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Study shows #1 home buyer fear

The Home Buying Institute did this great study to see what concerns you most.  We see the same fears from the first time buyers in our classes and those we help buy homes and they are very real and valid concerns. What can you do about these fears?  Fight them with facts!  Lets take the top […]

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Are we heading for a housing shortage?

It sounds like a crazy thought right now doesn’t it?  With the number of foreclosures and bank owned homes, you’d think we were going to be in this situation for a long time.  But this article will give you a new perspective- one that I don’t think any news source has reported on so far. […]

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First Time Home Buyer Tip #32

Crime! Everyone cares about how much crime there is in an area that you want to buy a home, but its always been difficult to find consistent sources for data on crime.  Trulia has just come out with a beta Crime Map that could very well be the solution we’ve been looking for.  In Portland, […]

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First Time Home Buyer Tip #31

I get asked regularly, “Should I buy a home at an Auction?” Those of you who have read anything I’ve ever written can guess what I’ll say!  It Depends!  Recently some great clients of mine were interested in a home that was going to be in an auction with one of the major national home […]

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First Time Home Buyer Tip #30

3 Things You Need to Know About Energy Tax Credits I recently read an excellent article entitled  Energy Tax Credits: Beware False Promises by Houselogic.com and it really opened my eyes to some things I didn’t know about these kinds of tax credits!  When you’re buying your first (or any) home, you’re going to be […]

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First Time Home Buyer Tip #29

Top 3 Most Overlooked Things When Buying a Home Realtor Holly Kirby of Virginia wrote a very insightful blog entitled 10 Less Obvious Things to Consider When Buying a House and it really got me thinking… what are the most overlooked things when buying a home? Looking at her well thought out list, I’ve chosen […]

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What do single women do twice as much as men?

They Buy Homes! Last year, 20% of homes were purchased by single women and only 12% by single men. AOL- Buying a Home: Why Single Women do it More Than Men.  We see this all the time and have our own take on it although this article is interesting.  Statistics show that, when a couple […]

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First Time Home Buyer Tip #28

Fact:  In 2010, 1 in 4 home sales was a foreclosure. That is an interesting fact from Realtytrac.com, but what does it mean to you?  First let me tell you that we expect that number to be very similar this year.  That large of a percentage of bank owned homes means that you will tend […]

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First Time Home Buyer Tip #27

Ok, this isn’t so much a tip as it is some great facts about First Time Home Buyers from a recent survey. Its always interesting to see where you fall compared to averages.  Keep in mind that this is nationally and your area could vary: 50 The percentage of homes bought by First Timers in […]

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First Time Home Buyer Tip #26

Get it in Writing! As they say, “Verbal agreements aren’t worth the paper they’re not written on!”  You need to be sure that anything your Buyer’s Agent or the seller say will be done is in writing.  Here are some examples of what I mean: Changing a closing date Furniture or other personal property included […]

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