New homeowners often don’t yet know what they’ll need to make their lives easier and more convenient in their new home. Most housewarming gifts include plants, bottles of wine or gift baskets. While these are sweet gestures, they don’t really reflect the practical needs of a first...

Pets have mischievous tendencies. Sure, they may not mean to scratch the couch, tug the drapes or pick the carpet apart, but let’s face it, animals are well… animals. Whether you’re a renter or long-term buyer, pet-based damages can deteriorate your home’s value. You needn’t engage radical redesign methods...

Real estate gated communities are widely considered to be the crowning point of luxury living. Gated communities offer privacy and security, as well as other benefits. But what are the cons to living in a gated community? Is it for you? Manned vs. Unmanned Gated Communities The entrance/exit gates...

March home sales declined some 4.9% after a robust February though analysts aren’t terribly concerned about the dip, citing rising inventories as the market’s way of keeping home prices in check. That’s the conclusion offered by the National Association of Realtors in their assessment of the...

Moving to a new home can be a challenging time, but when your household includes children, that challenge can be magnified. From leaving behind friends to experiencing a new neighborhood, children typically have a lot of concerns when it comes to a move. Here are a few...

Unmatched competition, sky-high housing prices and a seemingly endless surge in demand — the symptoms of the current market seem eerily familiar to some real estate experts. Murmurs of a housing bubble have been heard throughout the country, from the intense market in Seattle to the building empire...

The Orlando, FL housing market is #7 on the list of Top Real Estate Markets to invest money in 2019. Orlando Housing Market Trends Metropolitan Area Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL Population 280,257 (2017) Median single-family home sale price $266,000 (NAR, Q3 2018 – U.S. median $266,900) YoY home sales price growth 7.3% (NAR, Q3 2018 –...

Unmatched competition, sky-high housing prices and a seemingly endless surge in demand — the symptoms of the current market seem eerily familiar to some real estate experts. Murmurs of a housing bubble have been heard throughout the country, from the intense market in Seattle to the building empire...

Housing Market Report: How Falling Mortgage Rates Will Affect the 2019 U.S. Housing Market Mortgage rates have been going through a steady decline, with home buyers getting more and more opportunities at locking excellent rates. Homeowners are looking at opportunities for refinancing their mortgages – making...

Navigating the home mortgage maze can be challenging, particularly for first-time home buyers. Adding to the confusion is the fact that several types of mortgage loans can fit into multiple categories used to define home finance. To sort through the types of home mortgages available to...

Unless you have been living in a cave all year, you know that the Federal Reserve is about to raise interest rates, which might affect your pocketbook as you prepare to apply for a mortgage loan or a refinance. However, the way it has played out isn’t...

New closing forms are designed to make home buying less confusing and better protect home buyers. Here’s what you need to know as a prospective home owner from the new “Know Before You Owe” rule going into effect October 3, 2015. According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the...

As the housing market headlines of the last few years read, some home buyers forgot about the great financial responsibility of purchasing a home to their own demise. If you have been contemplating buying a home with financing, here are a few tips for dealing with...

Bad credit can trigger all sorts of financial stress and issues, especially having trouble buying a home and getting a mortgage. If your credit is shaky, the safest and best route to purchasing a property is to save money and wait for your finances to improve....

Now that you have decided to buy your dream home, it’s time to consider how you will pay for it. You could always just write a check for the total purchase price and be done with it…...