16 Types of Home Inspections that Buyers Should Consider

Buying a home is a large investment, and making sure the house is in the best condition possible is a top concern for any buyer, regardless if it’s your first home or an investment property. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of buying a home, but you’ll want to make sure you include a home inspection in your list…

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Navigating This Wild Seller’s Market: 10 Must-Read Homebuying Tips for First-Time Homebuyers

When you’ve decided to buy a house, you’re putting a lot on the line. Whether you’re new to the homebuying process or not, it can be tricky to navigate the housing market – especially a seller’s market. With new listings of homes for sale down 17% from 2022, for homebuyers, the days of ample choice and time are over, and it’s clear we’re…

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Are Closing Costs Tax Deductible?

There are some great benefits that come with homeownership. Things like the ability to make improvements to your home increased wealth due to an increase in your home’s value through the years, and certain tax advantages. But what if you recently bought a home, are closing costs tax-deductible? Before answering that question, it’s a good idea to understand what closing costs are…

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What do Home Inspectors Look for?

A home inspection is a standard step in the homebuying process. While you may certainly wave this contingency in your offer letter, it’s recommended to have any home you’re looking to buy inspected. And not just anyone can perform the inspection, either. A certified home inspector is a trained professional who walks through the house and completes a thorough inspection of the…

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What is a Property Easement and How Can it Affect You?

When you’ve found the perfect house, you may be surprised you have to work around a property easement. You’ll want to include learning about any easements among your steps to buying a house because the rights granted by an easement could affect your privacy and future plans for the property. What is an easement on a property?  An easement grants someone else…

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Understanding What Escrow is and How it Works

As a homebuyer, there are actually two different times you’ll be dealing with escrow. The first takes place during the home buying process. Escrow starts with your purchase offer on a home and ends when you close on the house. The second escrow period kicks in once you’re a homeowner. This is a contractual agreement that begins after you close…

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How Long Does an Appraisal Take and What to Expect?

Congratulations! You’ve gotten preapproved for a home mortgage, found your dream home, negotiated an agreeable sales price, successfully maneuvered through the home inspection process, and finally, you have a fully executed sales contract in hand for your new house.  If you’re a first-time homebuyer, you may not realize all the steps that go into buying a new home. Some of them, like the…

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Should You Buy a House with Popcorn Ceilings?

There are many variables that homebuyers, especially first-time homebuyers, must consider when purchasing a home. Factors such as location, schools, finances, the style of the home, and yes, whether the house has popcorn ceilings. Popcorn ceilings shouldn’t be a deal-breaker, but it is one more variable to consider and what to look for when buying a house.  Deciding whether or not to buy…

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