Archive for February, 2011

Existing-Home Sales Rise Again in January

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

This is pretty interesting info. I was surprised that the total number of sales in January 2011 were 5.3% higher than in January 2010. Last year, we were in the midst of the first time home buyer tax credit, which really boosted that segment of the market. The biggest growth in January 2011 was investor […]

First Time Homebuyer Series – Part 5A: Foreclosures

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

In today’s real estate market, everyone wants to know about foreclosures. These are the most common distressed properties, and they are usually associated with “getting a good deal”. Distressed sales now make up a sizable chunk of the market, so it makes sense to be educated on these properties. When you hear someone say they […]

First Time Homebuyer Series – Part 4: House Hunting – What to Expect

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

It’s time to grab a coffee, load up into the Toyota Highlander (that’s what I drive), and hit the streets! The day has finally come when you get to live out HGTV’s show House Hunters. In Part 4 of our First Time Home Buyer Series, we will talk about what to expect when you start […]

First Time Homebuyer Series – Part 3: House Hunting – Where to Start

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

In the first two parts of this series, Personal Budget and Loan Prequalification, we examined your finances to help you determine if you can afford to purchase a home and if so, how much home you can afford. Now the fun begins! For most home buyers, looking for the right house is the best part […]