Tips For Buying A House

First-Time Home Buyer Hell: Their Biggest Mistakes and Regrets

BartekSzewczyk/iStock Life is full of regrets. There are those unfortunate fashion choices, such as shoulder pads, hammer pants, and the mullet. There’s your crazy ex. (What were you thinking?) And then there’s everything you did wrong when you bought your first home. The biggest regret of first-time home buyers was that their new abodes turned […]

Jack Jenkins Homes | Jan 12, 2019

I Hate Kitchen Islands: 6 Surprising Reasons You Should, Too

  chuckcollier/iStock;   If the kitchen is the heart of the home, the kitchen island might be thought of as its pumping aorta—the center of everything. It’s intended to be the bustling social hub where food is prepped while guests gather round to keep the chef company. Well, you can also make it an […]

Jack Jenkins Homes | Nov 15, 2018

How to Buy a House in Your 20s—and Why You Really Should

fstop123/iStock Curious about how to buy a house in your 20s? If you’re dubious it can be done, we get it. Between entry-level salaries, college loans, and the desire to just be young and have fun, 20-somethings often think homeownership is beyond their reach. No so! It is entirely possible to buy a home in […]

Jack Jenkins Homes | Sep 29, 2018

Beat the Crowds! How to Buy a House Before It Officially Hits the Market

SvetaZi/iStock; Buying a home is a lot like running a race: Once a listing goes live, buyers have to sprint off the starting block before throngs of other buyers start bidding. Talk about stressful! What if there were a way to buy a house before it’s officially on the market? Well, there is—and it can help you snag […]

Jack Jenkins Homes | Jul 19, 2018

Proof of Funds Letter for a Real Estate Purchase: Why Home Buyers Need It, Bad

DNY59/iStock A proof of funds letter is a document that proves that a home buyer has enough liquid cash to purchase a home. It’s essential paperwork that all home sellers will want to see, so home buyers shouldn’t feel prepared to make an offer without one. “Sellers won’t want to take their property off the market without knowing that the buyers are truly able […]

Jack Jenkins Homes | Apr 21, 2018

Should You Buy a House With a Bad Septic System?

BlakeDavidTaylor/iStock Should you buy a house with a bad septic system? You might wrestle with this question if you fall in love with a home only to find out during the home inspection that the septic system is in serious disrepair. Properties usually have septic systems for one of two reasons: The home is in a rural […]

Jack Jenkins Homes | Apr 18, 2018

6 Places to Score Free Furniture in Good Condition, No Dumpster Diving Required

Martin Barraud/iStock Free furniture is out there—you just need to know where to find it. For one reason or another, plenty of people are looking to ditch furniture that’s stylish and in good quality. They might be moving, downsizing, or unloading the contents of a deceased relative’s house. Here’s where to look to score free goods, no dumpster […]

Jack Jenkins Homes | Mar 9, 2018

10 Questions to Ask a Real Estate Agent Before the Pro Helps You Buy a Home

KatarzynaBialasiewicz/iStock Ready to buy a house? Then you’ll want to learn a few questions to ask a real estate agent—the go-to pro whose sole goal (at least as far as you’re concerned) is to help make your home-buying dream come true. But not all real estate agents are created equal, which is why Peggy Yee, a supervising broker […]

Jack Jenkins Homes | Feb 17, 2018

The Best and Worst Cities for First-Time Home Buyers in 2018 Include Some Shockers

Davel5957/iStock Think San Francisco or New York City would be the most challenging place to buy your first home? Nope—first-time home buyers will struggle far more in Denver. Really. This surprising finding comes from LendingTree’s just-released list of the best and worst cities for first-time home buyers. LendingTree researchers ranked the 100 largest U.S. cities not only by the price of homes, but […]

Jack Jenkins Homes | Feb 16, 2018

5 Epic Fights All Couples Are Bound to Have When Trying to Buy a House

HDesert/iStock; First comes love, then comes marriage, next comes … escrow, closing costs, and school district squabbles? Few things (aside from bachelor parties) test new love quite like buying a house together. Which makes sense: With real estate, there’s an awful lot on the line. As such, “small tensions and challenges tend to become inflated, difficult obstacles,” explains Carla Marie […]

Jack Jenkins Homes | Feb 15, 2018