Tax Benefits of Owning a Home

By Mary O'Neil

The purchase – The IRS says you can deduct interest in the year that it is paid, and that is usually part of each monthly loan payment. Mortgage interest – In general, you can deduct…

How to Write an Offer

By Mary O'Neil

Your real estate agent will assist you in making an offer, which will include the following information: Complete legal description of the property Amount of earnest money Down payment and financing details Proposed move-in date…

Never Forget Your Preapproval Letter

By Mary O'Neil

Pre-qualification is an informal way to see how much you maybe able to borrow. You can be ‘pre-qualified’ over the phone with no paperwork by telling a lender your income, your long-term debts, and how…

Real Estate Lingo Explained

By Mary O'Neil

4B/2B — four bedrooms and two bathrooms. “Bedroom” usually means a sleeping area with a window and a closet, but the definition varies in different places. A “full bathroom” is a room with a toilet,…

Building Your Wishlist

By Mary O'Neil

Creating a Wish List on paper will help you decide which home you should buy! There are many things to consider when thinking of your new home and making a wish list. You can create…

Why use a REALTOR?

By Mary O'Neil

Using a real estate agent is a very good idea. All the details involved in home buying, particularly the financial ones, can be mind-boggling. A good real estate professional can guide you through the entire…