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The Role of a Buyer's Agent

The Buyers Agent is a role that has become increasingly more significant in recent years. This is for many reasons, but perhaps the most important of these is that home buyers have come to realize the necessity of having a professional to see to their specific needs in the purchase of a home or property.

Historically speaking, the process of a home purchase was simply handled by the listing agent. This is, the agent who is actually selling the home. However, this presents a clear case of conflict of interest to the buyer as the listing agent's main responsibility both financial and otherwise lies with their client, the seller. Keep in mind that this is not to say that the listing agent is not capable of handling both concerns, simply that the home buyer's interests are better served by an independent agent.

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Top 7 Tips for Buying New Construction Homes

New home communities are more popular than ever! With good reason - new home builders are using popular, open floor-plans, including appliances, sod, and blinds, and helping make it easier than ever to get into a new home with little or no money. New home transactions typically seem a lot easier, as well. If a buyer chose to, they could get through a new home transaction without contacting anyone except the on-site sales agent! However, this would open you up to HUGE losses. Take these simple steps to protect yourself in a new home transaction, and to ensure that yours is a success.

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Top 7 Tips for First Time Homebuyers

Here is a great article by to help first time home buyers... This should be an exciting process, not a scary one.  Enjoy the time that you will be buying your first home.  Take pictures. Create some fun memories. Don't get too stressed. Rely on professionals to give you good advice; someone you are comfortable with and you can trust.

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It's a great time to buy Idaho Real Estate!

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Everything You Need to Know about Idaho Real Estate

Buying Idaho Real Estate

Idaho is one of the best kept secrets in the nation!  Well, that is until a lot of Californians found out about us and moved to the Treasure Valley, Idaho in 2005. 12,000, that is, for a nice round number! I don’t blame them! 

Welcome to Idaho Real Estate
Welcome to Idaho Real Estate

Idaho is a fabulous place to raise a family, enjoy the adventures of the great outdoors and to be in a comfortable climate where you can enjoy all 4 seasons without the extreme of any one of them. The Treasure Valley in Idaho offers a diverse economy, maintaining strength in the real estate market and low unemployment rates as well as minimal crime.  Who wouldn’t want to live here?   The Boise Idaho area offers great value on home purchases and investment opportunities!

Idaho Real Estate values have been on the low of a national average for many years and Idaho continues to offer great buys when it comes to single-family homes and investment properties

Let’s look at some of the basics when buying Idaho Real Estate:

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Avoiding Financial Stress

By asking the right questions, and knowing exactly what your needs are, you can find the right loan for you. There are certain approaches that you can take while mortgage shopping that can cost or save you money.

It is still true that the better qualifications you have, the lower your interest rate will be. However, there are mortgages available for almost everyone; it's the interest rates or the down payments that vary.

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Importance of Inspection

As a buyer, you are entitled to know exactly what you are getting. Don't take for granted what you see and what the seller or the listing agent tells you. A professional home inspection is something you MUST do, whether you are buying an existing home or a new one. An inspection is an opportunity to have an expert look closely at the property you are considering purchasing and getting both an oral and written opinion as to its condition.

Beforehand, make sure the report will be done by a professional organization, such as a local trade organization or a national trade organization such as ASHI (American Society of Home Inspection).

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Hot, Normal, & Cold Markets

Hot Market

A hot market is an extremely competitive market, one that is advantageous to the seller. Sometimes, homes will sell as soon as they are listed or even before homes are listed. Typically, during a hot market, multiple offers will be made on each home and more often than not, homes will sell for more than their asking price. It is even more crucial to be prepared and to be ready as a buyer when the market is hot. It can be easy to get caught up in the bid for a home, but if you are prepared (pre-approved, solid in price range, realistic about your needs), it is easier to remain focused on your housing needs and price range.

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Build a Plan of Action and Get Ready

Buying a home will probably rank as one of the biggest personal investments one can make. Being organized and in control will contribute significantly to getting the best home deal possible with the least amount of stress. It's important to anticipate the steps required to successfully achieve your housing goal and to build a plan of action that gets you there.

Before you can build a plan of action, take the time to lay the groundwork for your decision-making process.

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Finding the Right Seller

The best seller is one who is highly motivated. A highly motivated seller is more likely to sell for less than his or her house is worth. And it matters that you find out why; learning the reason why can help you get the price you want and help the seller get what they want: a timely sale.

When given the opportunity to meet with sellers, ask them why they are selling. The reasons could be anything from job change to a new location to financial problems. If you can solve their problem, whether it is cash related or time related, do so. For example, if the sellers are highly motivated because they need to move quickly, give them a fast sale - and a lower price.

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Getting Pre-Approved by a Legitimate Lender

It used to be that buyers could go house shopping and when they have found their dream home, then they go to get pre-approved. However, in today's market, that has proven to be one of the least effective methods in landing the dream home.

Most lenders can pre-qualify you for a mortgage over the phone. Based on general questions about your income, debt, assets, and credit history, lenders can estimate how much mortgage you qualify for. However, being pre-qualified and pre-approved are different things. Pre-approval means that you have applied for a mortgage; you have filled out the mortgage application, received your credit report, and verified your employment, assets, etc.

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Why You Should Not Make Any Major Credit Purchases

Don't go on a spending spree using credit if you are thinking about buying a home, or are in the process of buying a new home. Your mortgage pre-approval is subject to a final evaluation of your financial situation.

Every $100 you pay per month on a credit payment could cost your about $10,000 in home eligibility. For example, a car payment of $300/month could mean that you qualify for $30,000 less in a mortgage.

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