How Much House Can You Afford?

October 12th, 2017

It’s fun to imagine your dream home. It’s even more exciting to visit model homes and open houses. But, it’s also a good idea to be aware of what you can really afford so your visions can be based on your financial realities. This excellent article from the New York Times can help you get started Read More...

The Not-So-Obvious Benefits of Buying a New Home

March 9th, 2016

If you’re trying to decide between buying an older home or a brand new home, it’s easy to find pros and cons related to maintenance and energy efficiency. But, there are less-obvious benefits of buying new that are worth considering. When you buy in a new community, you and the other buyers are all starting fresh in creating a new neighborhood Read More...

Why Buy a Used Home? Start Fresh!

February 2nd, 2016

Home buyers who have purchased an older home often talk about the home’s “character,” “good bones,” or “wonderful, old-world detailing.” Far too often, these descriptors are just code phrases for the reality of what lies beneath in a resale home. Costly repairs, inefficient heating and cooling systems, small rooms and closed in living spaces are just a few Read More...

Young? Single? Buying a New Home? Read This!

January 2nd, 2014

If you’re young, single and still renting, the idea of buying a home instead may have crossed your mind. But would it really save you money? Is it a smart investment? Can you afford it? Buying is a big decision that deserves some research. Before you dive in, consider the pros, cons and financial realities of getting a loan, affording the down payment, paying taxes, and other factors that are part of home buying and ownership Read More...