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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.

People who lost their homes returning to homeownership

The financial crisis caused many people in Delaware and across the country to lose their homes to foreclosure or short sale. It was especially devastating for those with sub-prime mortgages in communities that were part of the "housing bubble." Now that it has been years since the recovery, many of these buyers are looking to return once more to the real estate market. Homeownership can be an important way of building wealth. While many people are wary of losing out again, they are also taking precautions to protect themselves, like seeking more affordable homes.

Youngest adults want to be homeowners

Young people in Delaware and throughout the country would have a home as opposed to a vacation or dream wedding. According to a survey from Bank of America, 59 percent of those between the ages of 18 and 23 say that they will buy a home within five years. This would mean that those within this age range would be homeowners before they turn 30. The study involved about 2,000 people who own a home or are planning to.

A guide to buying a short sale property

Between 2008 and 2012, it was not uncommon to see a home being sold through a short sale. Since then, short sales have become less common as the economy and housing market and become more stable. However, those who purchase a home through a short sale may be able to get a good deal on a property. A short sale is often preferable for a seller because it means less damage to his or her credit score when compared to a foreclosure.

Selling a home during a divorce

Many divorcing people in Delaware often wonder what to do with the marital home. One option is for someone to buy out his or her spouse and keep the home for him or herself, which is sometimes done to maintain stability for children. Another popular solution is for both parties to agree to sell the home and divide the proceeds. Regardless of what decision is made, the most important step is for both soon-to-be-ex-spouses to get on the same page, which is something that's sometimes easier said than done.

How to avoid paying too much for a home

Home buying is a complex process in Delaware and around the country. One of the biggest hurdles for a buyer is getting a seller to agree to his or her offer price. According to a 2019 report from NerdWallet, 45 percent of buyers paid more than the asking price on a home. The respondents had all purchased their homes within the last five years.

Real estate tips can help move a property quickly

Some Delaware homeowners may be looking to maximize their opportunities to sell their homes quickly. When people first try to sell a house, they may be surprised by how long the process can take. For many sellers, it can take weeks or even months, as carrying costs and other expenses accumulate. In addition, the success of the sale can depend on many factors, including the local real estate market. Some sellers may bring in less than they were hoping to obtain in the sale, while others may find proceeds consumed by associated expenses.

How to maximize the value of a bonus room

Those who are looking to sell a home in Delaware should highlight any finished basement or bonus rooms that a property has. This is because that extra living space could appeal to buyers and increase the property's value. However, sellers will need to properly showcase that extra space in a way that appeals to buyers in specific ways.

Student loan debt may be making it harder to buy homes

Individuals between the ages of 24 and 32 owe roughly $1.5 trillion in student loan debt. This is one of the reasons why young people in Delaware and throughout the country are not buying homes, according to a Federal Reserve study. However, home ownership has been down among all Americans between 2005 and 2014.

How to prepare to buy a home

House hunters in Delaware may benefit from adequate preparation before starting their searches. Doing so may ensure that they find a home that fits their needs as well as a loan that fits their budget. The first step in the process should be to do a credit review, and individuals can get a free copy of their credit report once a year.