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Is it better to rent or buy?

Many people reach a stage in life when they’re really wondering whether it’s better to rent or buy a house. Have you ever calculated how much money you pay in rent over an extended period of time? The amount you spend for rent each month could be applied to a mortgage instead...

Improving Your Credit Score to Buy a Home

Along with your overall income and debt, credit scores are a BIG factor when it comes to obtaining a mortgage loan and what your loan terms will be. What if your credit score could use some improving?

5 Sources of Down Payment Money for First Time Buyers

For many people, a down payment is the largest single cash expenditure they ever make! Whether you’re planning to put down 20% or just pulling together the cash for a 3.5% down payment for an FHA loan, no buyer has ever had too much money for a down payment!

How to Buy a HUD Home

Are you interested in buying a HUD home in Baltimore? Do you want to know how to buy HUD homes for investing? There’s a lot to know about how to buy a foreclosed home, and below, you’ll find a wealth of information as a place to get started.

How to Buy and Sell a Home at the Same Time

Buying a home can be stressful enough, but buying AND selling a home at the same time? It can get complicated! But don’t stress too much—by planning ahead and preparing for each step of the way, you can sell your current home and buy the next home of your dreams successfully.

My Friend's a Real Estate Agent: Should I Hire Them?

Like any business venture, working alongside a family member or friend can pose many rewards and challenges. On the one hand, it can be a wonderful experience to work with someone who knows you well and can watch out for you. On the other hand, it can present problems...

4 Tips For Buying a House in a Seller's Market

A “seller’s market” in real estate means that there is low inventory. It means that there aren’t many homes for sale on the market to meet the demand of buyers, and therefore there is more competition among buyers. This can inspire bidding wars and multiple offer situations...

Things to Consider When Looking for an Investment Property

Investing in real estate is a great way to diversify your portfolio. There are many different ways you can invest in real estate, and here are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind if you’re looking to purchase an investment property:

4 Questions to Ask Yourself When Downsizing Homes

There are many reasons why someone might downsizing their living situation. Maybe your kids are moved out and you simply need less space; perhaps you’re looking for less home to maintain; maybe you’re going from living in a suburban setting to a city setting.

What You Need to Know About Mortgages

Basically, a mortgage is a loan that will provide you with the finances necessary so you can purchase a home. There are many different components of a mortgage, and it’s important to be informed—most mortgages take anywhere from 15 to 30 years to pay off!

Here's Exactly What You Need to Know About Getting a Mortgage Loan

Banks, credit unions, mortgage companies, and mortgage brokers are all potential sources for home loans. You can begin by asking friends, relatives, or your real estate agents for recommendations on who you could use for a loan. Starting this process BEFORE you start looking...

How to Get Pre-Approved For a Mortgage

Banks, credit unions, mortgage companies, and mortgage brokers are all potential sources for home loans. You can begin by asking friends, relatives, or your real estate agents for recommendations on who you could use for a loan. Starting this process BEFORE you start looking...

How to Choose a Lender

If you are in need of a mortgage loan to buy a home, then you will need to find a mortgage lender. Choosing a lender is important, and there are a few crucial things to keep in mind:

10 Questions You Should Ask Your Mortgage Lender

When you’re choosing a mortgage lender, there’s a few important things to keep in mind. These questions to ask your mortgage lender will help you make informed decisions:

What You Need to Know About FHA 203(K) Loans When Buying Your Home

Buying a fixer-upper house and turning it into your dream home can sound like the perfect idea. If you’re interested in transforming a house into your dream home...

Finding the Perfect Neighborhood in Baltimore County

The neighborhood in Baltimore County that you choose to live in can have a big impact on your lifestyle. Follow these steps to find the perfect community and your ideal Baltimore County neighborhood to call home:

4 Tips on How to Search Online for a Home

If you’ve looked at homes online for fun or with the serious intention of buying a home, then you know it can be a bit overwhelming! Which website should you use? Which real estate agent should you choose? Is this a scam? There are many questions and concerns that surround...

House Hunting in REAL LIFE: 6 Important Things to Keep in Mind

When you’re ready to start searching for a home in person and attending tours and open houses, there are a few really important things to look for and keep in mind:

What is a Deposit (aka "Earnest Money") in Real Estate?

For those who may be looking to buy a home for the first time, you may have heard “deposit” and “earnest money” talked about in relation to putting an offer on a home. Here are a few commonly asked questions about deposits to help start you out on the buying process!

What You Need to Know About Making an Offer

Luckily, when it comes to making an offer on a home you’d like to buy, you’re not doing it alone—you’ll have the help and guidance of your real estate agent! But as you start the process, there are a few things about making an offer that will be helpful to consider.

What Is Title Insurance and Why a Homeowner Needs It

As real estate is the nation's largest market, its purchase and sale is essential to the health of the U.S. economy. However, these transactions are never without risk. That's why its important to make sure you have title insurance. If you're buying a house you should make sure you...

10 Common Title Problems When Buying a House

Ever wondered why you need title insurance? Your home might be new to you or even look brand new, but every home has its history. A thorough title search can help you uncover any defects your property might have. Luckily—subject to the terms of the policy—your title insurance provides...

What to Do in a Multiple Offer Situation

First of all, what is a multiple offer situation? If any given home on the market receives more than one offer—even if it’s just 2 offers—then you have a multiple offer situation. In certain markets where there is a lot of competition, a multiple offer situation is extremely common, and real...

What to Avoid During the Closing Process When Buying a Home

When you’re going through the process of buying a home, you become a complete open book. Sometimes it can feel like lenders are asking you for everything but the kitchen sink! The closing process of buying a home is a very important stage, and there are a few things you should be careful...

A Checklist of What to Do After Closing on Your Home

Whew! You’ve finally closed on your home, and you can breathe a big sigh of relief. But what’s next? Below, you’ll find a checklist for what to do AFTER closing on your home! You’ll definitely want to keep this checklist handy as you move into your new home sweet home:

Your Complete Go-To Moving Checklist

Whether you’re moving across town or to a new state, moving is a huge endeavor! Keeping things organized will help to keep your stress levels in check, so I’ve put together this handy moving checklist for you to keep on hand!

Tips for Moving With Pets

Depending on your situation, moving with pets can add a whole new layer of complication! Whether you’re figuring out how to move pets long distances, comply with laws and keep your pet happy, we have some great advice!

11 Key Professionals Involved in Baltimore Real Estate Transactions

When it comes to the world of real estate, there is A LOT to know! Sometimes, it can feel overwhelming—who should you work with? Where do you even start?

Frequently Used Real Estate Terms

Are you selling your home? Or in the market to buy? Before you begin your real estate transaction we've put together a list of terms frequently used to help you throughout the process.

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