Category Archives: For Buyers

Things to Check in The Kitchen on a Video Tour

Video tours have become an indispensable tool for house hunters in the COVID-19 era, although they do have their drawbacks—you won’t notice a bad odor through a video screen, after all. And if there’s one room for which you really need a … Continue reading

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Homes Still Selling “Sight Unseen”

Some home buyers are feeling confident enough to proceed with a home purchase after a virtual tour. The latest sight unseen mega-deal occurred last week for a private island off the coast of Ireland. An anonymous European buyer purchased the … Continue reading

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Should You Buy a House with a Pool?

If you have your heart set on using a pool, consider having a pool expert inspect your property before you buy the house. Be reasonably confident you can afford to fix the pool and maintain it, or no one will … Continue reading

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Reality Check If You Buy a Country Home

City living may have its perks, but combine the congestion and crowds with the threat of the novel coronavirus, and it’s no wonder that many city dwellers these days are fleeing to greener pastures (or thinking about it). Curious about … Continue reading

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Can Mortgage Rates Go Lower?

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is edging closer each week to the 3% mark. Freddie Mac reported that the 30-year rate averaged 3.03% this week, the lowest since the government-sponsored enterprise began tracking such data in 1971. Last week, the 30-year … Continue reading

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Why Are People Moving During the Pandemic

Americans have been on the move for more reasons than just to snag record low mortgage rates, shows a new survey of 2,000 real estate agents from HomeLight, a company that provides software and services to the real estate industry, … Continue reading

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Tax Filing Deadline is Next Week!

Don’t forget the deadline for most filers is Wednesday, July 15, 2020. HERE are some tips to help you prepare.

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IRS Stands Firm on July 15 Tax Deadline for 2019 Returns

The U.S. Treasury Department’s Internal Revenue Service announced Monday that it was sticking with the July 15 tax-filing extension deadline for 2019 returns. Those unable to meet that deadline are encouraged to file for an extension to Oct. 15. The … Continue reading

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Earnest Money Mistakes

Once home buyers find a home they love, they declare their commitment to the seller with a sizable chunk of change known as an earnest money deposit. Yes, it sounds so sincere and serious because it is—and if you get it … Continue reading

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Mortgage Rates Remain Low

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage continued to hover near its all-time low this week, averaging 3.21%, Freddie Mac reports. “The rebound in home buyer demand continued this week, driven by mortgage rates,” says Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “This turnaround … Continue reading

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