Wednesday, February 1, 2023 / by Brian Armstrong
Gearing up for an upcoming home purchase? If so, you are in the right place! While no two real estate deals are the same, in our decade of experience, we have seen many recurring themes across transactions. To help you master your purchase, we asked our team of experts to share five stellar negotiation tactics that have proven successful!
Cash or Pre-Approval
If you want to walk the walk and talk the talk, you need to be a cash buyer or have a pre-approval letter from the bank. Each scenario shows the home seller you are motivated and ready to purchase, which goes a long way! Most sellers do not want to negotiate with a buyer to find out they cannot get the finances to make the purchase. So, make sure to prioritize your finances before bargaining with sellers!
Know Your Comps
If you fall in love with a home yet are challenged by the list price, local comparables can be a huge help! Knowing what a home is worth is not as simple as finding out what price the neighbors as ! ...
Thursday, December 15, 2022 / by Brian Armstrong
Buying a home is a complex process, so to close out the year, we built this FAQ guide with the top 10 most common questions we heard in 2022!
What is Pre-Qualification?
Pre-qualification is one of the first steps you should take when looking for a home! Your mortgage lender will help you through the pre-approval process and show you what type of home you can afford! Pre-approval also lets sellers know you are ready to make a purchase, leaving you in a strong position to negotiate!
Do I Need a REALTOR® To Buy a Home?
While it is not required to use a REALTOR®, you may be missing out if you elect not to use one. A Realtor is there to help you and will walk you through every part of the home-buying process, so no stone is left unturned! You will not only benefit from having a knowledgeable resource you can reach out to, but they also do the heavy lifting to find you the perfect match!
Where Are Vermont Home Prices Headed?
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Wednesday, November 9, 2022 / by Brian Armstrong
As we approach winter and the holiday season, you may be looking for a change of scenery and be in the market for a new home! While many others choose to buy in the spring, you may have an advantage in buying during the holiday season! Read on as we unwrap why the holidays are a great time to purchase a home!
Beat the Heat
As we mentioned before, many buyers prefer warmer weather when it comes to home shopping. Spring and summer are some of the busiest months for real estate, while fall and winters always see a slowdown. If you have been keeping up to date with the Vermont real estate market, we have seen quite a bit of bidding wars for homes. During the holiday season, there tend to be fewer buyers in the market, leaving you more opportunities to land your dream home!
Something about the holiday season brings a whole new energy into the mix. Maybe it's the lights, the decor, or more time with those close to us, but that positive mood can help smooth over deals as th; ...
Thursday, October 27, 2022 / by Brian Armstrong
Vermont, am I right? Boasting four beautiful seasons, historical roots, and gorgeous landscapes, the home of Ben & Jerry's, the list of Vermont's amenities goes on and on! If you're a local, you probably can't name the many reasons you have fallen in love with the area! However, for those new to the Green Mountain state, here are a few reasons why Vermont is a great place to live!
Our Little Corner
Many of us are lucky to live in this beautiful little state with plenty of quirks! Housing just over 600,000 residents, Vermont comes in as the second least populated state in the US. Locals have created tight-knit communities and have worked hard to preserve their foundations. Are you tired of major city traffic jams? Vermont may be the place for you! Things still do get a little cramped from time to time, especially for Fall foliage and fresh powder slopes, but that's because Vermont has so much to offer!
If you have ever ventured into Vermont, you may have noticm ...
Thursday, September 8, 2022 / by Brian Armstrong
President Biden has officially announced his student loan relief plan to help middle-class federal student loan borrowers get back on track to resume payments come the new year. Borrowers earning less than $125,000 will see debt relief to the tune of $10,000, and Pel Grant recipients will be eligible for up to $20,000 in relief! This is major news for young professionals who are struggling to make ends meet. So how does this affect the U.S. economy as a whole?
Money To Make Purchases
Many borrowers struggling with debt have not had the opportunity to attribute funds toward real estate, cars, and other larger asset purchases. Nearly half of borrowers, about 20 million people, will have their student debt fully canceled, which will open up opportunities for those individuals to invest that capital back into the economy. While some borrowers will still not be in the financial position to make a purchase, others who were planning to buy a home and were not quite there may be able to affo. ...