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What should I check during the final walk through?

 What should I check during the final walk through?

Congratulations!    It is time for that final walk through of your new Western New York home.    Up until now it has been a whirlwind of activity.   This is your final step before signing all of the papers to make this Western New York house your home.   You are excited, and think why is this important?   Well it is.   What if the [...]

Loan Application Checklist for Buyers

 Loan Application Checklist for Buyers

If you are not purchasing your Western New York home outright with cash, part of that process is obtaining a Mortgage. Since applying for your Mortgage can be confusing, we have assembled a list of all the documents you will need for your WNY home mortgage application. Having all of this information when you initially meet with your mortgage [...]

Why Hire a Buyer's Broker in the purchase of a Buffalo Home

Why Hire a Buyer's Broker in the purchase of a Buffalo Home

It is great fun for many Western New York buyers to search for the perfect home in WNY.  They visit open houses, call listing agents to see homes that they find on the Internet.   Many buyers mistake this as being in their best interest. But exactly who is that agent that they are calling loyal to?   You might just be surprised that their [...]

Are you ready to purchase a home?

You have to admit it is a fair question.    Many Buffalo Area Homebuyers bypass this question and immediately start the home search process.  You are talking about your financial health and no matter if you are a 1st time home buyer or someone moving up into their next home, it is a daunting decision.  Here are a couple of indications that [...]

Real Estate Explained | Home Owners Insurance

Real Estate Explained | Home Owners Insurance

Once you sign the sales contract there are many details that have to happen.   One such detail on your closing checklist is obtain Home Owner's Insurance. What good is a sizable nest egg if it's left unprotected? To make sure your assets are properly covered, you need to consult someone who's knowledgeable about the ever-changing world of [...]

Existing Home Owners may be eligible for the expanded tax credit

Existing Home Owners may be eligible for the expanded tax credit

The Government is giving away free money! At least for the next 95 days you might be eligible for a tax credit of $6,500 or $8,000!   Everyone is aware of the Tax Credit for 1st time home buyers. So how does this affect current home owners?   Well let me ask you a simple question - How long do you think it will take you to save $6,500? Read [...]

Options for those without a down payment

Options for those without a down payment

The first step is financing your dream home is Selecting a Mortgage Professional to determine what you can afford and how much money you will need for a down payment and closing costs.  Before you go house shopping you need to understand where you stand financially and what you can really afford.    There are many financing options, including [...]

What did we just do?

What did we just do?

Buyers Remorse - Do you have it? What did we just do?   It is a question that many 1st time home buyers and even people that are moving from one home to another ask themselves.   They suddenly find themselves very worried about the future that it is going to take 30 years to pay off their mortgage and really own the home that they just [...]

Handyman Specials and Fixer uppers; are they good investments? Handyman Specials and Fixer uppers; are they good investments?

 Handyman Specials and Fixer uppers - Are they good investments? There are many types of homes to purchase, brand new homes all perfect is what we dream about.  But some of the best Buffalo homes may be less than perfect.  Shriveled plants, weeds, wallpaper needing removing, peeling paint, or a cracked driveway are problems that sellers must [...]

How to get a great Real Estate Deal in Western New York!

How to get a great Real Estate Deal in Western New York!

 I hear it on a regular basis from Western New York Buyers: "I want a Great Real Estate deal!" Makes you think of the popular TV game show "Let's Make A Deal!" There sometimes you get a flashy sports car, and sometimes you left with his and her bicycles or worse. Much like the For Sale by Owners, WNY Buyers that try to go it alone without [...]

Comments (8)

Corey Chase
Silvercreek Realty Group - Meridian, ID

Great blog wealth of knowledge!

Feb 13, 2010 06:02 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Colleen - this is an excellent resources for your clients and prospecta. And so cleverly presented. I would think this would be terrific to use in an email campaign or to share as part of a marketing or relocation package.


Feb 13, 2010 10:48 AM
Charlottesville, VA

There is a lot of information here. I think it shoulb be a feature!

your friend in Charlottesville Virginia!

Feb 13, 2010 12:29 PM
Colleen Irwin
Retired - Irondequoit, NY
Creative Real Estate Solutions...

Thanks Corey!

Jeff -- funny you should mention that...   it is part of my email campaign...

Charles -- you are too kind...

Feb 14, 2010 09:18 AM
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 116 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK


Buyers need all of the good and truthful resources that they can find.  this is a list of good ones that every buyer needs to read.  I especially like the reminder about home owners insurance.

Mar 15, 2010 04:08 PM
Adam Malachi
A 2 Z Realty LLC - Castle Rock, CO

Excellent post! Very good information's!

Thank you very much for sharing.


Mar 23, 2010 04:39 AM
John Lake
Shamrock Home Loans - Mashpee, MA
Cape Cod and Sarasota Mortgage Banker

Just an FYI,

Recently when buyers apply they need to explain all recent inquiries on their credit report. A good tip for potential buyers is, other than shopping for a mortgage please do not apply for any additional credit thtoughout the process.  

Mar 27, 2010 01:34 AM
Lee & Pamela St. Peter
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522 - Raleigh, NC
Making Connections to Success in Real Estate

Hi Colleen, thanks for the great list!  But where have you been?  Hopefully too busy with RE...  but you've been missed!

May 12, 2010 03:39 AM