Milton Koster's Blog Posts

Buyers Should Reconsider "Timing" the Market

Buyers Should Reconsider ‘Timing’ the MarketBy Melissa Dittmann TraceyFor the most part, mortgage rates have stabilized — and delaying a purchase could end up backfiring as home

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Pros & Cons of Buying with High Rates

Pros and Cons of Buying at Higher Rates“Marry the house, date the rate” is a common phrase in the housing industry, especially since mortgage rates have risen throughout 2023. But it

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A Homebuyer's Guide to Using Gift Money

A Homebuyer's Guide to Using Gift MoneyComing up with a down payment can feel like quite a hurdle.For millennials, who are currently the largest cohort of homebuyers, getting help with the down

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Homebuyer: Act Now or Wait it out?

Homebuying: Act now or wait it out?The housing market is always changing, so it can be hard to determine exactly when to buy — and when to wait it out.What if home prices or interest rates?

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4 Reasons to Hire a Contractor

4 Reasons to Hire a ContractorRemodeling your home can be a big (and stressful) undertaking. Fortunately, hiring a contractor who’s well-versed in the process can help alleviate some of that

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4 Ways to Prevent Water Damage at Home

4 Ways to Prevent Water Damage at HomeHomes often get a lot of water exposure in the back half of the year due to storms and winter weather. And that doesn’t even include the internal issues

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How to Find the Right Mortgage Lender

How to Find the Right Mortgage LenderChoosing the right lender is an important step on your homebuying journey. Not only will it impact your costs as a borrower but also your overall experience when

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4 Ways Homeowners can use their Equity

4 Ways Homeowners Can Use Their EquityEquity is the difference between your home’s value and your mortgage balance — and most homeowners have gained a lot of it over the past few years.

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4 Tips for Self-Employed Homebuyers

4 Tips for Self-Employed HomebuyersGetting a mortgage can be challenging when you don’t have a 9-to-5 job — or at least one that offers consistent pay stubs.Don’t fret, though. If

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5 Tips to Make Your Home Feel Larger

5 Tips to Make Your Home Feel BiggerIf your space feels a little cramped, it doesn’t necessarily mean you need more square footage.There are minor design and decor choices that can make rooms

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Improve Your Home's Energy Efficiency

Improve Your Home's Energy EfficiencyIf you’re looking to make your home more energy efficient, smart technology can help.There are plenty of smart home technologies that can make your home

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Tips for a Thorough Home Inspection

Tips for a Thorough Home InspectionHome inspections, while not mandatory, are an important part of the homebuying process. They can help you spot potentially dangerous and expensive issues in a

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4 Tips for Your Final Walk-Through

4 Tips for Your Final Walk-ThroughWhen you buy a house, you’ll do a final walk-through of the property in the days or hours before closing.This is an important step in the homebuying process,

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What Agents Can Do for Buyers & Sellers

What Agents Can Do for Buyers & SellersWhether you’re buying a home or selling one (or doing both at once), it’s important to have a real estate professional on your side.After all,

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4 Signs a Property is Priced Too High

4 Signs a Property Is Priced Too HighNo one wants to pay too much for a house. It can be a frustrating prospect, plus it makes your payments higher and could make appreciation seem less likely.If

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What to Know About Home Appraisals

What to Know About Home AppraisalsHome appraisals often get confused with home inspections — and while both play an important role in the homebuying process, they aren’t very similar

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Why get a Home Inspection as a Seller?

Why get a home inspection as a seller?April 26 2023Home inspections are a vital part of the homebuying process, shedding light on a property’s condition and whether it needs repairs.But buyers

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What Elements make up your Credit Score?

What elements make up your credit score?When you buy a home, your credit score plays an essential role: It can impact what loans you’re eligible for and the interest rate you get (which will

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A Guide to Spring Cleaning

A Guide to Spring Cleaning Your HomeSpring is right around the corner, so it’s time for spring cleaning.Though you spend time year-round doing typical housekeeping tasks like washing dishes,

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