first time homebuyer

Moving from Renter to Homeowner? 3 Ways to Make the Transition Easier

So you’re finally making the leap. You’re getting out of the rent race, buying a house, and moving onward and upward. Congrats! Buying a home is a really big deal. It usually means more space, more freedom with your design and decor decisions, and more pride in your property.  But let’s not kid ourselves: [...]

By |2019-09-10T16:43:26-04:00September 11th, 2019|Categories: Home, Mortgage, Purchase|Tags: , |

New Homebuyers Are Flocking to FHA Loans — Here’s Why

New home sales are on the rise, and many of those purchases? They’re being made with FHA loans. According to a recent analysis from the National Association of Home Builders, almost 18 percent of all new home sales were purchased with FHA mortgages last quarter — or about 32,000 home sales nationwide. That’s a [...]

By |2019-08-20T16:28:15-04:00August 21st, 2019|Categories: Mortgage, Purchase|Tags: , , |

Are You Ready to Be a Homeowner? 6 Questions to Ask Yourself

So you’re tired of the rent race. You’re sick of throwing money into the proverbial hole, and you want to start paying your own mortgage — not your landlord’s. But are you really ready? You see, there’s more to owning a home than just making a mortgage payment. Buying a house means constant repairs [...]

By |2019-07-22T10:40:19-04:00July 22nd, 2019|Categories: Mortgage, Purchase|Tags: , |

Gen Z: Use These Savings Tips to Buy a Home Sooner

It appears that Generation Zers are looking to fast-track their homeownership goals. According to a recent study, nearly 60% of 18 to 23 year-olds want to buy a home in the next five years. And another 52%? They’ve already started saving up for it. Are you one of these go-get-em Gen Zers with dreams of [...]

By |2019-06-24T17:17:43-04:00May 21st, 2019|Categories: Financial, Purchase|Tags: , , , |

First-Time Homebuyers, Don’t Skip This Super Important Step

Working with a great real estate agent, getting pre-approved for your mortgage, and organizing your financial documentation early are all important — and well-known — steps for first-time homebuyers. But there’s also a lesser-known must-do for first-timers that’s not as highly publicized: seeing your potential home at all hours. You see, touring a property [...]

By |2019-08-26T23:07:50-04:00April 12th, 2019|Categories: Advice, Purchase|Tags: , , |

First-Time Homebuyer? Leverage Your Tax Refund to Help

It’s tax season, and you know what that means: a hefty refund could be just around the corner. What will you use it on? A shopping spree? A much-needed vacation? New clothes or shoes? If buying a home is anywhere on your radar, you might want to think again. Earmarking that refund for your [...]

By |2019-08-26T23:06:43-04:00February 13th, 2019|Categories: Financial|Tags: , , , |

2018 Home Tax Deductions and What New Homeowners Need to Know

So you bought a house last year. Sure, it cost you a hefty down payment and some closing costs, but it’s all about to pay off — you may finally qualify for all those valuable tax deductions that some homeowners get to leverage. It’s true: the tax deductions can be one of the best parts [...]

By |2019-08-16T17:39:56-04:00February 6th, 2019|Categories: Financial|Tags: , , , |

The 8 Most Common Unexpected Costs of Homeownership (and How to Prepare!)

If you’re on the hunt for a home, you’re likely well aware of listing prices, down payments, and maybe even closing costs. But as expensive as those all are, they’re not the end of your homeownership costs. In fact, they’re really just the beginning. As a homeowner, you’re beholden to dozens of expenses — both [...]

By |2019-04-08T16:53:56-04:00January 29th, 2019|Categories: Financial, Purchase|Tags: , , , , , |