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Research and articles related to how to buy a house

Financial Advice


Articles and research about home buying

Research and articles related to how to buy a house

Financial Advice


Articles and research about home buying

5 Secrets to Get a Home Seller to Choose Your Offer

In a hot housing market, you are likely competing with other home buyers when shopping for a home. How do you get the offer on your dream house to stand out in a crowd of multiple offers? We've got 5 tips to help get the seller to notice and choose yours. [MORE]

Is a retirement community right for you?

Have you started thinking about the best way to maintain the lifestyle you desire after you retire? Retirement villages offer low-maintenance living and a variety of amenities. Find out if a retirement community is the right choice for you. [MORE]

how to sabotage your home sale.

Thinking of putting your house on the market? Maybe your house has been on the market and hasn't sold. Take a look at our short list of little details that can potentially sabotage your home selling success. [MORE]

Should you move or remodel?

Thinking about upgrading your current living situation but not sure if you should move into a newer, bigger home or stay in your current home and invest in remodeling? Here are 14 key questions to ask yourself before making the decision. [MORE]

Schools, Safety, Surroundings: 8 Texas Cities Singled Out for Family-Friendliness

Texas has some fabulous communities to provide your family with the lifestyle you want - great schools, employment opportunities, and lower crime rates! Find out if one of these 8 family-friendly cities in the Lone Star State might be right for your family! [MORE]

Lone Star Performers: 6 Stellar Places to Live Within Texas

It's no surprise that more and more people are moving to Texas because of its growing economy and family-friendly cities. Take a look at the list of top Texas cities to live in. [MORE]

Spending Your Golden Years in Texas? Consider These 7 Hot Spots

Thinking about where to live when you retire? Texas has some of the most desirable cities in which to spend your golden years. Consider these 7 Texas hot spots for retirees! [MORE]

Buying a Second Home? Get the Lowdown on Down Payments

Looking to finance a second home? Should you use cash or equity on their primary home to make up their down payment? Get the lowdown on down payment options. [MORE]

Single and Shopping for a Home? Practical Tips to Keep in Mind

You're single and ready to invest in a home? Keep these practical tips in mind before you start shopping for a home and be prepared for the home-buying journey. [MORE]

Real Estate Detective: 6 Creative Ways to Inspect Your Potential New House

House hunting for the perfect home? Become an inspection detective to uncover hidden flaws. Review our list of 6 creative ways to inspect your potential new home! [MORE]

What’s Taking So Long? 4 Solutions When Your Home Isn’t Selling

Your house has been on the market for several months, but it has not been sold yet. Now what? Check out these 4 ideas to help you sell your home more quickly. [MORE]

Thinking of Listing Your Home? 5 Tough Questions to Ask Yourself

Putting your home up for sale should not be a snap decision, if possible. Consider the ramifications and know the answers to these 5 questions before you list it. [MORE]

Best Times to Buy, List, or Sell a Home

Published January 18, 2018

Best Times to Buy, List, or Sell a Home

Did you know there are optimal times of year, and day, to buy, list, or sell a home? Discover the best times to go house hunting or schedule an open house. [MORE]

Longing for That Vacation Dream Home? Go in Open-Eyed

Longing for that vacation dream home? If you’re considering putting your hard-earned money into a vacation home, you also need to be practical about the purchase. [MORE]

Suburban vs. Urban Texas: Both Offer Huge Advantages

In the market for a new home? Before you begin your home search, here are some advantages of suburban vs. urban Texas living to help you find your dream home in the perfect location. [MORE]

Countdown to Your New Home Purchase: Step-By-Step Calendar

Be in the best position to buy when you find the perfect home and begin preparing ahead of time. Use our step-by-step calendar to plan your way to your new home! [MORE]

The Importance of Getting Pre-Qualified for a Mortgage

Buying a home can be both exciting and stressful! Make your life easier by getting pre-qualified for a mortgage first. Find out why it's important to get pre-qualified. [MORE]

6 Things Everyone Should Do When Moving Into a New House

Moving into a new home is a very busy time. Here are six things you should do when you first move into a new house to ensure your safety and peace of mind. [MORE]

House Hunting - 16 Questions to Ask About The Neighborhood

Before moving into a new home, be sure the location is up to your standards. Here are 16 questions to ask yourself about the neighborhood before submitting an offer for your new home. [MORE]

Your Home Inspection: 5 Common Mistakes to Avoid

Home inspections are an important part of your home buying or selling success. Avoid these common 5 mistakes to ensure you don't have any unwelcome surprises. [MORE]

The 5 Best Projects to Do Now - If You Plan on Selling Your Home</

Thinking about selling your home? First impressions do matter! Here are five home improvement projects to help make your house stand out from the competition on the market. [MORE]

Got Curb Appeal? 14 Easy Ways to Help Your Home Stand Out

First impressions matter! Your home's curb appeal can boost it's value. Consider our 14 tips to help your home stand out from other homes for sale in your neighborhood. [MORE]

Best Foot Forward: 31 Tips to Stage your House for a Quick Sale

Staging your home is worth your time and effort. Review our 31 tips to help you stage your home for a quick sale and find out which rooms are most important to stage. [MORE]

6 Memorable Open House Ideas

Published December 8, 2017

6 Memorable Open House Ideas

Selling your home and stressing out about the open house? Check out these fun ideas for creative ways to make your open house memorable and attract prospective buyers. [MORE]

 The Top 10 Tips for First Time Homebuyers

Buying your first home can be an overwhelming experience. Check out these 10 tips for first time homebuyers to help you prepare for a smoother homebuying process. [MORE]

Selling Your Home? First, Work on Selling Your Yard

Thinking about selling your home? Sprucing up your curb appeal before putting your home on the market can help attract potential buyers. Here are some simple curb appeal tips that will help get your home ready for the market. [MORE]

Thinking Small: Is a Smaller Home the Right Choice For You?

Up until recently, large homes have been considered part of 'The American Dream'. That dream has now shifted to where a small home is now the preference. Learn more about the benefits of having a smaller home. [MORE]

The Home Buying Struggle of Millennials

Published November 9, 2017

The Home Buying Struggle of Millennials

The goals, interests, and challenges of Millennials are vastly different than previous generations especially when it comes to buying a home. Learn how to overcome struggles Millennials face when buying a home. [MORE]

Keep Your House in Tip-Top Shape by Using Our Handy Home Maintenance Checklist

Use our handy Home Maintenance Checklist to help you schedule monthly, quarterly, and annual tasks to help prevent costly repairs and keep your home looking its best. [MORE]

Investing in a Home is an Investment in Your Future

Are you a renter or living at home with your parents? It may be time to consider becoming a first-time homebuyer. Learn how paying a mortgage can also pay toward your future. [MORE]

Which Is Best for Your Bottom Line - Downsizing or Refinancing?

Should you downsize your home or refinance your current mortgage? Our list of pros and cons can help you decide if you should stay in your home or move to a smaller place. [MORE]

5 Reasons to Refinance Right Now

Published July 6, 2017

5 Reasons to Refiance Right Now

Are you wondering if refinancing your mortgage is the right choice for you? What do you need to get started? Check out our 5 reasons to refinance right now. [MORE]

Maximizing Your Appraisal

Published July 3, 2017

Maximizing Your Home Appraisal

The appraiser is coming to set a proper value on your home - is your home ready for an appraisal? Here are some budget friendly tips and ideas on how you can help maximize your home appraisal! [MORE]

Closing Costs & Ways to Save

Published June 30, 2017

Closing Costs & Ways to Save

When you are buying a new home or refinancing, don’t let closing costs come as a surprise. These costs are unavoidable but necessary when closing on your home. Here are some tips to help you prepare when closing on your home. [MORE]

Home Buying 101

Published June 23, 2017

Home Buying 101 - Get Started on Your Home-Buying Journey

Before you begin the journey to purchase a house or home, consider these steps you should take and the possible issues that may arise during your home-buying journey. [MORE]

Don't Fear Rising Interest Rates

Published June 6, 2017

What do rising interest rates mean for consumers looking to get a traditional mortgage?

What do rising interest rates mean for consumers looking to get a traditional mortgage? It might be time to look at alternatives when buying your next home. [MORE]

5 Things Mortgage Lenders Look For

Published May 23, 2017

Mortgage lenders look for these five things when you apply for a mortgage loan

Buying your first home? Knowing what mortgage lenders will be looking for during the mortgage application process can help you be smarter and proactive about getting your credit in tip-top shape. [MORE]

Choosing the right realtor can make a huge difference in your homebuying experience

Choosing and hiring a real estate agent is a lot like hiring someone for a job. This article covers some basic questions to ask a potential real estate agent before you hire them to help you buy or sell your home. [MORE]

5 Things to Know About Flipping Homes in Texas

Considering on flipping a house in Texas? Texas houses many cities that are great for flipping! Before you get started, check out these 5 tips on what you need to know about flipping houses in the state of Texas. [MORE]

10 Things Every First-Time Flipper Should Know

House flipping can yield a very high ROI (Return-on-Investment) - if you know what you're doing. Check out 10 tips every first-time flipper should know before purchasing your first property and joining the house flipping game. [MORE]

7 Home Buying Mistakes to Avoid

Published April 26, 2017

Avoid these homebuying mistakes when searching for a new home

Whether you're a veteran home buyer or looking to purchase your first home, carefully considering these 7 home buying mistakes can help save you from potential financial nightmares. Don't go house shopping without reading these! [MORE]

Tips and advice for buying a home

Buying a home, especially in Texas, can be exciting and overwhelming. Whether you are a first-time or seasoned homebuyer, here are the top ten most important things you should consider before buying a home. [MORE]

Austin Real Estate In 2016

Published April 26, 2017

Austin Real Estate In 2016

For the past several years, Austin has topped multiple lists of best cities to live in which has created a hot real estate market. Here is everything you need to know to buy a home in Austin in 2016. [MORE]

Financing Your Next Investment Property or Rental Home

Looking for a way to finance your next investment property or rental home? Find out what to consider if you are planning to flip a house, earn rental income, or rent your vacation home in the off-season. [MORE]

Rising Interest Rates and Home Equity Financing

The Federal Reserve is expecting to raise interest rates several times in 2017. How will this impact Home Equity Financing? Amplify Credit Union can help you determine the right home equity product to help maximize your financial needs. [MORE]

How to Buy a House

Published September 19, 2016

How to buy a house

Considering purchasing a home? Perhaps it's your first home purchase? This infographic breaks down each stage of the home-buying process, starting with the planning phase all the way to closing. [MORE]

How to Buy a Home in Austin, TX

Published February 28, 2014

Here are some tips for buying a home in Austin Texas

Austin's housing market is HOT! With over 100 people moving here every day, buying a new home can be challenging. Read these tips for buying a home in Austin's thriving housing market so you don't miss out on your dream home. [MORE]

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