Buying, Financing, and Selling a house
Buying a home
- Buying a home: Overview
Over the course of one's life, there will be no greater financial commitment made than purchasing a home.
- Buying a home: FAQs
What is the most important thing I need to do to buy a home?
- Should you buy?
If you're renting a property and are thinking about buying, keep in mind that both renting and buying have their own advantages and drawbacks.
- Old, new or custom home?
When considering home ownership, there are three options, each of which brings its own sets of advantages and disadvantages to the table.
- Agents vs. FSBOs
Buying a home can be a daunting task, but there are different ways to complete the same journey.
- Choosing a realtor
It might make sense to work with a real estate agent who is well acquainted with the community and the things that make that community tick.
- What neighborhood?
Personal taste and choice will play a big part in what you expect from a neighborhood, but there will be other factors to consider.
- Finding a house
Finding the right home can be like appraising art. You're not sure what it is, it just seems to resonate with you.
- Making an offer on a home
Because an oral offer isn't legally binding when it comes to buying and selling real estate, it is essential that the prospective buyer and seller enter into a written contract.
- Home inspections
With a purchase as sizable as a home, you'll want to make sure there are no surprises - and no headaches.
- Checklist for buyers
Here's a list of things to be aware of during the final walk-through of the property.
- Your credit
Anyone who plans to buy a home must make sure they have no credit problems.
- How much to spend?
Whether you can afford the home you've always wanted will boil down to a simple factor: How much you make versus how much you owe.
- Getting a loan
You see the home of your dreams and decide to purchase it? Now you need to pay for it.
- Should you refinance?
While refinancing may be the right move for many, the important question remains: Is it right for you?
Selling a home
- Selling overview
Odds are that if you've ever bought a house, you're either going to need to sell one or you've already sold one.
- Selling a home: FAQs
If I hire a real estate agent to help with the sale of my home, what information do I need?
- Timeline for selling a home
Each real estate market is unique, which is especially important to remember when trying to figure how long your home might be on the market.
- Choosing a realtor (when selling)
Though there are other avenues available, experts consider it critical that someone interested in selling a home locate a Realtor to make sure the matter runs smoothly.
- Costs of selling
Putting a home on the market can be an expensive venture, so preparation and planning can help avoid unforeseen costs, which can add up in a hurry.
- Pricing your home
Setting an asking price for your home isn't simply a matter of remembering what you paid, marking it up for your own investment and waiting for the offers to roll in.
- Getting the house ready
When you prepare to put your home on the market, remember this rule of thumb: If what the buyer can see looks well cared for, he or she will generally assume what they can't see has also been well cared for.
- Evaluating offers and negotiating
The dream scenario for someone selling his or her home is a long line of prospective buyers shouting at the top of their lungs in a protracted bidding war for the home.
- Closing the sale
Just because you've found a buyer and reached an agreed upon price, it doesn't mean the process is over. Now you have to close the deal.
Relocation & Moving
- Overview: Relocating
You have found the house of your dreams, and signed all the mortgage papers. What next?
- Relocation: FAQs
Frequeny asked questions about the process of relocating.
- Moving options
When it's time to move, you have several options. You can handle the move yourself or turn the moving over to the pros.
- Moving tips
Moving is a complicated process. Keeping up with belongings, family members, movers and a number of other tasks can be a daunting proposition.
- Storing property
If you are between homes, or have less space available than you need, you may need a storage unit.