Home Buyer Tips
From the desk of Mae Nowak, Realtor®
It's easy to get swept up in excitement when you've made an offer on your dream home and it has been accepted by a seller. You're anxious and ready to move in immediately. However, there's one more thing you need to do to know exactly what you're buying - a home inspection.
A home inspection is a thorough examination of a homes systems and structures, the things you can't necessarily see when you first walk through a house. It is completed by a professional and neutral 3rd party. This examination is a crucial investment that can either warn you away from a bad purchase or provide you with a list of deficiencies you can use to negotiate with a seller. Most inspectors will provide…
Welcome back to Home Buying 101 – Throughout this series I will be detailing the various parts of the transaction process for purchasing a single family home. My goal is to answer the many questions looming around purchasing, especially for first-time home buyers. If you are just beginning, I recommend starting with Part One: Understanding Equity.
I have asked Jordan Monroe, of Legacy Mutual Mortgage, to help answer some common questions associated with lending. If you have other questions, or are interested in beginning the lending process, give him a call and tell him I sent ya!
First off, why don’t you tell our readers a little about you and what you do?
I’m a Loan Officer at Legacy Mutual Mortgage. My experience in both…
This past Saturday, October 29th, Nathan Rich and I co-hosted our first (hopefully of many) Home Buyer Class. It was a FREE event for those that wanted to learn more about the process of purchasing property - from both sides of the transaction, lending & real estate.
We provided breakfast and coffee, and spent the beginning of our time together chatting about real estate goals, property interests, mostly just getting to know each other. Overall, the consensus was that the home buying process can be incredibly overwhelming, especially for those that are first-time buyers. Although I didn’t enjoy hearing this, it is why we created the class – to take something as clear as mud and make it better.
Nathan started off the class by going…
We all want to reduce our home’s energy use – whether to be more environmentally friendly or simply to reduce our monthly expenses. There’s a lot of information on energy efficiency out there and it can feel overwhelming at times. Just start at step 1, and move on up toward a happy, green home and a few extra bucks in your pocket.
Step 1 -- No Cost -- Educating your family on how your behavior can reduce energy expenses
Step 2 -- Energy Efficient light bulbs, caulking and weather stripping to ensure there are no leaks
Step 3 -- Add insulation and check that all seals are intact
Step 4 -- Get a ductless heat pump
Step 5 -- Update to a newer generation water heater
Step 6 -- Invest in new, Energy Star approved appliances
Step 7 --…
By now you have heard of the flooding that has devastated Louisiana and the families that call it home. What many of you don’t know is that Louisiana was my and my husband’s home for the better part of 4 years. Families from all over the state took us in and immediately treated us as their own while we attended college at Nicholls State University, in Thibodaux, LA. (#GeauxColonels) To say seeing them suffer is heart breaking would be an understatement.
That’s why I’m doing what I can to give back! After seeing a couple different posts of shirts and accounts with the intention of providing relief, I decided not only to order some for us, but to also assemble as much information as I could find for others to give back,…
"Just do it."
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The TAMU Bus route will be changing this fall!
Changes will include on-campus AND off-campus routes. There will also be two NEW routes, some altered and eliminated stops, plus 5 new buses! All changes will take effect August 15, 2016.
Take a look below to see what's coming:
Happy Monday! #MotivationMonday
"The size of your questions predetermines the size of your answer and results."
- Mark Victor Hansen
Have a great week!
Let's say 4 years ago you and your spouse bought your first home.. you were so excited! Fast forward to now, and your family has grown. Your cute first home is now a little cramped.
Here are some tips for first-time sellers:
1. Price it realistically from the start - with my help, we will set a listing price that is competitive and attracts the right buyer.
2. Marketing can be costly ... for ME! That's right, for me! When you list your house with me, my fee already includes the cost to market your home for MAXIMUM exposure, professional photos.. the peace of mind that you're in good hands is free ; )
3. Remove any and all clutter - this allows the buyer to picture themselves in the home, which is ultimately…