Here are some buyer questions I hear a lot: What is a typical timeline for making an offer? How many offers will I have to make on homes before I have one accepted? Why are the 'for sale' prices so different from what the county tax appraisal says? I love these questions! Question #2 especially indicates … Continue reading Buyer Questions
It could be that growing up an 'only child' gave me a foundation for intuiting a lot about negotiation. After all, I perceived the world as myself "against" two parents (who had my best interests at heart), but whose decisions I saw as overly-restrictive. I am sure I argued them out of their minds! But, … Continue reading Negotiating
In Austin: Are there any open permits for previous additions, swimming pool, HVAC updates, electrical updates? Why this matters: In the past couple of years, the City of Austin has gotten very strict about not issuing new building permits (including plumbing, electrical, HVAC, etc) until the old permits have been inspected and approved. There is no such … Continue reading Ten Things I Look For When I’m Helping You Buy a Home*
A Blast from the Past- Kerrville, TX I was updating my home-buyer's packet, and I reached out to a knowledgeable lender, James Dowis, of Infinity Mortgage here in Austin, to ask him what I need to tell people to prepare before they go home loan shopping. James, being the ever-helpful person he is, promptly responded with … Continue reading More Than a Credit Score
I love to insert into this blog photos I've made over the years! You can get lots of information on the internet about buying a house, selling a house, maintaining a house, etc. Much of the information is even correct. In some state. Under some circumstances. At some point in time. I start reading about … Continue reading Stuff to Know About Buying a House
This means that Keller Mortgage is able to charge the borrower no fees AND the borrower gets a credit of $1000, which can save the borrower several thousand dollars on a closing.
Hello, First-time Home-shoppers, Parents of First-Time Home-shoppers, and Friends of People Who Don't Have a Lot of Money to Spend! On Friday, I met with a lender for Guild Mortgage, Joani Wilson, and she gave me the run-down of Austin-specific programs and area loan types that benefit people who are figuring out how to buy … Continue reading Ideas For Getting Into the Home-buying Market