homebuying advice

Here our in-house agents provide advice on a myriad of subjects that you are likely to encounter when buying a home. We've been through it so don't worry, we've got your back!

Buying and selling a home at the same time: 4 questions to ask yourself

Even if you thought you were going to stay put in your home for a while, these days, "forever homes" don't really mean forever. In fact, the average American is expected to move over 11 times in their life. If you’re on the fence about whether or not to sell your home and upgrade in the near future, we’ve compiled a list of hard-hitting questions for you to have a little real talk with yourself and

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Prefab Homes: Here Are The Pros & Cons

Photo of a contemporary pre-fabricated home from Kasita If you’ve seen the success of shows like Tiny House Hunters, you know as well as we do that the fascination with prefab homes is back in full swing. While not every prefab house is a tiny home, these properties -- which by definition are built in sections and then shipped and assembled on site -- do offer a level of flexibility and affordability that’s not often seen with conventional

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Breaking it down: accessory dwelling units

With the rising costs of real estate, more home owners and prospective buyers are looking to make the most out of their property. Whether you call them by their proper name -- accessory dwelling units -- or you know them as something else, we're breaking down what the term means, why these units are so popular, and, if you’re interested, how you can go about putting one of your own on your new property. So, what is an accessory

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Hacking your way to home ownership: how about getting a roommate?

Okay, so maybe you're not quite ready to create your property empire, but the good news is, you don’t have to wait until you can afford to buy an investment property to find out if the landlord life is in your cards. These days, more and more people are renting out a room in their primary residence to get a taste of what having tenants will be like and to offset the rising costs of home ownership. If you’

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Want to know how to get the best deal on a house? Here's 4 considerations.

Buying a home is a huge purchase, so there’s no shame in taking steps to spend your money wisely. But, in seller’s markets like we’re seeing across most of the country right now, this task can feel unsurmountable. However, it’s still possible to get a deal on your home. You just have to be a smart shopper & be willing to do a little legwork in order to score a great sale price. We’ve shared

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Buying a house as a freelancer or entrepreneur? Here's what you need to know.

If you work for yourself, or a work-from-home freelancer, and you're ready to buy a home, you're not alone. These days, more people are choosing to become freelancers and entrepreneurs than ever before. And, while you may once have heard that becoming a homeowner is impossible while self-employed, fortunately, that outdated idea is a thing of the past. Buying a home as a freelancer or entrepreneur may be slightly different than going through the process while working a 9-to-5, but

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5 big considerations when negotiating a house offer

Buying a house is all about mastering the art of give-and-take. Many buyers think that the purchase price is the main negotiation point, but in reality, that’s only one piece of the offer. By learning where your major negotiation points are (and how to use them), you’ll have the advantage of being able to craft an offer that works in your favor while simultaneously seeming beneficial to the seller. Realistically, there are five big negotiation points to consider

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Navigating a buyer's vs. seller's market: what's the difference?

Let’s be honest: the real estate industry has its own set of lingo. For a lot of us, especially first-time buyers, it can be difficult to determine what all these terms mean and then how to act accordingly. Luckily, though, we’re here to do the decoding so that you don’t have to. Today, we’re tackling the terms “buyer’s market” and “seller’s market” and helping you understand the differences, how it affects your chances of

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4 ways to kickstart your house hunt in a new city

Whether you’ve just accepted a job offer or you’re just starting a new adventure, relocating to a new city is exciting. That said, house hunting from afar can be a nerve-wrecking process. After all, buying a home is a big investment, and the stakes become exponentially higher when you’re unable to see what you’re buying with your own eyes. However, with a little planning, it’s absolutely possible to find a home remotely. Here are four

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Submitting an offer below asking price? Here's what you need to know.

Once you're serious about buying, deciding how much to offer on a house becomes one of the most pressing concerns. It’s hard to find the balance between trying to get a fair deal, writing an offer below asking, and actually getting the house. Luckily though, we’re here to help you sort this issue out. We’ll explain when a low-ball offer is appropriate, how to determine the right sale price, plus a few alternative ways to save. With

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Buying an investment property for rental under the new tax plan

This guest post is from Onerent, a state of the art leasing & property management service. Given the new proposed United States tax plan from the Trump administration, investing in real estate has some potential implications for a new investor. Most consider the changes extremely beneficial to first-time real estate investors in particular. To cover the basics first, the existing tax structure allows for real estate investors to write-off all the expenses of owning and running a rental as those

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Breaking it down: selling and buying a home at the same time

Buying and selling at the same time takes a little more foresight and planning than a one-way sale, but it's totally doable. If you're looking to sell your existing home and buy a new one, here are a few ways to make this arrangement work: Buying first, then selling Sometimes you fall in love and find your next home early on in your house hunt. But when you still have a home to sell, buying can be a little trickier.

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Buying a starter home? Here's what you need to know.

Many first-time homebuyers, especially in competitive markets, end up in starter homes as a part of their first foray into the real estate market. The idea of a "starter home" goes back to World War II. After veterans completed their service, they returned home and took advantage of a provision in the G.I. Bill that guaranteed them affordable mortgages. The increased demand caused a housing boom, specifically for smaller, low-cost homes where the veterans could start their

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Bought a home? Here are the tax write offs you need to know about in 2018

Now that the GOP tax plan has officially passed, big changes are coming to the way that people file their taxes. One of the biggest debates surrounds whether or it’s worth it to itemize your write-offs rather than taking the standard deduction. Homeowners (and those looking to buy) should take a closer look at which option will have the biggest benefit in 2018. To get you prepared for this year's tax season, we’ve outlined some of the most

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Getting real: what's the deal with "curb appeal"?

Once you get your house hunt on, you’ll undoubtedly start hearing lots of terms getting thrown around. From “pre-approval” to “closing costs”, it can be tough to suss out exactly what all of these things mean, especially if it’s your first time looking for a home. This time, we’re tackling "curb appeal." Everyone kinda gets it, but really, uh...what is it? No matter if you’re just starting out or have been on the

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