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Signs That It’s Time To Make An Offer

Wondering if you’ve found the right home? Here are some signs that it’s time to make an offer. 

1. It feels good as soon as you enter… as you go through it you find that instead of looking for reasons not to buy, you are looking for affirmation that it continues to feel good and this is the right home.

2. You get the flutters… it’s like the feeling you get when you fall in love, wait a minute this IS falling in love, but with a home!

3. You forgive flaws… every home has flaws, but you find yourself making excuses for the flaws in this home, willing to overlook them because the rest of the home feels so good.

4. You find yourself mentally moving in, arranging furniture, changing paint colors, making updates… this is an important sign that you feel like you could live here, and you are ready to fix it up to truly make it yours.

5. You remember every detail… after seeing tons of houses most of them blur together, but this one stands out and is emblazoned in your memory.

6. You feel happy… rather than worrying, you relax and breathe a sigh of relief that this feels like home and you would be proud to live here.

7. You can’t imagine someone else moving into ‘your home’. When you get to this point, it’s time to make an offer!

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The Benefits Of Owning A Home

Owning a home has always been part of the American Dream. For many it still is! There are many benefits for owning a home -some are financial and some are emotional. It represents stability, shelter, wealth and pride. When you buy your first home, it feels awesome to be able to say you are a homeowner!

Some of the benefits are financial – here are a few of them:

-Appreciation – your home has been going up in value, it doesn’t always happen but in the long term, you will gain equity in your home.

-Forced savings – with each payment you make, you are lowering the amount you owe and gaining equity in your home. If you rent, you are making your landlord richer by helping make his house payment.

-Net worth – for most homeowners, their net worth is higher than someone that rents.

-Tax benefits – talk to your CPA about expenses you can write off, you may be able to save money on your tax bill by owning a home.

There are other benefits that you don’t always think about:

-Civic participation – when you own your home, you tend to take better care of it. You may also be more concerned about your community and neighborhood.

-Public assistance – many homeowners use their equity in their homes to pay down debt and avoid using public assistance.

-Pride of ownership – your home is yours – you can decorate it how you want, you can plant a garden, you can paint walls, you can make your home yours. When you rent, you need to get permission to paint, etc.

The American Dream of home ownership is alive and well – there is something about buying your first home and knowing it’s yours! It’s exciting to know you hold the keys! If you are thinking about buying, let us know – we would love to help you with your dream of home ownership!