I'm Considering Buying Months Down the Road, Why Get Pre-Approved Now?

I'm Considering Buying Months Down the Road, Why Get Pre-Approved Now?

"I'm Considering Buying Months Down the Road, Why Get Pre-Approved Now?" Long title, but simple answer -- because it gives you knowledge and time.

You'll be able to combine "crystal ball" forecasting regarding your finances with a good solid strategy provided by your mortgage officer. When you get a pre-approval (mind you, this is more than a pre-qualification - more on that in a later article), you start a relationship with your lender and your mortgage officer that will benefit you both now and down the road when you are ready to buy.  ...

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New Build Info for Newbies

New Build Info for Newbies

Are you considering new build homes for your next purchase? New builds, a.k.a. production homes, usually refer to new homes built by developers in a planned community. The buyer can typically choose from a set of established floor plans, select from a set of finishes, and choose from limited upgrades. Some developers will also have higher-end options available as semi-custom home builds, which provide more flexibility to the buyer in terms of adjustments to floor plans and other ways to make the home unique to them. In planned developments, there are often common amenities available to the homeowners, such as community and/or recreation centers, walking/running/biking trails, open space, clubhouses, pools, and so on. 

The process lies in between purchasing a resale (a.k.a. “previously loved”; what you see if what you get) and a full custom home build (one-off homes built on a private lot, custom-tailored to the homeowner’s wishes). 

Here are some things someone unfamiliar with new builds might like to know: ...

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Typical Furniture and Appliance Dimensions

Typical Furniture and Appliance Dimensions

Unless you are planning to purchase all new furniture to put into your new home, knowing whether or not your current furniture fits can be a big deal. Chances are you want to know that even if you aren't in love with the property, just in case it turns out to be your backup option.

Will the couch fit? The oversized bed? That wonderful armoire Grandma left you? ...

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