For many, the dream of owning a home relies on a good mortgage. Applying for this kind of loan may seem like a daunting task, and admittedly, there are many steps involved. Fortunately, the mortgage process can be made less stressful by knowing what lenders are looking for and by being prepared... Read more
Category: Real Estate
Get tips, advice, and info on real estate, renting, and buying or selling your home. Whether you’re looking to learn about the home buying process or want to know how to find a good realtor, the SHW Blog has you covered. Articles and useful information for homebuyers, homeowners, and renters alike.
Home Inspections: What To Expect?
If you’re a first-time home buyer or don’t know much about home inspections, you’ll get the most out of one if you learn what to expect going into it.
Note that there are many different types of inspections one can request prior to closing on a home (e.g.,.. Read more
Home Showings: How To Prepare
Preparing a home for showings has the potential to boost buyer interest and net you a faster sale. Keeping your house clean and finding ways to accentuate its best features can also lead buyers to see its full potential.
You want buyers to imagine themselves in the space, and there are plenty of ways to make that easier... Read more
Buying A Home Vs Building: Pros & Cons
Buying a home is the most common path to homeownership. However, building a home can be incredibly rewarding. So, how do you choose between buying a home or building your own?
Keep in mind, whether you’re buying or building, appliance and system costs add up... Read more
Home Buying Process: A Step-By-Step Guide
Deciding to buy a house is equally exciting and stressful. You’re on the hunt for a place to call “home” all while making a potential 30-year mortgage commitment. Once you decide you’re ready to buy, there’s a lot of consideration and prep work you need to do before you start taking home tours or visiting open houses... Read more
How To Find A Good Realtor: Buying, Selling & Renting
Whether you’re a buyer, seller, or renter, dealing with the real estate market can be a stressful endeavor. That’s why you want a professional on your side. The right real estate agent or realtor can make the entire process of buying, selling, and even renting much more manageable... Read more
Checklist: Assess the Appliances in Your New Home
2021 is the year of new homeowners! Saving up, shopping around and bidding for a home can be a time consuming and stressful ordeal, but the payoff is your own slice of paradise.
Select Home Warranty provides coverage for many crucial areas of the home... Read more
Why are Home Prices so High? 2021 Housing Trends & Importance of Home Warranties
Homeowners strive for peace of mind and responsible spending. When it comes to buying or selling a home this year, the stakes have never been higher.
Select Home Warranty provides coverage for home systems and appliances, and can play a crucial role when it comes to saving money on the costs to maintain your home... Read more
Home Warranties for Realtors: Why Partner with a Home Warranty? Cost, Commission & More
Realtors have a tough job. Pairing home sellers with home buyers requires serious work.
Many home buyers have high expectations, and many home sellers have trouble closing the deal. That’s why it’s essential for realtors to use all the tools at their disposal to bring the sale to a close... Read more
3 Easy DIY Summer Projects to Increase Your Home Value
Before summer ends, take advantage of the warm weather for more than a vacation. This is the best time of year for easy DIY projects that are fun, relaxing and valuable. Not only can you enjoy a Saturday afternoon in peace, these projects will increase the value of your home, too... Read more
How To Budget: Simple Budgeting Tips For Renters
Renters are a diverse group, ranging from college students looking at their first apartment to families of four who haven’t yet made the jump to home ownership. No matter who you are, it always pays to take a little extra time to budget your finances... Read more
5 Home Improvements That Can Increase Your Home’s Value
When the time comes to sell your home, you want to get the biggest possible return on your investment. Whether you’ve been there five years, ten years, or even longer, making the most out of your sale is important. Fortunately, there are five home improvements that can increase your home’s value and make it more appealing to buyers... Read more
3 Signs You’re Ready To Buy A Home
You’ve done your research, you’ve saved up, and now you’re finally able to consider whether you’re ready to buy a home.
Since most people believe they’ll eventually become a homeowner, it’s easy to take this decision for granted. Before you buy, slow down and consider whether you meet the criteria to move forward with the next steps for purchasing your new home... Read more
How To Buy A Home: Your First Financial Steps
The decision to buy a home is among the most important choices you’ll ever make. Most everyone grows up thinking they’re going to be homeowners one day, but not many seriously consider how they’ll afford their ideal home until it’s too late... Read more
5 Common Mistakes Made By First-Time Home Buyers
One of the most important milestones in life is buying your first home. It’s a time that everyone has dreamed about, imagining the size of the yard and the color of the front door. What most people don’t think about is how to strategically find, purchase, and care for the home... Read more