HOA rules can vary significantly, so be sure to learn as much as you can.
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What To Know About HOA Rules When Buying a House

If you're considering buying in a planned development or a condominium complex, there is a good chance the property has a homeowners association (HOA). Knowing the HOA rules before you buy is essential.  Real estate agent, Julia Monaghan, has years of experience helping hopeful hunters find their dream homes. She can help you determine if… Continue reading What To Know About HOA Rules When Buying a House

Make your home buying process easier with a pre-approval letter.
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Do I Need a Mortgage Pre-Approval Before Making an Offer on a House?

Househunting in any market requires you to know what you can afford before making an offer on a house. A pre-approval letter from your bank or lender will make your home search and purchase much more straightforward. In a seller’s market, properties move quickly. You’ll have a better chance of submitting a winning offer on… Continue reading Do I Need a Mortgage Pre-Approval Before Making an Offer on a House?

Buying a home in a seller's market is tricky but not impossible.
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Yes, You Can Buy a House in a Seller’s Market

You may have heard the real estate horror stories of the hoops a buyer jumps through in a seller's market. There are urban legends of high bidding wars or unexpected discoveries from an eager buyer who skipped the home inspection contingency.  Are you nervous yet? Don't be! There are reliable methods for buying in a… Continue reading Yes, You Can Buy a House in a Seller’s Market

Don't hesitate to ask questions when interviewing mortgage lenders.
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5 Questions To Ask When Choosing a Mortgage Lender

Unless you plan to pay cash, you’ll need to shop for a mortgage before you hunt for your new home. With so many lenders out there, it can be intimidating to make this decision. There are several questions to ask when choosing a mortgage lender so that you can feel confident in the process.  To… Continue reading 5 Questions To Ask When Choosing a Mortgage Lender

Negotiating repairs after a home inspection doesn't have to be scary.
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Your Guide to Successfully Negotiating Repairs After a Home Inspection

Searching for the perfect home can be a challenging process, especially in a competitive market. So finding THE ONE is cause for celebration. But before you seal the deal on your new home, you face the critical home inspection and repair negotiation period. As the buyer or seller, negotiating repairs after a home inspection can… Continue reading Your Guide to Successfully Negotiating Repairs After a Home Inspection

Buying new construction requires expert representation.
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5 Tips for Navigating the New Construction Home Buying Process

Have you been watching the housing market, but you haven’t found the perfect home? You have another option. Build the perfect home! This undertaking is exciting, but understanding the new construction home buying process is crucial to having a successful purchase. If you’re thinking about a move, give Julia Monaghan Real Estate a call. We… Continue reading 5 Tips for Navigating the New Construction Home Buying Process

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Just Listed: Updated Overlook Bungalow

This renovated home is perfectly situated near Killingsworth & Greeley amenities but on quieter and wide street. The following was all completed in 2016/17: a full kitchen/bath remodel with gas range and new appliances, a primary ensuite was added on upper level, new sewer and water lines were installed, a new driveway was laid, plus… Continue reading Just Listed: Updated Overlook Bungalow

Home architectural styles are fun to study and explore.
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A Guide To Home Architectural Styles

When looking at houses, you probably know what you like, but do you know what it’s called? House hunting often introduces people to home architectural styles they love but might not be able to name. Learning about the different options can help you narrow and define your home search. Portland, OR, and the surrounding area… Continue reading A Guide To Home Architectural Styles

Learn how to search for a home by working with an expert agent.
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How To Search for a Home You Will Love

House hunting can be one of the most exciting and most intimidating processes. Do you search online or drive through your favorite neighborhoods looking for signs? Do you hire a realtor, or can you handle this task on your own? Learning how to search for a home successfully takes a little know-how. We live in… Continue reading How To Search for a Home You Will Love

Interview a realtor to find the perfect fit.
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How to Interview a Realtor and Why You Should Do It

Buying a home is most likely the largest financial commitment you will make in your lifetime. This process, especially for first-time homebuyers or sellers, can be very intimidating. That is why it is essential to have an expert real estate agent in your corner. Whether you are buying or selling, knowing how to interview a… Continue reading How to Interview a Realtor and Why You Should Do It