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Home Finding Tip: Don’t Skip Exterior Inspections

 

 

With the busy moving season upon us, many of you will be searching for your new home, if you haven’t already found it. House hunting is both fun and stressful and while I definitely want you to enjoy your experience, I don’t want you Don't Skip Exterior Inspectionsto fall into any traps. As I continue my own search for a new home, I have found that it’s easy to get tunnel vision when you find something you love. Luckily, I have learned a lot in this industry and I have a wonderful Realtor on my side so I’ve caught myself before making any major mistakes. We’re told not to judge a book by its cover, and the same goes for homes and their curb appeal … to some extent. While some exterior issues can be easily fixed, others lead to a whole slew of problems that you don’t want to deal with.  

How to Buy in a Seller’s World

 

 

It’s almost that time, the busy summer moving season. In just a few short weeks, people around the country will be

How to Buy in a Seller's World

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packing up their homes and preparing to move for various reasons. Even with proper planning and research, the home finding/buying step is always a little stressful. Unfortunately, this year may be even tougher because in many parts of the country, there is a lack of homes for sale. We know that real estate data varies state to state, city to city, and even neighborhood to neighborhood, but according to the latest data from CoreLogic (a leading provider of consumer, financial, and property information), home prices in March were up nearly 7 percent from last year and up 2 percent from this February.

Foreclosure vs. Short Sale

 

 

Buying a home is no easy task. It takes a lot of work to find a home that suits your needs and preferences let alone foreclosure versus short saleyour budget. Going with a foreclosure or short sale property can be a great way to save money on a wonderful home, but it’s important to know the difference between the
two aswell as the challenges you may be faced with.

 
The difference:

 
A property is in foreclosure when the owner fails to make mortgage payments over a period of time and the lender takes ownership of the home. A home in foreclosure may be sold at an auction or sold by a Realtor. When dealing with a foreclosure, the bank is the seller, not the homeowner.

 

Don’t let the term “short-sale” throw you, the process can be much longer than a typical home sale. A short sale property is still owned by the homeowner, the borrower. Typically, the homeowner will make arrangements with the bank, the lender, to accept a price that is less than what is still owed on the property. In a short sale, the lender usually agrees to forgive the rest of the loan. The key here is to remember that the buyer, the seller, and all of the lenders involved need to agree on the sale price before a sale is finalized. Keep in mind that if there are multiple mortgages out, then all lenders are lien holders.

 

Things to consider:

 

Before making any decisions, learn the ins and outs of each process. You can find a ton of information online about foreclosures and short sales. It’s also a good idea to ask questions. Talk to Realtors, talk to friends who have gone through one or the other, seek out seminars, etc.

 

Do not attempt to handle this on your own. Invest in the help from a professional. Laws regarding these types of things vary from state to state so an experienced agent with established relationships with lenders will be a tremendous help.

 

Next, be very aware of what you may be dealing with in the future. For example, homes in foreclosure sold at an auction are often sold “as is” meaning that you may not even get the chance to enter the home before you are the new legal owner. There are no inspections or walk throughs and potential liens on the title.

 

Be patient. While purchasing a foreclosure or short sale property can save you money, the process is usually longer and more complicated than it would be otherwise. You’ll need to deal with waiting periods for a foreclosure and waiting for an agreement on price from all parties involved with a short sale.

 

Lastly, don’t forget the additional expenses you may encounter. While the base price will seem like a steal, you’ll have to remove any liens, pay any unpaid taxes, and of course pay for repairs that could have been covered by the previous owner if you were offered the chance of an inspection. By the time all of those costs are added, the deal may not seem as sweet.

 

Do not get me wrong, I am not saying that purchasing a foreclosure or short sale property is a mistake in any way. I just want you to be aware of all of the aspects and possible obstacles involved. Buying a home is a long term investment. It’s important to know exactly what you are doing and what is expected of you before you go through with anything.

A Lesson in Property Auctions

 

 

A while ago I mentioned that Matt and I are saving up to buy our first house. As we aim to reach that goal this upcoming fall, I have been spending a lot of time researching the housing market in Saint Petersburg, FL, scoping out different neighborhoods, and making lists of non-negotiables, budgets, and details that we should keep in mind Home-Auctionwhen the time comes to make an offer. Over the weekend, during one of my online fantasy house hunts, I found the most perfect home. The house is a bungalow style home in our first choice neighborhood with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large fenced in backyard, and a small but sweet front covered deck. I was about to call my Realtor when I noticed that instead of a listed price, the home was up for auction.

Moving Dreams

 

 

I just spent an amazing long weekend in San Jose, California. My friend was relocated there for work a few months ago and has been raving about it ever since. She told me all about her experience living on the west coast and even Moving Dreamsadmitted that she doesn’t think she ever wants to leave. Of course, this led to a discussion about our favorite US cities. I absolutely love Saint Petersburg in Florida but it’s still fun to think, where would we move to if we could just pick up and go?

When Should a Renter Become a Homeowner?

 

 

These days, renting is no longer necessarily the cheaper option. In fact, renters today pay the highest monthly charges in history and so far there is no sign of the cost going down. As rents continue to rise, more and more people are beginning to think about buying a home in an effort to save money. But with overpriced rental charges on top of day to day expenses, many renters find themselves strapped for cash when it comes time to think about a down

When should renters become homeowners?

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payment. Did you know that non-homeowners spend an average of 30 percent of their monthly income on rent? Did you know that the average homeowner only spends about 15 percent of their monthly income on their mortgages? That’s a pretty crazy statistic. It’s no wonder more people want to own. But the issue isn’t whether or not people want to buy, it’s whether or not they can afford to do so. Buying a home is one of life’s greatest financial decisions so it’s important to be sure about the decision from all aspects, including the cost.

The Difference Between a Short Sale and a Foreclosure

 

I’ve been talking a lot about how Matt and I are saving to buy our first home (yay!) We are learning now more than ever that it takes a lot of work to find a home that suits your needs and preferences let alone your budget. Though we foreclosure versus short saleare still far from our goal, I like to browse local listings just to get a feel for what we can get within our goal budget. There are a ton of short sale listings as well as homes in foreclosure in our area. Going with a foreclosure or short sale property can be a great way to save money on a wonderful home, but it’s important to know the difference between the two as well as the challenges you may be faced with.

Tips to Save for a Down Payment on a New Home

 

Tips to Save for a Down Payment on a New HomeLately, it seems like all of my friends are either getting married, having children, or buying homes. A lot of my friends down here in Florida work in Real Estate, and according to them, Millennials, at least in the Tampa Bay area, are leaning towards buying a home rather than renting one. With affordable mortgage rates, tons of inventory, and rent rates continuing to creep up, home buying here really is the best option. That is, of course, if you have enough for a down payment.

Your 2015 Moving Resolution

 

moving resolutionHappy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful, happy, and safe holiday season filled with loved ones, laughs, good food, and some relaxation. I’ve been thinking a lot lately, as I’m sure many of you have been as well, about New Year’s Resolutions. What promises do I want to make myself for 2015 and what can I do to make sure I keep them? Most people go the fitness and healthy eating route, which is great! But I think it’s important to think of the other areas of our lives too. Are you saving up to buy a house? How much do you want to save by the end of the year? Are you moving for your or a spouse’s career? What can you do to stay happy in your career if you are moving for a loved one? Are you moving into a smaller home? How will you de-clutter and downsize without hurting anybody’s feelings? Whatever your situation may be, make yourself this moving resolution: “I will prepare.”

 

How to Pick the Perfect Home

 

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Today’s post is a guest post by Kal Elfarro, General Manager for Canadian General Contractors Group (CGC) in Ottawa. In addition to managing home remodels, Kal blogs about housing, renovation and even moving. 

Every year, we help Canadian homeowners turn their houses into perfect abodes. Throughout our many years of experience, we’ve noticed a continuous pattern of what features are the most important and desirable in a home. If you’re hunting for a new place, try using our handy guide below to ensure that you pick the house that will satisfy your needs.