Category Archives: Buyers

A Home for the Ages (and the Aging)

  We plan our vacations. We plan for kids’ college expenses. We plan for retirement. However, very few of us plan for aging, especially when it comes to our homes. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of U.S. residents 65 and older will increase to nearly 73 million by 2030. Some of those Boomers will move into senior... Read More »


Trademark Quality Homes And Duffey Realty

Duffey Realty is proud to be the exclusive Listing Broker for Trademark Quality Homes in Carroll and Haralson Counties. Trademark Quality Homes has earned a reputation for building homes with high quality materials, excellent workmanship, and great attention to details. We have a price point and neighborhood to meet any family size, need, or budget. Currently, new homes are being... Read More »


Top Tips for Homebuyers in 2016

This year is expected to be a good year for the real estate market, but homebuyers will be faced with increasing home prices, higher interest rates, and fewer homes for sale. In a sellers’ market, buyers need to be ready to act, according to Jonathan Smoke, chief economist for realtor.com®. “Buyers looking to close this year need to keep an... Read More »


Do You Know the True Cost of Homeownership?

Few things in life are as exciting as buying a new home. Once you’ve signed the contract, you want to put your personal stamp on the house, from the color of paint in the kitchen to the flowers that grow in the backyard. Unfortunately, few homebuyers realize how these initial improvements might cause financial problems down the road. According to... Read More »


Nancy Davis-A Recommended REALTOR® in the UWG Relocation Guide

We at Duffey Realty were excited to learn that Duffey REALTOR® Nancy Davis was recommended by someone at the University of West Georgia for inclusion in the UWG Relocation Guide, a guide for new UWG employees that includes tips for relocating to the Carrollton area. The UWG Relocation guide is a UWG community-driven effort maintained by volunteers in the UWG... Read More »


Post-Graduation Financial Choices Make a Big Difference

It has been about a month since graduation, and as a recent high school or college graduate, you are probably beginning to focus more on starting college or finding a first job than buying a house. However, the financial habits you establish now will affect that first-home purchase down the road, so it’s never too early to start planning. Here... Read More »


Step-by-Step Series #1: Financing Your New Home Purchase-Know Your Closing Costs Before You Sign on the Dotted Line

Closing costs are easy to ignore in the excitement of searching for a new home, but they are a significant part of any real estate transaction. Fortunately, your lender can provide your expected costs during pre-approval, and your Duffey REALTOR® can help you negotiate closing costs with the seller. “A home buyer needs to address the costs of closing prior... Read More »


Step-by-Step Series #1: Financing Your New Home Purchase – Mortgage-Speak: 10 Terms Every First-Time Home Buyer Should Know

Let’s face it. Every industry has its own vocabulary, and real estate is no different. Sometimes real estate pros use language that isn’t quickly familiar to those of us new to the process. So we’ve compiled a vocabulary “cheat sheet” for you so you will be “in the know” when these terms come up during your new home purchase. First-time... Read More »


Step-by-Step Series #1: Financing Your New Home Purchase-Find a Conventional Mortgage Option to Fit Your Needs

A “conventional” mortgage is a mortgage that is not backed or insured by a government agency. Fixed-rate and adjustable-rate mortgages are the two main types of conventional mortgages, but there are other loan products available to fit your specific financial goals. Here are just a few of the most common mortgage products, along with some pros and cons to consider... Read More »


Step-by-Step Series #1: Financing Your New Home Purchase-Is a Government Backed Loan Right for You?

Mortgage loans backed by the U.S. government offer homebuyers an attractive alternative to conventional loans. How can you determine if a government loan is right for you? “There are several neat things about government loans,” says John West, Director of Retail Loans at Direct Lenders LLC in Kennesaw, Ga. “They have very competitive interest rates and low down payment options.... Read More »