Florida: Its Own Real Estate Beast

Florida is notably an attractive destination for tourists and home buyers alike.  Largely because of its sunny weather and year-round warmth, Florida brings in a lot of people from colder climates.  It is a top place to visit, relocate to, or retire to.  But buying a home in Florida can come with some added requirementsContinue reading “Florida: Its Own Real Estate Beast”

Appraisers: Demystified

Some have compared appraisals to a report card for your house.  Banks and lenders want to make sure that lending you money is a good investment for them and ensure the home is what it seems.  On the other hand, sellers are interested in appraisals because they ultimately impact the asking price. The process ofContinue reading “Appraisers: Demystified”

Could empty office buildings bring down home prices?

What if I told you that some of the country’s most desirable real estate locations are currently sitting mostly un-utilized? What if I also told you that these places could be a key to opening up more opportunities for homebuyers, senior citizens, etc. More opportunities means more housing.  More housing means more supply. More supplyContinue reading “Could empty office buildings bring down home prices?”

Does Pre-Qualification Mean I’m Approved?

When it comes to mortgages, pre-qualification and pre-approval may seem interchangeable, but they actually mean different things and hold different weight when it comes to submitting an offer on your dream home. Mortgage pre-qualification helps lenders to understand how much you can borrow by asking you a few questions about your finances.  For example, theyContinue reading “Does Pre-Qualification Mean I’m Approved?”

The risks of zero-down loans in this market: Is this 2008 all over again?

It’s baaaaaaaaaaack…. With Bank of America recently announcing their loan option for lower-income households that requires no down payment, no closing costs, and doesn’t base the loan on a minimum FICO score, you might be wondering if this is 2008 all over again.  Can we really be repeating these kinds of loans and promoting homeownershipContinue reading “The risks of zero-down loans in this market: Is this 2008 all over again?”

Dead lawn from the heat and drought? Think clover.

Having a clover lawn instead of a traditional grass lawn has been all the rage on social media lately.  In fact, #cloverlawn has more than 65 million views on TikTok alone.  A well-manicured grass lawn is a very traditional vision in the minds of Americans.  These are the same people who spend hundreds of dollarsContinue reading “Dead lawn from the heat and drought? Think clover.”

AirBnb: Why Feeding this Beast is Probably Not a Good Idea in the Long Run

The short-term rental industry has been repeatedly accused of driving housing prices up by contributing to the housing shortage both in the U.S. and abroad.  Some of the top travel destinations like Amsterdam, London, New York and Los Angeles gets the brunt of much of the criticism for the sheer size of their operations.  InContinue reading “AirBnb: Why Feeding this Beast is Probably Not a Good Idea in the Long Run”

Why Staging is Still a Thing, Even in a Seller’s Market

While many homes are going under contract in the first few days they’re listed, most real estate professionals would agree that a property is more likely to stand out and receive the highest offers when that home is staged.  The right staging can really impact the buyer’s perception and help earn the seller the highestContinue reading “Why Staging is Still a Thing, Even in a Seller’s Market”

What is an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM)?

An adjustable-rate mortgage is a home loan when an interest rate adjusts over time based on the market.  ARMs generally start with a lower interest rate than a fixed-rate mortgage, so an ARM is a great option if your goal is to get the lowest possible rate up front and don’t wish to live thereContinue reading “What is an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM)?”

Homebuyers Guide: Tips For Getting Started With Your Search

Ok, this is a longer article than usual but only because it is SOOO important. There is a method to the madness of beginning your home purchase. After all, buying a home for the first time can be life-changing.  It’s a major investment, a major commitment, and oftentimes the start of a whole new phaseContinue reading “Homebuyers Guide: Tips For Getting Started With Your Search”