How to Break Up With Your Real Estate Agent

Is it OK to break up with your real estate agent? And if so, how can you gracefully end it? Buying or selling a home rarely happens overnight, and it’s not uncommon for buyers or sellers to interface or even work with multiple agents. Best-case scenario, the right agent shows their face early, and the relationship (and transaction) is a …

Is It Safe To Buy Your First House Now?

Take a look at the numbers and see why there are very compelling reasons to choose a mortgage payment over a rent payment. With rental deposits significantly lower than most down payments — not to mention the costs of maintenance and upkeep to consider — the rent vs. buy equation can seem like a tough one to solve. But while …

Should You Take Your Home Off the Market for the Holidays?

Nobody’s buying homes between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, right? (Or are they?) Home sellers often suggest to their agents that they should take their listings off the market during the winter holidays. Surely nothing happens between now and the end of the year, they ask? It’s best to wait for the spring selling season, right? Perhaps surprisingly, the answer is: …

Want To Be Financially Secure? Buy A House

Here’s why you may want to stop writing a monthly rent check and start building equity in a home. Taking the leap into homeownership — whether you’re considering a home for sale in Austin, TX, or Tampa, FL — can be daunting when you’re used to renting. From house hunting to making an offer to gathering pertinent paperwork, it’s a …

Veterans: Get 100% Financing on Home Loans up to $1 Million

If you’ve served in the U.S. military, you can get a loan backed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs with no down payment. As the financial crisis gets further behind us, mortgage options get more flexible. One loan program that’s often overlooked is a VA loan. If you’ve served in the U.S. military, you can get a loan backed …

Monthly Market Report: 46628

46628 is an area within the South Bend housing market that is near and dear to myself and the Irish Realty family. It is not only the location of our business office, but the location of my home, as well as several subdivisions developed by our principal broker Steve Cooreman including Boulder Bay, Westwood Knolls, The Villas at Lake Blackthorn, …

Guide To What Homebuyers Want In Every State

Real estate website Trulia combed through the data to find out what amenities buyers want most, from coast to coast. If you’re planning to sell your home in 2017, it’s a good idea to spend some time in 2016 planning how to market your home. Whether you intend to check some best-for-ROI upgrades off your to-do list or play up …

The Silver Bullet of Upgrades When Selling Your Home

Sorry to break it to you but there is no silver bullet. Every home is different. Every market is different. Every price point is different. But making smart upgrades to your home before bringing it to market is still one of the best ways to ensure not only a fast sale, but also remains the best way to extract every …

Making the Most of an Open House Visit

Here are some best practices for buyers at all ends of the home-buying spectrum. Open houses are the gold standard in real estate. They’ve been around for decades and will be ingrained in the buying and selling of homes for years to come. The average buyer attends three open houses, according to the Zillow Group Consumer Housing Trends Report, a …

Buying In 2017? 7 Steps You Must Take Now

You can’t just plunk down your credit card to buy a house. Here’s how to prepare for the purchase. If you’re thinking about buying a home in 2017, October to December is the perfect time to “warm up” for the house hunt so you can hit the ground running in the new year. And whether you’re looking in Athens, GA, …