Category : Home Buying Tips

3 Months, 3 Housing Trends: Fast Buyers, Higher Rates, Tapping Equity Homebuying will remain competitive from July through September, with the edge going to buyers who act fast. And as mortgage rates rise, some homeowners will feel compelled to tap their equity rather than refinance or sell. Here are three housing and mortgage trends to […]

by MJN Real Estate June 10, 2018 0 comments

5 Signs It’s Time To Go From Apartment To House Have you been thinking of trading in your previously adequate apartment for a bigger living space? Here are five signs it might be time to move into a single-family residence. 1. You’re ready to expand your family This is one of the most popular reasons […]

by MJN Real Estate May 21, 2018 0 comments

5 Things That Make A Good Neighborhood When you’re looking for a home, the right neighborhood is one of the most important factors to consider. Here are five things that make for a great neighborhood. Schools This one seems pretty obvious, but it bears repeating. Good schools are essential to a good neighborhood. Quality schools […]

by MJN Real Estate April 30, 2018 0 comments

Love That Home’s View? See How Much More You’ll Pay A house with a fabulous view can be hard for a home buyer to resist. But seeing the mountains, water or city lights from the comfort of home comes at a price. The hazy part is figuring out what that added cost is — and […]

by MJN Real Estate April 23, 2018 0 comments

Tackle This Common Home Worry With a Plan If a dripping faucet wakes you up at night, the thought of paying a plumber may be what keeps you from falling back asleep. Most homeowners have experienced anxiety related to their home, according to a new report, with home repairs and maintenance topping the list of […]

by MJN Real Estate April 10, 2018 0 comments

A Home Buyer’s Guide to Motivated Sellers Home shoppers outnumber home sellers in many places. If you’re a home buyer, you need every competitive advantage you can get. That’s why it pays to know how to find motivated sellers and persuade them to choose you. The definition of “motivated seller” has changed since the depths […]

by MJN Real Estate April 10, 2018 0 comments

Down Payment Strategies for First-Time Home Buyers The down payment. It’s the only thing keeping you from a home of your own. You’ve got a good job, you’re paying down debt, and mortgage rates are still remarkably low. And rental rates are getting ridiculous. Let’s see if we can break down this home buying barrier. […]

by MJN Real Estate April 03, 2018 0 comments

3 Ways Parents Can Help Grown Kids Own a Home When responsible first-time home buyers need help buying a home, the family bank can sometimes lend a hand. Younger home buyers face a mountain of obstacles, including rising home prices and interest rates, too few homes for sale and unpaid college debt. Student debt is […]

by MJN Real Estate March 24, 2018 0 comments

How to Buy a House That Hasn’t Been Built Yet Trisha and Dennis Rawlings, a couple in their early 30s, are moving to suburban Chicago and leaving their over-60-year-old first home in the St. Louis area behind. “We were looking at potentially buying a house,” Trisha says. But in the area where they want to […]

by MJN Real Estate March 23, 2018 0 comments

12 First-Time Home Buyer Mistakes and How to Avoid Them Every year, first-time home buyers venture into the market and make the same mistakes that their parents, siblings and friends made when they bought their first houses. But today’s novice buyers can stop the cycle. Here are 12 mistakes that first-time home buyers make — and what […]

by MJN Real Estate March 20, 2018 0 comments