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Here’s How to Buy a House: A Step-by-Step Guide for the First-Time Home Buyer

BUY By Judy Dutton | Feb 15, 2019 The steps to buy a house might seem complicated at first—particularly if you’re a first-time home buyer dipping a toe into real estate for the very first time. Between mortgage rates, property taxes, negotiating with sellers, and closing the deal, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. There’s so much at stake! Still, if you familiarize yourself with what it takes to buy your first home beforehand, it can help you navigate the real estate market with ease. So let’s get started! In this step-by-step guide, you’ll learn what it takes to buy your first home from beginning […]

10 Home Trends That’ll Be Hot In 2019 (And 2 That Are OUT!)

Each fall, decorators begin to share the interior design trends we can expect to see in the new year. Looking ahead to 2019, bold colors, metallics, and statement ceilings take center stage. If you’re planning to put your place on the market and want it to appear like the freshest spot on the block, you need to know what’s hot and what’s not. 1. Wallpaper stages a comeback View this post on Instagram Wallpaper – do you love it, or hate it? This nostalgic trend is coming back, and I personally LOVE it. Let me know what you think #hometrends2019 […]

First-Time Buyer Interest Strong Despite Rising Interest Rates

Interest rates are rising. According to Freddie Macthe current rate for a 30-yr fixed mortgage is 4.81%, which is up a nearly a full percentage point from a year ago. While some were concerned the rising interest rates would have a negative impact on the market, particularly with first-time homebuyers, it looks as if the changes in interest rates are doing little to dampen buyer demand. According to First American’s most recent Real Estate Sentiment Index (which explores how sensitive first-time homebuyers are to rising interest rates), mortgage rates would have to hit 5.6% before first-time buyers delay entering the […]

6 Ways To Winterproof Your Home This Fall

If you want your home to make it through the winter months unscathed, you’ll need to take the proper measures to protect it. In other words, you need to winterproof your home. But if you wait until you’re hearing Christmas carols on the radio to take the necessary steps to protect your home, you’ll be too late. Here are 6 ways to winterproof your home this fall so your home is ready for the cold temperatures, snow, and whatever else the season wants to throw at it: 1. Store patio furniture Winter isn’t the time for barbecues and dining alfresco, […]

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