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

6 Reasons Why Your Higher Offer Won't Win the House 956x538 blog

6 Reasons Why Your Higher Offer Won’t Win the House [Podcast]

(1) You’re not flexible on the timeline, (2) You don’t have your paperwork squared away, (3) You’re asking for too many contingencies and concessions …

6 Habits All Successful Home Buyers Have in Common 956x538 blog

6 Habits All Successful Home Buyers Have in Common [Podcast]

(1) Daily: Ditch an indulgence or two (2) Weekly: Make deposits into a ‘home savings’ account (3) Weekly: Start attending open houses …

6 Home Inspection Deal Breakers 956x538 blog

6 Home Inspection Deal Breakers

Few homes are in perfect condition. And most of the time, you and the seller can work together to resolve or repair minor issues with the house. But there are some issues a new homeowner should never gamble on, issues that are potentially dangerous or extremely expensive to fix. Here’s what you need to know about home inspections—and the issues that should make you walk away from the deal.

Should Snowbirds Rent or Buy Their Second Home_ 956x538 blog

Should Snowbirds Rent or Buy Their Second Home?

Summary: 3 times snowbirds should rent, (1) It’s your first year flying south, (2) You’re nervous about market volatility, (3) You’re concerned about upkeep costs. And 3 times snowbirds should buy…

5 Genius Tactics Real Estate Agents Use When They Buy Their Own Homes 956x538 blog

5 Genius Tactics Real Estate Agents Use When They Buy Their Own Homes

Summary: (1) I was first in line, (2) I took my sweet time, (3) I house-hunt in the fall and winter…

Top Questions to Ask During an Open House 956x538 blog

Top Questions to Ask During an Open House

Summary: (1) Why are the sellers moving? (2) How long has the home been on the market? (3) What school district are we in?

3 Ways to Make a Compelling Offer for Your New Home

Summary: (1) Escalate your offer; (2) Write a letter to the seller; (3) Get a quick inspection

5 Ways Homebuyers Will React to 5% Mortgage Rates 956x538 blog

5 Ways Homebuyers Will React to 5% Mortgage Rates

Summary: (1) Adjust the criteria; (2) Pick up the pace; (3) Slow things down; (4) Call it quits; (5) Stay the course

How to Buy a House in Your 20s 956x538 blog

How to Buy a House in Your 20s

Summary: (1) Save for a down payment; (2) Shore up student loan debt; (3) Check your credit score…

8 Things Parents Wish They'd Checked Before Buying Their House 956x538 blog

8 Things Parents Wish They’d Checked Before Buying Their House

Summary: (1) Bedroom placement; (2) Sidewalks; (3) An open floor plan; (4) Easy sightlines to the backyard…