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9 Steps to Buying a House

For most people, buying a house takes years of planning and preparation. The whole process can be overwhelming, especially for first-time homebuyers. Step-by-step, we’ll guide you through the important decisions that go into homeownership. When it’s over, you could have the keys to your dream house and the biggest investment you make in your lifetime.

1. Check your financial and credit history

Your financial history and credit score affect your overall loan options, and a higher credit score will usually get you a lower interest rate. To avoid any surprises down the road, know what your credit score is before you start the mortgage preapproval process. Most mortgage lenders like to see credit scores in the mid 700s

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Rising home prices coupled with a lack of inventory in today’s market may cause some homeowners to consider selling their home on their own (known in the industry as a For Sale By Owner). However, a FSBOmight not be a good idea for the vast majority of sellers.

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The top 5 reasons are listed below:

1. Online Strategy for Prospective Purchasers

Recent studies have shown that 95% of buyers search online for a home. In comparison, only 13% use print newspaper ads. Most real estate agents have an Internet strategy to promote the sale of your home. Do you?

2. Results Come from the Internet

Where did buyers find the home they actually purchased?

  • 50% on the Internet
  • 28% from a Real
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Your home purchase is a big deal, but your down payment shouldn’t be. If you haven’t saved a significant down payment for a home, but you’re otherwise qualified to receive financing, we have you covered. Waterstone Mortgage offers a variety of no- and low-down-payment mortgage programs to help you achieve your goal of homeownership.

No Down Payment

USDA/Rural Housing Loans

  • FICO as low as 600
  • Home must be located in designated area

VA Loans

  • FICO as low as 600
  • No mortgage insurance requirements
  • Available for active-duty military, veterans, reservists and members of the National Guard, and some surviving spouses of veterans

Wealth Building Loan

  • FICO as low as 680
  • Financing through adjustable rate mortgage
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In this day and age of being able to shop for anything anywhere, it is really important to know what you’re looking for when you start your home search.

Homes for Sale in Davenport Florida

If you’ve been thinking about buying a home of your own for some time now, you’ve probably come up with a list of things that you’d LOVE to have in your new home. Many new homebuyers fantasize about the amenities that they see on television or Pinterest, and start looking at the countless homes listed for sale through rose-colored glasses.

Do you really need that farmhouse sink in the kitchen to be happy with your home choice? Would a two-car garage be a convenience or a necessity? Could the “man cave” of your dreams be a future renovation project instead

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What to Do When In Haines City

Located in the Atlantic coastal plains, with gently rolling hills and a subtropical climate, Haines City is one of the fastest growing cities in Florida.

Often overshadowed by nearby cities like Davenport and Orlando, Haines City has a consistently growing average house appreciation rate – making it an excellent location for those looking for homes for sale in Haines City, Florida.

Moreover, Haines City has a lower crime rate than the national average, making it a great place for families. The city also has a lot to offer in terms of attractions and amenities. Here are some exciting things to do when in Haines City, Florida.

Orange Picking at Ridge Island Groves

Orange picking at the Ridge Island Groves, especially during harvest season,

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Your Online Guide to Davenport

Nestled within Central Florida’s highlands, and enveloped by subtropical flora and striking lakes, Davenport, Florida offers an escape from the daily hustle bustle of busy urban life. Affordable homes and close proximity to exciting locations, such as Disneyland and Legoland, also make it an ideal place for families with children.

Whether you’re relocating due to work, in search of a place with a higher standard of living, or looking for homes for sale in Davenport, this online guide to Davenport has all the details you will need.

Soar High in Hot Air Balloon Rides

Clear blue skies, with enchanting green swamps, make Davenport a visual treat – especially from a floating hot air balloon. Relax and unwind as you watch the breathtaking sunrise

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The housing crisis is finally in the rear-view mirror as the real estate market moves down the road to a complete recovery. Home values are up and distressed sales (foreclosures and short sales) have fallen to their lowest point in years. The market will continue to strengthen in 2019.

However, there is one thing that may cause the industry to tap the brakes: a lack of housing inventory! Buyer demand naturally increases during the summer months, but supply has not kept up.

Here are the thoughts of a few industry experts on the subject:

Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist at National Association of Realtors

“Further increases in inventory are highly desirable to keep home prices in check, the sustained steady gains in home sales can occur when

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Real Estate Market Update

Orlando's housing market cools in advance of summer

 

April 2019 Recap

After 93 months of consecutive year-over-year increases in median price, the Orlando housing market saw its first decline in April. The decrease was only 1% but it comes at the start of our traditional summer selling season, which typically sees jumps in both median price and sales.

According to the latest monthly report from the Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association, the median price (the figure at which half of the homes sold for more and half sold for less) was $235,000.

The report also shows 3,315 homes were sold in April compared to 3,371 for a 2% decrease. The decline can be

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Two of the biggest mistakes home sellers make when choosing a listing agent are selecting an agent solely based on the two things: the highest list price for your home and the lowest commission.

At first glance, a seller might say, "What? Are you nuts?" because sellers want the highest possible price and to pay the least amount of commission. But those two criteria have very little to do with hiring a competent agent and, in many instances, are completely irrelevant. Let's look at why.

Agents can't tell you how much your home will sell for. That's a fallacy. A listing agent can show you comparable sales, pending sales, and

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Pay close attention to the details, and you'll create a memorable first impression for every buyer

Putting a home on the market is like being on stage for all the world to see, so sellers must prepare to have their homes scrutinized six ways from Sunday, inside and out.

Although drone photography, video and 3D imaging have proven to be advantageous in many ways, allowing buyers to virtually experience the home and neighborhood like never before, they can also be very unforgiving.

So what can sellers do to make a positive and memorable first impression on buyers and their agents? What can they do to eliminate (or at least tame) the scrutiny and instead inspire buyers to visualize a future in the home?

Below are five things to consider:

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