Tips For Buying A House

8 Things That Can Push Your Insurance Rates Through the Roof

Image Source/Getty Images Insurance companies are mysterious entities, and divining how they determine your home insurance rates, minimum liability, and every other confusing aspect of your policy is hardly a sport for the faint-hearted. Even worse than the gobbledygook is when they surprise you—a new trampoline suddenly jacks up your premium, or that sweet new puppy means immediate […]

Jack Jenkins Homes | Aug 23, 2016

6 must-haves that millennials look for in a new home

Some would assume that millennials like myself dream of having their first home decked out with built-in selfie sticks and voice-activated appliances. Though these would surely be welcomed additions to any starter home, our demands aren’t quite as far-fetched. Emphasis on education, advances in technology, and the ever-evolving economy have collectively transformed the homebuying experience […]

Jack Jenkins Homes | Aug 2, 2016

So You Wanna Buy a House? Step 10: Negotiate Closing Costs

If you’re gearing up to buy a home, one bitter pill you’ve got to swallow is that you don’t just have to pay for the house itself. You’ll also need to open your swiftly slimming wallet for a myriad of costs, fees, and taxes—the infamous closing costs. It’s a wide variety of fees that average more than $2,500 […]

Jack Jenkins Homes | Apr 25, 2016

Best Place To Live For Teachers In Northern VA

Most Affordable Counties For Teachers To Buy A Home If you are a teacher like me, you know how difficult it can be to buy a home on a teacher’s salary.  Many teachers in Northern Virginia don’t live in the county they teach and commute from various counties to work. However, there are some great […]

Jack Jenkins Homes | Apr 21, 2016

VHDA Down Payment Assistance:  First Time Home Buyer Grants VA

VHDA Down Payment Assistance Grants Now Available Great news for first time home buyers in Virginia!  The VHDA Down Payment Assistance (DPA) Grant is back again offering first time home buyers a way to buy a home with no money down.  This is a great opportunity for those who don’t have enough for a down […]

Jack Jenkins Homes | Mar 23, 2016

HOAs Behaving Badly—and How Homeowners Can Fight Back

If you own your home, you may be king or queen of your domain. However, if it’s part of a planned community or complex, you’ll probably need to kowtow to a homeowners association. And you may wind up feeling a bit more like a serf. The HOA, which enforces community rules and maintains common areas, can […]

Jack Jenkins Homes | Feb 9, 2016

Is Buying a Model Home the Worst—or the Best—Decision Ever?

Ah, the fabled model home—the first one built in a subdivision, the builder’s crowning jewel, the one packed from floorboards to rooftop with awesome features and too-cool-for-school extras. They’re an oh-so-seductive tool to tempt buyers into not only purchasing one of their homes, but also to shell out for some of those good-looking upgrades. But do you really […]

Jack Jenkins Homes | Jan 29, 2016

So You Wanna Buy a House? Step 3: Figure Out What You Can Afford

Knowing you want to buy a home is one thing; knowing what you can pay for is quite another. Too often, dreams and reality collide: You’re yearning for a four-bedroom Colonial, but your wallet can handle only a two-bedroom bungalow. So how do you filter the myriad options out there? Welcome to Step 3 in our 2016 […]

Jack Jenkins Homes | Jan 23, 2016

Avoid The Pitfalls Of Buying A Fixer Upper

Fixer Upper Buying Tips Do you know everything about real estate? Even the most professional of buyers still learn something new occasionally, as there is a lot to know. Apply the advice from this article the next time you are planning on purchasing real estate; they will help you make informed decisions. When trying to […]

Jack Jenkins Homes | Jul 3, 2015