 things you might put on your ‘do not want’ list:
Swimming Pool: The cost and hassle of constant maintenance, cleaning and upkeep may not be worth it to you and your family. Keep in mind, if you decide you don’t want the pool … (0 comments)

real estate: 4 Reasons to Sell Your Home in 2017 - 01/06/17 07:29 PM

2016 was an outstanding year in real estate and 2017 is shaping up to be a strong year, as well. If you have been thinking of putting your home on the market – now is the time! Here are 4 reasons why 2017 is a great year to sell your home:
Low inventory. The Dallas-Fort Worth area is still experiencing a shortage of houses on the market. Low inventory means overly eager buyers and home selling quickly at or above asking price.
Related article: 6 Home-Selling Myths, Debunked
Rising interest rates. With more interest rate hikes in the near future, many potential buyers feel they … (0 comments)

real estate: Home Care Tip: How to Fireproof Your Home - 11/12/16 04:54 AM
A house fire is a devastating occurrence and unfortunately, in newer homes, these fires can be even more destructive. Since many of our newer model homes contain more synthetic materials and have open floor plans – house fires can spread more quickly, causing irreparable damage and are even more deadly compared to some older homes.
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According to the American Red Cross, approximately 47,000 fires occur during the winter holidays, claiming more than 500 lives, causing more than 2,200 injuries, and costing $554 million in property damage each year. Follow these steps now to ensure your … (2 comments)

real estate: Tips for First-Time Homebuyers - 10/18/16 02:13 PM

Buying your first home can be an overwhelming process. While there are many factors that go into buying a house, there is one thing that is most important in your search – price. In order to find the right home, you have to know what you can afford to buy.
Follow these tips to know how much you can afford to pay for your first home:
Calculate monthly payments.
Ask yourself, How much can I reasonably afford to pay each month?
Make a spreadsheet of all your bills and expenses, (including an estimate of utilities in the new home). Be sure to include things you … (3 comments)

real estate: JUST LISTED: GORGEOUS 3BD/3BA LAKEFRONT HOME ON PK LAKE, TX 76449 - 09/15/16 11:44 PM
1057 Airport Rd
Graford, TX 76449
COUNTY: Palo Pinto
Price: $300,000 Bedrooms: 3 Total Baths: 3 Year Built: 1983 Sq. Feet: 2,678 Lot Size: 0.573 acres School District: Graford ISD FEATURES:
Looking for that picture-perfect lakehouse in a fabulous location? Look no further! Here in Graford, TX on the North East side of the gorgeous Possum Kingdom Lake (PK Lake), less than 90 miles west of Fort Worth, is a sprawling ranch style, waterfront property, waiting for the perfect family to make many years of amazing memories!
Sitting on over half an acre of land, nestled into a quiet part of PK Lake, … (3 comments)

real estate: How Solar Energy Can Help You Sell Your Home - 09/09/16 12:24 PM

Being environmentally friendly is not always kind to your bank account. But did you know, ‘going green’ could potentially help you sell your home for an ever greater profit?!
Here’s how: Solar Energy.
Installing a solar energy system instantly makes your home more desirable to potential buyers. Additionally, if the solar energy system is purchased (and not leased) it increases the value of the home. Once the system has been paid for in full, the home owner has the privilege of enjoying energy at $0 cost.
You may also like to read: What You Should Update Before Selling Your Home
The prospect of never having … (1 comments)

So, you’ve decided to sell your home. You look around through the eyes of a potential buyer, asking yourself, what do I need to update, fix, change, etc.?
Bathrooms and kitchens are common areas that sellers may choose to spend some money on remodeling so as to appeal to more buyers and ensure a higher selling price. As it turns out, one of the simplest things you can do before selling your home is to update your appliances!
Buyers LOVE knowing they are purchasing a home with brand new appliances. A washer and dryer set older than you can be a deal breaker for … (1 comments)

real estate: How to buy a house with good resale value - 08/26/16 12:42 PM

When buying a home, first and foremost, you want it to meet all the criteria on your 'must have' list. But in thinking long term, you want to buy a home that you could potentially sell for as much as your bought it...and hopefully more. In order to buy a home with good resale value, there are a few main things you can add to your 'must have' list:
Curb Appeal: Homes should be welcoming from the street. Look for things like large windows with brightly painted shutters, a large front porch with seating, a well-landscaped lawn, etc. Basically, nothing from the front … (1 comments)

real estate: What you need to know about mold damage before buying a home - 08/20/16 12:24 PM

Mold is a healthy part of the decomposition process found in nature. But, mold inside your home, is not such a good thing. When mold is found in the home, that is a red flag warning you there is unwanted moisture entering the home.
Mold in your home is not just off-putting to the eye and sometimes with an unpleasant order, but too much mold, or certain kinds of mold can even been hazardous to your health. To know whether or not the home you are buying has mold, you should ALWAYS have the home inspected before signing a contract.
See also - … (2 comments)

real estate: 8 Reasons You Should Buy a Home Instead of Renting - 08/07/16 12:45 PM

Buying a home is one of the best investments you can make; yet, many people still decide to rent a home year after year. Before you think renting a home will save you money and is a better decision for you in the long run – make sure you check out these reason why it is in your best interest to buy a home instead of renting:
Paying your mortgage on time each month raises your credit score and can keep it over 700 points. Home sale exclusion – a tax break for home owners on the profit of … (0 comments)

real estate: How to Choose Between Two Great Houses When Buying a Home - 07/26/16 12:41 PM

What do you do if you fall in love with two perfect homes for you and your family? How do you decide which home to buy? To help you make the best decision, consider the following categories when comparing the two homes:
Schools: While both homes may be in the same school district, the location of the two different homes may belong to different schools within the district. Even if you do not have children living in your home, often times the school district may bring a certain kind of neighbor. Be sure the school district attracts the kind of neighbors you … (1 comments)

real estate: Home Staging Tip: Prepare the Lawn Before You Sell - 07/18/16 01:09 PM

The inside of your home may be perfectly clean, arranged, decorated and ready for even the pickiest of buyers to take a tour; but, if your lawn is a wreck, your great efforts on your home's interior may be for naught.
First impressions are almost impossible to change once made. If the first impression a potential buyers gets of your house starts from your front lawn, make your front lawn shine.
Here are a few tips for getting your lawn "sell ready":
Cut the grass: Yes, it's that simple. A nicely mowed lawn makes the home look well-maintained and cared for. Trim the … (0 comments)

real estate: 6 Tips When Buying a Brand New Home - 07/11/16 12:10 PM

When you buy a brand new home, you typically don't have to worry about a lot of the baggage and potential money pit situations that come with an older home. However, just because the home is "new", doesn't mean that everything is automatically perfect with the home or neighborhood. Even if you are buying a brand new, never lived in, house in a new development  - in order to avoid disappointment or buyer's remorse, it is important that you follow these next six tips to ensure that this particular home is right for you:
Your house may not look like the … (4 comments)

real estate: How Home Staging and Curb Appeal Can Get You More Money When Selling Your Home - 06/29/16 01:11 PM

Small details can make a big difference when your house is for sale. Potential buyers sometimes look at 4, 5, 6 or more houses in a day, so you need to make sure your home stands out in the best way possible. Home Staging and Curb Appeal are two aesthetic elements that, if done well, will leave the potential buyer walking away from your house wanting to buy it, even if that means submitting an offer over your listed price or even entering into a bidding war.
First Impressions: Many buyers will already start to make up their mind about a house … (2 comments)

real estate: What to expect in closing costs when buying a home - 06/27/16 12:48 PM

Buying a home is more than just the obvious listed price. You must also factor in several different components that you, as the buyer, are responsible for paying around the time of closing.
Here are the items you should be expected to pay for as the home buyer:
Home Inspection: A professional home inspector will check your home inside and out and will give you a detailed report of the home's condition. If there are any red flags that may give you pause about buying the home - the home inspector will find them. Plan to spend $200-$400 for this service, depending … (0 comments)

real estate: What is included when you buy a home? - 06/21/16 11:30 AM

It is quite common for a prospective buyer to fall in love with specific items that perfectly suit the house, such as a light fixture, dining room table, or even a mounted in-set  flat screen TV. But how do you know what exactly is included with the sale of a home?
Everything is negotiable; however, here are some general guidelines for knowing what exactly you are getting with your home purchase.
You may also want to read: 6 Steps to buying a home
Hardware: Your basic light switches, doorknobs, cabinet pulls, etc. all stay with the home. If the home owner used certain … (2 comments)

real estate: 5 Steps to sell your home FAST! - 06/17/16 12:12 PM

Work related moves are extremely common and more often than not, they require the urgent need to sell a home FAST! If you find yourself in a similar situation, don’t panic. There are practical steps you can take to ensure your home sells as quickly as possible.
Professional pictures: You may think you have a great camera, but if you really want to impress potential buyers and sell your home fast, leave the photography to the professionals. Hire a professional photographer to come to your house and take pictures of the interior and exterior of your home. Using special … (2 comments)

real estate: How to find a good homeowners’ association - 06/10/16 06:19 AM

Neighborhoods with Homeowners’ Associations (HOAs) can be a great place to live, whether you’re in Mansfield, Southlake or elsewhere in the DFW Metroplex. Often, HOA communities have wonderful perks such as a community clubhouse, neighborhood pool, parks, sport facilities, community lake, etc. Along with desirable amenities comes HOA rules and regulations that homeowners are expected to follow, such as expectations for your lawn, house exterior, fence, holiday decorations, etc. In order to ensure you are buying a home in the right community for your family, here are some questions you should ask yourself when looking for a good home … (0 comments)

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