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Unexpected Expenses After Buying Your First Home

Unexpected Expenses After Buying Your First Home

Buying your first home is a very exciting time, but many first-time homebuyers are unaware of the added expenses come closing time.  If you are planning on purchasing your first home soon, make sure you do the necessary budgeting to avoid any surprises at the closing table.      Closing Costs In addition to your down payment, you will also have closing costs to fact

Steps Renters Should Take Before Buying a Home

Steps Renters Should Take Before Buying a Home

Renting is a great option for a lot of people just starting out or for those who like maintenance-free living. But did you know that you could be saving money monthly by buying instead of renting? For most people, purchasing their first home is a huge milestone and decision, but it could actually help your wallet in the long run!     Start Budgeting The very first step every

Five Tips For First-time Homebuyers In The Upcoming Spring Market

Five Tips For First-time Homebuyers In The Upcoming Spring Market

The spring real estate market can be intimidating for any buyer. This is particularly true if you have never bought a home before. First-time homebuyers who are facing this year’s spring real estate market may have an added sense of anxiety about entering the field when it comes to getting the home they want. But, as seasoned buyers may know, there are a few things you can do to put yours

Four Things to Consider When Purchasing Your First Home

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Four Things to Consider When Purchasing Your First Home

Summer is approaching, and along with lemonade on the porch and trips to the pool, those who are looking for their first home will be gifted with a healthy market. When the weather warms, the U.S housing supply gets pretty hot between the months of June and August.   So, now is a great time for the first-time home buyer to browse the market and get an idea of what is out there. If the price

Five Tips for Buying a Home in Your 20s

Five Tips for Buying a Home in Your 20s

For anyone, buying a home is a daunting task. But for a 20-something, you know—today’s millennials, buying a home can be an enormous undertaking. But it is not an unachievable goal. In fact, today’s millennials are well-prepared to deal with some typical homeowner tasks. After all, this generation is often characterized as confident and positive, both traits that certainly can he

From CMA to MLS and More: Real Estate Terms to Know

From CMA to MLS and More: Real Estate Terms to Know

Fall is upon us, and by now, most of our students have begun to bring home a few assignments. To keep pace with this year’s scholarly crowd, we’re offering up a few vocabulary words that are sure to help any first-time home buyers or sellers as they enter the real estate market. Here are 10 commonly used real estate terms, and what they mean for buyers and sellers: CMA – Th

Five Myths First-Time Homebuyers Should Ignore

Five Myths First-Time Homebuyers Should Ignore

From searching for homes to picking up your new keys on closing day, buying a home is an exciting process. Many first-time homebuyers also have the benefit of receiving advice from family members or friends who’ve already gone through the process. While it is certainly good to hear a few different perspectives while you’re buying a home, buyers should also know to take any home-buying

Can you really afford a home? 5 Things to Consider

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Can you really afford a home? 5 Things to Consider

You’ve heard all the hype about the hot home-buying market this spring. You’re intrigued. You’re interested. You want to make a move. But, are you ready? Can you really afford to buy a home? Before you start making offers on homes you love, you may need to consider a few financial things first. Here are five things to think about before you take the plunge and buy a home: 1

Ready to Buy a Home? Consider These Five Things First

Ready to Buy a Home? Consider These Five Things First

Some say the generation is entitled; some say they’re lazy. They’re also known to be tech-savvy, educated individuals. Who are they? They’re millennials and they’re a force to be reckoned with when it comes to the world today. As far as real estate goes, many millennials are considering whether or not it is their time to buy a home. Like every home buyer, members of the mil

First-time Buyers, Meet Pittsburgh: The Best Place for You to Buy

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First-time Buyers, Meet Pittsburgh: The Best Place for You to Buy

We get it. Buying a home for the first time is a scary thing. But, first-time home buyers in Pittsburgh have got something on their side – Pittsburgh is the best city in the U.S. for first-time home buyers. No, it’s not because of the pierogis or Primanti’s (though we can all agree those local favorites don’t hurt when it comes to a “best of” list like this).