Is It The Right Time To Buy A House?

House Buying ProcessSo you made your life-changing decision to buy a house. Now it is the right time to take a step back and decide whether it is reasonable to make this kind of decision right now. Buying a home is a complex process that requires a big amount of time, money and patience.

Here are some questions that are absolutely necessary to be asked before the purchase:

Is My Credit Report Good Enough? 

It is extremely important to check your credit report and score. The first thing lenders want to know is how much of your monthly income goes towards debt payments (debt-to-income ratio). This ratio is expressed in a percentage of your personal debt. Luckily, you have the possibility to check online your credit. According to the law, you’re allowed to receive one free copy of your credit report per year, by clicking here. Do not hesitate to check your report for mistakes, because even the small ones can cause rejection. Continue reading

Why Do You Need an Attorney When Buying or Selling a House?

Buying a houseBuying a house will probably be the most significant and the largest financial purchase you will make in your life. Of course, the house buying or selling process is one of the most complex and stressful things that requires much time, knowledge and a lot of effort, but not only. Also, this process involves the law of real estate, because each state has its own requirements and certainly there are different cases and problems demanding special issues of practice in this field of law. A real estate lawyer is specially trained and has enough experience to deal with these problems.  That is why you should start with a consultation with an experienced real estate attorney, who can help you avoid making any mistakes in buying or selling a house.

Home Buying Statistics

The 2013 National Association of Realtors (NAR) has conducted a Home Buyer Survey and it claims that 16% of purchased homes were new houses. The average price for a house was $210,000. The average price for a new house constituted $259,000, and for a previously owned – $196,000.

According to NAR in 2012 the average household income of buyers was $83,300.

Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) states that 69,000 suspicious activity reports to mortgage loan fraud were received in 2012. Here you will find more information about home buying/selling statistics.

Who are All of the Parties Who Could be Involved in Your Real Estate Closing?

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