Renting vs. buying: Where do you land?

You’ve always been told that owning a home is the ultimate American dream.  Imagine renovating your master bath into a mini spa or choosing your favorite appliances for your dream kitchen. Or just getting to repaint whatever room you want. Plus, there’s the...

What incentive is better than money?

Are you wondering how to avoid getting into a fast and furious bidding war once you find your dream home? Even if you can afford to pay more, it’s not always the best move.  Money is one thing that turns sellers’ heads, but it’s far from the only incentive when...

Home Financing is Easier Than You Think

You saw an online ad for low mortgage rates and decided to apply — just to see if you qualify. Now your phone is buzzing nonstop, and lenders are emailing you about “DTIs” and W-2s.  The onslaught of financing questions can be baffling when you’re tackling them...

5 Tips to Maximize Your Home's Level of Security

When purchasing a home, safety is high on the list of criteria. With the great schools,  a great neighborhood, and an overall great price on the home you’re purchasing, safety is something you’re thinking about. Once you get the “Does my neighborhood have a...

Appraisal vs. Assessment: What’s the Difference?

Buying a home can be a bewildering process, and mastering the finer points of homeownership takes time. Becoming familiar with the related terminology can be like learning a foreign language. Among the most frequently confused terms...