Building Equity in Your Home

What You Need To Know Home equity is an asset, the part of your home that you actually own. You can use it to finance a college education, remodel, invest, or supplement your retirement. Subtract what you owe on your home from the market value — [...]

2020-12-19T23:08:56-05:00December 19th, 2020|Blog, FAQs|

Is Buying a Fixer-Upper Worth It?

What You Need to Know Buying a fixer-upper is much like purchasing any other house, but you’ll need to do a little more planning to determine if it’s actually worth it. Take a close look at the changes you’ll need to make. Are they cosmetic changes [...]

2020-11-23T17:32:20-05:00November 23rd, 2020|Blog, FAQs|

Assessed, Appraised, Market Value Explained

What You Need to Know In real estate, there are three terms that indicate a home’s valuation: Appraised Value, Assessed Value, and Market Value. It’s easy to confuse them when considering buying a home, obtaining a mortgage and contemplating ongoing costs of ownership. Here’s what [...]

2020-11-22T21:03:32-05:00November 22nd, 2020|Blog, FAQs|

Tips For First-Time Home Buyers

What You Need To Know Buying a home can be nerve-wracking, especially if you’re a first-time buyer. Start saving early and consider all of the costs associated with buying a home. In addition to the purchase price, factor into your budget the anticipated down payment, closing [...]

2020-10-07T11:43:40-04:00October 7th, 2020|Blog, FAQs|

Real Estate Glossary

Key Terms Defined Whether you’re buying or selling a home, real estate jargon can be confusing. To better understand the process, here are some key terms that will make your move easier. What You Need to Know Adjustable [...]

2021-01-29T22:41:58-05:00September 14th, 2020|Blog, FAQs|

Closing Costs

What Will I Pay? Closing costs are funds, in addition to a loan down payment, paid at settlement. These costs typically total 3% to 7% of the home's purchase price. Cash transactions may have fewer costs than financed purchases. There are a number of small [...]

2020-08-12T12:03:36-04:00August 10th, 2020|Blog, FAQs|

Real Estate Escrow

What You Need to Know “Being in escrow” is a legal procedure used when real property requires a transfer of title. An impartial third party, usually the title company, acts as a stakeholder and facilitator for both you and the seller to handle the property transaction, [...]

2020-07-20T12:31:34-04:00July 3rd, 2020|Blog, FAQs|

Financing Your Home

Consider All of Your Options Once you’ve found the property in which you want to invest, it’s time to examine the different real estate financing options. Consider loans that are offered by the government, traditional lenders, as well as ways to leverage personal equity. [...]

2020-05-21T00:13:59-04:00May 19th, 2020|Blog, FAQs|

Property Taxes

What You Need to Know Property taxes are a major source of income for local and state governments and are used to fund services including education, transportation, emergency, parks, recreation, and libraries. Cities, counties, and school districts in a region each have the power to levy taxes [...]

2020-05-20T15:13:03-04:00May 19th, 2020|Blog, FAQs|

The Finishing Touches

How to Personalize Your New Home Especially if you live in a newer construction building or just moved to a house with builder-grade details, you may be itching to personalize your space. When you don't have a hand in selecting the flooring, cabinets, or fixtures in [...]

2020-05-14T16:48:37-04:00May 12th, 2020|Blog, FAQs|
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