Jul
30

Mortgage Preapproval

Buying a house is a very exciting time for anyone and most potential homebuyers want to jump right in and start looking at houses. However, getting pre-approved for a mortgage is one of the most crucial points in beginning your home search. It is natural to want to start looking at houses immediately, but getting pre-approved first will make the process much more streamlined for everyone involved. Here are 5 reasons why you should get pre-approved before house hunting. Saves … Read More

Jul
23

Why Sometimes Real Estate Contracts Dont Close

Buying a home is an exciting and even anxious process. People can sometimes get too emotional during the buying or selling process and feel dejected if the contract doesn’t work out. But statistics show nearly one-third of real estate contracts do not make it to the closing table for various reasons. Below are the top three reasons that a real estate contract falls through. Related: Signs That You’re Ready to Buy a Home Financing Financing is one of the most … Read More

Jul
13

Many people are starting to doubt whether or not they should have an open house while trying to sell their home. Most feel like it is a dated practice that has been made obsolete by the internet. However, research shows that open houses are still just as effective in selling a house. More than 45 percent of home buyers ages 25-64 attended open houses while looking to buy a house. 50 percent of new homebuyers used open houses as an … Read More

Jun
22

real estate investment

Most people think of investments as monetary accounts such as stocks, IRA’s, mutual funds and bonds. However, real estate is an excellent way to diversify your investment portfolio. A recent study done by Gallup indicated that most Americans feel real estate is the best type of investment available. American’s confidence in real estate has been steadily rising since 2011 as the market has continued to improve. 31% of survey respondents listed real estate as the best investment with stocks and … Read More

Jun
13

signs your ready to buy a house

Buying your first home is one of the major milestones of adulthood. It is a part of the American Dream and our culture looks very highly upon homeownership. Although you may feel like you want to buy a home, how do you know if you’re ready? Here are 6 signs that you are ready to buy a house. You Live on a Realistic Budget Before applying for a mortgage you should be living on a monthly budget. Homeownership comes with … Read More

Jun
8

Tips for maximizing your home's value

It’s much easier on your wallet and your family if you live in your home while you try to sell it. Pets and children do better when the environment stays the same, and rental properties can be expensive. There are literally hundreds of affordable homes in Pennsylvania, so it could take a little time to sell your property leaving you in limbo for quite some time depending on certain factors. So how does a seller who wants to live in … Read More

Apr
24

Harrisburg Pennsylvania

Every neighborhood in Pennsylvania has its own unique flavor and atmosphere. This can make deciding where to live quite difficult. However, the decision is a bit easier when you narrow your focus down to the neighborhood types you want. Cities like Philadelphia and Pittsburgh offer some great homes at affordable prices. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that a city is the right place for you. There are less busy, more country-esque areas in Pennsylvania that might match what you’re looking … Read More

Apr
18

Cool Bachelor pad in Harrisburg

The standard path for a bachelor (or bachelorette) is to rent a small apartment in a big city and struggle there for a few years until they hit their stride. However, there’s a smarter way to go about it. If you’re able to make a consistent $35,000 per year, Mechanicsburg, Harrisburg, and Carlisle, PA all have dozens of homes and condos that can match your budget. There’s probably a ton of questions on your mind like “Do I want a … Read More

Apr
15

When it comes to selling a house, homeowners focus on one detail more than anything else, their net profit. There are a number of costs that come along with selling a home such as Realtor commissions, title fees and seller concessions. Many homeowners feel that a For Sale By Owner transaction will save them money. Although its true they won’t be paying a Realtors commission, they will likely net less profit than if they utilized the services of a real … Read More

Apr
13

Owning a home in central Pa is now more affordabile than renting a house

Many people feel like they cannot afford to buy a home and that renting is their only option. However, research is continually showing that owning a home is more affordable than renting in most places throughout the country. People are concerned about the costs that come along with homeownership, but they are failing to realize that renting comes with a lot of costs of its own. Let’s examine the reasons why owning is ultimately more affordable than renting. Opportunity Cost … Read More