Common First Time Home Buyer Mistakes To Avoid

By Susan Rupert | March 25, 2013

Buying a home is a life experience, just like anything else, but sometimes, first-time homebuyers get more “experience” than they bargained for and end up with lingering regrets about their home purchase. Some of these mistakes are fairly common, and Inman News reporters and reporters from MSN have compiled a list of some of the […]

Tips For Buying A Foreclosed Home

By Susan Rupert | February 19, 2013

Many people are interested in buying a foreclosed home because they typically sell for cheaper prices than comparable homes in the area that have not been foreclosed upon. However, many people aren’t aware of all of the risks involved in purchasing a foreclosure. The risks are minimal if you do your research though. From CNN, here are […]

Buying A Home After College

By Susan Rupert | February 18, 2013

For young adults just out of school, buying a home after college is a great opportunity to build wealth and to build your credit. With your initial salary, it may be tough to afford a mortgage and with minimal savings, it could be tough to get approved for a loan. Here are some helpful tips to make […]

Helpful Tips for Pennsylvania Retired Homeowners

By Susan Rupert | February 5, 2013

Making the move from a homeowner to a retired homeowner entails more than one might expect. Typically, retired homeowners have less money to spend both on mortgage payments and on other activities. Here are some helpful tips for Pennsylvania retired homeowners… 1. Income is still important. Once you’re retired, lenders will most likely use retirement […]

How To Downsize Your Home

By Susan Rupert | January 25, 2013

There are many reasons to buy a smaller home — to downsize from your present home — but sometimes a simple notion propels home owners to trade down: Smaller might be better. Over time, we tend accumulate a lot of stuff. We have so many things that we don’t really need but tend to keep […]

Home Showing Tips for Sellers

By Susan Rupert | September 11, 2012

1. Tidy up the clutter and clean the counters. Make sure to throw away all old newspapers and magazines. Clear away all the toys and trinkets strewn around the house. Take out all excess or rarely used furniture and store them in the garage. Remove clothing that haven’t been used for a year to lessen the clutter your […]

7 Things You Should Know Before Buying A Home in a Tight Market

By Susan Rupert | September 11, 2012

In a tight market, competition is tough and the odds of losing your dream home to another buyer are high. Here are some tips you should remember when buying a home in a tight market:. 1. Prequalify for a mortgage. You will be more confident in making an offer to buy, plus, the seller will find your offer […]

5 Things You Should Do Before Selling Your Home

By Susan Rupert | September 2, 2012

5 Things You Should Do Before Selling Your Home 1.Have a home inspection. Arrange for a home inspection prior to putting up your home for sale. A home inspector can give you a rundown on trouble spots in your home that might turn off potential buyers. This will allow you ample time to make repairs before the selling […]

10 Questions You Should Ask Your Home Inspector

By Susan Rupert | September 2, 2012

10 Questions You Should Ask Your Home Inspector Before buying or selling your home, you should have your home inspected. A home inspector can warn you of trouble areas in your property if you are a homeowner; or help you make an informed decision if you are a buyer. Here are some basic questions you should […]

6 Things You Should Look for In a Neighborhood

By Susan Rupert | September 2, 2012

6 Things You Should Look for In a Neighborhood A neighborhood can have a big effect on your way of life. If you are looking for a new home or moving into a new neighborhood, make sure you follow these guidelines in selecting a neighborhood. 1. Proximity to your favorite places and activities Write down […]

5 Reasons Why Real Estate Deals Fall Apart

By Susan Rupert | September 2, 2012

5 Reasons Why Deals Fall Apart It’s now a common fact that 29% of all signed contracts do not ever reach the closing table.  Almost 3 out of 10 deals wherein an agreement has already been reached by the buyer and seller fall apart. In a typical market place, the normal closing rate should be […]

On Veterans and Home Loans

By Susan Rupert | September 2, 2012

On Veterans and Home Loans One thing that sets Americans apart is our gratitude and concern for our veterans who have risked their lives to protect our freedom. When it comes to home financing, we can do wonderful things for them. We should be aware that the Veterans’ Administration (VA) is to the mortgage sector, just […]

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