Archive for November, 2011

Home Buying Tips: Negotiating House Price

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Making an of Offer on a House Without a Buyer’s Agent. Thinking about making an offer on a house without a real estate agent? Nervous about negotiating the best house price in this crazy economy? We don’t blame you. When it comes to buying a home, negotiation can mean the difference between a few thousand […]

HUD Home Sales Incentives

Monday, November 28th, 2011

HUD is offering several new sales incentives on HUD homes that will make these homes more affordable for homebuyers.  The incentives vary from state to state, but may include the following: $100 down payments on HUD Homes financed with FHA-insured financing Sales allowances that can be used to pay closing costs, make repairs, or pay […]

Lowest Inventory in Six Years

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

The total homes listed for sale continue to move downward. The latest decline in October to 3.33 million was partly seasonal, as autumn and winter months nearly always have fewer listings in comparison with spring and summer months. Still, examining listings only in the month of October (so as to get an apple-to-apple comparison), this […]

Lender Delays & How to Avoid Them

Friday, November 11th, 2011

So you’ve found your perfect home.  The paperwork has all been signed, everyone is excited, and then you get the news.   Your lender can’t process your mortgage loan application in the time you’ve allotted in the contract! In a video put out by the Legal Department @ Texas Association of Realtors this is a real […]

Steps in Home Buying Process: Pre-Approval for Home Loan

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Understand your Risk for Winter Flooding

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) wants to take this time to remind homeowners are still at risk for flooding during the winter months. First, the dangers of severe weather and related flooding do not end when colder weather begins. Floods are a year-round hazard, and they can be especially damaging during the winter due […]

7 Smart Strategies for Kitchen Remodeling

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Kitchen remodeling can turn a ho-hum room into your home’s pride and joy. Here are strategies to help your project run smoothly. A significant portion of kitchen remodeling costs may be recovered by the value the project brings to your home. Kitchen remodels in the $50,000 to $60,000 range recoup about 69% of the initial […]