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It can be tempting to buy a foreclosed house because of its low price, but it can be a critical choice too. However, you tend to get what you pay for in life, and getting a home after its gone through a foreclosure is often one of those times. Before springing on the chance at buying a home that has just been foreclosed, check a few things first. Here is a checklist to go through before buying a foreclosed house:

*The house may be dirty or damaged. People tend to leave their houses dirty when foreclosed on, and some even take things to the next level and cause harm to the house. Whether out of spite or anger, they do what they want to harm the house, and if they don’t, someone else might. With a house sitting empty and abandoned, people who



The housing market has changed quite a bit over the years. In the past, people looking to sell their homes often waited for the highest bid to roll in, regardless of the payment method the bidder brought to the table. In today's market, however, foreclosures run rampant and homeowners may feel a bit nervous when selling to buyers without any money down and who are waiting on the approval of a lender to purchase a home. Paying in cash has become a more attractive option for sellers to choose. There are many reasons why buying a home with cash can be a good idea, but there are also a few reasons why a cash offer may not be the greatest route even if there’s enough money in the bank to slap down the amount in cash.

A buyer who can purchase a home



It costs a lot of money to move into a house and considering all the money you’ll need to put down in order to buy the house itself, tips for saving money in any way you can throughout this whole process may help.

People often don’t realize how much money they will likely spend during the home-buying process, so preparing ahead of time and educating yourself on the mistakes others make that leave holes in their wallets, you can find success and save serious cash. Learn about the following tips and tricks to save money when thinking of buying a home (and remember, it’s never too early to start preparing):

*Start planning (and saving) as soon as you can. The further in advance you begin saving money, the better off you’ll be. When paying for


Having an open house is a great way to interest possible clients in the home that you are selling. Open houses are a way to show them the inside of the home, the amenities it comes with, and give them a chance to imagine what it would be like for them to live in that home.

How to choose a time for an open house -- Most people choose weekends where you and prospective buyers usually have more time. Have your open house a few times, at the same times within the month, so people can make plans to attend. For example, have your open house Sunday from 3 pm - 6 pm, for the month of April. So people who are thinking about visiting your home can come view it for the first time, or the second, or third time, to make a decision.

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When buying a house, it is often just as important to look what’s around the house as it is what’s in the house. A good example of this is view and location. A house in the middle of Eastern Idaho’s outskirts could have an identical duplicate in downtown Boise but sell for half the price because of location. Similarly, a house near a lake comes with a beautiful view, a majestic feel, and the prospect of thrills and adventure…and maybe a heftier price. There are pros and cons to buying a home near a lake. Before deciding which way you’re going on the debate, check out the following list of things to consider in order to help you better make your decision.

Go Through the Process Right

If you want to buy a home near a lake, make sure you do it



“For Sale by Owner” is a phrase that a lot of us know of, but don’t really know about. When a house is “For Sale by Owner,” also known as FSBO, what does it really mean? Looking at it simply, it means that the house isn’t listed with an agent and that it is being sold and shown by the owner of the house. So, in a FSBO situation, the owner is the agent. There are costs and benefits to this route of selling your house, though it really just depends on each individual basis. When a FSBO situation is done the right way, it can save a lot of money, but when it’s done the wrong way, it can be a long, difficult, strenuous path to nowhere.

If you are thinking about selling your house the FSBO way, be sure to think things through and consider all the


You see, foreclosure, in the days of yesteryear, was the end of the road for most homeowners; it was almost like the proverbial “Black Spot” of the world of finance. Most people who had been foreclosed on were almost never able to buy a home again and were almost always denied for loans of any kind. It was a dark fate, one that would haunt a person for years. Luckily, however, today that dark fate isn’t nearly as dark as it once was. “But how?” you may be asking. Well, let’s take a moment to talk about the current trends and attitudes in real estate when it comes to foreclosure.

WARNING: we do not claim to be experts in finance, we are simply trying to give you a basic understanding of what might be possible for you after a foreclosure. Your actual



Searching for the right home can be quite a challenge. Depending on the housing market, homes with certain feature may go quickly - some are even sold within a week of listing. After many hours of searching and touring homes, finding the ideal home can feel like a miracle. What is there to do when many others are also vying for the same property? Well, luckily there are many ways to push an offer past the others and into the hands of the seller as a winning bid.

Prior to making an offer, it is a good idea to talk to the bank or mortgaging company to get pre-approved. The best time to do this is prior to placing an offer on the ideal home. That will allow the lender time to research and approve which can cut down on the time it may take to be



So you’ve finally found the ideal place to call home. It’s gorgeous, the right size, and the right price. All the closing paperwork is finished up and you’ve even begun the arduous process that is bringing all of your furniture and boxes to your new place. Chances are you will need a mini break every once in awhile. You likely don’t want to rest for too long because there is always more to be done and you’d like to be settled in sooner rather than later. Plus, every break seems to get longer and it always gets harder to pick yourself back up and get back to the heavy lifting. Why not make a list of small tasks that you can complete during breaks that allow for furthered productivity, but also provide some space from toting boxes up and down



Deciding to move can be a bit stressful, especially if you are deciding to get a home that is radically different from the one you are used to. Most of us know single-family units pretty well, but an option that many people overlook are multifamily units. The most common multi-family units would have to be duplex, the townhouse, the apartment complex, and the condominium. Now, to many, these may seem to be the same thing, but there are some subtle differences between them all that can have radical effects on your way of life if you choose to buy one. So, what makes one different from another?

Multi-family unit #1: Duplexes

One of the more popular multi-family units here in the Treasure Valley would have to be the duplex. Duplexes are houses