Square Footage or Backyard? Outdoor Living Infographic

When you’re spending time at home and the weather is nice, who doesn’t want to go outside? On front porches and in backyards alike, there is a decadent simplicity to lounging around outside your house instead of inside. This outdoor living infographic shares the latest on homebuyer backyard preferences. Who says backyards are a man’s domain? We knew all along that everyone loves spending time outside. Sixty-two percent of women prefer a smaller home and a…

8 Tips for Refinancing Your Home

Refinancing your home can be a tricky and involved process, especially if you have never done it before. After you’ve gone through the steps to decide whether you should refinance, the tips below will help you through the rest of the process: 1. Specify your reason for refinancing. Different mortgage rates and types are available based on whether you are looking for lower monthly payments, a lower interest rate, or fixed monthly payments. Specifying upfront…

Home Buyer Expenses

If you are planning to buy a home soon, you’ll want to consider how much money to set aside for additional expenses beyond those associated with the home purchase, moving expenses, and insurance changes. If you haven’t moved in awhile it can be difficult to determine just how much you’ll be spending after moving day. This infographic includes details on some common home buyer expenses to make post-move budgeting a little easier. If you’re planning…

What to Ask Yourself When Buying a Home

What to ask yourself when buying a home? Whether or not you are a first-time buyer, a lot is on your mind when considering a home purchase–from city, to neighborhood, to schools, to proximity to your other most-valued daily conveniences. Here are 15 top questions to ask yourself when preparing to buy a home: 1. Is my income reliable and I will be able to afford the monthly mortgage? 2. What is my credit score?…

The Importance of Curb Appeal

If you’ve ever bought a home, or even looked intently at houses while walking down the street, you know that curb appeal is vital. In fact, we’ve discussed the importance of curb appeal many times on this blog! From having clean, dent-free front and garage doors to ensuring the home’s entry is free of debris, there are many aspects of curb appeal to consider. But did you know that there is even more to it?…