What Is An FHA Loan, Anyways?

"Are you getting an FHA mortgage?" "Apply for an FHA loan. You'll get a better rate!" If you're house hunting in the United States, there's a good chance your friends, or perhaps even your realtor, have been making these statements. You might nod and agree, and you might even go through with applying for an FHA loan because that's what someone knowledgeable told you do to. But if you're like many house hunters, you don't really know what an FHA mortgage is or how it benefits you. Read More 

Selling Your Home? 3 Reasons For Asking Your Agent For A Lower Commission

When you make an agreement with a realtor to sell your home, one of the factors of the agreement is to pay them a commission once the home is sold. It's common for the commission on the sale of a home to be around 6%, though it can vary depending on the cost of the home and the market you are in. That said, there will be times times where you may feel that your agent should lower their commission rate that you'll be paying. Read More 

Three Important Areas of a Home Inspection You Should Pay Attention To

In 2015 alone, over 5 million homes in the United States were sold. For many of these homes, an inspection has played a major role. The inspection could make or break a sale depending on the findings. When a buyer considers purchasing a home, it is ideal that they make sure a home inspection is performed before they write an offer on the home. This is to ensure there are no major problems going on in the home that the buyer does not know about. Read More 

The 3 Sins Of Home Selling As A First Time Seller

The home selling process can certainly be daunting, especially for a first time home seller. While it's always best to work with a professional during the process, you can get started learning more about the process below by learning about the three common sins of home selling and how you can avoid them. 1. Keeping Your Home As-Is During Showings It sure can be a pain to pack up the majority of your belongings and put them into storage until your home has sold, but less clutter and personal belongings will make the sale process much smoother and quicker. Read More 

Take These Important Steps When You Sell a Home That Is Vacant

During the process of selling your home and buying a new one, you'll occasionally find yourself in a situation in which your home hasn't sold, despite the fact that you've bought a new home and moved in. This will leave your home vacant until you're able to sell it, which presents some unique challenges but doesn't have to impede your ability to sell. While it's a good idea to talk to your real estate agent about the possible reasons for the slow activity on the home — and address these as quickly you can — there are some important steps to take when you're dealing with a vacant home up for sale. Read More