Category Archives: Buyers

Simple Solutions for Cleaner Air Inside Your Home

We often think of the peak allergy seasons as spring and fall, but allergies can strike at any time of the year. Summer allergies are a common problem and often the result of indoor air pollution. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air pollution is among the top five environmental health risks. The EPA advises that... 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 »


Know Your Closing Costs Before You Sign on the Dotted Line

Step-by-Step Learning Series #1: Financing Your New Home Purchase 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... Read More »


10 Terms Every First-Time Home Buyer Should Know

Step-by-Step Learning Series #1: Financing Your New Home Purchase 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... Read More »


Find a Conventional Mortgage Option to Fit Your Needs

Step-by-Step Learning Series #1: Financing Your New Home Purchase 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... Read More »


Is a Government-Backed Loan Right for You?

Step-by-Step Learning Series #1: Financing Your New Home Purchase 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... Read More »


Purchase Your Home Faster with Mortgage Pre-Approval

Step-by-Step Learning Series #1: Financing Your New Home Purchase You’ve scouted the neighborhoods and scanned the MLS. It’s time to make an offer on that new home you have your eyes on, right? Not so fast. “Before you start looking at houses, the first thing you need to do is get pre-approved,” says John West, Director of Retail Loans at... Read More »


Are You Financially Fit?

Step-by-Step Learning Series #1: Financing Your New Home Purchase More than half of homebuyers borrow money to make their purchase. If you are considering a new home purchase, one of the first steps is a careful evaluation of your financial fitness. Lenders determine loan amounts and interest rates based on a borrower’s FICO® scores. Everyone has three FICO® scores, one... Read More »


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Take Your Real Estate Transaction Step-by-Step With Duffey Realty

Step-by-Step Learning Series #1: Financing Your New Home Purchase Are you in the market for a new home? If so, public opinion says you are about to make a solid investment in your financial future. An April 2015 Gallup poll showed that 31 percent of Americans named real estate as the best long-term investment, followed by stocks, gold, and bank... Read More »


First Home Purchase? Don’t Miss These 3 Tips from Duffey Realty Sales Associates

Real Estate transactions can be complex, which is why working with a REALTOR® can save you time and money. Duffey Realty loves helping first time home buyers find the right home for their family at the right price for their budget. If you are a first-time home buyer, chances are you’ve done your research online. However, there’s nothing like consulting... Read More »