How long does it take to build a house?

Thinking about building a new home, weighing the pros and cons of building versus buying, or simply curious about the building process? The 2012 Survey of Construction (SOC) from the Census Bureau shows that on average it takes about 7 months from obtaining a building permit to completing a new single-family home. Looking at the […]


10 Ways To Build Credit!

 Credit makes the financial world go ’round. That’s true for Fortune 500 companies, first-time homebuyers and aspiring college students alike. Lenders make decisions about the creditworthiness of borrowers based primarily on credit reportsand credit scores — two ways to quickly assess an applicant’s credit history. The strength of your credit history is what determines if you qualify for a credit card, […]


What to Know About a Down Payment

When you buy real estate, it’s very exciting. First, you shop until you find your dream home (or maybe your dream home minus some bedrooms and closets). Then, you write possibly the biggest check of your life. What is it? What happens to it? It’s Not Actually a “Down Payment” Because it’s the first money that […]


So, You Think You Want to Go FSBO?

Many sellers entertain the idea of selling their home without an agent.  They always have. Particularly today, with so much information online, many believe that the Internet weakened the role of the agent; that the agent’s value is not what it used to be. However, when it comes time to sell a home, it’s common […]




What is a Short Sale?

  As foreclosure rates hit record levels, more sellers are turning to short sales as a way to avoid foreclosure. So, how does it work? In a short sale, the seller arranges with their mortgage lender to accept a price that’s less than the amount they owe on the property. As part of this arrangement, […]