If you're in the process of buying a home, you probably have your deposit and monthly mortgage charges in a spreadsheet, along with a chart of your other expenses and your monthly income. But when it comes to buying a home, there are lots of different costs that will come into play - and it's easy to forget something. When you're preparing to close on your new home, make sure you consider these three closing costs that most buyers forget. Home Inspection Fees: A Small Charge For Peace Of Mind Most home purchase agreements are contingent upon a successful home inspection - and if you're … [Read More...]
This week's scheduled economic news includes reports on construction spending, a survey of senior loan officers, and reports on labor markets including ADP private sector jobs, the federal government's reports on non-farm payrolls, core inflation and the national unemployment rate. Construction Spending Slows, Loan Officers Survey Suggests Growing Confidence Construction spending fell in June after the May reading was revised upward to 1.89 percent from the original reading of 0.90 percent. Spending for residential construction rose by 0.40 percent, while non-residential construction spending … [Read More...]
To potential homebuyers, a bedroom is more than just a place to lay your head at night. It's a place to relax, retreat, and recover, a place where the demands of the busy world are locked out. And with a properly staged bedroom, you can tap into potential buyers' desire for relaxation and make your home their number one pick. So how can you stage your bedroom in a way that buyers will love? Here are three strategies you can use to make your bedroom look like a modern oasis - without spending a fortune. Position The Bed In The Right Place One easy-to-change yet often overlooked detail in … [Read More...]
If you've been following the real estate industry for any length of time, you've probably heard the phrase "buyer's market" at some point. And although the meaning may seem apparent, it takes some study to understand what actually constitutes a buyer's market. Who decides whether it's a buyer's or seller's market? What's the threshold for deciding between the two? Here's what you need to know. Supply And Demand: Economic Factors That Govern...Everything If you studied economics in school, you'll probably remember an early lesson on supply and demand. Essentially, supply and demand are the two … [Read More...]
If you're considering selling your home in the near future, you may be tempted to simply cut out the middleman and opt for an FSBO sale. However, selling a home is a major undertaking, and most "For Sale By Owner" home sales run into obstacles.
So why is an FSBO sale such a problem for most homeowners? Here are three reasons why you'll want an agent to represent you instead of going it alone.
An FSBO Puts You At Risk Of A Lawsuit
Selling a home involves mountains of paperwork, and in order to make the transfer of ownership legal and above board, there is a large amount of minutiae that need … [Read More...]
Some first-time home buyers are on a tight budget when making their real estate purchase, and there may be an inclination by many to purchase a smaller property, such as a condo, rather than the home they truly want. While there may be some initial financial benefit associated with buying a smaller property, there are a few benefits associated with splurging and buying a larger home as a first purchase. By analyzing these benefits, first-time home buyers can make a more informed decision about how to proceed. Costs Associated With Upgrading In The Future Some people will purchase a smaller … [Read More...]