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Can a pool add to the resale value? Contrary to popular belief, swimming pools often do not add significant value to a home. In fact, some families even avoid purchasing a home with a pool because of the well-publicized safety issues concerning young children and/or pets. Consequently, owning a h...
09/27/2009
From renter to owner Making that leap from renter to homeowner can be downright scary. But if you take it one step at a time, you may find it's not as challenging as you had originally imagined. Before you contact a Texas REALTOR®, get your credit in order. It's important to know what's on your c...
09/27/2009
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The right school If you have young kids, buying a home near top schools is almost certainly a priority for you. But even if you don't have school-age kids, you may still want to make sure you buy a home in a neighborhood with good schools. Why? The resale value of your home may depend on it.  The...
09/27/2009
Consider resale value when you buy Are you thinking about buying in Prosper Texas, Frisco Texas, or McKinney, Texas?  There are many things you should consider when buying a home, and resale value is an important one. It may seem strange to think about selling a home you haven't even purchased ye...
09/27/2009
Making a good offer When you've finally found your dream home in Prosper or Frisco Texas, making an offer is the next step. Make sure you're working with a buyer's agent, so you know you have someone looking out for your best interests. A buyer's agent will help get the best deal possible, assist...
09/27/2009
No major changes When you're considering buying your first home, it's important that you don't make any major changes in your life, such as quitting your job, opening or closing bank accounts, or opening new accounts at retail stores. This could make it difficult for you to get approved for the b...
09/27/2009
Truly affordable housing Many buyers make a common mistake when purchasing a home by trying to buy too much house. You've been told that you should be pre-qualified for a loan before beginning your home search in earnest, and that's true. Knowing your top end is the first question to answer when ...
09/27/2009
Shorten your mortgage A 15-year fixed-rate mortgage lasts half as long as a 30-year fixed-rate loan. You don't have to work in the lending industry to know that. But if you guessed that monthly payments on a 15-year loan cost twice as much as on a 30-year loan, you're in for a surprise. First off...
09/27/2009
Understanding the lingo - escrow During the process of buying your home, you'll hear the word escrow thrown around. It's easy to get confused because the term can refer to different things that occur at different times. If you've made an offer on a house, you have most likely been exposed to an e...
09/27/2009
After the inspection You found the house you've been looking for! You're serious about buying this house; in fact, you've already put down earnest money, the option fee, and even gotten an inspection. The inspection is such an important part of the buying process. A qualified inspector will evalu...
09/27/2009
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