Home Buying Advice

Read This Before Your Home Inspection

You found the perfect home and have an accepted purchase agreement . . . congratulations! Perhaps you looked at many houses, or maybe the first one you looked at was the one. Either way, you did it!

The next step, If you're like most buyers, is ordering the home inspection. Although you're really excited, you're probably also nervous about the home inspection, and perhaps confused about what to expect.

To help you with that, I've compiled a list of things you should know about home inspections. Read it over before the inspection so you can go to the inspection feeling more informed and get the most out of the process.

Buying a Waterfront Home? Questions You Should Ask

Living on the water, and especially on Flathead Lake or River, is an experience like no other. Many waterfront dwellers will tell you it's like being on vacation every day.  The view is stunning and the recreational and sporting opportunities are spectacular.  We are very fortunate to live here in this beautiful place and enjoy one of the cleanest natural lakes in the world.

When people think about buying a waterfront home they usually picture in their mind how great it will be. This certainly can be the case, but like most things, there are also potential issues to buying a waterfront property that you should try to avoid. Let's take a look at some of the questions you should ask before diving in . . . pun intended :-)

Buying a Home as a Sole Owner? Here are Some Things You Should Know

woman sitting on sofa reading beside traditional fireplaceSingle and thinking about buying a home on your own?  Do your research and take your time.  Start learning what you need to know several months before you are ready to start viewing properties.  The more you know and the better prepared you are, the quicker you will find the right home to meet your wants and needs.

There’s a huge sense of independence in owning your own home, being comfortable in your own living environment, and making your own rules and decisions.  I guess that's one of the reasons they call it the American Dream . . . the ability to have freedom and control over your space.

Many single women and men are buying their own homes. In fact, according to the National Association of Realtors® single women accounted for 21% of all home purchases in the year ended this past June, while single men accounted for approximately 10%.

Here are a few important financial tips for single home buyers (women and men):