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Why escrow accounts are helpful

Individuals who are seeking to buy a home in Delaware may need to put money in escrow before their transactions close. Putting money into escrow can provide incentive for both a buyer and seller to act in good faith until a home sale closes. A lender could also take a portion of a down payment or mortgage payment and put it into an escrow account. In such a scenario, the money would likely be used to pay property taxes and homeowners insurance.

Fixer-uppers aren't necessarily less expensive

According to a study from Porch.com, individuals who buy fixer-uppers will likely spend just as much on these houses as those who purchase a turnkey property. If a homeowner goes over budget when renovating a fixer-upper, that person could spend $25,000 more than someone who bought a home that didn't need work. Overall, homeowners in Delaware spent an average of $246,891 on a fixer-upper and $250,496 on homes that were ready to live in from day one.

Sellers should consider remodeling their homes before a sale

Those who are looking to sell their homes in Delaware or anywhere else may have questions about whether to upgrade their properties before doing so. Generally speaking, it may be a good idea to make an upgrade if it significantly increases the home's value. It is also important to make an upgrade if it makes the home easier to sell. Typically, buyers judge a property based on what it looks like today as opposed to what it will look like after a remodel.

Canceling a home purchase agreement

Typically, a person in Delaware can back out of a home purchase after an offer has been accepted. However, when and how someone can rescind an offer depends on how the contract was structured. It also hinges on whether all parties have signed the document. If it has, it may be necessary to go to mediation to resolve the matter if a seller doesn't willingly allow the deal to be canceled.

Considering a 15-year mortgage

Most homebuyers in Delaware take out a mortgage loan from a bank to complete their purchase. After all, very few people can buy a house in cash outright. The traditional mortgage period stretches over 30 years at a fixed interest rate. However, there are also options for a 15-year, shorter-term mortgage. People buying a home may have several factors to consider when choosing the mortgage loan that is right for them.

Purchasing a home

When purchasing a home, one of the things Delaware residents have to consider is whether they want to make their mortgage payments biweekly or monthly. If the mortgage payments are made biweekly, the mortgage payoff date will be earlier, and the total interest costs will be lower. With a monthly mortgage payment, buyers are likelier to be paying more interest with a payoff date that is much later than that for a biweekly payment.

A general timeline when buying a home

The process of buying a home in Delaware or any other state may depend on a variety of factors. Those factors may include a buyer's ability to get a loan and find a home in a timely manner. It can then take about 30-45 days to close on a deal after the seller accepts a buyer's offer. However, buyers should start thinking about what they need to buy a home several months before they start the process.

What to expect when buying waterfront property

There can be many advantages to buying a home close to the water in Delaware. Of course, there can also be many downsides to having a home in such a location. While the views may be beautiful, the cost to buy a home will be higher than in other parts of a town or city. If a body of water is vulnerable to hurricanes or other natural disasters, an individual will need to pay more for homeowners insurance.

Selling a home during the busy season

For real estate professionals in Delaware and throughout the country, the summer months are a busy time of year. This is because most buyers and sellers want to have a transaction concluded before the start of the new school year. However, there are a few tips that sellers should know about prior to listing their homes. First, it is important to make sure that the home is clean.

Minimizing fraud during a real estate transaction

A lack of security measures could result in fraudulent real estate transactions in Delaware or any other state. In many cases, a scammer will learn about a transaction after hacking an email account or by otherwise obtaining unauthorized access to an online account. They will then pretend to be an attorney or other party relevant to the purchase or sale of the property. The final step in the process is to instruct a person to send closing costs or other payments to a fraudulent account.