What Exactly Does A Home Inspector Do?

Purchasing a home is a major endeavor. It may well be the largest purchase you will ever make as well as an important part of your financial portfolio. There are some crucial members of your home buying team including your Realtor®, your lender, your title/escrow officer, the appraiser, and your home inspector. What exactly does a home inspector do? And why do you need one? Your Realtor® will negotiate an inspection period during which time you will have the right to inspect nearly every … [Read more...]

Buying a new build home? Make sure you have a Realtor at your side.

Enter A New Build Home Sales Office Without A Realtor At Your Own Risk! It seems like you can’t go anywhere in the valley these days without running into construction - street widening, new commercial space and lots and lots of builders carving out parcels and putting beautiful new homes up where there once was dirt. With inventory shortages in the resale market, and prices going up, you may be tempted to stop by and browse some model homes. If you’re just wandering through for decorating … [Read more...]

What is earnest money and why do you need it?

What is earnest money and why do you need it? If you are planning on buying a home, there are some up front, out of pocket expenses you will want to be prepared for. These funds should be liquid and easily accessible whether you are financing or paying cash. The three main checks you will be writing (who writes checks anymore?) are for the home inspection(s), the home appraisal (required if you are financing, not required if you are paying cash), and earnest money. But what is earnest money … [Read more...]