5 Tips for Millennial Home Buyers

Realtor.com has predicted that 2017 will be a hot year for millennials in the real estate market. Millennials are beginning to reach those milestones in life that drive people to buy a home – specifically, getting married and having kids. If you’re a young adult preparing to buy your first home, here are five tips […]

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April 25, 2017

Final Walk Through Checklist

Congratulations! It is time for that final walk through of your new Western New York home. Up until now it has been a whirlwind of activity–contract negotiations, home inspection, attorney review, mortgage approval. This is your final step before signing all of the papers to make this Western New York house your home. You are […]

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How to Deal With Post Home Purchase Anxiety

You just bought a new house. You should be happy, right? But unfortunately, you can’t quite shake this sinking feeling that somehow you’ve made a big mistake. The good news is that feeling anxious after a big purchase is totally normal and there are ways you can deal with it. Here are a few proven […]

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March 28, 2017

Fearing Buyer’s Remorse?

Buying a home is one of the biggest investments you’ll make, and many times new buyers worry that they’ll make a wrong decision and then be sorry when it is too late to change it. What if I paid too much for the house? What if the neighborhood isn’t what I thought it was? What […]

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WNY Real Estate Terminology – FHA

Let’s talk about FHA – Federal Housing Administration a little bit today. An agency of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Its main activity is the insuring of residential mortgage loans made by private lenders. The FHA sets standards for construction and underwriting but does not lend money or plan or construct housing.

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December 10, 2016

Being Credit Smart with Your Home

The housing market, and what it means for your home, is definitely a hot topic of late. No matter where you turn, you can catch an “expert” discussing historical growth, the housing “bubble,” or market scarcity and options for buying and selling your home. Despite other significant issues that could impact consumer spending, Doug Duncan, Fannie Mae […]

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When Interest Rates Go Up

The Feds have been pretty indecisive about moving interest rates up, but the down-low is that they plan to make the move upwards in December. No matter where you are in the market, whether you’re buying or selling, or just saving up a downpayment, interest rates can inversely affect your transactions. Here are some ways […]

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November 8, 2016

What should I check during the final walk-through?

Congratulations; it is time for the final walk-through of your new home! The process leading up to this point has been a whirlwind of activity, including mortgage approval, contract negotiations, a home inspection, and attorney review. This is the final step before you sign the papers to make this house your home. You are excited, […]

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Your Courtship Of Your Next Home

Finding a new home can be one of the most exciting times of your life. It’s a little like courtship – the pursuit, the “getting to know you” period, the proposal (aka “offer”), and the marriage (aka “closing”). If you don’t want your relationship with a new house to crash and burn, you need to […]

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October 19, 2016