When you’re determining how much you can afford to spend on your new home, you’re likely to pull up a mortgage calculator, punch in what you can afford in a monthly payment and begin your search based on the calculator.
Don’t forget closing costs
But what many first-time buyers don’t realize is there are several other costs that go into purchasing a home. The cost of closing alone can add thousands of dollars ($3,700 on average) to the price of a home, not to mention thousands more fo... read more
Moving to a new area can be both exciting and overwhelming. Whether you’re moving to start a new job, to be closer to family or just because you want to live in an area with abundant recreation and hospitality to match, you have a whole new terrain to learn. You’ll need to decide where to buy groceries, where to find kayaking or snowshoe trails and discover new restaurants and entertainment options.
If you’re looking to relocate to the river valley area, we are here to help. Following are some of ... read more
If you’ve ever face an emergency, you know you have dozens of thoughts running through your head and you have to act fast. But wait. What is that number for Poison Control? Suddenly can’t recall your boss’s phone number to let them know you won’t be in? Though stainless steel and integrated refrigerators are de rigueur, it doesn’t mean you don’t need a handy place to post those phone numbers for when you need them.
So whether it’s your fridge, calendar, bulleti... read more
As experts contemplate the possibility of a real estate market downturn, consumers and homeowners are beginning to think about next steps. And while market corrections are a normal aspect of the world of real estate, it is a natural occurrence that can cause concern among consumers. After all, how will a downturn affect your investment or home value? How can you position yourself to ride out the downturn or, better, use it to your advantage?
Market downturns: a launch pad for smart decisions on real estate ... read more
Whether you are buying a new home or selling your home, the home inspection can be a worry-inducing step in the process. That’s completely natural. After all, an inspector could uncover anything from major plumbing and mold issues to the need for a new roof, to seemingly minor recommendations that slowly and steadily add up.
For buyers, the findings could mean more negotiation is necessary. For sellers, the findings of a home inspection could be money out of your pocket, or worse, the withdrawal of an o... read more