Repair Requests Buyers Should Never Make

Repair Requests Buyers Should Never Make

The more you ask of your seller, the more frustrated they might become. This could lead to your home purchase falling out of escrow. Buying a home can be a fragile process. When issues pop up in the home inspection, it’s important to request repairs–primarily the ones that have to do with safety. But if

How to Plan for Hidden Costs of Buying Your First Home

How to Plan for Hidden Costs of Buying Your First Home

How to Plan for Hidden Costs of Buying Your First Home How can you prepare for something you can’t see? These hidden costs surprise many first-time home buyers. You have found the perfect home and, after a lengthy closing process, it’s finally under your name. But if you are a first-time buyer, you may find

How Can You Win a Bidding War Without Overspending?

How You Can Win a Bidding War Without Overspending

The next time you negotiate for a home, try out this plan of attack to ensure you don’t overpay for a home. When the term “bidding war” comes to mind, you may initially think of the rapid-fire auctions one sees on television. However, this kind of bidding war is usually for material items that do

How to Make Your Home a Smarthome

How to Make Your Home a Smarthome

“Smartening up” your home doesn’t have to cost a fortune, especially when you have the insider information from the Zwahlen Team. There’s a good chance that you’ve already incorporated some smart products into your home without actually realizing it. From your PS4 to your Twitter-enabled refrigerator, these products use home automation technologies that make your

Mistakes to Avoid When Refinancing a Home or Car

Mistakes to Avoid When Refinancing a Home or Car

When refinancing your home or your car, you need to avoid these common mistakes that many people make.  Low-interest rates might not be doing your savings account any good, but they’re a gift to borrowers across the nation. Shrinking your monthly payments and paying off your debts faster is something that refinancing can do, but only

How to Identify an Up and Coming Neighborhood

How to Identify an Up and Coming Neighborhood

How can you find real estate in a neighborhood that’s moving up in socioeconomic stature, and make it yours. Smart homebuyers know that to get the maximum return on their real estate investment, they need to find a neighborhood that’s not just on the rise, but one that’s rising quickly. But, you might be asking, how

Making Sure the Price is Right When Selling Your Home

Making Sure the Price is Right When Selling Your Home

If you’re selling your home, you have to make sure that the price is right–especially when it comes to the market of the early 21st century.  In today’s market, demand for houses is outpacing supply in many regions of the country. Despite the recent upward trend and strengthening of the market, we still have a

Questions You Need to Ask Your Mortgage Lender

Questions You Need to Ask Your Mortgage Lender

With new rules from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, you should be ready with plenty of knowledge before you go to the closing table.  From sifting through endless paperwork to searching for optimal loan terms, purchasing a home can be as mentally taxing as navigating through a mountain range without any GPS. Channeling your energy