Home Buyer's Blog

You’re about to purchase and move into a new home. Congratulations! Regardless of whether you already own furniture or are planning to buy some new pieces, wouldn’t it be nice to visualize how your furniture will look without lugging it around from one room to another?

For homeowners, each season ushers in a new set of maintenance chores. Now is the time of the year when many owners are preparing for a significant dip in the temperatures. Even if you live in a more moderate climate and don’t expect a deep freeze or blinding snow, there are plenty of things you can do to keep your home in tip-top shape for winter weather.

Have you decided it’s time to freshen the look of your home? Do you want to build an addition, rather than moving? Are you yearning to fix that kitchen layout that makes you nuts? If you're ready to tackle a major remodeling project, but don’t want to do the work yourself, it’s time to hire a contractor.

Home improvements are usually made for two reasons—personal enjoyment, or to boost your home’s resale value. Ideally, renovation projects accomplish both goals, especially if a move is in your future. Here are three of the worst upgrades, in terms of return on investment.

Cooperative buildings, or “co-ops,” are a unique housing option, typically found in a limited number of U.S. urban markets. Is a co-op right for you? Learn more.

Remodeling your house can improve your quality of life and enjoyment of your home for years to come. It can also require a sizeable financial investment. Before launching into a major project, take time to assess your priorities from more than one perspective.

So everyone is coming to your house for Thanksgiving this year? Do you need a quick way to wow your guests, while having a little fun with the process? Here are five simple but elegant options, relying on nature’s bounty to add some holiday magic.

Moving to a new home can be exciting, exhausting, and expensive! To keep more money in your pocket, leverage these budget-friendly tips.

It’s that season again! Before the little “monsters” start canvasing for candy, you may want to get your house in the Halloween spirit. Here are five easy and inexpensive options.

Finding a new home is an exciting experience! You’ve spent hours online, window shopping for homes, and daydreaming about how amazing it will be to live in your new space. However, before you can live the dream, another big decision needs to be made.

It’s time to select a real estate agent.

Traditionally, spring is the season to clean and freshen your home, inside and out. Why not plan a fall “refresh” too? With the hectic holidays just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to take advantage of crisp fall afternoons and improve your home's exterior. Here's how!

Can your credit score actually COST you money when buying a house? Absolutely! Lower credit scores can cost thousands of dollars over the life of a mortgage loan. Here’s why.

Saving money is always easier than making more money, right? Why let expensive energy literally pour out of your home if you can prevent it? The average home leaks a lot of air—similar to leaving a medium-sized window open year round, 24 hours a day! You may be able to close that “window”-sized hole in your wallet by identifying areas where your heating and cooling dollars are escaping. Here's how.

Property tours are fun! You get to imagine yourself living in new spaces and, perhaps, learn something new about your priorities and preferences. It’s also relatively easy to make mistakes while touring properties—mistakes that could anger the seller, hurt your negotiating position, or worse. For the best results, follow these tips.

Moving is one of the most stressful life changes you can experience. It’s up there with the death of a loved one and divorce. It is also often accompanied by other major life stressors, like moving away from family and friends, starting a new job, or helping children acclimate to a new school. Here are seven ways to help reduce the stress of your next move:

Congratulations! After a great deal of bargaining, a couple of arguments, and some heartfelt hugs, you and your significant other have agreed that it’s time to make “the big move.” Finally, domestic harmony has returned to your household. But how do you maintain that harmony, while picking a home? 

Getting ready to move to a new house? That’s AWESOME! Congratulations! An impending move is more than just a change of address. It can be the beginning of a new life; an opportunity to enjoy surroundings that are better suited to who you are now, not who you were when you moved into your current home.

It’s summer! For many people in the northern hemisphere, it’s time to get out of the house and host outdoor gatherings, whether it’s enjoying an outdoor living room or kitchen-like features, perfect for entertaining.

After all, who wants to cook inside and haul everything outdoors? Likewise, who wants a constant parade of people flowing in and out of the house?

There are many ways to create great outdoor entertaining spaces and simplify the process of serving food and drinks, including some economical options. Claim some space in your own great outdoors and make it happen!

PMI is private mortgage insurance. It’s often required by conventional mortgage lenders to finance loans for individuals who do not have the traditional down payment of (at least) 20 percent. It’s a helpful way to purchase a home with a smaller down payment, but it’s also an expensive option. Learn more, before deciding if PMI is right for you.

One of the hardest parts of buying a home is understanding real estate terminology. It’s not just a matter of learning new words. You may also need to unlearn a few things you thought you knew. For example, did you know that “REALTOR®” is a trademark denoting membership in the National Association of REALTORS®, and cannot be used synonymously with “real estate agent?” Here’s how it works:

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