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How about some great home buying tips!

Buying a home can be nerve-racking, especially if you’re a first-time home buyer. Buyers need a basic overview. This is especially true for first-time home buyers who aren’t familiar with the process. Bear in mind that the steps in the home buying process can vary from state to state, depending on local custom. This home buying guide will help you to figure out what kind of home you might like, which amenities are most important to you and how to estimate your price range. These tips will help you navigate the process, save money and avoid common mistakes. The Best Home-Buying Advice I’ve Heard, Ever Tips for Buying Your First Home—And Mistakes to Avoid Tips for First-Time Home Buyers

Why this is the year to buy your home?

The last several years have been quite the roller coaster for buyers. Low inventory, rising prices, rising mortgage rates, it hasn’t been easy. Knowing the right time to buy house is just as important in the home buying process as knowing what house you’re going to buy, where you’re going to buy it, and how you’re going to buy that home. Timing is everything, you want the best rates for when you find that dream home. Check out the good information below on why this is a good time to get serious about buying a home… Take the Plunge: The 4 Best Reasons to Buy a Home This Year When Is the Best Time to Buy a Home in 2019? 2019 Real Estate Forecast: What Home Buyers, Sellers And Investors Can Expect

Is it smart to buy in the Winter?

When the weather outside is frightful, trudging door to door to look at houses might seem like a fool’s errand. Everybody knows spring and summer are the home-buying seasons, and winter is the time when you—and sellers—cool it for a bit and take a break, right? While it’s true that things do slow down in the winter, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Yes, it’s cold. Yes, fewer homes are for sale. Yes, moving in a snowstorm is a pain no one should experience. But there are quite a few darned smart reasons to buy a home in the winter. In fact, we’d argue that this might even be the best time to buy a home—if you can. Here’s why. Home prices in January typically take a dip compared with the summer buying season. In its report, NerdWallet analyzed two years of Realtor.com data for the 50 most populous U.S. metro areas and found that in January and February, home sales prices were 8.45% lower on average than in June through August. Follow these links for more information: These are the best times of year to buy a home (according to the experts) https://www.cnbc.com/2018/08/28/these-are-the-best-times-to-buy-a-home-according-to-the-experts.html 6 Reasons Why Winter Is Actually the Most Chill Time to Buy a Home https://www.realtor.com/advice/buy/buying-a-home-in-the-winter/ Why January Is the Best Time to Buy a Home https://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/mortgages/mortgage-rates-why-january-is-the-best-time-to-buy-a-home/

Buying Your First Home.

If you are wondering if you can buy your first home, you have lots of questions about credit scores, down payments, being able to afford a mortgage, what you can afford and much more. Read these links to help you answer those questions and be ready to buy that home! Money Under 30 Guide How to Buy Your First Home

Mortgage Rates come down slightly, are borrowers ready to take advantage of this?

Long-term U.S. mortgage rates edged slightly lower this week. In the housing market, meanwhile, there’s little momentum up or down. Lower rates are a boon to borrowers, but no help if there’s still not enough inventory to satisfy years of pent-up demand. If you are thinking of putting your home on the market, this may be a great time for it as inventory is so tight. Read the articles below for more information. Mortgage Rates Tick Down, But Can Borrowers Seize the Opportunity? Average US mortgage rates dip; 30-year at 4.52 percent Mortgage Rates Behind the Curve For 2nd Straight Day

Home Prices Continue to Rise, are you and your partner ready to buy a home?

Home Prices Continue to Rise, and More Is Predicted for 2018. Home sellers had it good at the end of last year, racking up profits they hadn’t seen in more than a decade, a new report finds. You are your partner may be thinking of taking advantage of buying a home before prices climb much higher. Love may be blind, but if you and your significant other hope to buy a home together, it’s important to go in with your eyes open. That can mean you’ll need to pop some questions about money—right now. Home Prices Continue to Rise, and More Is Predicted for 2018 Home Sellers Are Really Cashing In These Days, Report Finds Hope to Buy a House Together Someday? Pop These 5 Questions Now

New Home Owners Survival Guide

It’s finally yours. Your very own home. You can paint the walls whatever you like. Heck, even knock out a wall! There’s no landlord to fight you. But if you’re serious about developing good homeowner habits (so your home makes you richer, not poorer), you’ll use this worksheet the minute you close on your home — if not before. Easier to do now than suffer some head-slapping regrets later. Here are some links to good information for New Home Owners! What to Do ASAP as a New Homeowner 8 Myths All New Homeowners Fall For

Making Your New Home, Yours.

Finding a new home is a stressful task that can take weeks, sometimes months.. But when you move in it’s hard for it to feel like ‘yours’ straight away, it can take a while for that feeling of home to really settle in. There’s no doubt that creating a home takes time. Insta-home isn’t really a thing……no matter how the pretty images on instagram lead you to think otherwise. Moving is stressful and it takes some time to really get settled in a new place. There are many ways to make a house feel like home, some can take time, and some can help instantaneously. Here are some ideas that can help make the new place feel like yours: How to Make a New House Your Own 10 Ways To Make a New House Feel Like Home HOW TO MAKE A HOUSE FEEL LIKE HOME RIGHT FROM THE START

Summer Home Buying Strategies

A lot of people talk about the spring being the most popular home buying season. But with Summer, the days are getting longer. Ice cream truck jingles echo up and down the block. But with the markets being crazy, summer has become the time for people to find their dream home. But there’s no reason to sweat the idea of buying in the summer. In fact, there are some distinct advantages to making your way into the marketplace during housing’s hottest season. Here are some great tips for buying a home during the summer season! Summer Home Buying Strategies The Heat Is On: 5 Sizzling Reasons to Buy a Home During Housing’s Hottest Season

Homebuyers are still out there looking for houses, despite rising rates and higher prices.

The homeownership rate rose last year for the first time in 13 years. Rising wages, loosening credit standards and demographic shifts are all creating momentum for owning rather than renting. Fannie Mae made it easier for borrowers to take on more debt in the middle of last year, which coincided with a significant rise in the homeownership rate. Rates for home loans surged on strong economic data, taking the benchmark rate to its highest point so far this year. Even rising mortgage rates won’t stop homebuyers Owning Is the New Renting: Homeownership Trends Upward as U.S. Loses Renter Households Mortgage Rates Roar to a Fresh 2018 High