I’m excited to announce that Hubby, Teen Deuce, and I are moving again! Yes, again, y’all. Don’t ask me to tell you if this is the 8th or 9th move because I truly can’t tell you. But those are the approximate numbers.
What’s different this time? After leasing our last two homes, we are purchasing this next one. Hubby and I have not bought a house since 2009 and, boy, have things changed. I’m still confused as to whether or not we are living in a post-pandemic world or a pandemic-ish world. Regardless, it is a seller’s market currently due, in part, to stimulus payouts. And because math and its affiliated concepts are not in my wheelhouse, I am doing my best to keep up with what’s going on. Thankfully, there are some handy online tools that are helping me navigate the homebuying waters.
One such tool is an interactive one that allows you to plug in numbers to calculate homebuying costs on MortgageCalculators.info. From the downpayment and monthly mortgage to property taxes and closing costs, you can visualize what the amounts will be. Frankly, it boosts my confidence in the process because it has made me more knowledgeable about what we are doing. And if we decide to refinance at some point, this free easy-to-use calculator will show me what to expect in that scenario as well.
Total sales volume for the year so far is $4.17 billion, up nearly 30 percent compared to last year.
-Natalie Moyer, President of Kansas Association of Realtors
3D Room Builder
Another online tool that I am using for my new home is the Ashley Homestore 3D Room Builder. This user-friendly module not only provides awesome decorating inspiration but also room and floor plan templates that you can customize. When moving into a new space, it can be difficult to picture where your furniture should be placed. You are probably also contemplating new pieces to upgrade your collection. Or like me, you will have to configure a dining area adjacent to the kitchen rather than a separate dining room. This module helps you put things in perspective. And it’s so much fun to play with paint colors, light fixtures, and area rugs.