October 4, 2012 - 10:03 AM
We’ve been talking this week about preparing to buy a home, even if you have some negative financial experiences in your past. You can start cleaning up your credit by getting a free report, consolidating your debts, and cultivating good spending habits. Even if you’ve experienced bankruptcy, you can still... Read More
October 3, 2012 - 10:00 AM
buying a home with a bankruptcy on your credit record
Dreaming of home ownership but afraid the reality of your credit history stands in your way?  Take heart: Filing a bankruptcy does not mean your dream of owning a home is dead. Though few people want to file Chapter 7, 11, or 14, any form of bankruptcy can be quite freeing since it wipes out impossible debt... Read More

Had a Bankruptcy? Yes, You Can Still Own a Home

Getting a mortgage after a bankruptcyDreaming of home ownership but afraid the reality of your credit history stands in your way?  Take heart: Filing a bankruptcy does not mean your dream of owning a home is dead.

October 2, 2012 - 11:12 AM
fall checklist to prepare home for winter
Fall is coming. Already the days are shorter, the air cooler, the sunlight diffused with yellowy gold. Fall is a time of pumpkins and apples, warm cider, days spent jumping in piles of multi-colored leaves.  It’s also a time for homeowners to get some important stuff done—before the weather turns inclement.... Read More

Winter Is Around the Corner. Is Your Home Ready? A Checklist of Fall Tasks for New Homeowners

prepare your home this fallFall is coming. Already the days are shorter, the air cooler, the sunlight diffused with yellowy gold. Fall is a time of pumpkins and apples, warm cider, days spent jumping in piles of multi-colored leaves.  It’s also a time for homeowners to get some important stuff done—before the weather turns inclement. If you’re a new homeowner like me, this could be your first fall ever being officially responsible for your home.

September 30, 2012 - 8:50 PM
what is prefab
"Pre-fab": Though this term sounds modern, it’s actually a very old practice in the building of homes. And these days, it can be quite gorgeous. Today we bring you the second installment in our series on types of homes a new buyer has to choose from. Part 1 was on condos. Part 2, as you may have guessed, is... Read More

Definitions for New Buyers: What Exactly Is Prefab?

"Pre-fab": Though this term sounds modern, it’s actually a very old practice in the building of homes. And these days, it can be quite gorgeous. Today we bring you the second installment in our series on types of homes a new buyer has to choose from. Part 1 was on condos. Part 2, as you may have guessed, is prefab.

Defining "Prefab"

September 27, 2012 - 11:09 AM
We’re continuing our fall predictions today, moving to the West Coast to look at how many pending transactions on homes for sale there were in August 2012 compared to the year before. Today’s post comes on the heels of some great news for the housing market: July home prices posted the highest gains since... Read More

Fall Predictions, Part 2: Pending Sales Data for the West Coast

We’re continuing our fall predictions today, moving to the West Coast to look at how many pending transactions on homes for sale there were in August 2012 compared to the year before. Today’s post comes on the heels of some great news for the housing market: July home prices posted the highest gains since 2005 according to the Case-Shiller index!

September 25, 2012 - 8:55 PM
Condo vs. Single-family home
As a very recent, very first-time buyer, I know the lure of condos. They’re just less intimidating than single-family homes. With a condo, the property is shared. The Home Owners Association (better known as HOA), which we will become a part of once we own said condo, becomes like a protective family.... Read More

The Pros and Cons of Buying a Condo

Condo vs single-family homeAs a very recent, very first-time buyer, I know the lure of condos. They’re just less intimidating than single-family homes. With a condo, the property is shared. The Home Owners Association (better known as HOA), which we will become a part of once we own said condo, becomes like a protective family.

September 24, 2012 - 8:43 PM
Richmond, VA pending sales up
In this fall outlook series, we’re drawing predictions for the coming season, traditionally a slower one than summer, from pending sales. These are transactions which haven’t closed yet, but for which an offer has been accepted and transfer of title is in progress. Pending sales aren’t guaranteed sales—... Read More

Pending Sales Make for an Optimistic Fall Outlook

In this fall outlook series, we’re drawing predictions for the coming season, traditionally a slower one than summer, from pending sales. These are transactions which haven’t closed yet, but for which an offer has been accepted and transfer of title is in progress. Pending sales aren’t guaranteed sales—anything can go wrong with the escrow process. However, they, along with home prices and days on the market data, offer important information for predicting the future performance of any localized real estate market.

September 24, 2012 - 12:15 AM
It’s not even Halloween yet, but if you’re thinking of buying a home in 2013, you should be preparing now.  One major hurdle for many Americans is credit clean-up. Most traditional loans and lenders want good credit before they’ll loan money for a mortgage; so, today we discuss ways you can get your credit... Read More

3 Steps to Improve Your Credit This Fall

credit repair for prospective homebuyersIt’s not even Halloween yet, but if you’re thinking of buying a home in 2013, you should be preparing now.  One major hurdle for many Americans is credit clean-up. Most traditional loans and lenders want good credit before they’ll loan money for a mortgage; so, today we discuss ways you can get your credit back on track.

September 21, 2012 - 2:27 PM
Can you believe it's the last day of summer? In honor of autumn, we've been pinning brown home interiors this week! Make yourself some tea, get cozy, and enjoy! 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / Happy Friday! Enjoy your last day of summer!   Related Posts: Color of the Week: Black and White Color of the Week:... Read More

Color of the Week: Brown

Can you believe it's the last day of summer? In honor of autumn, we've been pinning brown home interiors this week! Make yourself some tea, get cozy, and enjoy!

September 20, 2012 - 1:48 PM
The inventory shortage is nothing new. We’ve written a few times about how fewer homes for sale means more competition, bidding wars, and a lot of disappointed buyers. The upside of the limited supply is that it should push prices up, and though it would mean less chance of getting a “steal”, that’s better... Read More

Shrinking Inventory of Homes For Sale in the Golden State

The inventory shortage is nothing new. We’ve written a few times about how fewer homes for sale means more competition, bidding wars, and a lot of disappointed buyers. The upside of the limited supply is that it should push prices up, and though it would mean less chance of getting a “steal”, that’s better for the market and buyers’ investments on the whole.

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