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The Cities with the Highest Hidden Costs of Owning a Home

If you’re looking into buying a home, your mind is probably focused on things like your down payment and monthly mortgage costs, but those aren’t the only costs that come with owning a home—there are hidden costs you might not be thinking about, too.

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Posted on Aug 14, 2017

The City With the Best Market for First-Time Homebuyers

If you’re looking to buy your first home, it may surprise you to learn where you’ll find the best market—research shows that you’ll probably have the best luck in Orlando, Florida.

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Posted on Aug 12, 2017

Is That Open House Worth It? How To Decode Listings Like a Pro

One of the first steps to house hunting is sifting through a pile of listings and finding which ones are worth your time, in terms of going to take a look. Your real estate agent will likely set you up on a search tailored to properties that will meet your needs. But let’s be honest, not all listings are created equal. You’ll have to use your best judgment to find the ones that work best for you.

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Posted on Aug 10, 2017

A Realists’ Guide to Buying a NYC One-Bedroom

Real estate prices in New York City—especially in Manhattan—cover a nearly unbelievably huge range from the affordable (somewhat affordable; it is New York, after all) to the totally extravagant. A one-bedroom apartment, for example, could sell for anywhere from less than $200,000 to several million—it all depends on the location and how much space they have to offer.

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Posted on Aug 8, 2017

The “Hidden” Costs of Homeownership Add Up to $9K a Year

You found the perfect home for sale, and even better, the monthly mortgage payment works out to almost exactly to what you’re paying in rent right now. Great! Now, simply add another $750 a month on top of that, and you’re golden!

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Posted on Aug 7, 2017

The Second Most Important Homebuying Decision You’ll Make: Tips for Finding the Best Agent for You

The wrong real estate agent—or just one who doesn’t jibe with your vibe—can cast a shadow on your whole home buying experience. That’s why it pays to know what things to look for (and the right kinds of questions to ask) when searching for a reliable real estate agent. So to help make your search a little easier, we called on William E Brown, President of the National Association of Realtors (NAR), for advice on how to find the best agent for your unique homebuying needs. Read ahead for six ways to score a stellar real estate agent and hopefully, your dream home.

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Posted on Aug 6, 2017

The Questions You Need to Answer Before Buying a Home Together

Buying a home together can be complicated. Whether you’re in a relationship, family members, or good friends who are making an investment together, sometimes adding multiple opinions and emotions into a financial situation can get a little dicey. That’s why it’s really important plan out your homeownership logistics before you even get started.

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Posted on Jul 31, 2017

Find Your Focus: The 3 Things That Really Matter When Buying A First Home

There’s no denying that buying your first home is a very exciting thing. It’s so easy to get caught up in the fantasy of finding your dream home that it can sometimes be hard to focus on what you really need.

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Posted on Jul 24, 2017

Why First-Time Homebuyers Should Think Twice Before Applying For A Mortgage Online

Online mortgage programs are becoming increasingly popular — and it’s not hard to see why. With an application process that takes less than five minutes, they can almost be thought of as an “express lane” for a loan.

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Posted on Jul 22, 2017

In-Reach Real Estate: Affordable Cities Outdoorsy People Will Love

You can read a million lists about buying a home—and I could prattle on for days about the process myself—but the best advice anyone can probably offer is this: buy a home in a city that you love even more than the house itself. Never does this ring more true than when it comes to outdoorsy people.

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Posted on Jul 20, 2017

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