How to Buy Your Perfect First Home. What every first-time homebuyer needs to know.

E116 When Buying a House Without a Realtor...

E116 When Buying a House Without a Realtor…


Usually 10-20% home buys close without a realtor. So it’s not quite rare, but not usual either.

If you’re thinking about that route, we cover the risk and possible drawbacks you should consider.

Today we’ll cover how buying without a realtor may effect:

  1. Sellers not taking you as seriously
  2. Choosing the right neighborhood
  3. Negotiations
  4. The Mortgage process
  5. All the paperwork

Lastly, I’ll bust 3 common myths about buying a home without a realtor.

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E111 How to Reduce Your Closing Costs

E111 How to Reduce Your Closing Costs


Average closing cost nationally = $11,250

Average closing cost in NYC = $50,000

These are big stakes. Finding savings here could cover your moving costs, renovation, or an awesome vacation (or buy some bitcoin).

We’ll cover:

  1. Comparison shop mortgages
  2. Ask the bank to waive, discount, and rebate
  3. Roll closing costs into your mortgage (Bad idea!)
  4. Ask for a seller concession

Lastly, I’ll share the big needle-moving technique that not enough people use

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E102 4 Reasons Homeownership is Better than Investing


“All things considered, the third best investment I ever made was the purchase of my home…” Warren Buffet

Links:

https://www.thebalance.com/real-estate-vs-stocks-which-is-the-better-investment-357992

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/03/06/heres-why-warren-buffett-thinks-you-should-buy-a-home.html

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/11/16/homeownership-doesnt-build-wealth-study-finds.html

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E87 4 Reasons to Start Homebuying this Spring


Spring is traditionally the busy homebuying season. Here’s why you may want to shop this spring.

How the Measles Outbreak May Affect Home Buying

How the Measles Outbreak May Affect Home Buying

A measles outbreak is sweeping the country. In the NYC area, there’ve been 390 recent cases in Queens and Brooklyn, and Rockland County also declaring an emergency.

How will this airborne contagious outbreak affect home buying?

E74 Maintenance Costs That Surprise First-time Homebuyers

E74 Maintenance Costs That Surprise First time Homebuyers

Once you get past the excitement of buying your new home, you’ll settle into the reality of home ownership maintenance costs.Here are 7 costs that surprise first-time homebuyers.

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E73 How Congestion Pricing, Plastic Bags, and Smoking Bans Affect Homebuyers

How will New York’s new congestion pricing, plastic bag ban, and smoking laws affect New York homebuyers?

E72 8 Open House Etiquette Rules for Home Buyers

8 Open House Etiquette Rules for Home Buyers

Breaking an unspoken rule of etiquette at an open house could cost you your dream home.First impressions matter, and this applies to home buyers “meeting” sellers (or their agents) as much as anywhere else.So let’s review 8 etiquette rules for both city and suburb open houses.

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E71 6 Principles of Influence in Home Buying

The 6 principles of influence describe the psychological forces that govern all selling, persuasion, and decision-making.

Robert Cialdini, also known as the Godfather of Influence, is the social scientist and author of “Influence,” the NYT best-seller with over 3 million copies sold.

Let’s talk about how Cialdini’s 6 principles apply to real estate, both for realtors and home buyers.

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E69 Start Mortgage Shopping Now

Most #homebuyers don’t shop for mortgages until they’ve started going to open houses. Heck, some wait until they’re ready to make an offer on a home. Wrong