Home Buying Blogs—New Jersey

Home buying advice for New Jersey residents by the Dekanski Home Selling Team with RE/MAX.

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Why You Should Buy a Home WarrantyAfter buying new home, new home owners may discover that they’re getting mail from companies trying to sell them a home warranty. Like a warranty for a cell phone protects it in case the screen breaks or it stops working, a home warranty protects a home’s appliances in case they stop working. With a home warranty, homeowners can call their provider who will arrange for someone to come out and fix the problem with as little fuss as possible. Here are some of the different reasons homeowners may want to purchase a home warranty and what it means for them.

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1. The Homeowner Wants Peace of Mind

When

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Why You Should Downsize Your Next HomeIt’s common for home buyers to think that they should have a large home in order to be happy with it or because it’s what everyone wants, but this completely untrue. While some people need large houses for their families or because they have a lot of possessions, smaller homes are actually becoming more and more popular as time goes by. While small homes may not have the space that large homes do, they offer a lot of advantages that large homes miss out on. Here are some of the reasons buyers should try looking at downsizing when looking for their next home.

1. Smaller Homes Have Smaller Price Tags

Everyone loves the feeling of saving money, and there’s just no denying that big homes are expensive. Home buyers who want a home that doesn’t

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What To Know About Owning a CondoThere are a lot of different advantages to living in a condominium that attract potential first time home buyers and convince them to look into purchasing their own. While there are many great things that come with condo living, buyers should always look into all aspects before diving in. There’s more to owning a condo than just access to amenities that homeowners need to take account of. Here are some of the things that homeowners need to know about condos before buying one.

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1. Condos Come With Amenities

This is a big selling point for condos, and some condo owners purchased theirs specifically for

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Renter to Buyer: Information for New Home BuyersThe transition from renter to buyer is often a difficult one. Many first-time homeowners have no idea what to expect when they set out to buy a house. Being prepared for homeownership can make the experience more enjoyable and exciting. If you're a renter who will soon be buying your first home, these tips can help.

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Create a Budget

Home ownership can be expensive. The first thing that a renter must do to prepare for homeownership is to determine whether or not there is room in their budget to own a house. Some common expenses that homeowners must fit in their budget include:

  • Mortgage. In some
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How to Buy a Home with a 203k LoanHome buyers have many options available to them when they want to purchase a property. When a home buyer tries to purchase a property that needs to be renovated, the buyer's loan options become somewhat limited. Understanding the 203k loan and how it can help purchase a property that needs to be renovated is important. Here's what you need to know.

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What Is a 203k Loan?

A 203k loan is an FHA backed loan that allows the home buyer to borrow money for the purchase and renovation of the home. 203k loans are different from standard FHA loans because standard FHA loans require the home to be in move-in ready

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All About VA Loans and Different Types of MortgagesVeterans Affairs (VA) loans are a popular mortgage among active and veteran members of the United States Armed Forces. It is one type of mortgage among many available to home buyers. However, what many people don’t realize when initially researching VA loans is that there are multiple different types of VA loans that can help different types of home buyers. Here is an explanation of the different types of VA loans, what they do, and who benefits from using them.

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Purchase Loans

The main loan that most people think of when people think of when they hear “VA loan.” Purchase loans are the most general and

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FHA Loans: What You Should KnowWhen buying a South Plainfield new home, buyers have a lot of options when it comes to choosing the mortgage that’s right for them. One of the loans they may consider is the Federal Housing Administration loan, or just FHA loan. FHA loans are widely used by first-time home buyers as well as veteran home buyers, but what makes them so appealing? Here is everything home buyers should know about FHA loans to make an informed decision about if it’s right for them.

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What Is an FHA Loan?

FHA loans are one of the different types of mortgage sponsored by the United States government, like VA loans and USDA loans.

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All About Making a Down Payment On A HomePeople who are new to the home buying process usually know that they're expected to make a down payment when they purchase a home, but they often have questions about how down payments work.

A down payment is a percentage of the cost of the home paid in cash as a supplement to the home loan. Altogether, the home loan and the down payment must equal the purchase price of the house. A person who wants to buy a home must have cash on hand to make the down payment, except in circumstances when a down payment is not required according to the loan terms.

Just how much money is required for the down payment and how the down payment can be obtained is important information for home buyers to have. Here's what they need to know.

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Why Home Inspections Are ImportantBuying a home is an important decision. And buying the right home is even more important. So whether the home was built in 1918 or 2018, a home inspection can reveal flaws in the home that aren't readily visible to the naked eye. From faulty craftsmanship to stubborn tree roots, buyers have a chance to examine and learn about the home's downsides before they sign the dotted line to buy the home. Learn more about what a home inspection entails and how homeowners can use it to avoid a mistake.

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Inspecting the Elements

A home inspector typically checks the major exterior elements of the home, including

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Using a Mortgage? Check Out These Different TypesWhen purchasing a home, almost all first time home buyers will need to secure a loan or a mortgage to buy the home. There are many different types of mortgages that fit a wide variety of different buyers and the different homes they may want to purchase. It can be overwhelming attempting to understand and decide which is best, especially for a first-time home buyer who may not be familiar with many of them. Here are some of the different common mortgage types and how they may help different types of home buyers.

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Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Loan

One of the most popular loans among first-time home

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