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posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 2
1383 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Once pre approved, where should we start?  Thank you!

Post # 3
1465 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

Me and my boyfriend are trying to decide between buying this year or next year (leaning towards next).  Do you have any advice for deciding when is the right time?

Also, we definitely want an older home, at least pre-1970’s.  We get so sad when we find older houses with renovated (and we think ugly) kitchens especially.  Not so much a question, but I just find it so frustrating that so many homeowners renovate their kitchens to today’s style thinking it will help increase the value of their house, but it’s not what we want.  Is there any good way to find older homes that have been maintained and not just ripped apart?

Post # 4
1984 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Would it make more sense to buy now (in my fiance’s name) or wait until we are married?  I have tons (six figures) of student loan debt and he has none.

Post # 5
1249 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I live in a house that is in desperate need of updating. Should I spend my money updating my current home before I sell, or should I spend the money fixing up the new house?

Post # 6
193 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

My FI and I are about to start our home buying process (We live in an apartment right now).  I know we need to get pre-approved but I was wondering if you had any gerneral suggestions for first time home buyers and what steps we should take.

Post # 7
331 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

TheMrsTulip:  x2…we are not sure if we want to spend money on upgrading the old house or new


My fiance has had his job and house(shares a mortgage with his best friend) for about 7 years , Ive never owned a house and im just graduating school in april..how long do you think I will have to be working in order to get approved with him for a shared mortgage? I know your not a bank but I thought maybe youve heard many stories from your clients

Post # 8
2476 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa

TheMrsTulip:  I don’t mean to usurp the thread here, but since she hasn’t been back yet- I’m a Realtor, too. It depends on your area. Rennovated homes certainly sell faster than those that need work, but you may or may not get your money back (especially if you use a contractor instead of doing the work youself). So if you are looking to sell fairly quickly once it’s on the market, I’d go for the update. If you don’t mind it sitting around (potentially paying 2 mortgages at once), then I’d save your money to upgrade your new place.

Post # 9
9526 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013
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