Buyers Want Green and They’re Getting It

Realty Times: Buyers Want Green and They’re Getting It

Could it really be true? No more utility bills? It’s not just keeping green in their wallet that buyers are after when it comes to purchasing a home. These days buyers want to know that the home they buy will save them money on things like their utility bills after the sale.

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Buyers should do homework early on home warranties

The Seattle Times: Buyers should do homework early on home warranties

Home sellers hoping to close a deal sometimes agree to purchase home warranties to give their buyers peace of mind.

Prospective homeowners, however, should do their homework to make sure the policies, which typically cover the major mechanicals and appliances for one year after the sale, will actually help, say consumer-protection experts.

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FHA squeezed, but still in the game

The Seattle Times: FHA squeezed, but still in the game

Is the Federal Housing Administration losing some of its post-boom, post-bust oomph? Is the Obama administration’s plan to gradually throttle back the FHA’s home-mortgage-insurance volume already having effects — and if so, what might this mean to you as a buyer?

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Home inspections an essential tool for buyers

The Seattle Times: Home inspections an essential tool for buyers

A home inspection often means the difference between a sale and no sale, even if the deal that results isn’t exactly what the owner expected.

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The Numbers on Buying a House

Realty Times: The Numbers on Buying a House

It can be a tricky question. How much home can you really afford? From employment status, to savings, downpayment, and even spending habits, there are a myriad of factors that come into play.

Here is a list of items to consider before settling on a budget.

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