Preparing Yourself to Buy a New Home

AdobeStock 73498966Getting ready to buy a new home can be stressful and put unneeded strain on every aspect of your life. Without preparation, you might find yourself searching desperately for a home and contacting multiple agents to help you out. You might also start worrying about whether you’ll ever be able to find a new home. Those stresses and strains can ruin family relationships as you all try to cope with what going on. Luckily, there is a better way to go through the process. With the proper preparation, buying a house can be just as smooth as you dreamed it would be.

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8 Things Your HOA Can't Do—and How You Can Fight Back

AdobeStock 67165956Living with a homeowners association (HOA) can come with a legion of perks—like gorgeously manicured common lawns, swanky amenities, and some rad Fourth of July barbecues. But there's a reason that a stigma exists against homeowners associations: Board members on a power trip can institute and enforce some ridiculous restrictions. Ridiculous, like "restricting the color of trampoline covers" ridiculous. Like "You must keep your garage door open during the day" ridiculous. Like "You must carry your cocker spaniel through the lobby" ridiculous. (Come on!)

Even when you feel as though your HOA rules have turned into an implacable steel trap determined to ruin your life at every turn, find comfort in this: Homeowners associations are bound by the rule of law, no matter what the president of the board says. State and federal law restrict the homeowners association's abilities to restrict you. Below, find eight things HOAs can't enforce on homeowners.

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Prepare Your House to Sell in the New Year

AdobeStock 4070330The holidays are a wrap, and with the coming of the new year, many people are starting to make their new year’s resolutions. If selling your home in 2020 is one of those resolutions, it’s beneficial to take steps now to prepare your house to sell in the new year. Getting a jump start on this preparation can help your home be ready for the spring/summer homebuying season, an annual tradition that typically sees an increase in buyer demand.

Preparing a house for sale in the new year involves more than taking down the holiday decorations. Some of the key steps to take before putting your home on the market in 2020 include:

1. Hire a REALTOR®

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Getting Older and Buying a New Home? A Few Things to Consider.

AdobeStock 128066988In previous generations, when homeowners reached a certain age, they started thinking about reverse mortgages and even assisted living. But many of today’s seniors are looking to buy a home, opting to downsize or even buy their dream place. New data from the National Association of Realtors® shows that, together, young baby boomers, older baby boomers, and the silent generation comprised 39 percent of the buyers in 2019. Senior-related housing only accounted “for 13 percent of buyers over the age of 50; that number was eight percent for buyers 54 to 63 years and 29 percent for buyers 73 years and older.”

If you're in one of these demographics and are weighing the pros and cons of buying a home, read on. There are a number of factors to consider as an older buyer.

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