Buying a Home

March 12, 2019

House-Hunting Guide to Finding Your Ideal Tucson Home

You whipped your credit into shape. Your savings account includes money for both your down payment and closing costs. You found the perfect agent. Now, it's time to find the perfect house. How do you go looking at Tucson houses without losing your mind? Your options can be overwhelming ...

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Feb. 26, 2019

Escrow: What is It and How Does It Work?

When you buy a Tucson home, you learn a whole new vocabulary. Downpayment. FHA. VA. FICO score. Appraisal. Inspection. Contingencies. Spuds/SPDS. Outside of a real estate transaction, you might never come across most of these terms. Another important one to know about is "escrow". What is it and how ...

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Jan. 15, 2019

First-Time Homebuyer Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Buying your first home can be stressful. Saving for a downpayment. Being approved for a loan. Finding the right real estate agent. Should you buy a fixer-upper or a move-in ready Tucson home? There are so many decisions to make in the home buying process. You don't want to ...

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Nov. 27, 2018

Creative Ways to Pay Your Tucson Mortgage

Congratulations on buying a Tucson home. In order to do so, you had to be smart with your money. Saving up for your down payment was merely the tip of the iceberg. Now, you've got to pay for it. But you don't necessarily have to be the only ...

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Oct. 30, 2018

Helpful Money Tips for the Tucson Home Buyer

Even with the "bubble burst" of the mid-2000s, real estate continues to be a relatively good investment in the long term. Prices are on the rise. The Tucson real estate market appears to be strong right now. Whether you'd like to upgrade, downsize or desire to own your very ...

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Oct. 23, 2018

How to Tell the Difference Between a Fixer-Upper and a Money Pit

To maximize your Tucson real estate investment, experts believe you should buy the worst house in the best neighborhood. Then, add some elbow grease to bring it up to snuff with the rest of the homes in the area. However, purchasing a property where the combined sale price and cost ...

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Oct. 9, 2018

Common Contingencies to Include in Your Tucson Home Purchase Agreement

A few weeks back, I provided Tucson home buyers with a closing checklist. Part of this checklist included completing any contingencies that were part of your home purchase agreement. Adding contingencies to a contract could slow down the sale. So, you need to keep them to a minimum. However, there ...

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Oct. 2, 2018

What You Should Ask Your Home Inspector

Finding your next Tucson home is only the beginning of your homeownership journey. Once your offer is accepted, you need to schedule a home inspection. This gives you an opportunity to have a professional come out and investigate your property for potential problems you might not have seen on the ...

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Sept. 25, 2018

What is a Seller's Property Disclosure Statement?

Searching for a Tucson home is merely one step in your journey to homeownership. Once you put an offer in on "the one", you should receive a Seller's Property Disclosure Statement ("spuds" for short). Read it over carefully as soon as you receive it. What it says may change ...

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Aug. 31, 2018

Tucson Home Closing Checklist

Buying a home can be both exciting and scary. Mostly, it's a game of "hurry up and wait". You rush to get paperwork in to your lender. Then, you wait. As you enter the final stretch, you'll need to perform a few last-minute tasks in order to complete ...

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