If you’re in the market for a brand-new build or a fixer-upper, a first home or a weekend getaway, your unique needs, goals and rights as real estate buyers must be paramount. You want to find the right house for you, at the best possible terms, and you shouldn’t have to achieve this on your own.

For Buyers: Real Estate News and Information from the Ulster County Board of REALTORS®

For nearly three quarters of home buyers, that means working with a REALTOR®.

The process of buying a home or other property is complex and, regardless of age, location and income, nearly all buyers view agents as trusted advisers who play an integral role.

On this site you’ll find comprehensive real estate data analysis from the New York State Association of REALTORS®; the latest industry news for homebuyers; the top reasons you should use a REALTOR®; our MLS home-listing search tool; town-by-town descriptions of life in Ulster County; and the best ways to connect directly with the Ulster County Board of REALTORS®.

Remember: If you know the town in which you want to buy, it’s never been easier to find a real estate agent. Google the town name and “real estate agent,” and contact licensed REALTORS® with experience advising investors in the area.

Real Estate News

What Property Buyers Should Know About Land Loans

September, 9 2018

(TNS)—If you’re thinking about buying land, you’ll be hard-pressed to persuade a mortgage lender to finance your purchase. Instead, you’ll likely need to apply for a land loan. Land loans aren’t as common as mortgage loans, so your options may be limited. Also, because of different factors, you could end up with a shorter repayment […]

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Experts Weigh In: Here’s When You Should Reach Key Financial Milestones

August, 22 2018

(TNS)—Maybe you have an idea of when you’d like to buy your first home or retire from the workforce—but just how realistic are your expectations? We recently asked Americans to tell us the ideal ages for accomplishing certain financial goals. Then, we ran their responses by 10 certified financial planners living in different parts of […]

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Ask the Expert: How Can I Assist My Buyers in a Seller’s Market?

August, 19 2018

Today’s Ask the Expert column features Dan Steward, president of Pillar To Post Home Inspectors. Q: When guiding clients through the real estate process, how can I ensure that they’re prepared to find success when in the midst of a seller’s market? A: Pillar To Post Home Inspectors® enjoys a leading position in its category. […]

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What Is a Jumbo Mortgage and When Do You Need One?

July, 19 2018

(TNS)—Home prices have shot up in some areas of the U.S., to the point where buyers need jumbo loans to finance them. In mortgage-speak, jumbo refers to loans that exceed the limits set by the government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) that buy most home loans and package them for investors. Jumbo mortgages, or jumbo loans, are those […]

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Partnering IRA Funds: An Alternative Way to Fund Your Real Estate Investment

July, 18 2018

Did you know you can partner with other funding sources to increase your investment potential? Self-directed IRAs are the only retirement arrangements that allow individual investors the freedom to pursue alternative investments, such as real estate. Investing in real estate with a self-directed IRA offers many benefits to those who are looking for creative ways […]

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A Closer Look at Online Home Value Estimates

July, 18 2018

The following information is provided by the Center for REALTOR® Development (CRD). Consumers who are seriously in the home-buying and -selling market should be mindful of a variety of competing home price estimators. Solely relying on just one price estimate is likely to skew the views of what a particular property will actually transact for. […]

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Buyers: Challenged by Student Debt? Consider Down Payment Programs

July, 8 2018

Student loan debt is one of the biggest factors impacting millennials’ ability to purchase a home. According to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), 80 percent of millennials do not own a home, and, of that, 83 percent say student loan debt is impacting their ability to buy. Millennials expect to be delayed from home-buying […]

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5 Tips to Help You Find a Starter Home

July, 4 2018

(TNS)—First-time homebuyers might well wonder: Where are all the starter houses? They’re right to ask, because starter homes are becoming increasingly scarce in many housing markets. Housing inventory is low and home prices are soaring. What’s a first-time buyer to do? Here are five tips for finding a starter home: Be realistic about today’s market. […]

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