Buyers

January 15, 2018

Non-Financial Benefits of Homeownership

Benefits of Homeownership beyond the Financial Many people want to be homeowners for a variety of reasons. It’s always been known as “The American Dream.” While there are many financial benefits of homeownership, a study by the National Association of Realtors findings show there are other benefits as well. Here […]
January 5, 2018

Being a Buyer in a Sellers Market

Buying a home in a seller’s market can be frustrating, especially if you’re not aware of the market conditions, find your dream house, and lose it because you were not prepared. Markets change constantly. They vary city to city and even neighborhood to neighborhood but one thing is consistent lately […]
November 4, 2017

How to Make a Strong Offer

Here are some important tips to be ready to make a strong offer when you find the house you really want: Be a Pre-Approved Buyer:A pre-approved buyer always has the advantage in an offer situation. Becoming pre-approved is very easy: you complete your loan application with a credit check prior […]
October 3, 2017

Five Plumbing Inspection Tips

While purchasing a new home is exciting, you want to be sure you know what you’re buying.  Plumbing can be one of the most costly home repair expenses so it’s important to know the condition of your plumbing before purchasing.  Overlooked plumbing problems can result in flooding and leaks and […]
September 15, 2017

Home Siding Considerations

When you are checking out homes, there are several items in our market you need to be aware of – including siding.  In the lowcountry, vinyl, wood, brick and cement board are the most common types of siding.   There are advantages and disadvantages to all of them.  Stucco is […]
August 10, 2017

Preparing to Negotiate

Once you’ve identified the house you want to make a home, the next important step is getting it at the very best price with the very best terms. It’s easy to over simplify negotiations to just about price, but there are so many other things that come into play to […]
August 10, 2017

Finding the Best Financing Deal

Finding the right home for you is your primary goal, but enjoying it with a lower payment and better mortgage terms is a very important secondary goal. I’ve worked with many lenders over the years, and here are a couple of things to keep in mind when beginning the process. […]
July 22, 2017

Choosing the Best Windows

Single pane, double pane, thermo pane, triple pane windows, plain glass, leaded glass, low “e” glass, wired glass, and tempered glass, too. WOW – There’s a lot to know! Some children have been known to shatter a window or two. Tempered glass can prevent this.  Tempered glass is about three […]
July 17, 2017

What You Need to Know about Home Insulation

The most important thing to be aware of with insulation, other than the safety issues of urea formaldehyde and asbestos (covered elsewhere), is the R value, or the insulating factor. The higher the number, the better the insulator. Don’t be too shocked if the insulation in the 15 year old […]