First Time Homebuyers Start Here

Friday, July 13th, 2012

Are you thinking about buying a house, but you’re unsure where to start?   The First Time Homebuyer series on our website offers all kinds of great information and will walk you through each step.  While buying a home is an exciting time, it can also be overwhelming, but we’re here to help. Call Justin at […]

First Time Home Buyer Series – Part 7: Inspection Period

Monday, June 13th, 2011

At this point, you set your budget, got prequalified, went house hunting, and successfully negotiated an agreement on your first house!  The next step is to investigate everything we can about the house to make sure it is in acceptable condition. Inspections It is up to the Buyer to do any desired inspections.  Assuming we […]

First Time Homebuyer Series – Part 6: Making and Negotiating an Offer

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

In our First Time Home Buyer Series, we made our budget, got prequalified, looked for a house, checked out some foreclosures and short sales, and now I’m hoping you found the right house! All you have to do now is buy it!   It would be nice if there was a magic formula for how […]

First Time Homebuyer Series – Part 5B: Short Sales

Friday, March 11th, 2011

In Part 5A of our First Time Home Buyer Series, we talked about bank owned properties, which are commonly called Foreclosures. In this installment, we will look at another type of “distressed property” – Short Sales. A short sale is when the seller is trying to sell the property for less than his mortgage balance. […]

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 […]

First Time Homebuyer Series – Part 2: Loan Prequalification

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

In Part 1 of our First Time Home Buyer Series, we talked about tracking your spending, saving for a down payment, and making a budget. In this installment, we will look at the next step, Loan Prequalification. What is loan prequalification? In the simplest terms, loan prequalification is the process in which you get pre-approved […]

First Time Homebuyer Series – Part 1: Personal Budget

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Most conversations about buying your first home start with money. Buyers ask “Can I afford to buy a house?” and if so, “How much house can I afford?” I always ask buyers to take one step back at this point. We can’t answer the previous questions until you have a solid grasp on your current […]