Are You Buying a Home for the First Time?

Posted by Donneta Crane on November 08, 2018 in No Category
If you are a Bucks County first-time home buyer, there are a few things you should know ahead of time to help make your experience smooth and successful. Get Pre-approved For a Mortgage Begin the adventure by asking your Realtor to recommend a few mortgage providers to have your credit scores evaluated. You want to be are-approved or pre-qualified before you actually start looking at homes. In Bucks County, Northeast Equitable and Benchmark Lending are local lenders that provide excellent servi... read more
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Downsizing vs. Rightsizing

Posted by Robert Ainey on November 08, 2018 in  Bucks County  downsizing  home buyer
'Rightsizing' means that you move from the 4-5 bedrooms, large lawn, and extraneous space that is filled with unused stuff to a home that fits your emerging new lifestyle.What's in a name? Juliet answers, "A rose by any other name smells as sweet." But in real estate the matter is more concrete but does include the critical roles of emotion, pride, and status. From when you were starting a career and family, you felt that bigger was better, and with every promotion or family addition your home grew also. Job statu... read more
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Turn that as-is property into your dream home

Posted by Sue-Ann DiVito on June 20, 2018 in No Category
You've seen shabby properties turned into sparkling dream homes in our community and on television. So, if your're inspired to try your own fixer upper, start with these three tips: 1. Know how-and what-to finance:     Take the budget you have for your new home (how much cash can you afford to put to this project), consider how much you can afford to finance (likely purchase price minus percent down) unless paying cash for the home, and then break that down into a budget to cover both the purchase pr... read more
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5 Criteria For Pricing a Home

Posted by Sue-Ann DiVito on April 12, 2018 in No Category
When you put your home up for sale, one of the best ways to determine the asking price is to look at comparable sales. There's rarely a perfect apples-to-apples comparison, so a pricing decision often relies on comparisons to several recent sales in the area. Here are five criteria to look for in a sales comparison.  1. Location: Homes in the same neighborhood typically follow the same market trends. Comparing your home to another in the same neighborhood        is a good start, but compari... read more
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Taking the Emotion Out of Buying and Selling a Home

Posted by Sue-Ann DiVito on March 15, 2018 in No Category
The biggest challenge to any real estate transaction is emotion.  Any transaction around one's family home-or future home- is bound to be frought with expectation, hesitation and stress.  Removing that emotion from buying or selling a house, if it were possible, would make a real estate transaction more like buying or selling soy bean or oil futures.  The process becomes simpler, swayed less by how one feels about the memories made in the home or the dreams tied to its purchase. Suddenly the process ... read more
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