The "Brandy Bunch" house sale has stirred up a lot of drama. Lance Bass thought he'd won the house, but was outbid. Judy Dutton, provided by Published 3:00 pm CDT, Monday, August 6, 2018 Photo: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images For IHeartMedia; Realtor.com Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Photo: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images For IHeartMedia; Realtor.com Here's How Lance Bass Bungled Buying the 'Brady Bunch' House 1 / 1 Back to Gallery The "Brady Bunch" house sale has stirred up a lot more than nostalgia. For pop star Lance Bass, it's turned into an all-out real estate deal drama! In a long-winded Instagram sob story, the former 'N Sync member explained how, after hearing that this iconic Studio City, CA, house was listed for $1,885,000, he'd made an offer "way over asking price." From there, he … [Read more...] about Here’s How Lance Bass Bungled Buying the ‘Brady Bunch’ House
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GETTING your foot on the property ladder can feel like an impossible task. Nowadays, first time buyers are expected to fork out around £50,000 on a mortgage deposit, so it's no wonder that the average Brit isn't likely to become a homeowner until they're 33. Even though the Chancellor offered a helping hand by scrapping stamp duty first-time buyers, estate agents reckon it's showed little sign of boosting the housing market. Add in spiralling house prices and first-time buyers waiting an average of seven years to save up their deposit, it can all feel a bit glum, particularly if the bank of mum an dad isn't an option. But it is doable and there are ways you can get the financial support you need, you just need to know where to look. From government schemes to part ownership, here's how you can become a home owner. What is Help to Buy? Help To Buy is a government scheme designed to help people get on the property ladder without the need for the large, up-front deposit which puts … [Read more...] about What are Help to Buy and Shared Ownership and are there other government schemes to help you buy your first home?
THE dream of owning your own home is becoming harder and harder to make a reality for many potential first-time buyers. But for one NHS worker, boosting their credit score was just as important as scraping enough together for a deposit. Will Jolly and his girlfriend Sarah were so desperate to get on the property ladder they decided to up-sticks after spending nearly a decade renting in London. But the 31-year-old had a non-existent credit history, meaning the couple would have struggled to get a home-loan as lenders wouldn't know if he has a good record of paying back his debts. So he took steps to boost his report by chucking all his monthly spending on a credit card to show he could be responsible with his money - and now he's a proud homeowner of a two-bed terrace in York. "I had no idea what my credit score was but as soon as we settled on a plan to save for a deposit, I checked it," he said. "I have very little credit history - about five years ago I was unemployed and … [Read more...] about NHS worker with no credit history used this trick to boost his score and buy a 2-bed house in York
If you’re interested in buying a home, check out these reasons for waiting until you’re in your 30s. Credit.com, provided by Published 3:45 pm, Thursday, December 7, 2017 Photo: Andresr/iStock Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Photo: Andresr/iStock 4 Reasons to Buy Your First Home in Your 30s 1 / 1 Back to Gallery There was a time in my life when I thought I’d never own a home. As someone who had preferred life in big cities and prioritized travel above homeownership, the idea of settling somewhere permanently never really appealed to me. Then I got married, then I got pregnant, and suddenly the idea of living in an actual home to call my own (with a little more space, to boot) became very appealing. By the time my husband and I closed on our first-ever home, I was 32 years old, and … [Read more...] about 4 Reasons to Buy Your First Home in Your 30s
Buying a home is overwhelming for most first-time buyers. It’s the biggest purchase most people will make in their lives, and the process is like no other financial transaction. Because of their unfamiliarity, first-time buyers often sabotage their home searches by making easily avoidable mistakes along the way. With the help of real estate agents, lenders and title insurers who have worked extensively with first-time buyers, we have collected a list of typical blunders. Avoid them and you will be well on your way to a smooth home-buying experience. Mandy Mills, a real estate agent with Compass, passed along some general advice, as well. “Find an agent who will educate you on the process before you get in the car, so that you understand the steps of the process,” she said. “A lot of people will put you in the car and start showing you things. But if you don’t know what you’re doing, that can make an overwhelming situation even more … [Read more...] about Eight mistakes to avoid when buying your first home