Prepare To Buy A Home

How to prepare to shop for a home

Some say that luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. If you’re thinking about buying a home in 2023, now is a good time to start preparing for the opportunity that may be ahead. Several trends are indicating that the coming year could be a very opportune time to buy a home. Home prices ...

Mortgage Loan Limit

What mortgage loan limit increases mean for you

You may have seen our recent announcement that conforming and FHA loan limits are increasing for 2023. This is great news because it means that two of the most popular types of mortgages are now (or will soon be) available for bigger loan amounts. Higher limits allow homebuyers and homeowners to use these loans for ...

4 ways a home seller can lower your homebuying costs

When buying a home, one of your goals is to negotiate with the seller for the best possible deal. This was a difficult task during the red-hot real estate market of the past few years when competing buyers bid up home prices in many parts of the country. But now, with the housing market cooling ...

The advantages of buying or selling a home in winter

Winter is the slow season for the real estate market in many parts of the country. With holiday celebrations underway, the school year midway through and harsh weather in northern regions, many buyers and sellers hold off until spring or summer instead. However, making a move during winter is not without its perks. Here are ...

What to do before a home appraisal

Whether you’re selling your home or refinancing it, a home appraisal is often a required part of the process. This typically involves a home appraiser visiting your home to make a professional assessment of its value. A strong appraisal allows you to proceed toward your goal, but a low appraisal could kill a sale or ...

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