Preparing to Buy

Feel empowered to buy your dream home with advice and tips from our top local real estate agents.

2021 Guide to the Best Places to Live in the Triangle
Raleigh-Durham
2021 Guide to the Best Places to Live in the Triangle

We ranked the top neighborhoods and suburbs in Raleigh-Durham based on housing, quality of schools, and commute times to help you find the best place to live.

2021 Guide to the Best Neighborhoods in Charlotte
Charlotte
2021 Guide to the Best Neighborhoods in Charlotte

We ranked the top neighborhoods and suburbs in Charlotte based on housing, quality of schools, and commute times to help you find the best place to live.

How Long Does a Home Appraisal Take?
Offers & Negotiation
How Long Does a Home Appraisal Take?

A home appraisal happens after you make an offer on a home. To help you prepare, we share how long an appraisal takes and what factors the appraiser reviews.

Your Step-by-Step Guide to Buying A New Construction Home
Buying a New Construction Home
Your Step-by-Step Guide to Buying A New Construction Home

Buying a new home is very different than buying an existing one. We explain the 8 major steps of the new construction buying process and what questions to ask.

2021 Insider's Guide to the Best Places to Live in Houston
Houston
2021 Insider's Guide to the Best Places to Live in Houston

We ranked the top neighborhoods and suburbs in Houston based on housing, quality of schools, and commute times to help you find the best place to live.

How to Buy and Sell a Home During the Coronavirus
Preparing to Buy
How to Buy and Sell a Home During the Coronavirus

Find information and answers to common questions on how to buy or sell a home during the coronavirus.

Should I Buy or Sell a House During the Coronavirus Pandemic?
Preparing to Sell
Should I Buy or Sell a House During the Coronavirus Pandemic?

If you were hoping to buy or sell a home this year, you might be second-guessing things now. Here's why this could still be a good time to buy or sell a house.

Tips for Buying a House in Texas
Texas
Tips for Buying a House in Texas

Whether you are ready to buy a house now or in the early stages of consideration, here are some tips and tricks for buying a home in Texas.

What is an Open House? Everything Buyers and Sellers Need to Know
Glossary
What is an Open House? Everything Buyers and Sellers Need to Know

Wondering exactly what an open house in real estate is? This post walks buyers and sellers through everything they need to know to make the most of open houses.

What is a Proof of Funds Letter?
Mortgage & Financing
What is a Proof of Funds Letter?

It’s no secret that buying a home requires quite a bit of paperwork. Here is a break down of what a Proof of Funds Letter is and what counts as Proof of Funds.

5 Essential Questions to Ask When Buying a House
Preparing to Buy
5 Essential Questions to Ask When Buying a House

Here are 5 essential questions to ask when buying a house. Make sure to get all of the home buying questions answered before you sign on the dotted line!

Renting vs Buying a Home
Preparing to Buy
Renting vs Buying a Home

The decision of renting a home vs buying a home involves everything from your finances to lifestyle to career plans. Here are some reasons you should consider.

How to Buy a House in 7 Steps
Preparing to Buy
How to Buy a House in 7 Steps

Ready to become a homeowner but not sure where to start? Here's an overview of how to buy a house so you can approach the home buying journey with confidence.