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Building your savings to buy a home

The idea that you need a substantial cash reserve to be able to make a big purchase like a new home is fairly obvious, but for all the advice out there about getting ready for that first home purchase, there is not a lot of discussion about exactly how to do that. Should you pay off existing debts first? Do you need to raise your credit rating? It can be tough to tell what the best options are going to be. Here are some tips to get you started.

Why homebuyers need a home inspection

When you are buying a home, there are a lot of mandatory expenses. A home inspection is not required for the sale to go through, so you might think you can just skip over it. Consider the cost of a home inspection, the time involved and the information you learn. The master bedroom might be beautifully decorated, there might be gorgeous tile in the kitchen and an exquisite fireplace, but can you see what is lurking in the walls? Do you know how to inspect the wiring and plumbing? A home inspector knows what you do not.

Learn as much as possible about the seller's position when buying real estate

When you are purchasing real estate, whether it is for your own personal use or for a commercial investment, you should know as much as you can about the property and the reason for the sale. According to the National Association of Realtors, over 60 percent of buyers use many different sources to learn more about a property. Although your buyer's agent may be able to help you do some of the research, you can certainly take responsibility for some of it. This information can help you in negotiations.

The lesser-known costs of buying a home

Buying a home can be one of the most exciting times in a person's life, but it can also be stressful if the future homeowners are not aware of the extra costs they face in the process. While most people know about mortgages and down payments, there are many other costs that need to be financially planned for. Here is a list to make sure you are aware of what is coming when you sign the dotted line.

What are homeowners associations?

Homeowners Associations are an important part of Residential Real Estate laws. It is a governing body that looks after the common interests of the residents living in a particular area. The association has the right to set rules and regulations for people living in a residential area. Homeowners associations require regular funding from the residents. These funds may be used for the betterment of the community, for example, developmental projects or security.

Golfing and residential real estate in Florida

There are many good reasons to live in Florida: world-class entertainment and theme parks, plenty of beautiful beaches and many large cities with excellent economic opportunities. But for many non-native Floridians, the greatest appeal is our state's fantastic retirement communities, complete with a vast array of golf courses, ranging greatly in size and scope, difficulty and distance. A significant portion of retirees seek communities that allow them to live on or within walking distance of a golf course. As wonderful as living on a golf course sounds, it's important to know that it comes with its own struggles.

Attorneys can help with real estate disputes

Real estate is one of the most important assets and investments that a person can make. In fact, the economic health of the entire country is often closely related to the strength of the real estate market. It should come as no surprise, then, that the transfer of real estate can be one of the most heavily contested and controversial issues for most Americans. Whether buying, selling or leasing, you should always take steps to ensure that you are not swindled.

Renting and leasing in Florida

While there are federal laws in place to govern certain aspects of renting and leasing (such as the Fair Housing Act, which prohibits discrimination), laws concerning leases and rentals are governed by states. This means that each state has its own laws and rules regarding leases, such as whether or not there are limits on the amount a landowner can demand in security deposits. Florida law, for instance, places no such restrictions, meaning that Florida landowners can charge as much as they want for security deposits.

Legal assistance with real estate litigation

For most people, real estate is the most significant financial commitment. In nearly all situations, financial agreements involving real estate deal with thousands and even hundreds of thousands of dollars, which is why it is so important to handle any and all real estate litigations issues as quickly as possible. Failure to do so can have significant financial repercussions.

Buying beats renting after 2.4 years in southern Florida

Many economists agree that we are slowly emerging from the recession that has plagued us for the last few years, and one of the strongest indicators of this is the improving real estate market. All across the country, buyers are feeling confident enough to invest in real estate again, and Florida is no exception. In fact, with our exceptional entertainment and picturesque beaches, Florida is a hotspot for residential activity for people looking to retire or recent grads looking to pursue a job.

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