buying a home

Finding the Right Mortgage Lender

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Finding the right mortgage lender to get that preapproval for a mortgage might seem daunting. Good news—your buyer’s agent is here to help! Ask your agent for recommendations and you can rest assured that they will give you the names of mortgage lenders they trust. At Nest Realty, we love all things local. That includes…

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Ready to Buy Your First Home? A Quick Checklist

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An Easy List for First-Time Home Buyers by Lisa Merritt Buying your first home is a major milestone in your life, similar to graduating high school or moving out of your parents’ house. When you buy a property, you are making a long-term investment decision in your future and potentially taking the first step toward…

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Why Should I Get Preapproved for a Mortgage?

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The most important question when it comes to home buying is, how much can you afford? The majority of home buyers finance their purchase, most often by taking out a mortgage loan. Prequalification and preapproval are essential parts of the mortgage—and home buying—process. Prequalification vs. Preapproval Prequalification is a less rigorous check by mortgage lenders…

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Needs vs. Wants: What Must Your Home Have?

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Wouldn’t it be fantastic if the perfect home just fell into your lap? Maybe you’re just that lucky! For most of us, however, the home buying process is an exercise in compromise—needs vs. wants. To make the home search easier on yourself (and your buyer’s agent), spend some time brainstorming your wants, needs, and must-haves…

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What is a Buyer’s Agent and Why do I Need One?

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You may be asking yourself why a buyer’s agent is necessary in the 21st century. Technology certainly makes it easier to see what homes are on the market, but finding homes is just the tip of the iceberg of a real estate agent’s job. Hiring a buyer’s agent is making an investment in knowledge. Are…

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So You Think You Want to Buy a Home

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Home buying is a process. Television shows make it look easy and quick, but in real life, buying a home can—and often should—take much, much longer than you may think. Here are four essential questions to consider as you think about buying a home: Why do I want to buy a home? Only you can…

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Home-Shopping During COVID-19

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How do you stay safe while searching? by Deborah Rutter Let’s face it—some people need to purchase: new jobs, new kids, retirement, downsizing, or just plain ole’ moving. Interest rates are low, so for many buyers, the time to jump is now. While it may seem counterintuitive to make such a big move in uncertain…

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Is Buying a Foreclosed Home Right for Me?  

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Typically, foreclosed houses offer the attraction of being much cheaper than other homes on the market…but is it worth it in the long term? We surveyed our Nest agents to get their opinions on how to determine if buying a foreclosure is right for you, and what issues you need to keep in mind when…

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