Westchester County Real Estate Blog

Free Checklist for New Home Buyers

Free Checklist for New Home Buyers

If you’re thinking about buying your first home, you most likely have a lot of questions. How do you figure out which homes are in your price range? What will you need to get approved for a home loan? When you start looking at houses, how do you know which one is the right fit? Use the following information as a checklist as you prepare for home ownership.

Check Your Credit Score

Your credit is one of the most important factors when it comes to purchasing a home. As soon as you start thinking of buying, get a copy of your credit report from the three major credit unions. Your credit report can contain errors that reduce your score and result in higher loan rates. Work to correct any errors and try to remove negative items that aren’t errors.

Decide How Much You Can Afford

Many mortgage companies have free calculators to figure out what home price range you should be shopping in. Lenders...

7 Designs Trends for 2017

7 Design Trends for 2017

If you’re building your home from the ground up, you have choices that aren’t available to just everyone. If you’re renovating or adding on, you can make big changes as well. Before choosing your layout, paint and furniture, find out what’s fresh for this year.

You’ll find ideas that go with your style for a home, provide comfort for your family and maximize future resale value after reviewing the latest design trends. Here’s what’s new for 2017.

Space to gather – As we work longer, more hectic days we want time at home to provide opportunities for face-to-face conversation. Homeowners want open-concept floor plans that allow for 100 percent usable space. Kitchen, dining area, and living room should flow together seamlessly and invite people to stop and unwind.

Lighter colors – Until recently new homes had dark hand-scraped wood floors and cabinets so brown they were...