Personal Property: What’s included in your Home Purchase?

You have found the home of your dreams and are prepared to make a purchase offer. Before you do, make sure you find out what stays with the house and what goes with the seller. Making the assumption that you get everything you see can result in unpleasant surprises and even heated disagreements. To avoid disappointment and disputes, … Continue reading Personal Property: What’s included in your Home Purchase?

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Real Estate: Property Easements

The Basics Almost every property has easements – legal rights that others have to use parts of a real estate owner’s property. Despite their prevalence, easements are often misunderstood. And in some instances, people are not even aware that easements exist. As a property owner or prospective real estate buyer, you benefit from a basic understanding of easements. That … Continue reading Real Estate: Property Easements

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Buying a Home: Bidding and Making an Offer in a Sellers Market

In a sellers’ market — when the supply of homes for sale is low and buyers are plentiful — you could easily find yourself competing against other buyers for a home. What are some of the things you should consider before joining the bidding competition? And if you do jump into the fray, how can you improve … Continue reading Buying a Home: Bidding and Making an Offer in a Sellers Market

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Community Living: Is It Right For You? Condominiums, Townhouses & Cooperatives

Is a traditional single-family home out of your price range, too much upkeep, or just not your style? Then community living – condominium, townhouse, or cooperative – may be a practical solution for you. All three dwellings are forms of attached housing, a setting where you share common walls. These homes come with minimal maintenance responsibilities and are … Continue reading Community Living: Is It Right For You? Condominiums, Townhouses & Cooperatives

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What does the Monthly Mortgage Payment include? Taxes, Interest & Principle

With mortgage interest rates being at an all time low, many lenders have recommended to their customers different options when buying or refinancing their mortgage. Dependent upon the amount of years they plan to live in their home, more and more mortgage options have been reintroduced into the market and banks have now pushed some of … Continue reading What does the Monthly Mortgage Payment include? Taxes, Interest & Principle

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Basics of the Housing Market: Cycle, Home Buyers & Sellers

If you have been looking to purchase or sell real estate, you may have heard the terms sellers’ market and buyers’ market. You may also have wondered what these terms mean and how each market impacts you as a buyer or seller. Here is a brief explanation. What are the different markets?When there are more buyers than … Continue reading Basics of the Housing Market: Cycle, Home Buyers & Sellers

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