What Home Inspectors See that You Can’t

By | Buyers

When you make an offer on a home, it’s a smart idea to have a professional home inspector check it out from top to bottom. This inspection will ensure that the property doesn’t have any unexpected “issues”. After all, you don’t want to buy a home only to discover that the roof needs to be… Continued

September 15, 2018

How to Respond to a Soft Counter?

By | Buyers

Here is the scenario. You submitted an offer to the Seller and they have no other (and stronger) offer. You waited a day and the listing agent contacted you back saying they just received another offer (Realtor Code of Ethics dictate that the listing agent is telling you the truth here), and that they want… Continued

February 14, 2017

Why Pre-Approval Should Be Your First Step

By | Buyers

Currently, we are in a market where demand is greater than supply. There are more buyers competing for a limited number of homes for sale, and this is the number one reason why you should get pre-approval before you start looking at properties. Even if this is not the case there are many good reasons… Continued

February 4, 2017

4 Reasons to Hire a Realtor

By | Buyers, Sellers

Buying and selling a home is unlike other purchase. Although you could attempt to do this on your own, consider why it is better to work with a Realtor. 1. An industry professional will be covering your back. Having representation (either as a buyer or a seller) means that a skilled professional is ethically and… Continued

February 2, 2017

Should You Make Extra Mortgage Payment?

By | Buyers

When you get a loan, you may have the option of Pre-Payment, i.e., you can send in extra payment to pay down the loan faster. This extra payment doesn’t have to be a full month amount — it can be any amount, e.g., $100, $200, $5000, etc. When you do this, make sure you make… Continued

January 15, 2017

How Much Money Do You Need to Buy a House?

By | Buyers

When you buy a house, you will have to pay for several expenses in the process. This article breaks down the various expenses, when you have to pay, and the approximate amount. Prior to Closing EMD At the time of making an offer, you have to put down a deposit called an Ernest Money Deposit… Continued

January 12, 2017

How Long Does it Take to Buy a Home?

By | Buyers

Home buying process can be broken down into two phases (1) the finding phase, and (2) the closing phase. The timeline for finding a home varies from person to person. In generally, I recommend 4-6 weeks depending on how specific you’re about the house you’re looking for, the amount of home for sale (inventory), and level… Continued

January 2, 2017

Why Should You Buy, Instead of Rent?

By | Buyers

This is a common question for people who are thinking about buying a house. There are advantages and disadvantages when you’re renting vs owing a home. Renting is much easier. You’re housing expense is fixed each month — there are no repairs and renters generally do not spend money on home improvement projects. On the… Continued

January 1, 2017