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What to know about down payments

Those who are looking to buy a home in Delaware or any other state may need to make a down payment as a condition of getting a mortgage. The down payment is simply the amount that a buyer contributes to the purchase price when the transaction closes. Buyers can use savings, money acquired after selling assets or other sources of funding to make this payment.

It's important to research a neighborhood before buying a home

Prior to purchasing a home in Delaware, buyers are encouraged to learn more about the neighborhood it is located in. They are also encouraged to learn more about the town or city where the home is located. This can help an individual feel more confident about his or her decision to make an offer on a home. Ideally, those who are looking for a home will find out ahead of time if there are young children in a given neighborhood or a high rate of crime.

What to consider when buying a home on a busy street

Homes on busy streets in Delaware and throughout the country are often seen as less than desirable. However, there may be good reasons to purchase a home in an area that is highly active. For instance, it could be closer to a major highway or a bus line. This can make getting to work, school or local attractions faster and less stressful. It can also be closer to grocery stores, which means that an individual won't have to travel several miles just to get milk.

More women pursuing solo home ownership than ever before

For generations, couples represented the typical home buyers in Delaware and elsewhere in the United States. As of 2019, a new trend has become clear: Increasing numbers of single women are buying homes by themselves. Approximately 17% to 20% of home buyers were single women compared to 9% of single men in 2019. A survey conducted by Bank of America indicated that 73% of women considered home ownership a top priority above marriage and having children whereas 65% of men had similar feelings.

Equity can play a role in timing a home sale

Those who own property in Delaware and throughout the country may sell their homes even if they owe money on their mortgages. Ideally, a homeowner will owe less on a home loan than his or her home is worth at the time of the sale. This is because the primary lender is the first to be paid when the sale closes. If there are any other home loans or lines of credit attached to the house, they will be paid off next.

Reasons to sell a home during the winter months

Traditionally, the Delaware housing market is stronger during the spring than in winter. However, there are several reasons why it may be worth the time and effort to list a home while there is still snow on the ground. Oftentimes, buyers won't attend a showing when it's cold and dark outside unless they are legitimately interested in a property. Typically, those who are just looking will wait until the weather is nicer and more suitable for leisurely trips to various neighborhoods.

Pros and cons of buying the most expensive house on the block

Delaware house hunters may feel tempted to purchase the most expensive house in their favorite neighborhood. They do not necessarily want to do this in order to show off, but the most expensive house may be the house that they fall in love with. Before going through with the purchase, there are a few things they should understand.

What to research when buying a home

Buying a home in Delaware or any other state can be a stressful event. This may be true whether someone is buying a home for the first time or has done so in the past. There are several variables that a person needs to consider prior to making such a purchase. For instance, an individual will ideally consider where the home is located and which mortgage product best fits his or her needs.

Sellers generally don't tell ghost stories

A survey from Realtor.com found that 60% of those polled said that they didn't know that their homes were haunted before moving into them. However, Delaware residents and others may not even care if they are sharing their homes with ghosts. Furthermore, the survey found that buyers weren't too concerned about living next to a home that was rumored to be haunted. The survey also found that 20% of respondents said that they thought that they had lived in a haunted house in the past.

How to sell a home during the winter months

Homes don't traditionally sell quickly during the winter months in Delaware and other states with cooler climates. However, this doesn't mean that a homeowner can't get top dollar for his or her property. A smaller number of houses on the market may make those that are listed hotter commodities due to lack of competition. In some cases, it may actually be possible to list a home at a higher price point in the first two months of the year.