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Posted on 09/29/2020
How to Protect Unoccupied Property
Image by Philipp Berndt from Unsplash Sometimes the timelines for buying and selling a home don’t match up perfectly. You may have purchased a new home or need to relocate before you can sell your current residence. In these cases, your property may remain empty for weeks or months at a time. Here are a few ideas for...
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Posted on 09/22/2020
Tailor Your Home Search to Your Budget
For those who want to simplify the homebuying process, crafting a budget is ideal. Because if you tailor your house search to your finances, you can eliminate the risk of spending beyond your means to acquire your dream residence. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you budget for the homebuying journey. 1. Analyze Your Financial...
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Posted on 09/15/2020
Reasons to Live on a Corner Lot
Photo by Kaboompics.com via Pexels Since they see a lot more traffic than their inset counterparts, homes on the corner lot receive a lot of flak. As a result of these rumors, homebuyers might feel their hopes fall as they encounter the otherwise perfect house situated on these open properties. Much to their relief, however, many find that...
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Posted on 09/08/2020
Steer Clear of Buyer Turnoffs When Selling Your House
If you've decided to put your home on the market, one important thing to keep in mind is that perception is everything -- or close to it, anyway! The impression you make on prospective buyers can either help seal the deal or break it, depending on whether that impression is positive or negative. The visual aspects of your home...
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Posted on 09/01/2020
Top Reasons Not to Skip a Home Inspection
Life of Pix via Pexels If your lender does not demand it, skipping the home inspection might be fairly tempting as you move toward closing on the house of your dreams. Although moving full steam ahead might provide what you need in the moment, that decision could end up causing problems in the future. So, even though it...
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Posted on 08/25/2020
Factors that Could Break a Home Buying Deal
Photo by Edar via Pixabay Before you sign on the bottom line, know which items are negotiable and which negate the deal entirely. Clearly defining these in advance can save you significant headaches when the buying bug takes over. Your agent will remind you of your non-negotiables and keep you on the right track. Here are some big-ticket...
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Posted on 08/18/2020
How to Improve Your Home's Efficiency
Photo by SpeedKingz via Shutterstock Living green is the goal of many young homebuyers. Once in their new home, they want to take steps toward improving their home’s efficiency. The first step to improving your home’s energy efficiency is to choose the right house. Solar panels and LED light fixtures aside, the most efficient form of housing is...
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Posted on 08/11/2020
Which Home Improvements Add the Most Value to a Home
Photo by bidvine via Pixabay Some home projects and improvements can't wait - a leaking hot water heater or a water damaged floor need to be replaced right away. Other, planned renovations and upgrades are optional. Consider not only your current needs, but the potential impact of any large planned upgrade on your home's value before you proceed....
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Posted on 08/04/2020
Pros & Cons of "Subject-to" Real Estate
Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay When you're considering buying real estate as an investment, it's a good idea to weigh the pros and cons. That's especially important with "subject-to" real estate, because there can be risks and rewards with this type of property that are different from traditional purchases. Here's what you should be considering, before you...
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Posted on 07/28/2020
Should You Buy a Smart Home Device?
There is no shortage of smart home devices available to property owners nationwide. From light bulbs to thermostats, there are lots of devices that you can pick up to transform an ordinary residence into a smart house. Ultimately, there are plenty of reasons to invest in smart home devices. These reasons include: 1. Smart home devices offer unmatched convenience....
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Posted on 07/21/2020
Should You Negotiate with a House Seller?
For those who want to buy a home, it generally is a good idea to remain open to negotiating with a seller. That way, you can acquire your dream residence without delay. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you streamline a negotiation with a home seller. 1. Be Flexible There is no telling how a...
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