‘Nobody Told Me!’ Home-Buying Fees Explained Here

No matter your tax bracket or life circumstance, buying a new custom home is one of the largest financial transactions you’ll make. There’s no dismissing that fact, but if you’re a first-time buyer, you should understand that it-costs-lots-of-money means more than simply a big outlay of cash. For example, your credit health must be good. Read More »

Buying Vs. Renting Part 5: Our Best Advice

Buy or Rent? Part 5

Should You Rent or Buy? A Guide Buying a home is a serious adult activity. None of it is one-size-fits-all. We’re as individual as our DNA and life situations, and it’s silly for us — or anyone — to dictate decisions to you. Our goal in Buying Versus Renting is drilling down to basics, using Read More »

Buying Vs. Renting Part 4: Home Sweet Where?

Rent or Buy? Part 4

Should You Rent or Buy? A Guide When you’re deciding whether to leave the rent cycle and buy a new home, many factors compete for your attention. The financial one is the weightiest. “Property taxes!” pundits, experts and media howl. “You don’t pay those as a renter.” “Home maintenance costs!” “You’ll lose money if you Read More »

Buying Versus Renting Part 2: The Money Stuff

Rent or Buy? Part 2

Should You Rent or Buy? A Guide In the financial, home building and real-estate industries, the question of buying a home versus renting one prompts all sorts of calculators, graphics and pro-and-con discussions. It’s a perpetual topic that ebbs and flows according to interest rates and financial markets. Full disclosure: we’re not crunching all those Read More »

Renter or Buyer? Questions to Ask

You’re considering your next move, whether for personal, family or career reasons. You’re not sure if it’s smarter to rent or buy a home, but you know it’s smart to sort through the pros and cons of each option. It also requires being honest with yourself about future plans, your financial health and comfort zones. Read More »