The Home-Buying Process: First Steps

Aug 6, 2020 9:41:21 AM / by Brett O'Daniell posted in Pre-Qualification, house hunting, home purchase, Credit, Credit Score, homebuying

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Congratulations! You've decided to begin your journey to becoming a homeowner.  We know this cab be a stressful process, and are providing some information to help you along the way. 

HomeTraq has several key services that for giving you a positive foundation for your home-buying experience. We will be assisting in your home search, and our network of lenders will be helping you through the financial process. The best part? Our network of real estate agents is ready to start showing you a home on your terms!

 

 

Here's what you should know if you're planning to buy a house. 

Finding a home to tour

Searching for the right home is one of the most exciting parts of buying a house. It can be stressful at times, too. You can go in with certain expectations or with an open mind. Either way, you are making a huge decision, and it can carry a lot of stress.

That's why we are making it easy! Simply begin by visiting HomeTraq to view a home at your convenience! Start by choosing the property you want to see and when you want to see it. Once you click "SEE IT NOW," we will coordinate the rest. Most importantly, you can tour the home at a time that fits your busy schedule!

We also want to be sure that you find the home that is fitting your requirements. That is why HomeTraq is pulling houses from your local MLS (Multiple Listing Service) 24/7. This gives you several options for when you start your search. 

Finally, it is important that you are surrounding yourself with people who have been through the home buying process. It is a long process, involving a lot of decisions. Having someone you trust in your corner with experience buying a home can help answer any questions you may have or advise you along the way. 

 

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6 Surprisingly Cheap DIY Home Improvement Projects [Real Estate Insider]

Jul 3, 2020 11:18:44 AM / by Brett O'Daniell posted in Insider, house hunting, homebuyers, housing market, homeownership, buying a home

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Homeowners who find themselves around the home more than normal can use time to make a big difference in their home with upgrades that don’t have to cost a fortune. Simple DIY projects can enhance a home and make spaces more appealing for buyers when homeowners are ready to move forward with their home sale.

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Home Buyers Guide [Summer 2020]

Jun 12, 2020 3:53:18 PM / by Brett O'Daniell posted in house hunting, touring homes, homebuyers, housing market, housing demand, housing inventory, homebuying

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Pent-up housing demand during the shutdowns is about to be unleashed as many coronavirus-related restrictions to daily life are lifted or relaxed and consumers return to the real estate market.  Home sales are bouncing back from their bottom during the COVID-19 pandemic and many buyers are moving quickly amid the return of bidding wars.

Looking forward, the market is ripe for robust activity. Mortgage applications are defying economists’ expectations, rising 54% since April, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported recently. Mortgage rates for 30-year loans have broken through record lows three times in as many months, making borrowing costs favorable for prospective buyers who are looking to get off the fence and purchase.  Meanwhile, home prices continue to rise, even as uncertainty around the pandemic persists.

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Should I Buy a Home? [5 Reasons Why You Should Buy a Home]

Jun 10, 2020 8:27:29 AM / by Brett O'Daniell posted in home shopping, house hunting, touring homes, housing market, homes for sale, buying a home, online home buying

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Owning a home is more than having a permanent address. By investing in a home, you build financial stability, gain the freedom to create a home that fits your lifestyle, and play a role in strengthening your community!

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True | False - Housing Crisis in Saint Louis [Real Estate Insider]

Jun 2, 2020 10:55:15 AM / by Brett O'Daniell posted in Home tour, real estate, house hunting, housing market, St. Louis, home showings, housing demand, buying a home, STL

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What is title insurance? Do I need to have it? [Real Estate Insider]

May 23, 2020 7:17:06 PM / by Brett O'Daniell posted in home shopping, house hunting, title company, housing market, title, title insurance

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Things to Remember While Home-Shopping [Real Estate 2020]

May 18, 2020 9:14:49 AM / by Brett O'Daniell posted in home shopping, real estate, house hunting, touring homes, homebuyers, housing market, Zillow, housing demand, hometraq

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How do I tour homes while social distancing? [Real Estate 2020]

May 15, 2020 9:32:01 PM / by Brett O'Daniell posted in Home tour, home shopping, real estate, house hunting, touring homes, home tours, open house, homebuying, online home buying

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The Basic Outline of Buying Your First Home [Real Estate Insider]

May 13, 2020 7:27:53 PM / by Brett O'Daniell posted in home shopping, real estate, house hunting, touring homes, home search, online home buying, loan

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Buying a home can be a complicated process and it can really be difficult to decide where you start.  Have no fear! HomeTraq is here to help whenever possible!

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How to avoid COVID-19 in Real Estate

Mar 13, 2020 8:58:11 PM / by Brett O'Daniell posted in house hunting, home search, buying a home

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Like you, we have spent the last several days and weeks learning about the coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it is impacting our world.  We are closely following the  Centers for Disease Control's (CDC)  guidelines and recommendations on the steps we can take to help prevent the spread of the virus. Here are some highlights per CDC guidance:
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