Category Archives: Buying

  • What to Expect on Closing Day

    BY Lisa Duke

    You searched for and found a house. You put in an offer that was accepted. You applied for a mortgage, got a home inspection and completed what seemed like a thousand other tasks, all in preparation for closing day. If you’re... 

  • Should You Make a Backup Offer?

    BY Lisa Duke

    You’ve found a house you love and you’re ready to make an offer. Unfortunately, you find out from your real estate agent that the house is under contract – meaning the seller has already accepted another offer. While... 

  • 11 Common Real Estate Terms Explained

    BY Lisa Duke

    If you’re buying or selling a home, you’ll probably come across some terms that you’ve never heard before, or don’t completely understand. Being confused about the terminology can make an already complex process that... 

  • What Are Closing Costs?

    BY Lisa Duke

    When buying a home, you know you should expect to have a certain amount of money saved for a down payment. But have you stopped to consider how much you’ll need to have set aside for closing costs?  Here we’ll break... 

  • Buying and Selling a Home at the Same Time

    BY Lisa Duke

    If you’re relocating for a job, trying to move before the school year begins or even hoping to avoid making payments on two mortgages, you may find yourself in the unenviable position of buying and selling a home at the... 

  • Tips for Choosing a Real Estate Agent

    BY Lisa Duke

    Are you currently buying or selling a home? Then you probably already know what a complex process it can be. Finding a professional to work with you every step of the way can not only make the journey much less stressful,... 

  • Credit Score No-Nos

    BY Lisa Duke

    An important part of buying a house is getting your financial life in order. One reason is that the higher your credit score, the better rate you’ll secure for your mortgage. Mortgage lenders look at your credit score... 

  • Spotting a Serious Home Buyer

    BY Lisa Duke

    One of the frustrations you may encounter when selling your home is dealing with people who may not be serious about buying. Perhaps they’re just testing the waters of the market or daydreaming about one day owning a home... 

  • Saving for Your Down Payment

    BY Lisa Duke

    If buying a home is in your future, one of the realities you’ll need to face is the need to save for a down payment. Depending on the type of mortgage you qualify for, you’ll need anywhere from three to upwards of 20... 

  • Don’t Make These Mistakes When Buying a Home

    BY Lisa Duke

    Buying a home can be a complicated process, even for those who have gone through it before. One of the best ways to make the experience as painless as possible is to make sure you don’t sabotage yourself. Be prepared by...