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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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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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