5 Reasons Buying a Home Can Wait

5 Reasons you should wait to buy a home

Today's post 5 Reasons Buying a Home Can Wait is a guest post by Charles Muotoh a real estate agent covering the Washington DC area. Wanting to buy a home is on the top of many's priority.  But, don't be so anxious that the American Dream turns into a nightmare. Charles gives some great insight into why you might want to hold off on owning a home. Buying a Home Can Wait Owning a home may still be the American dream, but if you are not financially ready, it can quickly devolve into a … Continue reading...

5 Remodeling Mistakes a Homeowner Makes

Remodeling Magazine Cost Vs Value Report 2017

There will come a time when a home may not quite suits the owners needs anymore. And it come time to decide whether to remodel or buy a new home.  In this article we will discuss  5 remodeling mistakes that homeowners make.  I will approach the 5 remodeling mistakes from the aspect of value.  Of course most homeowners want to get top dollar when the sell their home.  And, most homeowners expect to get a return on their remodel in the future.  But as a real estate … Continue reading...

What Do You Charge for A Real Estate Commission- The Penny Wise Pound Foolish Home Seller

What do you charge for a commision

Every month I can get several phone calls asking "What do you charge for a real estate commission?" Not I would like to discuss the services you provide to list my home, what experience do you have, etc..... So what your really saying as a home seller when you ask "what do you charge for a real estate commission?" is that you want to net the most proceeds out of the sale of your home.  Of course who doesn't!! What I want to do with this article is show you that a low listing … Continue reading...

Is My Real Estate Agent Really Working for Me- Understanding Real Estate Agency

Understanding Real Estate Agency

When it come time to buy or sell a house, most people call a real estate agent to aid in their home sale or purchase.  Whether you are buying or selling a home, understanding real estate agency is critical.  It is first important to understand how your real estate agent is working for you.  Secondly, you can run into other agents along the way and is important you understand the relationship you have with each agent. Real Estate Agency is at the core of every real estate … Continue reading...

Should You Get An FHA Loan When Purchasing a Home

Should You Get An FHA Loan

The FHA home loan is definitely a loan program to look at for cash strapped first time home buyers. It is certainly not a program just for first time home buyers, it can also be used for refinances and move up or down buyers.  Should you get an FHA loan or not when purchasing a home? What is an FHA Loan? An FHA home loan is one backed by the Federal Housing Authority or the FHA.  It is a government agency that secures home loans with Mortgage Insurance. The FHA loan program was … Continue reading...

Disclose or Not to Disclose…. That is the Question

Sellers statement of property condition - dislcosure

Massachusetts is what is called a Caveat Emptor or Buyer Beware state for home buyers.  Meaning buyers you are basically on your own and your due diligence falls directly on you.  Don't do your homework or ask the right questions and your basically out of luck.  The question for home sellers is do you choose to disclose or not to disclose any issues with a Sellers Statement of Property Condition. Sample of Seller's Statement of Property Condition (MAR 700) Sellers Obligation … Continue reading...

5 Wood Siding Care and Maintenance Tips

Wood siding care and maintenance tips

When it comes time to sell your home having your homes siding in tip top shape goes a long way in increasing curb appeal.  Wood siding is certainly a very desirable finish for many home buyers if you show it off looking its best. Allura, a manufacturer of fiber cement products for your home has written a guest post on how to care for your natural wood siding.  Regular care and maintenance will go a long way in maintaining the beautiful look of your wood siding. 5 Wood Siding Care … Continue reading...

How Do You Calculate the Square Footage of Your Home?

Calculate square footage on your home accurately

The square footage of your home plays a large role in how to market your home and the buyers that will be attracted to your home as well. In this article we will be discussing How Do You Calculate the Square Footage of Your Home? Obviously, a 1200 square foot home will function much differently than a 4000 square foot home.  The cost of construction alone will be quite significant. The square footage of your home plays a fairly large role in determining the correct price of your home … Continue reading...

How Do You Determine Your Homes Value?

How to Determine Your Homes Value

When it come time to list your home the first question your going to ask "how do you determine your homes value?" There is nothing more critical than determining the correct price on your home.  There are serious consequences to overpricing your home and letting it linger on the market unsold. Three Ways NOT to Determine Your Homes Value First lets take a look at three ways that home sellers use to try and determine their homes value.  But, in no way are these three methods … Continue reading...

How Much House Can I Afford?

How much mortgage can I afford Infographic

When the thought enters your head that maybe its time to stop renting and buy your first home you are going to wonder "how much house can I afford?"  This article will cover the basics so you can get a rough idea of how much of what a bank will lend you for your first home.  At the end of the day, take the time to sit down and get a proper mortgage pre-approval letter from your lender.  There are too many variables to estimate a mortgage payment accurately without doing … Continue reading...