Three First Time Home Buyer Tips

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Buying a home isn’t as easy as it may seem.  Here are a few first time home buyer tips to make the process go smoothly and to help save on housing costs.

First Time Home Buyer Tips #1

It’s better to buy a smaller home in a neighborhood that you love, instead of a bigger home in an area that you don’t like.

There once was a couple who bought a new home that backed to a major highway.  Of course there was a lot of traffic noise.  But they figured it wouldn’t be a bother since they didn’t spend that much time outside.

Six months later they put the house on the market for sale.  Not because it had appreciated in price, but because they couldn’t stand living there.

They were so desperate to move, they were even willing to sell at a loss!

Two Are Better Than One

Although bigger isn’t always better, it is when choosing the number of bedrooms in your new home.

That’s the second most important of these three first time home buyer tips.

First time buyers tend to think only of their personal situation rather than how easy the home to be to re-sell.  Buyers who have a family, or are looking for extra space to rent out as a vacation rental property on websites such as  Airbnb, will automatically pass over a smaller home for sale that has only one or two bedrooms.

Creative Financing

Sometimes you have to be creative and think hard about how to make the best offer in a seller’s market.

As attractive as they might seem at first glance, interest-only loans can end up being a big problem for the first time home buyer.

Many people are used to a real estate market that only goes up.  But history shows that all markets – real estate in particular – run in cycles.

Financing with an interest-only loan means that none of the principle is getting paid off, and that the borrower thinks that interest rates will always be low.

Because interest-only financing options are for short periods of time, the buyer may end up having to re-finance the loan when interest rates are beginning to rise.


How To Get The Most From Your Freelance Real Estate Copywriter

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If you’re hiring a professional freelance real estate copywriter for your project you want to be sure you’re getting the most for your money.  Be it a small ad on Facebook or a real estate profile for LinkedIn, a blog article for your real estate website, or an entire content creation project.

Here are three things that you can do to ensure you get the five-star product you’re looking for.

Know Your Freelance Real Estate Copywriter

A lot of the real estate copywriting that I do is through the Upwork platform (click for my profile there) where I am a top rated freelancer.  But that doesn’t mean what I write is going to be a match for every client.

Some clients may want a different writing style.  Others may find my rates out of their budget.  Or I simply may have too much on my plate to complete their project in the time frame that they’re looking for.

Upwork makes it easy to see the past types of project a freelance real estate copywriter has worked on and their client satisfaction rating as well.

Know Your Real Estate Topic

Oftentimes clients who hire a real estate writer have only the vaguest idea of what their real estate topic is going to be.  Usually this happens with real estate people who are launching a new website.  Other times they are entering a new market – for example, a Middle Eastern client wanting to introduce its readers to the U.S. real estate market, or vice versa.

Sometimes a client not having a specific idea of a topic can be good, provided you have a good writer who can work from the basic guidelines that you give him or her.

Other times not having an idea of your topic can create problems, especially when clients – either accidentally or on purpose – ask for multiple revisions from their freelance real estate copywriter as a way of figuring out what they really want their real estate article to be about.

Know Your Target Audience

In order for your real estate writer to create the most effective copy possible, they need to know who they are writing too and also how to ‘get inside the head’ of your target audience.  The more you know about the characteristics of your potential buyers- or tenants if you are a landlord – the better.

Some clients believe that everybody is a prospect for what they have to sell, and on a very generic level that may be true.  But that’s how you end up with a generic piece of copywriting.

Take this article for example.  I could have written about copywriters in general, but instead we’re discussing freelance real estate copywriters.  It’s a subset of the copywriter category topic, and something that both you and I are specifically interested in.