Home Buying Tips

The 10 Cities Where It’s Becoming More Affordable to Buy a Home—and 10 Where It’s Not

The 10 Cities Where It’s Becoming More Affordable to Buy a Home—and 10 Where It’s Not Allentown, PA: Ultima_Gaina/iStock; Tulsa, OK: Sean Pavone/iStock After nearly a decade of ever-escalating home prices and frenzied bidding wars, many buyers are wondering if finding an affordable piece of real estate has become about as likely as discovering a […]

Jack Jenkins Homes | Jan 16, 2020

Can’t Stand Minimalism or Maximalism? Try Happy-Medium Design

Can’t Stand Minimalism or Maximalism? Try Happy-Medium Design CreativaStudio/iStock Think minimalism is too stark, and maximalism too much? Then you’re in luck, since the home decor pendulum seems to have swung to the middle. So what is it? Fittingly, it’s called happy-medium design. In a recent feature, the Wall Street Journal described the trend this […]

Jack Jenkins Homes | Jan 16, 2020

Rent-to-Own Real Estate: The Benefits and Risks for Home Buyers

Rent-to-Own Real Estate: The Benefits and Risks for Home Buyers Tempura/iStock Rent-to-own real estate may sound like a dream come true. Under the best circumstances, everyone benefits: Sellers collect rent and have a purchase commitment from the buyers, and the buyers can move in right away. In addition, credit score problems or other financial issues that could hamper […]

Jack Jenkins Homes | Jan 16, 2020

Do You Get Your Earnest Money Back at Closing?

Do You Get Your Earnest Money Back at Closing? Sargis Zubov/iStock Do you get your earnest money back at closing? If you’re buying a house and planning to finance the purchase with the help of a mortgage, the question is bound to come up. The short answer is: You don’t usually get your earnest money […]

Jack Jenkins Homes | Jul 1, 2019

Should You Skip the Starter Home and Buy a Forever Home?

Should You Skip the Starter Home and Buy a Forever Home? dpproductions/iStock If you’re out there shopping for your first home, you might swoon over that four-bedroom Colonial and imagine growing old there—but wait a minute! Sure, you might be jonesing to put down permanent roots, but your bank account and life circumstances might beg […]

Jack Jenkins Homes | Jul 1, 2019

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Jack Jenkins Homes | Jun 15, 2019

What Kind Of Home Can You Buy For $250,000 In Northern VA?

What $250,000 Will Buy In The Northern VA Real Estate Market Thinking about buying a home in Northern Virginia but not sure where you will get more bang for your buck.  Check out what kind of home you can buy with $250,000 in nearby counties.  All of these homes have at least 3 bedrooms, 2 […]

Jack Jenkins Homes | Jun 3, 2019

How Much House Can You Afford? Down Payment and Mortgage Rates Explained

How Much House Can You Afford? Down Payment and Mortgage Rates Explained urfinguss/iStock How much house can you afford? Knowing you want to buy a home is one thing; knowing how much of a mortgage payment you can handle is quite another. Too often, dreams and reality collide: You’re yearning for a four-bedroom Colonial, but […]

Jack Jenkins Homes | May 13, 2019

Buying a House Remodeled Without a Permit? Here’s What You’re on the Hook For

Buying a House Remodeled Without a Permit? Here’s What You’re on the Hook For Kerkez/iStock Imagine attending an open house and stepping into a newly remodeled master bathroom complete with brand-new Carrara marble tiling and a luxurious free-standing tub. Home improvements like this are enough to make potential home buyers fall in love, and it […]

Jack Jenkins Homes | May 13, 2019

Did You Make the Most Common Home-Buying Mistake? Here Are 6 Ways to Fix It

Did You Make the Most Common Home-Buying Mistake? Here Are 6 Ways to Fix It jhorrocks/iStock What’s the most common home-buying mistake? If you’re reading this from a cramped living room, or while lying in your itty-bitty “master” bedroom, you probably know the answer: buying a too-small home. The mistake is so common that I—a […]

Jack Jenkins Homes | May 13, 2019