Avoid First-Time Buyer Mistakes

Avoid First-Time Buyer Mistakes

You’ve finally decided that now is the time for you to jump into the housing market! Perhaps you’ve done the math and want to take advantage of historically low interest rates and high levels of affordability. Maybe you have a new family that is quickly outgrowing your little rental. No matter the reason, buying real estate is a big responsibility.

There are several rookie mistakes that many first-time home buyers can make. Keep reading for how to avoid them!

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Which Housing Style Is Right For You?

Which Housing Style Is Right For You?

Shopping for a home is an exciting experience but there are many things to consider, starting with the fundamental question: which housing style is right for you?

You might be thinking, “I want to own my own home,” which translates in your mind to a single- or double- story house. However, your finances, where you live, affordability, and practicality may factor in and cause you to consider other options. So let’s explore some of them…

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What questions should you ask at the open house?

Are you planning to take advantage of this weekend’s Nationwide Open House? Here are some great tips when you are out enjoying looking at homes…

What questions should you ask at the open house?

Open houses can be a wonderful way to find your next house. They can be just as helpful in gathering intelligence about a neighborhood, getting a feel for its housing stock or simply scoping out real-estate agents with whom you might like to work.

But what should you ask when you pay a visit?

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Open House Etiquette for Homebuyers

Are you planning to take advantage of this weekend’s Nationwide Open House? Here are some great tips when you are out enjoying looking at homes…

Open House Etiquette for Homebuyers

You’re driving home leisurely on a Sunday afternoon when suddenly your wife turns down the radio and points, “Look, there’s an open house. Let’s stop and take a look.” Is it all right to drop by if you’re not interested in buying the property? What if you just want to get an idea of prices in the area and chat with a real estate agent? What are the basics of open house etiquette?

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Lay groundwork carefully on buying your first home

Lay groundwork carefully on buying your first home

As a young adult, there are few occurrences that make you feel more like a “grown-up” than when you purchase your first home. It’s a process that’s frightening, somewhat frustrating and fun — all at the same time.

With the economy and the housing market wreaking havoc with emotions, even considering a first house can leave you wondering, “Is there ever going to be a right time?”

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Are you dreaming of buying a home? Check out our Homeownership Simplified section a for information & tips on buying a house and our handy calculators to figure out potential mortgages, closing costs, and more!