closing on your home

7 steps to handle closing on your house like a pro

Congratulations, your offer on a home has been accepted! So...now what? For many first-time buyers, the process of buying a home becomes much less clear after all the contracts have been signed. If you need to know what happens between then and the closing table, you’re in luck. We’ve developed the ultimate closing checklist for buyers. Read over these steps to learn how to navigate the home buying process like a pro. 1. Put that hard-earned dough

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How to buy a house

If you’re a first time home buyer, you’re probably feeling a bit at a loss as to where to begin. What do you need to buy a home? What’s the first step? Uh, can you even afford to buy a house in the first place? These questions are common -- and with so much money (and years of your life!) on the line, you’re smart to want to do things right. But don’t let yourself

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Just say no: 4 signs it's time to back out of buying that house

It's not fun to think about, but even if you fall in love with a home, it might not be the right fit. Although a home may meet all your must-haves, sometimes, issues come up that are just not worth it. In those cases, even if you've put an offer on the place, it might not be too late to back out of buying the house before closing, and find another option that will ultimately work. It happens more often

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Breaking it down: What is a home appraisal based on, & what are some home appraisal tips?

For both potential homebuyers and sellers, home appraisals can be a nerve wracking time because if the appraisal comes back substantially higher or lower than the sale price, both parties will have to renegotiate accordingly. But, we're here to break down what what home appraisals consist of, why they matter during closing, and 7 tips for sellers to ensure they can do everything they can to help move the closing process along. Why should you care about home appraisals as

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What you need to know about negotiating requests for repair

TL;DR Negotiating for repairs is often a delicate process. Be reasonable in your demands, and always weigh the consequences of your requests against how badly you want the property. A good buying agent will have your back and help you navigate and negotiate either repairs or credits. You may have gotten your offer accepted, but if you think the negotiations are over once your new home goes into escrow, think again. After you get a home inspection report and

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First-time FAQs: Do I need a home warranty or home insurance?

TL;DR While first-time homebuyers often get home warranties and home insurance confused, the reality is that it's not an either / or situation. You have to have home insurance before you close on your new home, but a home warranty can be bought any time. Breaking it all down: What exactly is home insurance? Homeowner’s insurance provides you financial protection against disasters. It protects the house itself and everything in it, as well as provides liability coverage in case

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