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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.

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.