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Thursday, September 1, 2022   /   by Ana Baldner

Is Buying Cheaper Than Renting?

Is buying cheaper than renting? This depends mostly on the local market and its conditions. The Real Estate market has been heating up the past couple years and many Americans are making the transition from tenant to homeowner. 

With rents skyrocketing all over the country, some may make the assumption that even in a heated market, buying may be the better option. But the truth is, there are different associated costs that create key Pro's and Con's to either choice. 

Costs of buying
The biggest upfront cost of buying is your down payment. Typically between 3-20% of the home's purchase price. If you do put less down, your interest rate will typically increase, making your monthly payments increase as well. There are many monthly costs you will face, your mortgage payment being the biggest, including principal and interest for your loan. This number could also go up or down if you have a variable interest rate. HOA dues should also be factored in, generally covering lan2 ...

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Monday, June 20, 2022   /   by Ana Baldner

A Great Strategy When A Seller Chooses Someone Else's Offer: Submit A Backup Offer

You'd do everything you could to get the home you want, right? If you've been searching for a home the last 2 years, you know that you've got competition.  One strategy that isn't taken advantage of enough: Backup offers
 
If a Buyer submits an offer and the Seller chooses another one, I encourage my Buyers to submit a Backup offer.   A Backup offer is a bona-fide written offer - terms, pre-approval or proof of funds and all.  There is an additional form that notes how long you're willing to be in Backup position.  If the seller accepts and signs off then that home is secured for you, should the 1st Buyer fall through.  A lot of Buyers say to me, "That probably won't happen though.  I'll just resubmit my offer if it comes back on the market."  I tell them, DON'T.  If you wait for the property to come back on the market, then you're competing with the entire market again.  Buyers fall through all the time, especially in a market where ; ...

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