The concept of “starter homes” cropped up after the end of the Second World War, when millions of young families took advantage of low-cost new developments to gain a foothold in homeownership: the emblematic first step in fulfilling the American Dream. Today’s first-time Johnson County home buyers are a lot less predictable—just as the market … [Read more...] about Johnson County Home Buyers May Skip ‘Starter Homes’ Altogether
Of all the things first time home buyers in Johnson County are told, some that turn out to be pretty important are too often overlooked. Here are four items first time home buyers will find useful to know: 4. Remodeling costs more than you think You’ve found a fixer: your energy is to be applauded. But before you write that offer, if you are one … [Read more...] about Part 2: What First Time Johnson County Home Buyers Aren’t Told
First time home buyers are told a lot of things — “Save your money,” their parents advise. “Location, location, location!” their friend’s friend cautions. Reasonable advice, for certain. But there some important elements of the home buying process which a typical first time home buyer doesn’t usually hear. We’ve listed some of the most important … [Read more...] about 7 Things No One Tells Johnson County First Time Home Buyers
Sometimes, even after your mortgage application has been approved, you have to scratch your head at apparent non-sequiturs that attach to the process (for instance, when a loan is made contingent upon your repaying an ultra-low-interest credit account). Even more so if your perfectly dandy financial situation results in a turndown. How could this … [Read more...] about Bankers Are People, Too — People With Rules!
It’s pretty common to hear from previously contented tenants who suddenly experience the Eureka! moment – one where they realize they should have bought a home a while back. Eureka! moments happen most frequently around April 15 -- but they can strike anytime. To minimize the lapse between Eureka! and the moment when home ownership became the smart … [Read more...] about The Eureka! Moment for Johnson County Renters
Anyone who is buying a house in Johnson County -- or even just checking up on the market -- is likely to find that some of the rules of the game seem to have shifted. Particularly anyone expecting to be deluged by the kind of amazing deals being offered in 2008 and 2009 should see what we mean. As the latest housing statistics continue to paint … [Read more...] about Buyer Beware: Strategies That Get You Nowhere