LowerYourHomebuyerCosts

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 ...

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 ...

HowMuchHomeCanYouAffordToBuy

How much home can you afford to buy?

Owning a home is often cheaper than renting a comparable one, but figuring out just how much home you can afford isn’t always easy. While rents are priced in simple monthly amounts, home prices need to be broken down into upfront and monthly payments. So how much home can you afford to buy? Here are ...

5 things to do before you start shopping for a home

If you’ve decided to buy a home, it’s tempting to jump right into your home search. However, rushing into home shopping before you’ve laid the proper groundwork can lead to mistakes, frustrations and expenses down the road. To give yourself a better chance for a smooth, affordable and stress-free home purchase, you need to prepare ...

What rising mortgage rates mean for you

Mortgage rates have been making a move. After a period of record lows that roughly spanned the previous two years, rates have been on their way up in 2022. The U.S. central bank has announced its intention to fight inflation with higher interest rates, which means mortgage rates seem poised to continue their rise. If ...

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