First Time Home Buyers What does an appraiser do and do I need one? What does an appraiser do and do I need one?   What is an appraiser?   Appraisers are licensed or certified professionals who provide a qualified opinion of value. All states require appraisers to be licensed or certified to provide appraisals to federally regulated lenders. Meaning, you’re working with a highly trained individual who understands […]
First Time Home Buyers How to buy a home step-by-step Understanding how to find and finance the perfect home for you Buying a house requires a lot of time and effort, but these 10 steps can help make the home buying process manageable and help you make the best decisions possible. Step 1: Start Your Research Early As soon as you can, start looking at […]
First Time Home Buyers How to make your home a Smart Home What Is Smart Home Technology? What if all the devices in your life could connect to the internet? Not just computers and smartphones, but everything: clocks, speakers, lights, doorbells, cameras, windows, window blinds, hot water heaters, appliances, cooking utensils, you name it. And what if those devices could all communicate, send you information, and take […]
First Time Home Buyers Yearly maintenance on your home Like a regular health check-up, a home maintenance schedule is important for every house’s upkeep. Continuing to check on your exterior, appliances, heating and cooling, plumbing, security, and electrical systems will help prevent breakdowns, save money, and keep your home looking its best. Use this home maintenance checklist to help schedule your seasonal updates, repairs, […]
First Time Home Buyers Rent vs. buy (which is right for you?) Renting vs. buying a home is a big decision, and there are pros and cons to each option. In recent years, a higher percentage of U.S. households were renting than at any point since 1965.   Pros of Renting: Fewer upfront costs and paperwork • Freedom to be more mobile • Not responsible for maintenance, […]
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