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Spring Things to Do in Guilderland

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While it still doesn’t feel like spring here in Guilderland NY, we are holding out hope that warm weather is on its way. As real estate agents, spring typically marks the start of our busy season, but there’s so much else that we love about this time of year. After another long, cold winter cooped up inside, here are a few of our favorite spring things to do in Guilderland and the surrounding Capital Region.

Get Some Fresh Air

Did you know that one of the few inland pine barrens in the world is located in Guilderland NY? Pine Bush Nature Preserve stretches over 3,000 acres of protected land with trails for hiking, jogging and mountain biking. There are also several parks with soccer and ball fields, basketball courts and playgrounds. One of our favorites, Tawasentha Park, features areas for fishing and boating as well as a pavilion, picnic areas, grills and swimming pools in the summer.

Support Local Girl Scouts

Another thing that’s synonymous with spring? Girl Scout cookies! And the best part is that you no longer need to know a Girl Scout to get your hands on a box of cookies. Each spring, Girl Scout cookies are sold at community booths located at various grocery stores and other retailers in the Guilderland area and Capital Region. Simply use the Girl Scout’s online Cookie Finder to search for your closest location by date or zip code.

Tiptoe through the Tulips

Nothing says spring like tulips! Albany celebrates its Dutch Heritage as the oldest Dutch settlement in America with the annual Tulip Festival. Each year, girls in authentic Dutch costumes kick-off the festival with the traditional scrubbing of State Street. The event showcases more than 150 different kinds of tulips, as well as fine art exhibits, children’s activities and live music and entertainment by nationally acclaimed artists. Take a tulip tour or attend the Tulip Queen Coronation.

Play a Round of Golf

Spring is when many of the Capital Region’s golf courses re-open for play, including Pinehaven Country Club in Guilderland NY. Located in the Pine Bush area, Pinehaven is one of the area’s most picturesque private courses. For public golf, check out Orchard Creek Golf Club in nearby Altamont or Stadium Golf Club in Schenectady. If mini-golf is more your speed, there’s the Glenville Sportsplex or the Funplex Fun Park in East Greenbush.

Looking for More Things to Do in Guilderland NY & The Capital Region?

As real estate agents who regularly work with people relocating to Guilderland, we are often asked if there are things to do here, particularly if they are moving from a larger metropolitan area. The resounding answer is YES!

In addition to an abundance of cultural activities, shopping, restaurants, and world-class arts and entertainment venues, the Capital Region offers ample job and academic opportunities. However, the area’s biggest draw may very well be its ability to offer residents a lively and energetic metropolitan setting side-by-side with outdoor recreational activities in beautiful and scenic surroundings.

If you’re thinking about making a move to the Capital Region, give us a call at (518) 861-7030. Our Guilderland real estate agents have helped dozens of individuals and families relocate here, and we are happy to share our knowledge of the area and help you find the right community for you.

Do I Need a Home Inspection?

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Buyers frequently ask us if they really need a home inspection, and every single one of our Guilderland real estate agents will tell you the same thing, YES! Even if “the house is only a few years old” or you “know the sellers” or “the appraiser didn’t mention any problems”, we still highly recommend you hire a professional to perform a home inspection. Here are a few reasons why.

Benefits of a Home Inspection

Regardless of a home’s age, there could be unknown, costly problems lurking in your dream home. Problems that you, the seller, your real estate agent, even an appraiser may not see. The primary purpose of the home inspection is to ensure that you are making a sound decision. It’s like getting a second opinion before an important surgery. By having a professional home inspector take a look at your home’s structure, roofing, plumbing, heating and other systems, you’ll know with confidence that this is a smart and safe investment.

Detect Problems

A home inspection ensures you know exactly what you are getting into. If there are safety issues with radon, carbon monoxide or mold, wouldn’t you rather know that before you move your family into your new home? Likewise, a home inspection will reveal if there are illegal additions or installations that can affect your taxes, insurance and home value. Your home inspector will also look for structural issues, including cracked walls, ceilings and foundations.

Detecting problems is the most important reason for a home inspection. Because if you are not comfortable with the findings, this is usually your one last opportunity to back out of the offer to buy. When these deal-breakers are discovered it can be devastating for buyers who have their heart set on a home, but it also a huge relief to know a potential disaster was averted.

Save Money

With all the other closing costs and expenses that come with buying a home, we absolutely understand that the last thing you feel like doing is dropping another $200-$500 on a home inspection. However, our real estate agents frequently remind buyers to consider the alternative. The minimal cash outlay now could save you thousands down the road if bad plumbing or faulty wiring is discovered after the contracts are signed.

Plan for Future Costs

Not all home inspection findings are deal-breakers, but they are almost always enlightening. Your home inspector can estimate the life expectancy of things such as roofing, air conditioning and heating, appliances, windows and plumbing. This allows you to plan and budget for replacement or upgrade expenses in the future. Home inspectors are also a valuable resource for homeowners, often suggesting tips on how to maintain your specific home, which can also save you more money in the long-term.

Negotiate a Better Deal

The home inspection report can be a valuable bargaining tool for buyers. Armed with facts about the quality and condition of the home, you may be able to negotiate a lower price. Alternatively, buyers can include clauses in the contract requiring the seller to make the necessary repairs or provide a credit. This is especially helpful if the home you are interested in is at your maximum price range. Negotiations can be complicated, so it’s best to enlist the help of your real estate agent to understand what requests can and should be made to negotiate a better deal.

Looking for a Home Inspector in Guilderland, Latham or the Surrounding Albany Area?

Our Guilderland real estate agents frequently work with home inspectors in the area and can vouch for their professionalism. Check out our Preferred Vendors list for dozens of real estate professionals, including contact information for several reputable home inspectors.

If you’d like more information about the home inspection process, or house hunting and home buying, in general, call (518) 861-7030 to speak directly with one of our knowledgeable real estate agents.

How to Clear the Clutter Before You Sell or Move

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As real estate agents, we get a lot of questions, but one of the most frequently asked is, “How do I get rid of all the junk I’ve accumulated over the years?” Clutter is a common problem that can wreak havoc on the home buying and selling process. It discourages sellers from listing their homes and delays buyers who want to move.

So how do we recommend our clients get rid of unwanted items? Guilderland real estate agent Kathy Burbank suggests using social media. Since people will usually come pick up your items, you can skip the hassle of driving or arranging trucks. “But the most important thing to do is divide it up and don’t procrastinate,” insists Kathy. “And if you have to pay a few bucks to dispose of it, remember, it’ll be worth it in the end.”

Here are some additional recommendations from our Guilderland real estate agents to help you clear the clutter before you sell or move.

How to Donate Unwanted Furniture & Household Items

  • The Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Albany accepts new and used building materials, furniture, appliances, lighting fixtures and other home goods. You can drop-off your items or request a free pick-up.
  • The Goodwill Donation Centers in Colonie, Amsterdam and Troy accept donations of clothing, shoes, jewelry, accessories, handbags, luggage, household goods, books, and other items.
  • The Homeless & Travelers Aid Society accepts donations of gently used furniture at their Capital Region Furniture Bank. Call 518-612-BANK or visit the warehouse on 5 Anderson Drive in Albany.
  • Scrapster offers no cost scrap metal removal and recycling in the Capital Region. Schedule a pick-up for all types of metals, appliances, lawn mowers, snowblowers, car parts, fencing, roofing, grills and more.
  • Craigslist “curb alert” allows you to simply take a pic, post it and put it out to the curb for pick-up. An easy solution for lumber, tires, tools, appliances and exercise equipment.
  • The Colonie Senior Service Center accepts donations of tools and hardware at the Tool Box in Colonie.

How to Donate Clothes

  • In addition to the Goodwill Donation Centers in Colonie, Amsterdam and Troy, most church parking lots and many retail stores have donation bins for gently used, clean clothing and shoes.
  • Northern Rivers has 75 clothing bins throughout the Capital Region, where you can donate your clothes to support the work they do for local communities.
  • The Dress for Success program accepts donations of nearly-new suits and professional attire for women at their location in Albany.

How to Dispose of Items that Cannot be Donated

  • For electronics, keep an eye out for a special recycling day in your neighborhood, or post it on social media. Someone may take it for the small parts.
  • Call your waste removal company and see what they will take, then plan on throwing out extra stuff in your trash bins each week.
  • While not free, if you’ve exhausted all other options, the Junk King in Colonie and 1-800-Got Junk will haul away your unwanted stuff, including mattresses, electronics, large appliances and more.

Looking for more real estate advice? Check out the CM Fox Blog. We have tips for homebuyers and sellers in the Capital Region, as well as more than 50 real estate agents in Guilderland, Latham, Colonie and Albany NY, who can help you through the home buying or selling process. Call (518) 861-7030, or contact us to speak with a local real estate agent.

Why Should Home Sellers Use a Realtor?

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With access to dozens of websites and online tools that will tell you how much your home is worth, homeowners often ask us if they really need a real estate agent to sell their house. After all, we book vacations online, do our taxes without a tax advisor, and can even file for an e-divorce, so why should home sellers use a Realtor? If you’ve been wondering the same thing, here are a few good reasons to consider working with a real estate agent in Guilderland NY.

Why Sellers Need a Realtor to Price Their Home

While websites and home value tools can calculate the value of your home, these sites are using an Automated Valuation Model, or AVM, which means they are only taking into account third party local market data to determine your home’s worth. Property value, however, is determined by much more than market data. For instance, an AVM tool does not know if you’ve made upgrades to your home or if your roof is too old. Other factors include where your property is located and whether it’s desirable for potential buyers.  Is the neighborhood safe? Are there good schools around the area? Is there shopping within walking distance or is it a long drive away?

Realtors, on the other hand, specialize in determining a home’s fair market value. In fact, they are trained to perform a Competitive Market Analysis, or CMA, which involves visiting your home and evaluating the structure, land and neighborhood. Our real estate agents will then find recently sold homes that are very similar to yours and make adjustments to the price based on improvements and additions, condition, quality and age, as well as lot size, lot orientation, tax-assessed value, and features of the lot, including its terrain, access and privacy. Unlike AVM, competitive market analysis is an art, not a science.

Why Sellers Need a Realtor for Contracts, Negotiating & More

The process of buying and selling a home is emotional for both buyers and sellers, which is why it’s best to leave the negotiating to the professionals. Top producing real estate agents negotiate well because they know how to keep a level head and represent their client’s case in the best possible light. In addition, our experienced real estate agents can help you navigate the contract – often 50+ pages of complex documents – and we know how to use the contract to protect you.

Realtors also regularly network with others professionals involved in the process of selling a home. From movers to home stagers and interior designers, our Guilderland area real estate agents are well connected, and can often provide you with references.

Choosing the Right Realtor

Every home is unique and must be valued accordingly. Get it wrong and you risk deterring buyers, or worse, not getting the money you deserve on the sale. It’s important to find a Realtor with a great marketing plan and deep local knowledge. If you’re looking for a real estate agent with knowledge of the Albany area, contact the experts at CM Fox Real Estate. We have over 50 real estate agents in Guilderland, Latham, Colonie and throughout the Albany NY area. Call (518) 861-7030 to talk with us about selling your home.

See also: Why Use a Real Estate Agent – For Buyers

What NOT to Do at an Open House

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While most home buyers know that they should be on time, dress appropriately and use common courtesy when attending an open house or home tour, what about all the stuff that no one talks about? Questions like, “Can I take photos?” “Is it ok to use the bathroom?” and “Should I look in the closets?”

With an influx of new and first-time home buyers expected this spring, we asked our Guilderland real estate agents for a list of unfrequently asked questions to help everyone avoid an awkward faux pas. Here’s what they had to say about the do’s and don’ts of house hunting.

Housing Hunting Etiquette Q&A

Can I bring a cup of coffee?

We don’t recommend it. While house hunting without your Starbuck’s might seem like cruel and unusual punishment, we bet you’ll feel a lot worse if you accidentally leave a cappuccino stain on the homeowner’s cream-colored couch. Leave the coffee in your car’s cup holder, or at home. The same goes for all other food and drink. Crumbs, spills and talking with your mouth full do not make a good impression.

Should I bring my kids/pets?

While children should be involved in the home buying process, it’s best to wait until you’ve narrowed down your search before bringing them along. Not only can kids and pets get into things that they shouldn’t (or cause stains of their own!), they can actually distract you from the task at hand. Your undivided attention should be on scoping out the house and asking questions, not supervising children and making sure your dog doesn’t lift his leg.

Am I required to take off my shoes?

Signs that sock feet are expected include a pile of shoes or shoe rack located directly outside or inside the front door. When in doubt, ask the seller or real estate agent. Most sellers won’t ask you to remove your shoes, but some cultures require it. Either way, always be prepared to do so. First impressions matter, so removing your shoes automatically shows the seller that you respect their home. Something they may remember when considering offers.

Is it ok to use the bathroom?

Only if it is an emergency and, even then, ask the seller or real estate agent for permission. In addition to just being the polite thing to do, you’ll want to make sure that the water hasn’t been turned off! While bathroom-use is discouraged, it is perfectly acceptable to test the plumbing. Provided the water is on and you’ve gotten the ok, feel free to check the water pressure, flush the toilet and listen for sounds in the pipes that might indicate a problem.

Should I look in the closets?

Absolutely! Storage and closet space are an important part of your home buying decision. It’s acceptable to take a peek inside kitchen cabinets and open the dishwasher, refrigerator, washer & dryer, too – as long as they’re staying with the house. Basements, attics and garages are also fair game, provided the seller has not issued explicit instructions to stay out. On the other hand, dressers, nightstands, medicine cabinets and hampers are completely off limits.

Can I sit on the furniture?

Unless the home is being sold with furnishings, you should not take the furniture for a test drive. Show respect for the homeowner’s belongings and avoid sitting on sofas, recliners and beds. What’s more, the home might be staged, with air beds and cardboard boxes masquerading as real furniture. Likewise, if the kids are in tow, make sure they do not pick up personal items, or play with any toys.

Is it rude to take photos?

Only if you fail to ask first. When you’re looking at lots of homes, it helps to have photos or videos to remember the details of each, but it could be a privacy concern for the seller. So make sure to ask for permission. It’s also not good etiquette to share the images online, whether on social media or in a blog. While that hideous wall-paper would make an awesome selfie, remember that this is someone else’s home.

Put Your House Hunting Skills to the Test!

Now that you know the do’s and don’ts of house hunting, let’s get out there and find some homes to tour! Check out open houses in Guilderland, Latham & the Albany NY area, or call CM Fox Real Estate at 518-861-7030 to get connected with a local expert. We’re happy to answer your questions, offer advice and set up private showings.

How to Choose the Right Neighborhood

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While you can change many things about a house, changing its location is not one of them. Finding the right neighborhood and community to settle down in is sometimes even harder than finding your dream home. In fact, deciding where to live often dictates the type of house that you buy. To help you narrow your search and choose the right neighborhood for you, our real estate agents in Guilderland, Latham, Albany & Colonie recommend following these four steps.

4 Steps to Choosing the Right Neighborhood

Step 1: Think About What You’re Looking for in a Neighborhood

You may even want to write-out a prioritized list that you can share with your real estate agent, with your “must-haves” at the top. Start by considering the things that your current neighborhood is lacking. Other questions that our real estate agents will often ask homebuyers: “Do you have or are you planning to have kids?” “How far are you willing to commute?” “Do you prefer historic neighborhoods or new housing developments?” “Do you need a big yard?” and “Do you want to live within walking distance of shops and restaurants?”

Step 2: Do Your Homework

The next step is to research which neighborhoods in the Albany Capital Region best fit your list of wants. Start by looking for information online, or ask a local real estate agent for recommendations. Once you’ve narrowed in on a few neighborhoods (or maybe just one), start digging into the details. Learn about the schools, look up crime statistics, ask about neighborhood associations and whether or not there are restrictions or fees, inquire about parks and recreation in the area, and get familiar with local shopping, restaurants and entertainment.

Step 3: Go for Visit

Once you’ve done all the background research, visit the neighborhoods that made the first cut in person. Try to go on a weekend, as well as during the week for an accurate picture of what life will be like in the neighborhood. Do the streets have curb appeal? Is it too noisy or too quiet? Does the air smell clean, or are there strange odors that don’t appeal to you? Look for warning signs, such as vandalism, abandoned buildings, disabled cars parked in driveways, and too many “for sale” signs.

Step 4: Talk to the Locals

Chat up the sales associate at a local store, or the server at a restaurant, and get his or her take on the local neighborhood and community. Ask prospective neighbors what they do and don’t like about the area. Find out where they like to go for entertainment, recreation, shopping and food, or get the dirt on which spots to avoid.

Most importantly, don’t ignore your gut instinct. First impressions offer valuable insight. Did you instantly get a good feeling? Can you imagine yourself living here? If you’re already picturing yourself grabbing your morning latte at a local coffee shop, or imagining walking your dog down the tree-lined streets – you’ve probably found the right neighborhood!

Get Help from a Neighborhood Expert

With more than 50 real estate agents in Guilderland, Latham, Colonie and Albany NY, no one knows more about the local neighborhoods and communities than CM Fox. Not only do we live and work here, but many of us have lived here our whole lives. We sincerely look forward to sharing everything we know and love about the area with you, and we have the knowledge and experience to help you choose the right neighborhood for you. Contact us or call (518) 861-7030 to speak directly with a local real estate agent.

Winter in the Capital Region – Perfect for House Hunting & Exploring

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With home prices usually at their lowest in January and February, winter is the perfect time to find homes for sale in Guilderland, Colonie, Latham & Albany NY. It’s also the perfect season to explore all that the Capital Region has to offer. Yes, our winters are cold, snowy and sometimes long, but rather than hibernate, why not embrace the weather this time of year?

Here are just a few of the winter activities we’re looking forward to, as well as several things to do in the Albany area this winter. So bundle up, get out there and explore!

Capital Holiday Lights There’s still time to see Price Chopper’s Capital Holiday Lights in the Park. Now through January 2, 2018, take a drive through 125 spectacular light displays and scenes in Albany’s Washington Park. Families can also enjoy crafts, refreshments, costumed characters and a visit with Santa through December 23. Entrance fees vary.

Empire Skate Plaza Located near Albany’s State Capitol, the popular Empire State Plaza Ice Rink is open daily December 1 through March 11 from 11am to 8pm (closed daily for maintenance between 3 and 4 pm). Amenities include a full-service snack bar on weekends and a skate lounge with lockers. Skating is free and skate rentals are just $3 for kids age 12 and under and $4 for adults.

Snowshoeing & Cross-Country Skiing Albany Pine Bush Preserve offers 20 miles of marked multi-use trails for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in the winter. You’ll also find winter hiking trails for all ages and abilities at several nearby wildlife centers and New York State parks. For snowshoe rentals, check out Eastern Mountain Sports, but make sure you call ahead for availability.

Skiing & Snow Tubing For skiing and tubing near Albany, visit Maple Ski Ridge in Schenectady NY. Kids lesson programs and 2018 season passes are still available, as well as winter vacation week programs and camps. They even host birthday tubing parties. Opening weekend is December 15-17 and passes can be purchased online.

Albany Chef’s Food & Wine Festival Attend the northeast’s premier culinary event January 11-13, 2018. Held at the Hilton Albany, the Albany Chef’s Food & Wine Festival will feature 70 innovative chefs and restaurants and 250 global wines, spirits and NYS craft beers for sampling, as well as cooking demonstrations and wine tasting seminars. Ticket prices vary.

Interested in Moving to the Albany Area?

If you like winter, Upstate New York is the place to be! And with so many fantastic year-round activities, it’s no wonder the Capital Region is a favorite among families. Take advantage of the winter’s lower home prices and call CM Fox Real Estate at (518) 861-7030. We have several move-in ready homes for sale in the Albany area and more than 50 real estate agents in Guilderland, Latham, Colonie & Albany NY.

Tips for Hosting the Holidays in a Small Space

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As real estate agents, we frequently hear the lament, “We need a bigger house!” And that’s especially true around the holidays. While we’re happy to help you find homes for sale in Guilderland, Latham and Colonie NY with more square footage, we also thought it might be helpful to provide you with some tricks and tips for hosting the holidays in a small space.

Tips for Entertaining in a Small Space

  1. Clear Away Clutter

Consider putting your decorating pride aside in favor of more space, and storing all non-essential décor in closets, under the bed, or even at a friend’s or neighbor’s house. This includes any items on flat surfaces, such as coffee tables, end tables and consoles. Decorative pillows and throws can take up much needed seating, while unnecessary appliances should be stored away to allow for more counter space.

  1. Re-Arrange Your Furniture

Don’t be afraid to move furniture around to maximize floor space, and tuck unnecessary pieces into a bedroom. If a big meal is the focus of your gathering, and your living room is larger than your dining room, why not try swapping the furniture to make room for a longer table and chairs? If you’re serving a buffet-style meal, make sure flat surfaces are clear of clutter for plates and drinks and provide enough seating for everyone, even if it means using an ottoman or your bedroom vanity stool.

  1. Pare Down the Menu

Do as much prep as you can ahead of time, especially if your kitchen is small. Better yet, ask guests to bring a dish, even if it’s just the dessert. Another trick is to serve a salad or cold appetizer to stall guests while you are waiting for other items to cook in the oven. Keep the beverage options to a minimum, as well. If you’re doing the cooking, ask guests to bring their own drink of choice, or create a specialty cocktail (and a virgin alternative) that can be served from a punch bowl or pitcher, to avoid the need for a fully-stocked bar.

  1. Improvise

Entertaining in a small space requires some creativity, so think outside the box, literally. If you live in an apartment, consider placing a coat rack in the hallway to free up space inside. Homeowners have outdoor options, too. Especially in Guilderland, Latham and other parts of the Capital Region, it’s usually cold enough outside at the holidays to keep refrigerated items or beverages on a porch when you run out of space inside the fridge.

House Still Not Big Enough?

The fact is, sometimes bigger really is better. If you’re ready to make the move from apartment living to home ownership, or you’ve found that your current home just isn’t big enough, the real estate agents at CM Fox are here to help. We take the time to get to know our clients and their needs, and will work with you to find a home that’s the right size for the right price. Check out our homes for sale in Guilderland, Latham, Colonie and Albany NY, or call (518) 861-7030 to speak directly with a real estate agent near you.

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CM Fox Real Estate in Guilderland NY is a Toys for Tots Donation Site

As the holiday season quickly approaches, CM Fox Real Estate in Guilderland NY is proud to be working with the Toys for Tots Foundation to help spread joy to those who need it most. From now through December 15, 2017, we will be collecting new, unopened, unwrapped toys to be distributed to local children. By delivering a new toy to less fortunate youngsters at Christmas, the goal of Toys for Tots is to also deliver a message of hope that will assist these children in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens.

CM Fox will match each toy donated at our Guilderland NY real estate office, located at 2390 Western Avenue. Toys can be dropped off Monday-Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

5 Common Home Buying Questions

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Buying a home can be a daunting task, and it’s not unusual for the home buyers we work with to have a lot of questions about the process. To help buyers feel more educated and informed, we asked our real estate agents in Guilderland, Latham, Colonie & Albany NY to help us compile a list of the 5 most common home buying questions and answers. Here’s what they had to say!

How much house can I afford?

Most lenders recommend that your mortgage payment, including principal, interest, taxes and insurance be less than 28% of your gross monthly income, but mortgage affordability really depends on how much you’re comfortable paying and what your financial plans are. You can use realtor.com’s home affordability calculator for a ballpark figure, but it’s also a good idea to obtain a lender’s pre-approval before attending your first open house. This will help you determine what you can afford, and make you more appealing to sellers.

Can I sell my house and buy another at the same time?

This is one of the trickier home buying questions to answer, and while our Guilderland & Latham real estate agents said that it’s possible, they agreed that it can be stressful. Obviously, if you buy before you sell, you’re stuck paying two mortgages simultaneously, and if you sell before you buy, you may have to move items into storage and rent temporarily. The most common solution is to instate a “sale contingency” in your contract, which means you only agree to buy if you can sell your current home. However, it’s important to note that sellers are sometimes reluctant to agree to these terms.

Can I buy a house if I have bad credit?

That depends, how bad is bad? A minimum credit score of 620 is required by all mortgage loans delivered to Fannie Mae, but you might be surprised to learn that some loan programs, including those insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), allow borrowers with a credit score as low as 580 to purchase a home with only a 3.5% down payment. If your credit score falls below the minimums, there are ways to improve your score for a future purchase, or you may still be able to acquire a loan if you have a family member or friend who is willing to co-sign.

How many homes should I see before making an offer?

This is truly an individual decision. For instance, a real estate agent in Colonie might have a client that finds a home within hours, while an agent in Albany might help a family shop for months. Most homebuyers look at hundreds of homes online nowadays, but our real estate agents typically recommend looking at an average of 10 homes in-person before making an offer. To help streamline the process, narrow your search to a particular neighborhood or community and expand to surrounding areas only if needed.

Do I really need a home inspection?

That’s a unanimous, “Yes!” from our real estate agents. Home inspectors are experts at seeing potential problems with a home that buyers and real estate agents may miss. They are professionally trained to inspect the septic, electric and heating systems, roof and other areas of your potential new home for problems. It’s better to know the condition of your home before you sign the paperwork, and are saddled with unexpected repair costs in the future. A home inspection will ensure that you are making an informed decision, and, if problems are discovered, you can negotiate with the seller to get have the repairs made prior to signing.

Do you have more home buying questions?

We have answers! With more than 50 real estate agents in Guilderland, Colonie, Latham & Albany NY, no one has more experience with local real estate than CM Fox. We’re happy to answer your questions, offer advice and help you find the right house for the right price. Contact us online or call 518-861-7030 to speak with a real estate agent directly.