Home inspection represents a key piece of the home-buying process –– an expert eye that gives an invaluable assessment of the biggest investment a buyer will make (and that a seller has previously made).
A good home inspector can ease the process and make sure there’s no surprises.
A bad home inspector can jeopardize a sale, hurting both sides of the real estate equation.
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Buying a home with cash has definite advantages in today’s market. National Association of Realtors® research on cash sales shows that about 30 percent of residential sales are cash transactions. Among investors and international buyers, more than 70 percent of properties are bought outright. If you can afford to buy up front, the advantages are many:
Sellers are likely to favor buyers who can pay in cash.
The home price may be reduced for those who pay in full up front.
All-cash purchases streamline the home-buying process: No loans means less paperwork and no delays for mortgage approval.
Cash buyers can save money on closing costs, bank appraisals, mortgage applications and fees, title insurance, and so on.