Home Buying Tips

5 Surprising Financial Lessons I Learned About Paying for My First Home

5 Surprising Financial Lessons I Learned About Paying for My First Home aydinmutlu/iStock; realtor.com I pride myself on being pretty financially savvy—after all, I’m a personal finance writer. I’m well versed in best practices for saving and spending, the ins and outs of HSAs and IRAs, and the basics of investing. But when it came […]

Jack Jenkins Homes | May 22, 2022

The 5 Biggest Mistakes Veteran and Military Home Buyers Make

The 5 Biggest Mistakes Veteran and Military Home Buyers Make Craig McCausland/iStock Having a place to call your own—whether you’re going to be there for four years or forever—is an essential part of the American dream. And the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers plenty of great programs to help those who have served in […]

Jack Jenkins Homes | May 11, 2022

How to Put an Offer on a House That’s Already Under Contract

How to Put an Offer on a House That’s Already Under Contract Getty Images Wondering how to put an offer on a house that’s already under contract? Picture this: You’ve been house hunting for ages and finally find the home of your dreams. The only problem is, it’s already under contract with another buyer. Yet […]

Jack Jenkins Homes | May 10, 2022

5 Things Every First-Time Home Buyer Needs to Know

5 Things Every First-Time Home Buyer Needs to Know Here’s what every first-time home buyer needs to know to dive into house hunting with confidence—and with as few curveballs as possible. Whether it’s getting a mortgage, choosing a real estate agent, shopping for a home, or making a down payment, we lay out the must-knows of […]

Jack Jenkins Homes | May 10, 2022

10 Scariest Things a Home Inspector Might Find in Your House

10 Scariest Things a Home Inspector Might Find in Your House iStock; realtor.com Home inspections are scary. Just when you swear you’ve found the house of your dreams, a home inspector comes along and tells you everything’s that’s wrong with it—which might lead you to think you should run for the hills! But rest assured, most […]

Jack Jenkins Homes | May 9, 2022

What Is Modern Farmhouse—and Why This Decor Style Won’t Die Anytime Soon

What Is Modern Farmhouse—and Why This Decor Style Won’t Die Anytime Soon Photos via Instagram by farmhouse.kitchens_ / ninawilliamsblog / windsorbrowne Modern farmhouse style has been a part of interior design vernacular for years now. This common home aesthetic, which focuses on a laid-back farmhouse feel mixed with sleek details, can be found everywhere. “In […]

Jack Jenkins Homes | May 9, 2022

The New Rules of What It’ll Truly Take To Save Up for a House Today

The New Rules of What It’ll Truly Take To Save Up for a House Today Realtor.com / Getty Images If you’re saving for a down payment for a home—particularly your first—you probably know this is one tricky real estate moment. With inflation sending prices spiraling, mortgage interest rates ticking up, and biddings wars on homes […]

Jack Jenkins Homes | May 4, 2022