Buying a home is often the biggest single purchase you’ll ever make. But it isn’t just choosing a home to buy that’s complicated. You’ve got to think through neighborhood issues, size issues, and cost issues. Buying a home can also include legal issues, construction or building concerns, and have serious tax implications. Financing your home purchase is another big topic of interest for most home buyers. From this topic page, you’ll be able to find articles and videos that help you understand how to balance what you want in a home with what you can afford to spend. You’ll also be able to refine your search about buying a home by using the topic cloud on the right navigation.
By Ilyce Glink| 2008-12-12T00:00:00-05:00 December 12th, 2008|
When making an offer on a house you want to buy, you should make it in writing and set an expiration date. Making an offer in the right way will lead to buying your dream home. What can you do if after making an offer on a house you want to buy, you get word from your real estate agent that the home seller received a better offer?
By Ilyce Glink| 2008-11-12T00:00:00-05:00 November 12th, 2008|
Can you as a home buyer get your earnest money back on the purchase of a home if the financial markets prevent you from getting a loan to buy the home? When you as a home buyer put earnest money down on a home you're bound by whatever the home purchase contract states. You can lose your earnest money if the contract allows the builder to keep it, regardless of whether the credit crisis affects the your ability to qualify for a mortgage loan.
By Ilyce Glink| 2008-10-14T17:19:44-05:00 October 14th, 2008|
How to avoid common mistakes home buyers make, including being afraid to ask questions or being suspicious of the real estate agent's motives. Become a savvy home buyer and avoid mistakes by viewing this Expert Real Estate Tips segment.
By Ilyce Glink| 2008-10-14T15:15:18-05:00 October 14th, 2008|
Why is a neighborhood important to consider when buying a house? For one thing, you can move a house but you can't move the neighborhood. For another, you'll go through the neighborhood every day to get to your home. If you don't like the neighborhood, you probably won't be happy in your house.
By Ilyce Glink| 2008-10-09T00:00:00-05:00 October 9th, 2008|
Buying real estate during the economic crisis has become more difficult. The current economic crisis has brought many challenges, including the drop in retirement savings and a rise in the unemployment rate that affect the real estate market and home buyers. There is a strong connection between unemployment and real estate, because lenders won't give you a mortgage without a job to cover the payments.
By Ilyce Glink| 2008-10-08T20:23:50-05:00 October 8th, 2008|
What should you consider when getting a mortgage loan? The mortgage loan should fit your needs and lifestyle and allow you to sleep at night. For more information on mortgage loans watch this Expert Real Estate Tips segment and check out www.ThinkGlink.com.
By Ilyce Glink| 2008-09-23T17:00:00-05:00 September 23rd, 2008|
If you had the choice, would you buy a house with no mortgage? Would you pay all cash for a home? What would it take for you to lower your house payments to a level that you could retire and no longer carry a mortgage?
By Ilyce Glink| 2008-09-12T00:00:00-05:00 September 12th, 2008|
The 2008 J.D. Power and Associates survey of new home construction buyers showed an increase in home purchase satisfaction from 2007. A J.D. Power spokeswoman says buyers get more for their money because home builders include once optional features such as granite countertops as standard. Builders are finding out how to satisfy customers and stay alive in this market.
By GlinkAndTamkin| 2008-09-11T00:00:00-05:00 September 11th, 2008|
A home buyer decides to drop financing for a new home purchase after discovering high financing fees. He's canceling the real estate contract but the sellers have threatened to sue. How can the home buyer break the real estate contract but not be sued? Ilyce suggests the buyer contact a real estate attorney.
By Ilyce Glink| 2008-09-11T00:00:00-05:00 September 11th, 2008|
A home seller asks whether he should approach a home buyer with the asking price for his home. The seller says the real estate agent wants him to approach the buyer. Ilyce asks whether the real estate agent represents both the buyer and the seller, as a dual agent. Ilyce also discusses why the real estate agent's proposal may reveal strange circumstances around the home sale.