Buying a Home

  • The Risks Associated with Unstable Soil

    Most homes begin to settle as they age because the soil beneath them erodes over time from weather and other factors. Settling foundations may be the least of the issues that a homeowner has to be concerned about with unstable soil. Learn the facts about...
    By Finn Orfano May 30, 2011 

  • Home Buying Hazards: Cracked or Damaged Foundations

    Caveat emptor - "let the buyer beware" is a phrase that applies to home buying as it does with any other purchase. Because certain repairs must be disclosed by sellers, as a buyer, you may wonder should you buy a house with foundation repairs...
    By Finn Orfano May 28, 2011 

  • Home Down Payment Options

    While many homeowners think they can borrow money from their retirement accounts for the purposes of buying a home, they may discover that this is one down payment option that should be reconsidered. Read why a 401(k) may not be the best option...
    By Finn Orfano May 20, 2011 


  • Older Home Inspection Checklist- What You Need to Look For

    If you want to buy a used home, the following older home inspection checklist will help you to make a wise decision. Don't just consider the price, for it may increase rapidly if you buy the wrong home that needs many repairs.
    By Richard Lango May 20, 2011 

  • Understanding the Economic Impact of the Housing Market

    How important is the housing market to the economy? The collapse of the housing bubble revealed a human tragedy beyond families losing their homes. Empty houses create blight in formerly vibrant neighborhoods. This also inhibits mobility and career...
    By Audrey F. Henderson May 19, 2011 

  • Buying a Home with a Weak Credit Score

    Higher down payments, escrow requirements and higher interest rates are likely to be required when buying a home when you have bad credit. Being prepared helps and understanding the market is also helpful. Avoiding predatory lending practices is also...
    By Finn Orfano May 16, 2011 


  • Home Values: Learning to Investigate

    For those who are curious enough, public records can help them identify how much a home was purchased for by prior owners. While this may take some time, it is often helpful to understand the complete buy and sell history of a home before purchasing.
    By Finn Orfano May 16, 2011 

  • Real Estate Contracts: Seller is Late Closing What Happens Next?

    When a seller closes late, buyers feel impotent. Numerous delays can occur during the course of a home purchase, but the seller delaying the close is the most frustrating. Buyers have limited options when a seller does not close on time, but there is...
    By Finn Orfano May 10, 2011 

  • How do You Qualify to Buy a Second Home - Is Good Credit Enough?

    Before you consider whether or not to buy a second home you need to understand the circumstances on qualifying to buy a second home. A great credit record, perfect payments on your current home mortgage, and the perfect second home may not guarantee...
    By Finn Orfano April 26, 2011 

  • If I Get a VA Loan, Can a Seller Legally Not Accept My Offer?

    You found the home of your dreams and you have your VA loan approval in hand. You approach the Realtor involved in the transaction only to find out that the buyer rejects your offer. This makes you wonder: if I get a VA loan, can a seller not accept...
    By Finn Orfano April 22, 2011 
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