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Posted by Rachel Hillman Foy on 12/20/2017

Buying a home is a decision that could have a major impact on your life for the next five to ten years (if not longer). That's why it's extremely important to know your requirements and what you need to be happy.

If you're in the process of looking for a house to buy, it pays to do an analysis of your financial resources, your goals, and your desired lifestyle.

For example, if expanding your family is part of your five-year-plan, you'll want to make sure the home you buy has enough bedrooms, play areas, and safety features to meet your future needs. The broad category of "safety features" could cover everything from the neighborhood crime rate to the amount of road traffic the street is subject to. Proximity to emergency services is also among the many things to consider when shopping for a new home.

Choosing an experienced real estate agent to help you navigate the many challenges of house hunting will increase the probability that the property you choose will be a good fit for your needs. A bank loan officer or mortgage broker can assist you in determining the type of mortgage you can afford and be approved for.

Other than affordability, sufficient space, and safety considerations, here are a few other items to keep in mind as you shop for your next home.

  • Commuting distance: Finding the ideal house that is located less than a half an hour from your business or place of employment can be difficult. That challenge becomes even greater if both you and your partner commute to work every day.
  • Number of bathrooms: Some homes only have one bathroom, which can quickly become a source of conflict and frustration in growing families. Making sure your home has enough bathrooms to meet your current and future needs is a key priority for all house hunters.
  • Miscellaneous requirements: Depending on your lifestyle and other factors, your home-buying priority list could include everything from a two-car garage and basement to a backyard patio and deck. If privacy is high on your must-have list, features like fencing, privacy hedges, and sufficient space between neighbors will also be important. Other items to consider may include a fireplace, space for a home office, and an eat-in kitchen.
There are literally dozens of characteristics, features, and advantages to look for when house shopping, so it pays to create a detailed list of everything you want, hope for, and can't live without! While it may be necessary to be flexible with certain items on your list, things like a good school district, a safe neighborhood, and house that's structurally sound and in good condition are requirements you may not want to waver from!





Posted by Rachel Hillman Foy on 11/9/2016

A foreclosure used to be a major black mark on your credit record and meant you could not obtain financing to buy another house for seven years. There is hope that if you have suffered through a foreclosure your ability to qualify for another mortgage may not be as compromised as you think. Today most buyers will only have to wait three years and depending on the reason you lost your house, the wait could be even shorter. Some potential buyers they may qualify for a mortgage as soon as 24 months after the fact if the foreclosure was the result of "extenuating circumstances". Extenuating circumstances could be a serious illness or the death of a wage earner. Things that are not considered life-changing events are divorce, a business failure or too much debt. Waiting the required time period after extenuating circumstances won't automatically qualify you for a new loan you also have to demonstrate that you can handle credit and afford the payments.





Posted by Rachel Hillman Foy on 7/1/2015

Buying a home is an important decision. That decision can often be an emotional and confusing time. While buying a home is not always about the numbers a little market knowledge can go a long way. Market statistics are also helpful for home sellers to place their home competitively in the marketplace. Here are some helpful stats every buyer (and seller) should know: 1. What kind of market it is There are typically three kinds of markets, a buyer's market, a seller's market and a normal or balanced market. Remember all real estate is local so if you have a question about what kind of market it is in your area be sure to consult with a real estate professional who can help give you the local information and statistics. 2. Average home prices Having a good grasp on the average sales price in your marketplace will help you know the pool of buyers you have to compete with when buying a home. If you are selling you will know if you have large or small pool of buyers. A home above the average will have a smaller pool and a home below will have a bigger pool of buyers who can afford the property. 3. Absorption rate The absorption rate is also known as the amount of inventory. The absorption rate calculates the amount of time a home is likely to sell in. To figure out the absorption rate divide the total number of available homes by the average number of sales per month. A high absorption rate (5 months or less) indicates a homeowner should sell in a shorter period of time. A low absorption rate (7 months or more) indicates a homeowner should sell in a longer period of time. A normal or balanced market has an absorption rate between 5 and 7 months. 4. Mortgage rates                                                                                                                       Mortgage rates vary depending on the type of loan, your credit and other factors. You should at least have knowledge of what the going rate is for mortgages. You may want to get more than one opinion on a mortgage. All of this information is readily available when working with a real estate professional. Remember to always use a trusted professional when making large financial decisions.  







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