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

E138 How We Negotiated Our Home Purchases

E138 How We Negotiated Our Home Purchases


How We Negotiated Our Home Purchases

There are so many different strategies and scenarios for negotiating home purchases.

We can’t cover them all, but we can share a few of our stories.

Our home purchase negotiations stories include:

  1. When to walk away from games
  2. Remaining reasonable
  3. Staying firm, friendly, and closable
  4. Starting the negotiation process prepared

And lastly, our surprising takeaway about negotiating home prices

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E127 What is House Poor?

E127 What is House Poor?


Are you familiar with the term “house poor”?

One study says as many as 35% of Americans are “house poor.” It sounds bad, and it is bad. If you’re a homeowner or looking to buy, let’s avoid it.

Today we’ll cover:

  1. Definition of “house poor”
  2. Why it happens
  3. Impact of being house poor
  4. What to do

Lastly, you’ll learn how to avoid being house poor in the first place

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E123 How to Choose Your Realtor

E123 How to Choose Your Realtor


With the wrong realtor, you overpay for your house, choose the wrong neighborhood, and are generally stressed out. Let’s avoid that, yes?

Today we’ll review 6 questions you should ask when choosing your realtor:

  1. How did you get into real estate?
  2. What’s your average number of active clients?
  3. What is your ratio of buyers to sellers?
  4. Tell me about your team
  5. What area do you cover?
  6. Ask for references

And lastly, I talk about the most important question you must ask yourself, before choosing your realtor

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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 1920x1080

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.

E73 How Congestion Pricing, Plastic Bags, and Smoking Bans Affect Homebuyers 1920x1080 YouTube

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?