5 Things To Know Before Buying A Second Home

Many people dream of having a second home. Wouldn’t it be great to have a place to escape to on the weekends or for vacations – your own private oasis? After all, Richard Branson, billionaire owner of the Virgin Group, has his own island – so you’re not asking for much. But there are certain things you need to be aware of before you take the plunge and buy an additional home. Since a lender is taking on more risk when providing financing for a second home, they may be a little less flexible in providing a second home loan than they were with your first one. In addition, there are a number of potential speedbumps that you should avoid along with opportunities that you might not have considered.

First-Time Homebuyers Tips: Get Answers To Common Questions About Homeowners’ Insurance

Becoming a first-time homebuyer can be both exciting and nerve-racking at the same time. There are a lot of expenses you’ve probably heard about that come with closing on your first home, for instance the down payment, closing costs and agent fees. One expense you may be less familiar with is homeowners’ insurance. Don’t get blindsided by the cost insurance might add to your financial responsibilities – take time to understand your options and get estimates before putting down a large sum on your home.

Summer Safety Tips: Be Smart When You Swim, Grill And Play

Summer is a time for vacations and relaxation, which is why many of us tend to put our guard down as temperatures go up. In fact, many emergency rooms report seeing an increase in visits during the summer months due to falls, burns, water-related injuries and more. Here are some summer safety tips to keep in mind while you and your family enjoy having fun in the sun this summer.

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6 Inexpensive Landscaping Ideas That Add Value

One of the big attractions to our new home was the back yard – a fantastic deck area, easy to maintain but great looking landscaping, a fountain, and cafe lights. I highly recommend following these tips for your yard!

Introducing MyNest, a Fun New Home Shopping Tool

MyNest is a complimentary home shopping mobile app that allows you to easily create side-by-side comparisons, includes a personal note recorder, and has sharing capabilities to reviewing your mortgage options. You’ll appreciate all the features in MyNest that can help make your home buying decision easy.

Is now the time to buy a home?

With interest rates on the rise, I am often asked if now is the time to buy a home. In general, my response is that if you’re ready to buy a new home, then now is the time! Rates are still at historically low levels, so take advantage. That being said, it is important to understand what waiting means to your budget. Take a look at the difference between buying a home today vs. waiting until rates go up significantly.