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Back To The Basics Part 2…Closing Costs

When calculating cash-out-of-pocket needed to purchase a home, you need to be prepared for more than the down payment (discussed here). Closing Costs are expenses that are due at closing before you can take possession of those shiny, new keys. Many times, the amount can sometimes come as a surprise since they are typically between [...]

By | March 6th, 2017|New Home Purchase|

Back To The Basics Part 1…Down Payment Expectations

Let’s tackle down payment expectations because many homebuyers are simply unsure of what to expect, and the last thing you want to do is base your thinking on inaccurate assumptions. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently released its 2016 Aspiring Home Buyer Profile, and guess what it revealed as one of the top barriers to [...]

By | February 22nd, 2017|Finance, New Home Purchase|

7 Reasons Not To Buy A House

I’m a Realtor. It’s my job to sell houses. My family relies on me to make a living by selling houses. That said, there are quite a few reasons that make no sense at all to buy a house and can potentially cause quite a bit of headaches and regret in the future. While my [...]

By | February 7th, 2017|New Home Purchase|

Offhand Examples of New vs. Used (…Used wins twice)

At the end of the day, a large part of purchasing a home is purely situational. I’ve purchased an existing home before in order to stay close to family (it’s great to have the Grandparents nearby when you have kids). That said, if I could have purchased a new home in the location that I needed to be, [...]

By | January 26th, 2017|New Home Purchase|

Can’t Miss Benefits of New Construction Realtors

Do you really need a Realtor to buy a new construction home? Technically? No. As a buyer, you can visit the model home on your own, meet the onsite sales rep, and let them lead you through the purchase process. You can also technically represent yourself in a court of law, but would you really do [...]

By | January 17th, 2017|New Home Purchase|

What’s The Big Deal With New Homes?

For nothing more than pure sanity, shopping for new home is a lot less frustrating and annoying than looking at existing homes, especially in today’s seller friendly market. It’s refreshing to avoid 1) bidding wars, 2) constantly juggling schedules in an instant to tour a home that just came on the market…only to find that [...]

By | January 3rd, 2017|New Home Purchase|

Random Thoughts On Builder Sales Reps

If you buy a new home, you and your Realtor will most likely work with a builder's sales rep throughout the entire process. A “sales rep” works directly for the builder to specifically sell that builder’s houses. They typically work out of one of the builder’s model homes and greet you when you walk in. [...]

By | December 14th, 2016|New Home Purchase|

Crucial Early Steps: It All Begins & Ends with Financing

I’ve sold hundreds of houses in multiple states, and there are two very basic, crucial, universal first steps that go hand-in-hand before ever looking at a house for sale (assuming you are not paying cash): Determine your housing budget i.e. how much can you can or want to spend monthly. Get Pre-approved i.e. how much a bank [...]

By | December 6th, 2016|New Home Purchase|

Why Another Real Estate Company?! (we asked ourselves too)

We know, we know, we know…there are already too many real estate companies. Period. So why start another?! For the most part, we wholeheartedly agree with you! We are not going to tout our ability to provide better customer service than the thousands of real estate companies already out there (though we do treat people [...]

By | December 1st, 2016|New Home Purchase|

How Do I Buy A New Home??

Let’s begin by assuming that you have already exhausted Google searches and that you can find new home communities in Zillow or Realtor.com with your eyes closed. So now you should just jump in the car on Saturday and start touring model homes, right?? Not so fast, let’s lay some crucial groundwork before ever stepping [...]

By | November 28th, 2016|New Home Purchase|