By McCoy Freeman Group // December 9, 2012
Expect lower maintenance costs with a brand-new home.
Never tell a seller’s broker how much you’ll raise your offer for a particular house.
When interest rates are low opt for a fixed mortgage.
Pay attention to floor plans. Changing layouts of rooms later, can be costly.
You can deduct on that years tax return points paid by either party on the purchase of your own residence.
Pay attention to the original listing date of the homes you inspect; Sellers tend to be more flexible in the price the longer the home is on the market.
Buying a house whose style is uniquely individual will probably minimize rather than maximize its resale value because the house will appeal to a somewhat more limited number of potential buyers.
If you think you may need more space in the near future, be sure the house and lot will allow for expansion.
Redoing a kitchen is likely to be expensive. So be sure of what you need and want before you buy.
Don’t buy a house with foundation problems. Although most foundation problems can be corrected, repair work is usually expensive.
A roof that complements the style of a home and is carefully maintained adds to the home’s visual appeal and its resale value.
Wood floors suggest warmth, quality and good taste and are an asset when it comes time to sell a house.
Plant deciduous trees, shrubs and vines on south and west sides of the home to provide shade in the summer and sunshine in the winter. Remember trees enhance the beauty and value of a lot and house.