Purchase

Home Warranty vs. Home Insurance: What’s the Difference?

If you’re homeowner then you likely know about home insurance. One of the most important documents you needed to have for closing was a home insurance binder. What you may not have heard about, however, is a home warranty. We’ll look at both — home warranty vs home insurance — so you can fully understand [...]

By |2018-09-18T13:25:14+00:00September 20th, 2018|Categories: Home, Purchase|Tags: , |

Buying a Fixer-Upper? 6 Common Concerns Addressed

Buying fixer-uppers are a super popular move nowadays — especially given the rise of shows like “Flip This House” and “Fixer Upper.” Not only do fixer-upper properties usually come at a lower price than move-in ready ones, but they’re also just fun projects. Gung-ho homeowners can dive in, DIY to their heart’s content, and truly [...]

By |2018-09-24T13:57:07+00:00September 11th, 2018|Categories: DIY, Purchase|Tags: , , |

Rents, Home Prices, and the Windy City: The August Real Estate News You Might Have Missed

The real estate industry is constantly in flux. New technologies are emerging every day, and trends, prices, rates, and everything in between change just as often. Unless you’ve got a ton of free time (or it’s your job, like me!), following all these headlines can be pretty difficult. And gleaning just how each bit of [...]

By |2018-09-07T08:47:44+00:00September 7th, 2018|Categories: Purchase, Real Estate Agents|Tags: , |

How Do Mortgages Work? Understanding the Basics of Mortgages

Most people would love to own a home, but the reality is that a majority of us simply can’t pay for a home with cold hard cash. In fact, for many people, even saving up the funds for a down payment is a hefty burden in and of itself. To make it possible for people [...]

By |2018-08-28T15:51:18+00:00August 31st, 2018|Categories: Mortgage, Purchase|Tags: , , , , , , |

5 Common Homebuyer Contingencies You May Want to Consider

Buying your first home is quite an education — plain and simple. Navigating the mortgage loan process, searching for the right home, and negotiating price can be intimidating if you don’t come prepared. Market conditions, whether it’s a buyer’s or seller’s market, set the dynamics for negotiation. An important part of those negotiations are homebuyer [...]

By |2018-08-22T10:58:33+00:00August 22nd, 2018|Categories: Purchase|

The Pros and Cons of Buying a Condo

Whether you’re a millennial just starting out or baby boomer about to retire, a condominium can be an excellent way to enter the housing market or a great downsizing option. But, as anyone who’s ever owned a condo will tell you, condo living has it’s pluses and minuses. If you’re trying to choose between a [...]

By |2018-08-08T09:42:51+00:00August 7th, 2018|Categories: Purchase|Tags: , |

Can’t Miss Tips for Moving Across the Country with Kids

The only thing harder than moving cross-country? That’d be doing it with kids. Kids are notoriously bad on long car trips — constantly asking “are we there yet?” and fighting with their siblings for backseat real estate. What can you do to keep the peace during your upcoming move? How can you ensure everyone’s happy [...]

By |2018-07-30T13:13:27+00:00July 30th, 2018|Categories: Purchase|Tags: , , |

Want a VA Loan? Don’t Settle for Any Old Lender

The VA Home Loan Program was introduced at the end of World War II to help the returning men and women who served in the armed forces (and their surviving spouses) buy a home. The program provides easy access to mortgage loans for both purchase and refinance. It streamlines the mortgage application process and offers [...]

By |2018-07-11T15:01:22+00:00July 12th, 2018|Categories: Purchase, Veterans|Tags: , |

Buying a Home? There’s an App for That

Technology has made homebuying immensely easier. Not too long ago, you could only find home listings through a real estate agent. The agent would comb listings, forwarding ones they thought would fit the bill, potentially only sending the ones that meant the highest commission fee. In short, buyers had much less control over their shopping [...]

By |2018-07-09T12:06:30+00:00July 9th, 2018|Categories: Purchase, Technology|Tags: , |

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