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What to consider when buying a home

Those who are currently renting in Delaware may long to be homeowners. Considering the current state of the housing market, however, it could make more sense for renters to put off making a home purchase. Those who are interested in buying a first home should make sure that they won't be house poor. This means that a homeowner is constantly at risk of losing the property.

An overview of closing costs for homebuyers and sellers

Homebuyers in Delaware often focus on the prices listed for properties, but price alone does not represent the total amount that a person will spend when purchasing a home. Numerous fees, insurance premiums and commissions create what are known as closing costs. Closing costs routinely total several thousand dollars. A typical property transaction will split these costs between the buyer and seller, although the parties can negotiate the details and shift some expenses one way or the other.

The pros and cons of having a tree

While many people in Delaware would like a home with a tree in the yard, this could be more trouble than it is worth. For instance, if the tree begins to rot, there could be a higher risk for extensive property damage or bodily injury. Furthermore, those that have holes, fractures or lean to one side might need to be removed.

The importance of listing a home at the right time

Those looking to buy or sell a home in Delaware should consider how the time of year influences the market. A market analysis by the real estate tracking website Zillow has identified May as the month when homes sell the fastest and demand the best prices on average.

What to avoid when looking for a home

Most Delaware homebuyers get pretty excited when they find a property they believe fits all of their needs. Upon further research, however, a property could be more of a nightmare than a dream home. One sign that a home may not be worth buying is if the price was reduced significantly by the current owner. This could be a sign of a structural or other issue that needs to be looked into.

What to know about the current housing market

The mortgage on a median-priced home in America is up 13 percent from the first part of 2017. This could make it more challenging for Delaware homebuyers this spring season. When a buyer takes taxes and other costs into account, a total mortgage payment can easily exceed 30 percent of a person's income. Ideally, housing should constitute no more than 30 percent of a person's take-home pay.

Residential real estate sales fall as mortgage rates rise

People in Delaware may be closely following trends in the residential real estate market as they look to purchase a home or relocate by selling their home and searching for a new residence. Across the United States, mortgage rates are rising, and it appears that fewer people are selling their homes. In January 2018, pending home sales, a measure of signed contracts, went down 4.7 percent in comparison with the previous month, December 2017.

The commitment of buying a home together

Buying a home may be one of the most significant purchases a person makes. For Delaware couples who decide to purchase a home together, it can turn out to be more of a commitment than getting married. Engaged couples who decide that they no longer want to get married can simply end their engagement. However, if they have purchased a home together, the financial entanglements can make getting rid of the home a complicated process and might result in a major financial loss.

What to do prior to making an offer on a home

While buying a home may be an admirable goal, Delaware residents will need to prepare ahead of time to achieve it. For instance, it may be necessary for individuals to look at their budgets to determine how much home they can afford. They should look to see how much is left over each month after car payments, food and other expenses are taken into account.

What to know about HECM reverse mortgages

Older Delaware residents may be interested in using a HECM reverse mortgage to purchase a house. The reverse mortgage itself will cover up to 60 percent of the purchase price, and buyers tend to liquidate assets to cover the remaining balance. There is a 2 percent mortgage insurance premium is 2 percent of the property value no matter how much cash a person draws.