Home Buying

Gathering Information

Where to even start? In the information age that we live in, your options for real estate research and learning can be a bit overwhelming. There are many great resources and communities to connect with other home buyers and sellers to find the answers to questions big and small. This website and newspaper column would like to consider ourselves one of them. Trusting your sources can be half the difficulty, however, so a big part of the real estate buying or selling process can be finding people and sources of information that you trust.

As important as buying a home can be, it is important to gather information from as many different sources as you can. But often the best source can be the home seller and agent themselves. Real estate deals have many layers, but often times open communication is the best recipe for a successful real estate transaction.

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Let’s look at some specific questions sent in by DearMonty readers from across the country. Read more Q&A articles about the “Gathering Information” stage of the Home Buying process:

  1. We are moving to a new community. Our friends made such a move, and had an unhappy ending. What can we do to prevent a similar mistake?

      Reader Question: We want to be avoiding emotional relocation turmoil. A job-related move to a new community is in our near future. We have friends that made such a move, and with some bad advice they ended up in a marginal neighborhood. What can we do to prevent a similar mistake? Monty’s Answer: There are […]

    October 29, 2017
  2. Should I be paying cash for a home worth $200,000?

    Reader ​Question: ​Are there any benefits to paying cash for a home worth $200,000?​ Monty’s Answer: This is an issue to which you would receive different answers depending on the disposition of the person answering the question. Leverage is the gold standard for most real estate investors. Many non-investors believe their home is not an […]

    July 17, 2017
  3. Is a dome home a risky project?

    Reader Question: My wife and I are considering building a dome home on an acre we own free and clear. The estimated cost of construction would be around $100,000. All the other homes near us are aging double-wide (1990’s) manufactured homes. My research indicates we would be the only one within 100 miles. We are […]

    February 28, 2017
  4. Is a cash kickback legal in a home sale?

    Reader Question: A seller and I agree on two-hundred thousand dollars for a home. I want to install a thirty-five hundred dollar heat pump. Is a cash kickback legal? We agree to raise the price a like amount and the seller brings thirty-five hundred dollars to closing? Another option would be the seller installs the […]

    May 7, 2016
  5. We are seeking information about the term “neighborhood” as we have heard several different descriptions. What is a neighborhood?

    Reader Question: We are looking for a home. We are seeking information about the term “neighborhood” as we have heard several different descriptions. What is a neighborhood? Monty’s Answer: The word neighborhood is a word that means different things to different people. To some degree, opinions about what constitutes a neighborhood are related to a […]

    May 2, 2016