How to buy a house

Oct. 13, 2018

Simplicity and Grit : Buying and Renovating Your First Home on a Budget

Bootstrapping your first home renovation:

Start by trading perfection for progress, and trading your dream home for the home you'll build your dreams in. Invest in real estate, and start living!

Almost 10 years ago I missed out on this house.

What I ended up with was far better ...

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June 25, 2016

The Homebuying Process : step by step


Ready to buy or curious about the process? Let's review your next steps.

Prepare --> Look --> Offer --> Negotiate --> Acceptance --> Escrow --> Close --> Move in!


1. Prepare your credit

Having a good credit history will allow you better options when selecting a mortgage and ...

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June 14, 2016

The best housing values are in undiscovered neighborhoods


Disappointed by how far your money goes and that you don't have access to some of your favorite neighborhoods? The homeowners in your favorite hood may have thought the same thing when they purchased that house many years ago. The best way to get into the market is to ...

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June 8, 2016

Homebuying 101 for Independent Contractors

homebuying 101 for independent contractors

Are you a freelance independent contractor? Do you get paid with 1099s? Scared to apply for a loan? While slightly trickier, you still have a great chance at your dream home.

You will need to submit the following for pre-approval:

  • Two months of bank statements from all accounts (personal and ...
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May 13, 2016

What are closing costs - how much do I need to save up?

The are two types of closing costs: recurring and Non-recurring closing costs. Samira, why do I care about the details? You need to care because this could mean the difference between you being able to close or not having enough money to close. You will receive an estimate of what ...

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April 18, 2016

What is an appraisal and why is an appraisal so important?

Whether you are buying or selling a home, the appraisal may be one of those things that can make or break a deal. We've see homes fall out of escrow when the appraisal came in too low.

The bank wants to make sure they get their money back should ...

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March 21, 2016

How to prepare your credit to buy a house

Interested in buying a house but worried about your credit? It's easier than you think to prepare your credit rating. I'll demystify how to prepare your credit to buy that dream house.

3 Steps to Prepare your credit to apply for a home loan

1. Order your credit ...

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March 6, 2016

How much to save up to buy a house


Figure out how much to save up for a house

Interested in buying a house but a little intimidated by how much to save up and how much you can afford? It's easier than you think, so I'll demystify the steps. Plan ahead and you won't be ...

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