Archive for the ‘For the Buyer’ Category

How Does an Appraisal Effect My Mortgage?

Do new mortgage rules change the things for the home buyers?

Mortgage Assistance and Tax Relief for First Time Home Buyers

Programs meant to help consumers into homes will only last so long, you need to think fast to take advantage of them.

Your Home Inspection Report and You

What happens to the report after you buy the home may have consequences to your home’s condition in the future.

Buying A Home: What to Expect in 2009

Taking a look back at a series of posts from last year, and how things have changed for home buyers

How is the Houston Real Estate Market?

Thoughts on the Houston real estate market.

Tax Credits for Greening Your Home

A post about the green tax credits that you can get for your home.

How is a Slab on Grade Foundation Made

A look at the steps in making a typical slab on grade foundation for your home.

Houston’s HOPE Program Can Help You into a Home

This program has been in existence for a few years, but here is a new look at its potential.

Significant Changes to Your Home Inspection Report

Home Inspectors in Houston (and all over Texas) should be aware that a new property inspection report is in place. Here is a summary of some significant changes that the consumer should know. This post is meant as a companion piece to my previous posts that were written in the “Understanding Your Report” Category.

Freddie and Fannie Went Up the Hill, Freddie Fell Down, and Fannie Came Tumbling After

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are said to end up under government control today due to accounting which hid problems with their abilities to handle our financial storm. Maybe it is time to consider more accountability for firms reporting financial numbers.

Insurance Matters

Some simple steps for improving your homeowner’s insurance, while finding a way to save money.

The Credit Crisis Anniversary and A Strain of Dislike of the Real Estate Industry

Considering the past year of the credit and housing crisis, the real estate industry should take stock and see where it should go. Transparency may be a key to that change.

Preparing For The Loan Application

Mortgage expert Rich Dansereau guest blogs with a basic run down of the documents you will need when going in for your mortgage loan application.

How many Realtors should you call before choosing one to work with?

Most consumers never investigate who they should use as their Realtor, but this may not be the best course of action for you.

Real Estate Auctions Vs. Foreclosure Auctions

The difference between a real estate auction and a foreclosure auction. Possibly misleading advertising in a real estate deal.

County Inspections: Property Code Chapter 446 The New Texas Law for Residential Inspections

Property code 446 details how the TRCC will inspect residential construction in areas without a building inspector.

Some Facts about Home Inspection Services in Houston for 2008

An overview of what you might find when looking for a home inspector in Houston.

Oh, For a Beautiful Exterior

Stucco and EIFS homes may not be the best for the Houston climate. Here are some concerns with these wall coverings.

Delving into the Paperwork :Part 6- The End of the Papers

Bringing everything together in dealing with your paperwork; a last little bit of advice from your home inspector.

Delving into the Paperwork :Part 5- Insurance Matters

A Houston home inspector takes you through the steps to evaluating your homeowner’s insurance.

Delving into the Paperwork :Part 4- A description of the closing paperwork

You will never find an inspector at a closing, but this post recalls my experience and the paperwork I dealt with.

Delving into the Paperwork: Part 3 – A description of mortgage paperwork

A look at the mortgage paperwork. Details of what to look over closely from a Houston home inspector.

Delving into the Paperwork: Part 2 How to start your wanderings

A home inspector looks at the paperwork used in a home purchase.

Delving into the Paperwork

A home inspector in Houston begins his journey to look at the paperwork involved in buying a home.

A Pre-Closing Checklist for the Buyer

A list to help you prepare for closing on your home.

Homeowner’s Insurance

Ways to obtain the best homeowner’s insurance in Houston (and elsewhere) form a home inspector.

A Quick Guide to Mortgages

Basic explanations to terms used in loan applications and types of mortgages.

Steps to owning a home

What do you need to do to buy a home? Here is a path to take.

What does a home inspector do?

A description of what to expect from a home inspector.

Your Credit Score

Your credit score according to FICO. Tips from an inspector on how to improve your financial circumstances.

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