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So You Wanna Buy a House? Step 9: Land a Loan

Sunday, May 15th, 2016 at 12:44pm. 33 Views, 0 Comments.


Article by Jamie Wiebe

Unless you’re one of the few lucky home buyers larded with old money, inheritance or recent wealth acquisition, you’re going to need a mortgage. It’s the entire tortuous home buying process, it’s perhaps the most intimidating and seemingly daunting step:  convincing a bank to hand you hundreds of thousands of dollars. How do you pull it off? And what strings are attached?

Should you work with a bank or a broker?

The majority of home buyers get their mortgage directly from a bank—often the institution where they’re stashing their primary savings. But that’s hardly your only, or best, option. Shopping around with different lenders may land you a better deal (typically in the form of a lower interest

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Final step of buying a house: The Final Walk-through

Sunday, May 8th, 2016 at 12:44pm. 28 Views, 0 Comments.


Article by Jamie Wiebe

You’re thisclose to owning a new home, you can almost taste it. The closing paperwork is prepared, your new digs passed the inspection, and—wonder of wonders—you’re even happy with your loan. Homeownership is just on the other side of the hill.

As long as the final walk-through goes all right.

OK, take a breath—there’s no need to panic. The vast majority of walk-throughs reveal no problems at all, and even if they do, most issues are easily fixed. Still, it can be an awkward, stressful process that can make you want to reach for the Xanax, especially for first-time buyers.

In this installment of our Home-Buying Guide, learn what to look for on your last trip through the house before the sellers hand

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So You Wanna Buy a House? Step 8: Ace the Inspection

Sunday, May 1st, 2016 at 1:00pm. 117 Views, 0 Comments.

Article by Jamie Wiebe

A home inspection can be a terrifying process to newbie buyers: What if the house you adore has major problems hiding beneath that shiny new coat of paint? If you lie awake haunted by visions of mold or “foundation issues,” it’s time to take a deep breath. This installment of our weekly 2016 Home-Buying Guide illuminates everything you need to know about home inspections, and how (as scary as they might seem) they exist to protect you from a very bad deal.

Here are some insights into how to make the most of this all-important step. OK, exhale.

Hire a top-notch inspector

While it may be tempting to hire any run-of-the-mill home inspector to get the job done—particularly if the price is right—the

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So You Wanna Sell Your Home? Step 7: Get Ready to Close

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016 at 4:56am. 156 Views, 0 Comments.

Article by Angela Colley

Hooray! You’ve found a buyer for your home. You’re done, right? Right?

Not quite. All you have to do now is get yourself—and your house—ready to close, and we’re here to help, with this week’s installment of our weekly step-by-step Home-Selling Guide. Let’s dive in!

Earnest money

When the buyer makes an offer on your house and you accept, the buyer will write you a check for a deposit known as earnest money. Everyone at some point gets a bit puzzled by earnest money. It comes down to a simple idea: This is money you put forward that proves that you are earnest about your intentions to move forward on the deal. These funds are held by a third party until you close the deal; on average, buyers

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So You Wanna Sell Your Home? Step 6: Strike the Right Deal

Sunday, April 10th, 2016 at 7:08am. 135 Views, 0 Comments.

Article by Angela Colley

Once your home is finally on the market and listed, it’s showtime. Will you be deluged with offers, or will your home be pervaded by the lulling but ever-so-unnerving sound of crickets?

And if you do get just one or two offers, and they’re not as high as you’d hoped, what do you do? What do you do?

Never fear, dear sellers—that’s why we’re here! In this sixth installment of our weekly 2016 Home-Selling Guide, we’ll show you how to navigate the negotiation process and come to a deal that will make you happy. More than happy, even.

Getting those offers in

If you’re not in a rush to sell your house, it may make sense to see what offers roll in over a few months. But if you need to sell

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So You Wanna Buy a House? Step 6: Perfect the Art of the Offer

Sunday, April 3rd, 2016 at 7:01am. 83 Views, 0 Comments.


By Jamie Wiebe

We’ll get right down to it: Shopping for a home is fun. But once you find “The One,” things start to get real—real fast. Think of making an offer on a home as setting the roller coaster in motion: You might have sharp drops in emotion and slow, trudging climbs to success, but the ride won’t end until the car slows down and the safety bar is lifted. (OK, this metaphor is now officially over.)

You need to learn how to make the right offer, the one that will end with your receiving the keys to your new house. So check out this installment of our weekly 2016 Home-Buying Guide for some agent-approved negotiation tactics to make the process a whole lot less bumpy.

Pick the right price

Just because the home is

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So You Wanna Sell Your Home? Step 5: Florida Global can create you an Eye-Catching Ad

Monday, February 22nd, 2016 at 11:12am. 505 Views, 0 Comments.

Article by Angela Colley

Long before home buyers set foot in your place, declare with a flourish “This is the one,” watch the clouds part and the rainbows form, and make you a terrific offer, they have to know you’re selling it first. And it’s up to you and your Realtor® to spread the word. Only how?

Look no further than this fifth installment of our weekly Home-Selling Guide, which will show you how to put together an attractive online ad that will win you plenty of admirers—and plenty of honest-to-God prospective buyers!

Take great pics

Online house shopping is a lot like online dating. Everyone will tell you they loved your bio, but really, they’re  just looking at the photos. To show your home in the best

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Happy Valentine's Day! Paradise is always where love dwells.

Sunday, February 14th, 2016 at 8:00am. 113 Views, 0 Comments.

 

Many of us have probably always dreamed of coming home to find a brand new car parked in the driveway with a big red bow. Well, take that just a bit further and how about pulling up a driveway to see an entire house all wrapped up?

 

Jasin Boland, a celebrity film photographer from the UK, surprised his finance Maria with a new 4 bedroom house, wrapped in hearts and a pink bow, for V-Day.
What a surprise! How would you like that?

Happy Valentine's Day! Paradise is always where love dwells.

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So You Wanna Buy a House? Step 5: Pick the Right One

Monday, February 8th, 2016 at 10:58am. 129 Views, 0 Comments.

Article by Jamie Wiebe

You’ve done your research, saved up for a down payment, and found a Realtor® you adore. Now comes the next step in our weekly, step-by-step 2016 Home-Buying Guide: Find your dream house already!

This is the really fun part, although it does come with its own unique challenges. Even if you love the entire process of house hunting, the options can be overwhelming. Ranch or Colonial?  Suburb or city? Small apartment or palatial townhouse? Built-in 40-foot waterslide or stand-alone 40-foot waterslide? It’s hard not to feel like you’re drowning in the possibilities.

To help winnow the myriad options to find the perfect place for you, heed these tips—and happy searching!

Have a long chat with your agent

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So You Wanna Sell Your Home? Step 4: Pretty It Up

Monday, February 8th, 2016 at 10:50am. 122 Views, 0 Comments.

Article by Angela Colley

Once you’ve made repairs, chosen a Realtor®, and decided on an asking price, your home is almost ready for market—but first, how about a little primping and polishing? Or maybe a lot of primping and polishing. After all, you want your home to make a great first impression on buyers—and that’s where this fourth installment of our weekly, step-by-step 2016 Home-Selling Guide can help. To show your home in the best possible light, heed these savvy seller tips.

Stash your stuff

When you’re just living in your home, a bit of clutter is business as usual. You know the drill: video game cartridges in the bathroom, toolbox in the kitchen, tuxedo shirt inexplicably in the garage. But when you’re trying to

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