By Allstate When an agent takes you to a home and slides open the patio door to reveal a backyard swimming pool, you’ll likely have one of two reactions: you’ll either conjure up images involving lazy Saturdays and margaritas, or you’ll stiffen up with thoughts about the pool safety implications. In either case, a swimming [...]
When looking for a home everyone uses the same criteria. Beds, bathrooms, price, square footage, etc. But what we at Coldwell Banker Real Estate found is that there is so much more to the home buying process than just facts and figures. Emotions, feelings and lifestyle play just as an important role and they differ for both men and women.
It’s officially 2012 so let me start by wishing you a happy new year. In early January, many of us are planning and setting goals for everything we want to do and achieve in the year to come. While many people think of spring as the primetime home buying season, the winter months often offer an even greater selection, and the opportunity to settle into the new home before warmer months arrive. If buying a house is on your “to do” list this year, now is also the time to begin preparing.
When I look back on buying my first home, I distinctly remember how complex, rewarding and emotional the entire experience was from start to finish. I’ve been traveling a lot over the summer and everywhere I go, I speak with many first time home buyers and they are filled to the brim with many questions. Are prices going to fall lower? Will I get qualified for a loan? And the added fear and scrutiny of the country’s current economic conditions are rightfully making first- time home buyers more nervous than ever.
I just read Meg Handley’s recent article in U.S. News and World Report and was appreciative of her home buying tips and fair look at who should/should not buy a home today. While I liked the article, I loved the headline, “Uncertainty remains in the market, but experts say purchasing a home is still a [...]
I spent a large part of my day with an amazing group of Coldwell Banker agents who came to our corporate office to provide us with a sense of the challenges they and consumers are facing today. I was inspired by Cindy Yoder of Coldwell Banker Vinson Chase in Modesto, California. Cindy spoke so passionately [...]
That’s the question we’re asking as we launch the Coldwell Banker Buyer Bonus Sales Event on May 1. Immediately following the expiration of the home buyer tax credit, home sellers participating in the Coldwell Banker Buyer Bonus Sales Event will offer a credit of 3 percent (up to $8,000), when part of an accepted offer, [...]
For most couples, buying a home is the most significant purchase they will ever make together. While the prospect of owning a home is exciting, it can often seem overwhelming, especially for those who are new to the real estate process. From selecting a neighborhood to deciding how to use a spare room, navigating the [...]