Are you shopping for a home but not sure if you’re ready to make an offer on a property that’s caught your eye? Some home sellers may be willing to let you spend a night or two at the property so you can feel confident with making an offer. Read on to find out more.
According to the NAR Community Preference Survey of 2013, most Americans prefer houses with easy walks to schools, stores and restaurants over houses with large yards, but where you have to drive to go to schools, stores and restaurants (55% to 40%). An even larger majority prefers houses with smaller yards but a shorter commute to work over houses with larger yards but a longer commute to work (57% to 36%).
At Quicken Loans, we like to throw the old rulebook out the window from time to time – and we find that by doing things differently, we can make the experience of buying a home even better for our clients. So we say, go ahead – take a different route to the finish line! And with our brand new approach to home buying called Mortgage First, you can do just that.
Hey first-time home buyers! Have a question about getting a home? Or a mortgage? Or anything to do with the home buying process? Never fear, first-timers. The First-Time Home Buyer Q&A Google Hangout is here.
Adjustable rate mortgages (ARMs) often get blamed for the U.S. housing bubble burst in 2008. But as Quicken Loans Chief Economist Bob Walters recently pointed out, ARMs weren’t the culprit. ARMs can benefit many people looking to buy or refinance a home! In case you’re unclear why an ARM may be the best mortgage solution for you, here are a few details about ARMS.
For some of us, the end of 2013 just signals the beginning of 2014. However, the end of this year is different. FHA loan amounts are set to expire, meaning beginning in 2014, loan limits will readjust to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac conforming limits. Read ahead to find out what this could mean for you.
Sometimes when you’re caught up in the task of finding your dream home, you’ll feel pressured to close the deal before you inspect every nook and cranny. This week, I’m going to walk you through what to look out for in the doors and windows of your potential home.
In this week’s installment of our Buying a Home series, we’ve created a checklist of some of the main things you should be thinking about and looking for in the basement of a home. Thinking about all of these different things beforehand can help you decide on the right home for your needs.
Life is very unpredictable. Part of the unpredictability for many is having to move to a different state for a job or some other reason. I recently went through the entire process of finding and buying a home in a new state, and l learned a lot from it. Here are the things that I learned from this process so hopefully you can be better prepared to take on the challenge of finding a new home in a new state.
House hunting can be overwhelming, so it’s helpful to focus on one room at a time when you walk through potential homes.Cover your house-hunting bases by making sure the kitchen you commit to is sturdy and convenient for your lifestyle.