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who pays for closing costs

who pays closing costs?

Are you thinking about buying or selling a house and wondering if you’ll have to pay closing costs?  We’re going to answer that question right now! Hi, I’m Heather Wright with RE/MAX Concepts. I’m a REALTOR in Des Moines and I can help you understand who pays closing costs. The short answer is that BOTH the buyer and seller pay for their OWN closing costs. Buying and selling real estate...

Rent vs Own

Rent vs. Own

In this video, one of our favorite lenders in the Greater Des Moines area, Dave Lewis from Home Services Lending, shares pros and cons to help you decide if you should rent vs. own.  WHAT IF YOU COULD USE SOMEONE ELSE'S MONEY TO BUY YOUR HOME? If you've been thinking about buying a house in the Des Moines area, you should download our expert guide to finding creative ways to help with your down...

Finding the Perfect House is Like a Total Eclipse

Millions of people are excited about the total solar eclipse.Have you ever heard the term “if the stars all lined up…” to describe the perfect scenario?That’s exactly what’s happening. The sun, the moon, and the earth are all in a line.It’s a pretty rare event.And in some areas, they line up so perfectly, that the moon blocks the sun entirely. But, that doesn’t happen everywhere.Depending...

mortgage rates

What Are the Experts Saying about Mortgage Rates?

Mortgage rates have risen over the last few months and projections are that they will continue their upswing throughout 2017. What impact will this have on the housing market? Here is what the experts are saying: Laurie Goodman, Co-director of the Urban Institute’s Housing Finance Policy Center:“In 1984, 1994, 2000, and 2013, every time we have rate increases, we have increases in nominal home prices....

How To Survive Being Homeless in Real Estate

Real estate is never dull.Just when you think you have a run of the mill, ordinary closing, you're taken off guard by a case of Murphy's Law. (And I’m not talking about my dog, Murphy!) My Murphy - he's a lazy (yawning) bum. Not familiar with Murphy's Law? "Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong." And, sometimes it happens in real estate transactions. Anyway, this is the story of one of our clients...

home improvement

Home Improvement: You’ll Find Big Savings in the Attic

In the world of home improvement projects attic insulation is like an economy car; budget friendly but not turning any heads. Unlike a sparkling new sports car (or updated kitchen) there’s nothing sexy about improving attic insulation. Since money IS sexy we’re going to explore some reasons to consider adding this project onto this year’s “To Do” list.How Insulation Improves Energy...

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