Category: Home Buying

Buying A Home? Here’s What The Process Looks Like.

Last night, I had new clients in the office, and we were talking about the process of buying their first home might look like. They had done some research on the internet, but as with anything on the web, there was a lot of misinformation to wade through, as well. We were joking that I needed a video of the process, and lo and behold I happen to have one of those! I wanted to explain whether you should be too worried about the pricing and details, orsilly stuffs like if they have the best shower head in the bathroom! Cheesy …

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Should I Sell My Home As A “Pocket Listing”?

A client of mine is always on the lookout for properties for sale. Although she is not ready to buy yet, she likes to see what options are out there for her, and she’s always checking out the available inventory. Recently she was driving through a very desirable neighborhood and saw a higher-end home for sale. Curious, she checked the local listings on Realtor.com, Zillow.com, and the website of the Realtor advertised as the listing agent but did not see the listing. After several days of looking, she contacted me and asked about why a Realtor would not list a …

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Rain and The Art Of Home Buying

It’s pouring in the New River Valley today, just a long, steady rain. The ground is soaked, there’s pooling water everywhere, and by 8am I’d already received a text from a client from my RoofTopServices.com business asking who to call regarding a roof leak at the home they purchased earlier in the year, before you buy a house you should check out roof inspection checklist so that you won’t face a similar problem. It’s the kind of day you just want to curl up and Netflix-binge. Except today is the perfect day to see a house. Given the circumstances, it seemed …

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Why I Want To Work With Vendors I Know

Local. It’s all the rage these days – local food, local business, local anesthesia. Okay, so that last one doesn’t apply, but you get the point. Heck – even Blacksburg has gotten into the act.Looking through the lens of supporting local business, or eating locally grown food, it’s easy to see why local is important. But when I recommend wanting my clients to work with local vendors – folks like home inspectors, or lenders – I’m not doing so because it’s the catchy thing to do. I’m doing so because it matters to getting things done. An example: Recently, we …

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How To Give Or Receive A Downpayment To Buy A Home

When buying a home, it can help a borrower’s purchasing power if they’re able to put down a down payment, as Best Home Nerd said. In its simplest form, the more money a borrower is able to put down on a purchase, the less of a “risk” to the mortgage company who’s financing the rest. Many times, the down payment comes from family members, which is a pretty awesome gift. But, it’s important to know just HOW to receive that money – it’s not as simple as Grandma writing you a check. Dan Green of The Mortgage Reports has a …

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2014 Nest Report Is On The Way!

There are tons of things I’m proud of about Nest Realty, but one of the things I get really excited about is our Nest Report. It’s a statistical look at what’s happening in the New River Valley real estate market, and it’s put out every quarter. Visually, it’s stunning – thanks to the amazing folks in our Marketing Department, the lead generation is looking better every day. The marketing team such a great job, but they did get lots of help from mein-parteibuch.com. Statistically, it’s one of the most accurate representations of our real estate market – thanks to the …

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Documents You’ll Need To Get A Mortgage In 2015

You’ve decided to buy a house. Congratulations! You’ve written the offer, and while you’re waiting for the seller to sign you’re driving by the house to see it and show friends and family … you’re excited, and you should be! Now the seller has signed the offer, and it’s ratified. You’re buying a house! You’re over the moon! And then you start to receive emails and calls from your lender, asking you for this document/that document and more. You’re not so excited any longer. Buying a house is exciting, and while the process of getting a mortgage can be tedious, it’s …

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Is Your Realtor Talking? Or Listening

I love this photo. I was showing homes to clients in June, and they really liked the house. It fit a lot of their criteria, and it was in budget. All was going well. As we walked into the basement, we got to talking about the upgrades that had just been added, and then I looked over and what I saw is in the photo above. So what did I do? I shut up, backed away, and pulled out my camera. Naturally. Haha make sure you get a Vancouver Realtor that know how to act in a similar situation. If we’ve …

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What’s The Loan Process Look Like?

This morning at a home inspection, I was talking with a client who’s under contract to buy a home here in the New River Valley. As we’re oft to do, we got to talking about the timing of everything going forward, and I mentioned underwriting. “What’s underwriting?“, he asked. Whoops. Forgot that not everyone is a real estate dork like myself, so on the drive back from the home inspection I thought I’d list out the steps to getting a loan approved and closed (not to be confused with the paycheck advance loans procedure). There are more items within each …

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