Home Buyer Tips: 6 From Realty Times

Home Buyer Tips – From the value of different types of locations to negotiating strategies that can get you what you want, the more knowledge you have before taking the plunge, the better off you’ll be.

Home Buyer Tips:
6 From Realty Times

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Advice For Home Buyers
From One Of The Industry’s Top Sources

Here at BrionCosta.com we recognize the value of bringing in good information from all types of different sources and passing that information on to our readers. In this way, when you visit this site, you not only get our opinions, you get the input of some of the industry’s finest minds as well. Today’s post is a good example.

Realty Times is a great website with contributions from a variety of authorities on all things having to do with real estate. Today’s post is a collection of four of their best articles on tips for home buyers that have appeared over the last 45 days or so. From choosing a good location to making sure you’ve crossed all the “t’s” and dotted all the “i’s”, you’ll find some great information in these articles.

Look for more of this kind of “Digest” post from us in the future. It’s a great way to get a lot of information to you at once. We’ll be doing one on “Home Seller Tips” within the next few days.

4 Ways Your Location Can Boost Or Bust Your Home Value

http://realtytimes.com Category: Buyers’ Advice Wednesday, February 10, 2016 2:09:37 PM

A few years back, “the Starbucks effect” became a legitimate term to explain the higher real estate values associated with living close to the coffee house. But being within easy…

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Saving For a Down Payment On a Home In Just 2 Years

http://realtytimes.com Category: Buyers’ Advice Thursday, February 4, 2016 1:17:34 PM

In today’s market, you usually need up to 10 percent of a home’s purchase price for a down payment. This means a $250,000 home could require $25,000 down plus closing…

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Buyer Etiquette: How To Get The Home You Want

http://realtytimes.com Category: Buyers’ Advice Thursday, February 4, 2016 1:16:40 PM

As most people know, the real estate market shifts between a buyers’ or sellers’ market, depending on supply and demand. However, regardless of which market we’re currently in, buyer etiquette…

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9 Little Things That Can Make or Break Your Home Purchase

http://realtytimes.com Category: Buyers’ Advice Sunday, January 24, 2016 6:22:33 AM

When it comes to buying a home, we always think about the big things: sales price, location, mortgage qualification. But it’s often the little things that rise up to make…

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Home Buyer Tips: How To Keep From Going House Poor

http://realtytimes.com Category: Buyers’ Advice Wednesday, January 27, 2016 12:23:58 PM

The only thing worse than not being able to buy a home when you want to is owning a home and not being able to do anything but sit inside…

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Shared Equity: Helping Family Members Buy Their House

http://realtytimes.com Category: Buyers’ Advice Wednesday, January 20, 2016 1:24:24 PM

Your son and daughter-in-law want to purchase their first house, but their income will not carry the mortgage. There are a number of ways you can help them out. This…

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Home Buyer Tips: What You Need To Know In 2016

Home Buyer Tips – “Buying a home is a major commitment. Here are a few important things to consider to make it a worthwhile experience. …”

Home Buyer Tips:
What You Need To Know In 2016

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Make sure you’re ready — financiallly and emotionally — for owning a home.

Some Advice For Homebuyers Buying A Home In 2016

Are you and your family thinking of taking the plunge this year? Buying a home is a big committment. Next to partnering up in a marriage and the decision to start a family, it’s probably the biggest decision we make in our lives. Knowing whether the time is right or not, and knowing the things to do to make sure your decision is the right one and that your purchase is a pleasant and positive experience is essential. Too many folks just start driving around looking at signs … without doing the research and preparation necessary to be as informed as they should be in today’s real estate market.

Do you know exactly where, in your preferred area, you might get the most “bang for your buck”? Are you aware of what areas are considered “overpriced for the market” and which might be a better buy because they are currently priced loower than what the market would bear? Do you know which amenities are available in your price range and which will move a home out of your range? Do you even know what kind of down payment or monthly payment is reasonable in your financial situation?

All of these things … and much, much more … should be looked into and understood by a Home Buyer before even looking at prospective homes. The most valuable piece of advice I could give to anyone considering buying a home in 2016 is to Be Prepared. Find a good “counselor” and learn what you need to know first. Then do your research and get your ducks in a row before you start to do all the legwork and shopping around. You can’t compare properties when you don’t know what your “yardstick” should look like. Be clear on that before you begin.

Here’s a concise and informative article that will give you a head start on learning what to know when buying a house. It’s by Jason Hall of The Motley Fool, and it just appeared there.  In it, Jason lists some thing you should have on your list of things to know and do before you start looking, with a special eye to things you should be concerned about from an investment standpoint.

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Advice For Homebuyers: Unless You’re An Expert — Work With A Realtor

The real estate market today … and the actual process of buying a home … is complicated and can be a minefield, both legal and emotional. There are just so many important things to know when buying a home! The second most important bit of advice for home buyers I can think of is simple: unless you’re an expert, work with a competent Realtor. This should be someone who understands the area you’re interested in and has been active there for at least several years. They should be someone you trust and that you’re comfortable working with.

My advice in this area is simple: Call Brion Costa. He’ll have a quick conversation with you and he’ll be completely upfront. If he doesn’t feel he’s the right agent for you, he’ll refer you to the perfect person to help you through the entire process. If you consult with Brion before you do anything else, you’ll end up working with someone that you know is competent and trustworthy. You’ll find all of Brion’s numbers on this page.

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Featured Article: 5 Valuable Tips For Home Buyers

Featured Article:
5 Valuable Tips For Home Buyers

Our Last Featured Article Concerned Tips For Sellers … Here Are Some Good Tips for Buyers

Adam Slivka is a retired educator, now a Realtor in Pennsylvania. Here's an informative article from Adam with some good advice for home buyers.


5 Valuable Tips For Home Buyers

by Adam M Slivka

Buying your home whether its your first or fourth can be stressful. With the following suggestions home shopping and buying should be a little easier. First, get pre-approved for a loan. Notice I said pre-approved not, pre-qualified. They are actually very different. Pre-approval involves running your credit score and determining what a lender will actually give you, where pre-qualified can be done over the phone, internet, or in person and gives you more of a "best case scenario" often leaving buyers disappointed if their credit is not as stellar as they believe. Again, pre-approval lets you know with certainty what price range you can afford. Clients who qualify for rock bottom rates may be enthusiastic to find out that they can afford much more house than they thought. Unfortunately the opposite is usually true and finding a $150,000 house exciting after you've been looking at $250,000 homes can be disheartening.

Second, check out the listings on several sites. The reason I suggest multiple sites is because most, if not all the big sites are paid advertising meaning that smaller brokerage companies may not have forked over the money to advertise on every site.

Third, if you are serious about buying call a qualified agent that is associated with a reputable company. So how do you find either one of these? First, I suggest checking out the company or broker that you intent to do business with. A good company will have a strong web presence, as well as, a strong presence in physical advertising in your neighborhood (newspapers, yard signs, etc.). Finding out a company's market share in your local area will also give you a good idea how successful a company is, though should not be the sole determination for your pick. A company that has a non-selling broker is also good to look for, since you the client will know your agent has support if needed. Now, how to find a good agent… That can actually be more difficult than finding a good company.

Find an agent who does it fulltime, part timers or moonlighters may know the laws, but are not working for you 24/7; real estate is also likely not their livelihood so they are likely to have a lower level of motivation for it. Next, you want to find an agent who is knowledgeable about his/her market. They should be able to answer basic questions such as: What is the average home price in my desired neighborhood? What percent of listing price are most homes selling for? How quickly are homes selling on average? Very important, but often overlooked is finding an agent with a personality that you could work with. Don't hesitate to talk to a few agents over the phone before making a commitment.

Fourth, realize that unless your budget is limitless, you will NEVER get exactly what you want. Many aspects of a home can be changed easily. Things that cannot be changed so simply are size and location, location, location.

Fifth, get educated yourself on home ownership if you are a first time buyer. Classes can be found at your local community college, online, or in some cases are even required by some lenders.

Heck, you could even read the blog of a real estate professional…

If you are interested in learning more about real estate, in the market to buy or sell a home, or simply want to keep a pulse on the Pittsburgh real estate market (mainly the suburbs of North Huntingdon and Penn Township) visit me at adamslivka.com and sign up for my FREE newsletter. If you're serious about buying or selling feel free to call me at 724-863-3300 ext 231.

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Tips For Home Buyers & Sellers In Future Featured Articles

Thanks to Adam for this great article. These are just some of the things you want to make sure you've taken care of when setting about to purchase a home. Look for more tips in future Featured Articles, here in the "Costa Real Estate Digest".

If you have immediate real estate needs, and you're in Pennsylvania, Adam could be a great help.

If you're in Southern California and you're seriously considering buying or selling real estate … now is a great time. BUT … you want to make sure you have the best agent working for you and representing your interest. If you're in, or getting prepared to be in the Southern California real estate market … contact Brion Costa before you make any serious moves. If you've looked at this site, you know Brion has the "chops" to protect your interests … and to get the job done.

Use the "Contact Me" page on this website, and Brion will contact you within 24 hours! We'd love to speak with you.

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