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10 Tips for Finding Your Perfect Home

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 posted by Tommi Crow

10 Tips for Finding the Perfect Home

Buying a home can be stressful and exciting all at the same time. It’s quite the adventure! We recently purchased our second home and I found a few tips very helpful while searching for the perfect home for my family.

1. Figure out what your ‘perfect home’ looks like. Write down on a piece of paper all of the things you must have in your new home, things that would be nice to have and things that don’t really matter.

2. Purchase a home that stays in budget. Make sure to get pre-approved for a loan before going out to look at houses. It will make the buying process much easier and you will know which houses to look at.

3. Bigger isn’t always better. While we all dream of having a huge mansion, it’s good to think about what will be best for your family. Figure out how many rooms you need to fit your family comfortably and look in that range.

4. Think about remodeling. Many homes you will look at may not be in the best condition, but think about the potential of the house. Would painting and new wood floors turn it into your dream house? How about a kitchen or bathroom remodel? There are many easy fix-ups such as adding new light fixtures and painting that can turn your house into the perfect home.

5. Location is important. Check the surrounding area of the home. Drive around the 2 mile radius to see what is around your home. Make sure it is in an area you feel comfortable with. Find out what school district you’ll be in. Even if you don’t have kids, you may want to think about the school district you live in for resale. You may also want to take the commute to your work and see how long it will take you.

6. Do your research. Research property values in the area. Stalk your neighborhood and find out what it’s like at all times of the day. Is it a family friendly neighborhood? You could even knock on the neighbors’ doors before buying.

7. Do a home inspection. The home inspector will look at everything in a home and give you a non-biased opinion. They will also tell you the true value of the home you are looking at. It’s better to spend a couple hundred dollars doing a home inspection than finding out the house had several problems.

8. Picture your family living in the house. When you walk into the home, can you picture your family living there? Does it have a good feeling? Picture your family living in each room and see you how feel.

9. Leave room to grow. Make sure your ‘perfect home’ has extra storage and gives you room to grow.

10. Don’t put your expectations to high. Realize that most houses aren’t perfect to begin with. Even if you are building your dream home, there are always things that could have been different. Be flexible. Once you move in and add your own style it will soon become your dream home. has thousands of Homes for Sale.  Please search our site for listings seen no where else on the web.  Thank you for reading our Blog and if you Love Real Estate…LIKE InfoTube for Real Estate on Facebook.  We post really cool things every day.

Rising Rents Push Homebuyers Into the Market

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 posted by Tommi Crow

Sharply rising rents are pushing buyers into the real estate market this spring. 

Rising Rents Push Fence Sitting Homebuyers

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Home Buyers Move Back to Basics

Thursday, February 23, 2012 posted by Tommi Crow

                                                    Home Sellers take note:

When it comes down to chosing a home, buyers are going back to the basics.  Today’s buyers consider new or updated kitchens and bathrooms, and a flexible, open floor plan as the most important features they are looking for in a home.

A recent survey of hundreds of real estate agents reveal what features appeal to the broadest cross sections of buyers in the marketplace.

  • 33% of those surveyed said that a new or updated kitchen is the most important feature they are looking for.
  • 14% of purchasers said that an open floorplan is a must have. 
  • 12% are looking for homes with new or updated bathrooms.
  • Only 1% of buyers feel that entertainment rooms or finished basements are important home features.

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We finally have an avalanche of positive news regarding on the real estate and housing market for 2012.   

  1. Foreclosure activity in 2011 is down more than 50% lower in several states, including New Jersey, Maryland and Florida.  Realty Trac
  2. The much feared “shadow inventory” of foreclosures declined dramatically in 2011.  In December 2012, 2.2 million properties were in some stage of foreclosure.  In September 2011, that number dropped to 1.5 million units…or a whopping 32% in nine months.  Realtytrac
  3. Realtors in some hard hit area’s, such as Michigan and southern California, are reporting a shortage of housing inventory and a return to bidding wars in tight markets.  
  4. Wall Street thinks the worst is over.  Stocks of the nation’s five largest, publicly traded, home builders are at 52 week highs signaling an upswing in home construction in 2012.  In addition, the home builders have been snapping up deals on land and abandoned subdivisions in anticipation of increased buyer demand.  CNBC
  5. Realtors and home builders are getting a boost from rising rents, as Americans realize that owning a home is often less expensive than renting one.   And, while future rent increases have no ceiling on how high they can go, ownership locks in housing expenses and equity is created as the loan balance decreases each month.
  6. Legal issues, property maintenance and other issues complicating the foreclosure process will push banks and lenders to approve more short sales in 2012, further reducing housing inventory.
  7. Interest rates will remain at historical lows in 2012, which allows more people to qualify for a home and cheap money buys more house for the same monthly payment. 
  8. Foreclosure activity was down more than 30 percent in 2011.   Fewer than 2 million properties foreclosure notices were filed in 2011, down from 2.9 million property filings in 2010.  Realty Trac

InfoTube believes that this news spells OPPORTUNITY for home buyers, home builders, investors and real estate agents.  Home prices and affordability are excellent, yet buyers and investors can still find good bargains.   Today’s smart home buyers will feel like geniuses in ten years when the see what inflation has done to home prices. 

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Would you like to see what the housing market has in store for 2012?  If so, take a moment to watch this video.

Housing Market 2012

Remember that in spite of the doom and gloom…10,000 sets of keys are handed to new homeowners every single day!!  

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Where Did the First Time Buyers Go?

Thursday, March 31, 2011 posted by Tommi Crow

The lack of first-time buyers is hurting the housing market and their absense is hampering the recovery.

In normal markets, first time buyers make up 40%-45% of all home purchasers.  Since January of 2011, purchases made by first time buyers averages only 32%

Why is this important for existing home sales? 

First time buyers are crucial to the market because they buy starter homes so those owners can step up to a more expensive property.   Despite low mortgage rates and deeply discounted prices, they are remaining on the sidelines…at least for now.

What may be keeping first time buyers out of the housing market?

Some experts point to a hangover from the  Expired Tax Credit of 2009 and 201o, which may have lured buyers into a home sooner than later.   Some point to tighter lending standards and increased down payment requirements.  The best loan terms now kick in with a down payment of 20% or more, which may be very difficult for a first time homeowner.

The Silver Lining — The National Association of Realtors reported that a record 33% of all existing home sales in Febuary were to Cash Buyers.  In some parts of the country, cash buyers accounted for more than half of all the existing homes sold.

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Thursday, May 27, 2010 posted by Tommi Crow













What is Home?

A roof to keep out the rain.  Four walls to keep out the wind.  Floors to keep out the cold.  Yes, but home is more
than that….It is the laugh of a baby, the song of a mother, the strength of a father.  Warmth of living hearts, light
from happy eyes, kindness, loyalty, comradeship.  Home is first school and first church for young ones, where
they learn what is right, what is good and what is kind.  Where they go for comfort when they are hurt or sick.
Where joy is shared and sorrow eased.  Where fathers and mothers are respected and loved.  Where children are
wanted.  Where the simplest food is good enough for kings because it is earned.  Where money is not so
important as loving-kindness.  Where even the teakettle sings from happiness.  That is home.   God bless it.
Ernestine Schumann-Heink

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Purchasing a For Sale by Owner property has a number of unique benefits that all buyers should be aware of.    Too often, buyers don’t consider fsbo listings because they are working with a real estate agent.  They are unaware that most builders and owners are willing to work with buyer’s agents and many advertise their homes on the local MLS.  If you are in the market for a home and you are not considering “by owner” listings…you could be missing out on some great deals.   Here are a few of the Advantages of buying a For Sale by Owner home.

Save Thousands on Commissions and Fee’s

When purchasing a home listed by a traditional listing broker, a 6 percent commission is factored into the seller’s asking price.  Buyers often think they aren’t paying the listing commission…but in fact…the agents $6000 cut is included in every $100,000 of the asking price.   When a homeowner or builder sells their own property, they pay no commission or a much smaller 3 percent to the buyers agent.  This substantial savings can be passed onto the buyer, who can now afford more home or get the same home for less money.

Easy Appointments to View

If you want to look a home listed with a full service broker, you have to schedule all appointments through the listing broker.  The listing broker then has to contact the owner and the buyer agent to schedule a time to look inside the home.  This process can often be inconvenient or sometimes aggravating depending on the time lapse in getting everyone on board.   When dealing directly with the seller, there is no need to go through other people to schedule a tour.  The seller will look at his schedule and immediately give you the date and time, making the entire buying process much simplier.

Negotiating the Offer

When purchasing directly from the property owner, negotiating the offer can be much easier, too.  Typically, the buyers agent first presents the offer to the listing agent…then, the listing agent makes an appointment to relay the offer to the seller.   If the seller makes a counteroffer, the whole procedure is reversed back through both agents making the whole process take a lot longer than it should.   When making an offer directly with the seller, the middle men are eliminated, which increases the odds of putting together a deal that works for both parties….and does so in record time. has over 20,000 properties listed directly by owner or by builder.  We encourage buyers to seriously consider these properties, whether you are working with an agent or not.  Working directly with the owner has many distinct advantages and benefits….no drawbacks. 

Get Down Payment Help

Monday, February 8, 2010 posted by Tommi Crow

Home buyers who are a little short of cash can receive down payment assistance from their local and Federal government.  Many city, county and state programs piggy back on the Federal down payment assistance programs.

For information about the help that is available in your area, search for “down payment assistance programs” and include the name of your region of the country.   Also, check the HUD website which is providing a Neighborhood Stabilization Program.

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Did First Time Buyer Tax Credit Help Sellers?

Monday, September 28, 2009 posted by Tommi Crow

The $8000 Tax Credit for first time home buyer’s (people who have not owned a home in the last 3 years) expires on November 30, 2009.    With the expiration date drawing near, the Realtor and builder lobby groups are pushing lawmakers to extend the program for another 6 months.   If they are successful, it will cost taxpayers of nearly $15 BILLION.  

“Yea” or “Nay”???    Before we cast our vote, we decided to find out whether the tax incentive successful or not?  Specifically, did it persuade people to jump into the market?   Would it be a good investment for taxpayers going forward?

According to a poll conducted by Zillow, the tax credit was persuasive.

  • 18 percent of home buyers said the tax credit was the main reason they pushed to buy a home before November 30, 2010.
  • Based on the number of first time buyer’s in the marketplace, a 6 month extension could persuade another 335,000 (18 percent) buyers to buy a home of their own.
  • If the first time buyer credit is extended, home sales would likely increase 5 percent.  Without it, sales would be down as much as 2 percent.
  • Only 31 percent of first time buyers said the credit had no influence on their decision to purchase. 
  • 69 percent of buyers said the tax credit was important in motivating them to buy a home this year.

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$8000 Tax Credit for First Time Buyers

Tuesday, February 17, 2009 posted by Tommi Crow

Home seller’s and real estate agent’s are waking up to the fact that nearly half of all buyer’s shopping for a home are first time home buyers. 

Sellers should realize the timely opportunities that are available to this group, and they should be aware of all the benefits today’s first time home buyer will receive, in order to successfully do business with them.

One unique opportunity that provides immediate benefits for home sellers and first time buyers is an $8000 tax credit incentive from the US government.   The purpose of the program is to encourage home sales and provide a much needed boost to the US economy.

Outline of the $8000 Tax Credit Program is as follows:

  1. The Tax Credit is available for First Time Home Buyers Only.  (First Time Buyers are defined as anyone who has not owned real property in the past 3 years.)
  2. The home must be used as the buyer’s primary residence.
  3. The home must close January 1, 2009-December 1, 2009.
  4. The buyer claims the $8000 on their tax returns, which greatly reduces their tax liability.
  5. The $8000 does not need to be repaid, unless the buyer resells the home within 3 years of purchase.

The National Association of Realtors, who backed the plan, estimates that the tax credit will stimulate up to 300,000 home sales.  The NAR also feels that the bill will help stablize home values and could possibly help some distressed seller’s avoid foreclosure.

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IRS Tax Relief Help for 2009

Friday, January 9, 2009 posted by Tommi Crow

The IRS is offering some much needed tax help in 2009.  The Tax Relief Programs, which address real estate matters are outlined below.

  1. 1.  First Time Homebuyer Tax Credit:  People who recently bought a home or those who are considering buying one should pay close attention.  The program, which could be worth $7500 to those qualified, defines “first time buyer” as anyone who has not owned a primary residence in the past three years.   If this is you, check out the IRS program details.
  2. Offers in Compromise on Home Values:  An Offer in Compromise (OIC) is an agreement between a taxpayer and the IRS.  An OIC is a viable option for taxpayers experiencing money difficulties, as the agreement settles a tax debt for less than the full amount owed.  Under IOC guidelines, the IRS realizes that real estate valuations may not be accurate.  In instances of financial hardship, where the accuracy of local real estate values are in question, the IRS will give a new review of the information before determining their final offer.
  3. Real Estate Tax Deduction:  Taxpayers can claim an additional standard deduction, based on state and local real estate taxes paid in 2008.  The maximum deduction is $500 per person or $1000 for joint filers.
  4. Workouts and Foreclosures:  For most homeowners, debt forgivenness is now tax free.  Homeowners can exclude forgiven debt on their principal residence if their loan was for owe less than $2,000,000.  The limit is $1 million for individuals and married couples filing separately.

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2009 Spells Good News for First Time Home Buyers

Monday, December 29, 2008 posted by Tommi Crow

                                                                                                                                     The phrase “One man’s loss is another man’s gain”…is certainly true when it comes to real estate.  A number of factors have converged to make 2009 a great year for the first time home buyer. 

  1. 1.  Interest rates are at their lowest levels in decades.  With Fixed rate mortgages hovering at or below 5 percent fixed for a 30 year loan, homeownership is within the grasp of many people that were priced out of the market.
  2. Home Prices are down in all area’s of the country, and it is unlikely they have much further to fall.  This means that bottom fisher’s can lock in a great price on a home.
  3. The FHA has a first time buyer program that requires only 3 percent down and is available to people with less than perfect credit.
  4. Tax rebates and incentives.  First time buyers will receive a tax credit up to $7500 on the purchase of a home.

The weak housing market and economy have presented quite an opportunity for individuals who have never owned a home.  If you are a first time buyer, everything you need is in place to make the deal of a lifetime.

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