Before we ever walk inside a home, we always walk the perimeter of the property. One of the primary things we look at is the current and future health of the roof. Here are a few things to consider when you are touring a home or even just doing a drive by: Continue reading
Have you ever asked a new homeowner why he or she decided to buy? Your question was probably met with confusion: did you mean to ask why he or she bought this particular house? Of course they researched the heck out of the neighborhood: the quality of schools, the density of the tree canopy, the Jones’ lifestyle choices. And they definitely spent countless hours watching ‘Fixer Upper.’ How else would they know they want granite counter tops and lots of shiplap? Continue reading
Finding the right neighborhood can be tough. Some people look at school districts, some people look at commute times, others look at house style. But what if you’re more interested in how it feels to live in a particular neighborhood? Continue reading
If you decide to work with a realtor or broker, it’s important do an interview and make sure the fit is right before you get started. You are going to be spending a lot of time with this person – it helps if you can tolerate their presence. Continue reading
When I was young, my family moved several times in less than a decade. We had a wonderful realtor who was always part of the process of selecting the house and getting settled. I assumed I would use a realtor to find my first house. In fact, it never occurred to me that you could buy a house without one. A lot of people successfully find and purchase that perfect abode on their own.
Inspired by others stories of success without a realtor, my husband and I initially started searching on our own. Continue reading
Part of growing up is doing boring things consistently in anticipation of future benefits. Saving money in retirement accounts, getting an annual physical, exercising – all good examples of boring activities that pay off. One thing you should do (or start doing) if you plan to live somewhere other than your parent’s house, track your credit score. Continue reading