Buying A Home? 3 Reasons To Opt For New Home, Instead Of An Existing One

New construction homes make up a surprisingly small portion of the total real estate market. In fact, recent statistics show that only 510,000 of the 5.25 million homes sold in 2015 were newly built. But even though existing homes make up the lion's share of the market, there are some very good reasons to opt for a new one, instead.  New homes can offer a more move-in ready experience  No matter how perfect an existing home may seem, most buyers still end up making changes to the house before they move in or shortly after doing so. Read More 

3 Important Questions To Ask Before Buying A Lakefront Property

Pristine views, easy access to the water, and perfect entertaining–lakefront properties are some of the most desirable properties on the real estate market. If you have your eye on one of these properties for yourself, you are probably elated about making it your own. However, buying a lakefront property should come with careful consideration, as these are not your typical homes in a regular neighborhood. There are some things that you should ask about a listed lake-side home before you decide you want to make an offer. Read More 

Obtaining A VA Mortgage With A Spouse As Co-Borrower

A married veteran can include a spouse as a co-borrower when obtaining a VA mortgage to buy a home. The spouse does not have to be a veteran. If the spouse is a veteran, the spouse may choose whether or not to use their own VA loan eligibility. As a result, a married veteran has several options available when deciding how to apply for a VA loan. If you and your spouse are both eligible veterans, the loan limit for a VA mortgage is not doubled. Read More 

Hot Summer Home Selling Tips

Summer can really sizzle when it comes to selling your home, but you can make it even more successful by following these tips that focus on the warmer months. 1. Keep your yard in shape. With spring rains and summer sun, grass can quickly get out of control. Buyers won't be nearly as interested in viewing a home with an overgrown yard as one that is neatly trimmed. If you know you won't be around to do the chore, plan ahead and hire a yard team to take care of it on a regular basis. Read More 

3 Tips For Presenting Your House As A Home To Potential Buyers

If you are trying to sell your house, you may want to present it in the best way possible to potential buyers. If so, use one or more of the three tips below for presenting your house as a home when showing it. Time Appointments For After A Home-Cooked Meal For many people, the smell of food cooking when they walk through the door instantly makes them feel at ease. Since meals are associated with holidays and family times, having your house smell like a roast or herbed chicken can help the potential buyer start imagining themselves and their families living there. Read More