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Buying a Home While on Maternity Leave

Buying a Home While on Maternity Leave

Buying a home and starting a family often go hand in hand. But if you’re preparing to apply for a mortgage while you’re on maternity leave, it may impact your ability to qualify. Here’s what you need to prepare for should you decide to purchase a new home while you’re taking time off to have…Read More »

Using Gift Money For a Down Payment

Using Gift Money For a Down Payment

Receiving cash to use towards the down payment for your house is a generous gift. Especially considering that some loans require you to pay at least 20 percent of the purchase price as a down payment. But there are certain requirements that must be met when using a cash gift towards your deposit. Here’s what…Read More »

Should You List in Winter?

Should You List in Winter?

The nights are getting longer, temperatures are dropping and the holidays are approaching. That means you should wait to list your home for sale until next year, right? That isn’t necessarily true. While spring and summer tend to be the hottest seasons in the real estate market, there are arguments to be made in favor…Read More »

Buying a House That Isn’t For Sale

Buying a House That Isn’t For Sale

Are you house hunting in a competitive market and having no luck finding a home? Did you find your perfect home – but it’s not for sale? Then you may be wondering if you can try to buy a home that doesn’t have a “for sale” sign in the front yard. While trying to buy…Read More »

Is Your Dog a Good Neighbor?

Is Your Dog a Good Neighbor?

Is your dog the one on the block that neighbors flock to when they see you out walking? Or is he the one that causes people to cross the street in order to avoid you? Dogs have become undeniable members of our families, and by extension, members of our neighborhoods. Which is why it’s important…Read More »

How to Clean After Halloween Pranks

How to Clean After Halloween Pranks

Was your home the target of Halloween pranksters this year? Are you worried about how to clean up that dripping egg or disintegrating toilet paper – and fast? A post-Halloween cleanup can be scary, especially if your home is on the market. Here are some great tips about how to get your home back to…Read More »

Buying a Home From Friends or Family

Buying a Home From Friends or Family

Buying a home from someone you know, like a friend or family member, seems like it should be a great deal, right? After all, you already have a relationship with the seller, and you’ll probably get a better price and complete the process more quickly. While buying from friends or family can work out well…Read More »

What Is Your Home Worth?

What Is Your Home Worth?

Knowing what to price your home is one of the most important aspects of selling. Choosing just the right listing price can mean the difference between a quick sale and a home that languishes on the market for weeks or even months. But how do you know what your home is worth? Here are some…Read More »

Buying After Foreclosure

Buying After Foreclosure

If you’re one of the millions of homeowners who faced foreclosure in the last few years, you may be wondering what your chances are of buying again in the future. Will you qualify for a mortgage? How long do you have to wait? While buying another home may be a difficult process, it isn’t impossible.…Read More »

The Benefits of Going to Open Houses

The Benefits of Going to Open Houses

Are you getting ready to buy a home? Or maybe homeownership is something you’re planning for in the not-too-distant future? Then you’ve no doubt stumbled across open houses and wondered if you should go. Whether you’re ready to buy or getting your finances together to be in the market soon, there can be many benefits…Read More »