Home Buying

Buying in 2018? 7 Steps to Take Now

With some careful prep work in the next few months, your family could be in a new home by summer.

Now is the time to get things in order for a home search next year.

If you’re thinking about buying a home in 2018, November and December are the perfect time to “warm up” for the house hunt so you can hit the ground running in the new year. And whether you’re looking in Athens, GA, or Athens, NY, the prep work is relatively the same.

We’ve asked real estate and mortgage professionals to chime in about what prospective homebuyers should do to ready themselves for buying a home. From organizing your finances to save money to finding a real estate agent and mortgage lender, there is plenty to keep you busy!

9 Necessary Things To Do Before You Move Into Your New Home

Plan a party right away, plus more expert tips that might surprise you. You’ve signed and initialed on all the dotted lines. The house is yours — no more landlords or leases. Enjoy it. Revel in it. Even spend a night in your new, empty home on an air mattress with a box of pizza before things start to get real (it’s a memory you might appreciate down the road). But when the house honeymoon’s over, there’s work to be done, and certain things belong on a “the sooner the better” list. These nine expert tips offering guidance on what to do before you move into your new home just might surprise you.

Buying in 2017? 7 Steps You Must Take Now

 

You can't just plunk down your credit card to buy a house. Here's how to prepare for the purchase.

If you're thinking about buying a home in 2017, October to December is the perfect time to "warm up" for the house hunt so you can hit the ground running in the new year. And whether you're looking in Athens, GA, or Athens, NY, the prep work [...]

How To (Finally) Get Your Offer Accepted

Get out of the house-hunt rat race by crafting an offer that can't be refused.

In a hot real estate market where you keep losing out to other buyers, you might fantasize about taking a hint from The Godfather and making the next seller an offer they can't refuse. But since you live on the right side of the law (and don't want your next

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What to Do a Year Before Buying Your First Home

The ultimate timeline ensures the smoothest of transitions to home ownership.

A real yard. Closets bigger than your average microwave. The freedom to decorate however you darn well please! Making the switch from renting to owning is exhilarating, but many rookie homebuyers find the process trickier to navigate than they expected.

This 12-month timeline will help you sidestep common mistakes, like paying too much interest or getting stuck with the wrong house. (Yep, it [...]

Predicting the 'Right Time' to Buy or Sell a Home

You can't see into the future, but you can make an informed decision.
Buying or selling a home at the ‘right time' is tougher than it sounds. People usually take these actions because of a life event or financial issues. The economy and real estate forecasts tend to be secondary considerations. Yet both buyers and sellers often pose the [...]