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If you're buying your first home, you don't want to make any rookie mistakes. Here are the tips you need.

Buying your first home can be a learning experience under normal circumstances. Add rising interest rates and low inventory into the mix, and first-time buyers are facing some unprecedented challenges in the market.

However, despite the market volatility, our REALTORS® are helping clients land their first home every day. It just requires a bit of planning and patience. If you're planning to buy your first home this year, have a few suggestions to help you prepare:

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Making a good offer on a home can be a tricky balancing act. Here's how to do it right.

Finding the right home can spark feelings of relief, excitement, and anxiety all at once. Once you know a home is the right fit, many of our clients want to act fast. However, first-time homebuyers are often unfamiliar with the process and don't know how to go about making an offer. Luckily, our REALTORS® are here to help. 

There are lots of steps to making an offer, many of which you should start prior to home shopping. If you just discovered your perfect home, here is how to approach crafting the right offer:

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If you want to buy a home, you'll need to first set aside some funds. Here's how to figure out how much you'll need.

A house is one of life's biggest expenses, and the idea of saving up for one can be daunting. Figuring out how much to save in the first place can be a challenge too. In addition to a monthly mortgage payment, closing on a home requires buyers to bring a significant amount of funding to the table. 

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Bronxville is an amazing place to call home. Here's why you should plan a move!

Located just north of Manhattan, Bronxville is a small village located in Westchester County. With its proximity to downtown and affluent population, the community is widely considered one of the best suburbs in America. The village has a quaint small town English charm and some of the most beautiful architecture in Westchester County.

Our REALTORS® meet people from all over the world who move to Bronxville, and here are some of the top reasons people are choosing to call this community home:

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Vacation Home Pros & Cons - Park Sterling Realty

You're not alone if you're feeling a bit cooped up and hemmed in right now. The COVID-19 pandemic has many people looking for a quick and easy escape from the daily routine.

Our REALTORS® understand your desire to get away, and we're fielding plenty of calls from people eager to buy a little slice of heaven they can retreat to and enjoy.

While a vacation home can be a great investment, it's not something you should rush into purchasing. There are many considerations to think over, and the following are some things you should keep at the forefront of your thoughts.

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Holiday Home Shopping - Park Sterling Realty

The keys to a new home are among the best presents you can put under the tree this holiday season. While many people put their search for a home on hold over the holidays, the fact is that this is one of the best times to purchase property. As you think over your options, our REALTORS® want you to consider the following five advantages of shopping for a home over the holidays. 

  1. Fewer Buyers = Less Competition
    While other home buyers are resting on their laurels or working off those extra holiday pounds, you can make an offer on the ideal home for your family's future. Fewer buyers mean less chance that a bidding war will erupt on the home you want, and it also means that sellers will be more likely to consider your offer. Depending on the day you make your offer, you may trim 1% or more off the listing price.

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VA Loans - Park Sterling Realty

For the men and women who serve in the military, America is more than just the land of the free and the home of the brave. It's a nation where the brave can secure a VA loan to buy a home of their own. VA loans make homeownership affordable for active-duty soldiers and veterans. If you're a soldier, spouse, or veteran, the following are some things our REALTORS® want you to know about VA loans. 

  • Eligibility
    VA loans are available for active-duty personnel and veterans once they reach six months of service. Spouses of soldiers who die in combat or as the result of injuries from combat also qualify. Members of the National Guard and Reserve can qualify after six years of service or if they are called to active duty.

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Home Insurance 101 - Park Sterling Realty

Buying a new home comes with a lot of details, but one of the most important is getting homeowners insurance that covers your home, your family, and your possessions.  Getting the right insurance coverage can be challenging, but our REALTORS® know just what you'll need and how to get what you need.  Here's our guide to homeowner insurance:

  • Know What You Need
    Getting the right homeowners insurance starts with knowing what you need. You'll need to make sure your dwelling and property are adequately covered, but be aware of additional coverage you may need as well.

    In all likelihood, your homeowner's insurance will cover the basics such as your home and property as well as liability should you or anyone else get injured on your property.  There are additional things that may not be covered that you should be mindful of: electronics, separate buildings or storage sheds, and certain possessions may be excluded from your insurance. Be careful when choosing an insurance plan.

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Hidden Home Maintenance Costs - Park Sterling Realty

One of the best pieces of advice our REALTORS® can offer about buying a home is to determine your budget before you start looking. Understanding what you can afford will narrow your search, and keep you from falling head-over-heels for a house that's outside your price range. 

But it's easy to misunderstand what your price range truly is. Buying a home comes with costs that aren't necessarily reflected in the asking price alone. So keep an eye out for these additional homeownership costs, and don't let them trip you up!

  • Property Taxes
    It's easy to simply compare your monthly mortgage payment with what you could be paying in rent, and assume that you can afford it. Maybe you can, but be sure to factor in property taxes. Unless you plan to put a larger down payment down on your home, your property taxes will most likely be added to, and bump up, your monthly mortgage payment. Also, keep in mind too that property taxes are likely to increase over the length of time that you own your home.

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