Buying a Home Your Pet Will Love

Giant Dog House

 

While most avid dog lovers would love to provide this awesome abode for their furry friends – this posh puppy palace isn’t in most of our budgets. Yet, we still love our dogs and want the best for them. Here are some quick house shopping tips for dog lovers.

Tips for Buying a Home Your Pet Will Love:

 

  • Check with the Home Owner’s Association (HOA) – Not every HOA allows pets and those that do often have restrictions on types, sizes, heights, noise factors, and whether your precious pup can freely roam the premises. The HOA bylaws and applicable pet restrictions can also clue you into your prospective neighbors overall friendliness towards pets.

 

  • Consider Home Features – Maybe you favor hardwood floors over carpeting or need a conveniently located outdoor faucet for Fido’s frequent baths. While most of these features could be added later – it is a good idea to consider which home features you want immediately and which you would be willing to add yourself later. Other home features to consider include stairs (often difficult for aging pets) and space for your pooch to burn off some energy when it’s not possible for them to get outdoors.

 

  • Locate Pet Services in the Area – Depending on you and your pet’s specific needs you may want to ensure that a veterinarian, pet food store, doggie day care center, groomer, or pet sitter is conveniently located.

 

  • Fenced in Yards – If the home doesn’t already sport this essential feature, find out the cost to add a fence and what sort of fencing is allowed by the HOA or other local governing bodies. If there is a fence, ensure the it is in good repair, not too short (for good jumpers), and that all latches and gates function correctly.

 

  • Check the Street Traffic – If Spot sprinted out the door, you might worry too much if your new home was located on or near a busy thoroughfare.

 

Inlanta Mortgage offers Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac agency products, as well as a full suite of jumbo and portfolio programs. The company is fully delegated HUD-FHA including FHA 203K, VA, and USDA approved. Inlanta Mortgage also offers numerous state bond agency programs. Review Inlanta’s mortgage loan programs or learn more about the mortgage loan process.

Inlanta Mortgage is a multi-state mortgage banker based out of Brookfield, Wisconsin. NMLS# 1016. We are proud to be a recipient of a 2012 Top Workplace Award.

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What are Homebuyers Looking For?

Home buyers love fireplaces.

Fireplaces and hardwood floors are at the top of home buyers must-have lists.

What are home buyers looking for in 2012? Here is a list of some must-have features home buyers are seeking this year:

1. Garages – A garage is a must have these days. In the north, homeowners don’t enjoy scraping ice off their windshields or shoveling snow off their cars. In the south, home owners would rather not climb into a car that has been sweltering in direct sun light.

2. Walk-in Closets – Closet space is coveted. Closets help home owners keep their rooms clutter free and aid in overall organization.

3. Fireplaces – Fireplaces add a level of coziness that no other feature can do. In addition to the decorative appeal, fireplaces can often be used as a supplemental heating source.

4. Fenced-in Yards – Fenced-in yards expand and define our living space. Fences can add privacy, security and deflect sound. In 2011, the Humane Society of the United States reported that 39% of households had a least one dog. Fenced-in yards are important to households who treasure their pets as one of the family – to ensure their furry friends’ safety and quality of life. It almost goes without saying that a fenced-in yard is especially desirable to families with small children.

5. Hardwood Floors – Let’s face it – hardwood floors are relatively easy to maintain. Anyone with pets or small children can attest to the how much easier it is to clean up a mess on hardwoods than carpet. Hardwood floors also help rooms look larger and can be easily accented with an area rug. Home buyers also appreciate that hardwood floors don’t collect dust, pollen or other allergen.

Are you looking to buy a home? Get pre-approved today! Pre-approvals are integral to the home shopping process and let realtors know that you mean business!

Inlanta Mortgage offers Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac agency products, as well as a full suite of jumbo and portfolio programs. The company is fully delegated HUD-FHA including FHA 203K, VA, and USDA approved. Inlanta Mortgage also offers numerous state bond agency programs. Review Inlanta’s mortgage loan programs here.

Inlanta Mortgage is a multi-state mortgage banker based out of Brookfield, Wisconsin. NMLS# 1016. Inlanta Mortgage is proud to be a recent recipient of a 2012 Top Workplace Award.