first-time homebuyer

Georgia Sellers: Here’s a Round Up of Your Closing CostsKristine HansenHomeLight Blog

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March 31, 2021

Whether you’re selling a modern condo in Atlanta’s Midtown or a century-old property in Savannah’s Historic District, you need to know the closing costs sellers are responsible for in Georgia. The last thing you want is sticker shock when you review these subtractions in your seller’s settlement statement. The Georgia

4 Scenarios Where Sellers Can Use Seller Credits to Close the SaleStacey KelleherHomeLight Blog

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March 31, 2021

While researching the home sales process, you’ve likely come across the term “seller credit.” A seller credit is a type of seller concession where the seller offers the buyer money at closing to sweeten the deal. Buyers appreciate seller credits since these essentially discount their closing costs which are typically

Style a Staycation-worthy Interior with These Modern Tropical Decor IdeasAlesandra DubinHomeLight Blog

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March 31, 2021

Those of us of a certain age know that tropical interior design is not a new notion (remember when The Golden Girls’ Miami Beach home was everything?). However, like all trends that come and go, today’s iteration of tropical modernism has a fresh spin. Derived from modernism, the modern tropical

Seller’s Market 101: Is Your Real Estate Market Hot or Not?Gina RodriguesHomeLight Blog

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March 31, 2021

Is your serene street suddenly jammed with cars because of an open house next door? Does a ‘Sale Pending’ sign materialize on your neighbor’s yard a few days after a “For Sale” sign appears? Do your friends grumble about how many offers they’ve submitted on homes to no avail? If

Unloading a Fixer-Upper? Avoid These 11 Mistakes to Sell Your House Fast As-IsMikayla UberHomeLight Blog

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March 31, 2021

Ready to move out of your fixer-upper? If you plan wisely, you can skip the renovations you never got around to and sell your house fast as-is. An as-is home sale means that a house is for sale in its current condition — the seller will not complete repairs or

A Purchase Agreement Solidifies Your Sale – Here’s What You Need to Know Before SigningKate Van PeltHomeLight Blog

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March 31, 2021

As a seller, you’ll first encounter a purchase agreement when you receive an offer from a buyer. The purchase agreement outlines the buyer’s offer price, along with contingencies, financing terms, closing costs, possession date, and more. You must meticulously review the purchase agreement before you sign and turn the document

Design the Perfect Little Kitchenette with These Designer-Approved TipsLori LovelyHomeLight Blog

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March 31, 2021

A kitchenette is just a “simplified kitchen paired down to the essentials,” shares MacKenzie Cain, interior designer for Chicago’s Habitar Design. Those essentials depend on the use of the space, but generally include a small refrigerator, microwave, sink, stovetop, countertop, and cabinetry. “If it is not the main source of

Septic Tanks Don’t Come with Care Instructions. Here’s What You Need to Know.Lori LovelyHomeLight Blog

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March 31, 2021

If you’ve ever lived in a rural area, you’re familiar with the term “well and septic.” As many as one in five households nationwide get their water from a well and rely on a septic system to dispose of wastewater. That means one out of every five homeowners needs to

Want to Sell Your Condo to a Buyer with an FHA Loan? Check to See if Your Condo Is FHA-approvedGina RodriguesHomeLight Blog

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March 31, 2021

You list your condo for sale, and your agent calls — she has a buyer. You’re mentally packing your bags, but not so fast. The buyer has a Fair Housing Administration (FHA) loan approval. And that means your condo association needs FHA approval, too. If you’re thinking about selling your

Staging Is More Important for Some Homes Than Others. Here’s WhyKristine HansenHomeLight Blog

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March 31, 2021

When Sedona, AZ, interior decorator Jessica Moreau of Moreau Design put her house on the market last year, she knew exactly how to showcase her home for a top-dollar sale. Instead of spending thousands of dollars to update her kitchen, Moreau focused on inspiring buyers with staging. She laid out