What are the Benefits of Home Ownership?

Home ownership is a goal that many people strive to reach at some point in adulthood. What is it about home ownership that is so attractive? There are a number of benefits to homeownership that you will realize over time after you make your first home purchase. A home is a good long term investment,…

Is Home Ownership the Best Option for Me?

Home ownership is a dream for many. It can represent different things to different people: such as stability or success. While home ownership is a great long term investment it may not be the best option in every situation. You need to take a look at your particular situation to determine if home ownership is…

What is a Home Appraisal and Why Do I Need One?

If you are new to the home buying process then there are likely a number of terms and phrases that you have started to learn. One of the phrases that can sometimes cause confusion and anxiety for home buyers (and sellers) is the home appraisal. You may want to know exactly what a home appraisal…

How Do I Get My Home Ready to Sell?

There are a variety of reasons people sell their homes. You may be moving on to a larger place to accommodate your growing family or downsizing. People sell for job changes, to move closer to family, to get into a better school district, and for a whole host of other reasons. No matter your reasons…

At What Stage of the Home Buying Process Should I Call a Realtor?

The home buying process can be intimidating. There are a lot of things to consider before you ever go and look at the first potential property. One big question home buyers often have is when to start talking to a realtor. Some people know they are going to buy a home a year in advance…

How is a Realtor Different than a Typical Real Estate Agent?

All licensed real estate agents have some sort of governing body that they have to work within. However, the governing bodies can vary across areas making it difficult to truly understand what the agent’s responsibilities are to their clients. It is a different story when you decide to work with a realtor. Realtors are licensed…

What Will a Realtor Do to Get My Home Sold?

The goals of most home sellers are to sell quickly and get maximum profit. If these are your goals, then you are probably trying to figure out if using a realtor is the best way to accomplish them. The reality is that listing with a realtor has some real advantages over trying to sell on…

For Sale By Owner vs. Listing with a Realtor

Many home sellers have an internal debate about the pros and cons of listing for sale by owner vs. listing with a realtor. In order to have a realtor list and market your home you have to pay a commission that is negotiated at the time of listing. It can be tempting to try and…