Category Archives: Buying

  • Living Small

    BY Cindy Souza

    No matter what our background, we all have an ideal dream home size in mind. When it comes down to the actual living in it, however, can smaller be better? If your dream is for an urban dwelling with access to cultural events,... 

  • Do I Want to Buy with Cash?

    BY Cindy Souza

    According to Market Watch, 43% of homebuyers in 2014 so far have purchased with all cash. While some analysts believe that the cash-buying frenzy will not last, there is always more room for negotiation when the buyer brings... 

  • Choose the Right Paint

    BY Cindy Souza

    Whether you’re preparing your home to move in, or preparing it to sell, choosing the right paint from the myriad choices available to day can be daunting. Paints come in up to six different finishes, so even if you’ve... 

  • Real Estate Terminology: Abatement, the First in a Series

    BY Cindy Souza

    Every industry has its own vocabulary, and real estate is no exception. If you are newly in the home-buying market, you may find yourself stumped by the lingo, acronyms, abbreviations and jargon commonly used in real estate... 

  • Real Estate Terminology: Ratios, the Third in a Series

    BY Cindy Souza

    In the vocabulary of real estate, various ratios help buyers and mortgage services determine the viability of a purchase. A ratio is a way of expressing the relationship between two values or amounts. Usually, ratios compare... 

  • From Hi-Tech Race Car to Hi-Tech Home

    BY Cindy Souza

    Necessity drives innovation. Last week, quadriplegic former Indy 500 driver, Sam Schmidt drove a modified Corvette around the Indianapolis Speedway by moving his head and biting down with his teeth. Arrow Electronics, a medical... 

  • Selecting An Architectural Style for Your Home

    BY Cindy Souza

    The architectural style of a home is often highlighted in its online description to help buyers understand its features. But if you don’t know your Tudor from your Craftsmen Bungalow, don’t worry. We can help you sort... 

  • Real Estate Terminology: Appraisal vs. Assessment vs. Market Value, the Second in a Series

    BY Cindy Souza

    In the vocabulary of real estate, there are three terms that indicate a home’s valuation: the Appraised Value, the Assessed Value and the Market Value. Rarely are these three values the same amount, so it is easy to... 

  • Smart Selling to Today’s Homebuyers

    BY Cindy Souza

    If you’re considering selling now that the housing market outlook is improving, take a few moments to consider how buyers have changed what they look for in the home buying process. During the past six years, changes... 

  • Greening an Older Home

    BY Cindy Souza

    Your budget dictates that you buy an older home, but your heart wants that home to be environmentally responsible, so what do you do? Here are some ideas for making any home greener. If you plan for these in advance of your...