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September
12

Preparing for a Home Purchase - J.P. Weigand & Sons, Inc.

Buying your first home can be intimidating, and our real estate agents are happy to help you navigate the process. But some things deserve your attention before you consult with them to ensure your readiness to buy. Here are a few important steps that will help you shop with confidence. 

  • Don't Ignore Your Credit Score
    Many people operate under some serious misunderstandings about how credit scores are calculated. They have no idea what their score is and how much it affects their loan opportunities. You have more control over that number than you think. You can run your credit report once each year free of charge at Annual Credit Report.com.

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August
23

Hiring a Home Inspector - Buyers - J.P. Weigand & Sons, Inc.

Getting a home inspection is an important part of buying your home, as it lets you know of any potential problems and allows you to back out or renegotiate the contract if the issues are substantial. With so much riding on this step, however, you shouldn't hire just anyone to inspect your home. Here are seven important questions our real estate agents recommend asking your home inspector.

  1. What are your qualifications?
    Kansas does not require any licensing or certification to become a home inspector, so you'll need to do the footwork to ensure your inspector is qualified to do the job. Look for an inspector with certifications from a reputable source, such as the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI).

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June
27

Downsizing Tips - Buy a Home - J.P. Weigand & Sons, Inc.

Our real estate agents know there is no one-size-fits-all solution for seniors who wish to downsize their homes. Each homebuyer is unique in both needs and desires. Nonetheless, several elements are common to most shoppers. Here are a few key issues they have identified that may be important to you:

  • Maintenance
    Many senior citizens dream of escaping from chores like cleaning gutters and replacing worn plumbing. They want newer homes with less likelihood of significant ongoing repairs or remodeling.

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May
31

Choosing a Washer and Dryer - Homeowners - J.P. Weigand & Sons, Inc.

If you've just moved into a new house you found among Wichita homes for sale, you may be in need of a new washer and dryer. When browsing potential appliances, it's essential to look for options that fit your preferences to ensure they're a good fit for your household. Here are some tips from our agents on selecting a washer and dryer right for you. 

  1. Measure the Space Where the Appliances Will Go
    Before you start shopping, you need to know how much space you have for your washer and dryer. There are different-sized options for your appliances, but you have to make sure you have space for your preferred capacity.

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April
18

Fair Housing Month - J.P. Weigand & Sons, Inc.

The Fair Housing Act, passed in April 1968, is a landmark national law that prohibits discrimination in the rental, financing, and sale of housing. Every April since the law was passed, we recognize Fair Housing Month as a way to look back upon the discrimination that necessitated the Fair Housing Act and ensure that its principles are being upheld to prevent discrimination in the present day. Join our real estate agents in looking back on the history of Fair Housing Month and working to support a vibrant, diverse, inclusive future for all communities.

What Is the Fair Housing Act?

Before the Fair Housing Act was passed in 1968, discrimination in housing was sadly a common practice in many communities around the country. According to the National Association of REALTORS®, "Residential segregation in America didn't happen by accident. Americans of different races live apart because of deliberate actions by public and private actors.

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February
14

Staying on Budget - Home Renovations - J.P. Weigand & Sons, Inc.

Owning a home is a great investment that gives you the freedom to make changes to your home and build equity. You can enjoy these advantages by contacting our real estate agents as your first step in owning your home. However, being a homeowner comes with its shares of expenses like remodeling costs. Fortunately, you can handle home renovations within your budget using the following tips.

  • Get Specific About Your Renovation Needs
    Why does your house need renovation, and which part of the house? There are different reasons you would like to renovate your home. It could be that the current house doesn't meet your preferred living condition needs, or it could be you desire a modern look or need more space.

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November
8

VA Loans in 2021 - J.P. Weigand & Sons, Inc.

In honor of Veterans Day, we would like to thank all military veterans for their service. Additionally, our real estate agents would like to share some important information about VA loans — or Veterans Affairs loans — for homebuyers. These mortgages are available to qualified U.S. veterans, active-duty military members, and some surviving military spouses. Here is some crucial information to consider when deciding whether a VA loan is right for you.

  • How VA Loans Work
    Banks and credit unions issue VA loans. However, they are insured by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This means that if you, the buyer, stop making your mortgage payments, the VA will step in and reimburse the bank. This lowers the risk for the bank, which makes them willing to lend money to buyers who may not otherwise qualify for a conventional mortgage.

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September
13

Buying a Flipped House - J.P. Weigand & Sons, Inc.

Recent surges in property prices make it very tempting for homebuyers to jump at what appears to be a great deal. But is it really? How can potential buyers know whether they are jumping headlong into a money pit or making a great investment? There are some lovely older homes among Wichita homes for sale that may require careful inspection. Our real estate agents have some suggestions to help you decide.

  • Question everything
    Quick cosmetic changes can make a house look really attractive, which, of course, we all want. But a fresh coat of paint won't correct ailing plumbing or a deteriorated roof. Ignore the sales pitch and investigate the history of the house. The county assessor's office keeps records of the property owners. If the house has had multiple owners in the last year, you can bet it was purchased by a flipper who only made cosmetic changes.

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June
14

Competitive Housing Market - Buy a Home - J.P. Weigand & Sons, Inc.

Today's housing market is a wild ride for buyers!

Our real estate agents are committed to helping every client make informed decisions about their real estate options. Even though demand for housing has outstripped supply, buyers can still find plenty of attractive Wichita homes for sale. To succeed, however, they'll need to remove roadblocks on the way to a purchase.

Here are some of the best ways to prepare for today's competitive housing market:

  • Find a Real Estate Agent You Can Trust
    Virtually no sellers enter the market these days without a real estate agent. As a buyer, you also need insight from an expert who represents your interests. On average, you'll end up finding a home you want faster and paying less than you would if you tried to do it all on your own.

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May
10

Closet Turned Office - Wichita, KS - J.P. Weigand & Sons, Inc.

Have you found yourself working from home a little more frequently this past year? You're not alone if you have, and you're not likely to return to the office anytime soon. Most Americans have indicated they would prefer to work from home rather than return to the cubicle. However, many Americans have discovered that working from home daily requires finding creative ways to transform areas into ad hoc offices. If you're looking for a fast and easy way to find space and close up the office at the end of the day, our real estate agents recommend taking a closer look at your cluttered closets. 

Clutter Can Go

Closets are catch-alls for clutter. They are filled with old sporting equipment, packing materials, shopping bags, old shoes, items for Goodwill, and more. While that little voice in the back of your head says, "You'll use this someday," that little voice is blowing smoke. You'll never need it. You'll never use it. And, you'll never miss it. So, clear it out and toss or donate it. With spring cleaning in high gear, now is the perfect time to motivate yourself to create a cloffice you will use week after week, year after year.

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