2016

Give Your House A Turnkey Feel To Overcome A Stale Market

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When the real estate market in your city is stale, you may find that your house sits on the market for a number of months with little to no serious interest from buyers. A price drop may generate interest in your listing, but if you've already priced the house as competitively as you can, you might not be keen on lowering this number further. One approach that you can take is to give your house a turnkey feel — that is, make it as move-in ready as possible so that people won't feel that they need to invest a lot of money into getting the house up to par.

28 December 2016

Buying A Home In A Snowy Climate? 3 Ways To Keep Maintenance To A Minimum

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If you are moving to another state or even across the country, it may not be in your best interest to apply the same home buying tips to every location. It is important to understand that each state, city, or neighborhood will have unique characteristics that you should pay attention to as a home buyer. For instance, palm trees might be easy to maintain in Florida, but this will not be the case in most other parts of the country.

28 December 2016

Why Real Estate Commissions Are Very Fair

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If you have never sold a house before and are ready to sign a contract with a real estate agent to help you sell your home, you may be surprised to learn that the average real estate commission is around 6%. This might seem like a high rate for selling a house, but it really is a fair rate, and you may see this once you understand what your agent will do for you and how the commission is paid.

21 December 2016

Times To Think About Increasing The Listing Price Of Your Home

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When a home for sale is on the market for a while, the listing agent may confer with the owner and decide to lower the asking price. Doing so can be an effective way to generate renewed interest in the home, as well as help it to sell quickly. However, reducing the price isn't the only change that may be appropriate to make to this dollar figure. In some cases, it can be advantageous to increase the home's listing price.

29 November 2016

Setting The Correct Selling Price For Your Home

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One of the biggest mistakes you can make when listing your home for sale is to chase the highest selling price. The appeal of a high profit can tempt you to go for the real estate agent who gives you the highest property appraisal, leading to your home being quoted at a price that is unrealistic and unappealing to buyers. Read on to learn the dangers of going after an unrealistically high quoted selling price and how you can ensure your home is priced correctly.

24 October 2016

Tips For Finding A Dog-Friendly Home

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Shopping for a new home means keeping in mind the needs of everyone in your family, including your furry best friend. Finding a dog-friendly home in a dog-friendly neighborhood can mean the difference between a short-term house or a long lasting forever home. The following tips can help you find the perfect piece real estate for you and your pup. Tip #1: Be wary of HOAs Home owner's associations (HOA) aren't necessarily bad, just make sure that there are no guidelines that can affect pet ownership.

28 September 2016

3 Reasons You Should Rent Your Home For Instant Income Diversification (And One Reason You Shouldn't)

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Real estate investments can hold limitless possibilities, and they can provide true financial freedom in the form of instant income diversification. This can start from simply renting one house. When you decide to rent a property that you own, you can both increase the monthly income you receive and your peace of mind from knowing that your income is coming from more than one source. Here are some of the essential reasons you should consider renting your home for instant income diversification.

21 September 2016

Inexpensive Improvements That Boost Your Home's Value

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A new roof, a swimming pool, and additional square footage can all increase the value of your home in the eyes of a prospective buyer. Unfortunately, many people don't have the budget for such expensive home improvements. Here are three low-cost improvements that can also improve your home's value. Address Basic Maintenance Issues It's no secret that a well-maintained house is more appealing than one that is poorly maintained. However, "

26 August 2016

Helping Your Parents Find A 55+ Home To Buy? 3 Location Features To Prioritize

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As a young individual who grew up with the Internet, or at least has grown accustomed to using it on a daily basis, you have an easier time accessing the massive amounts of information available. While your parents are certainly capable of finding this information on their own, it may not come as easy to them. This is why you should get involved with the process of helping them find a 55+ property.

18 August 2016

3 Facts That Surprise Most First-Time Home Buyers

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Buying your first home can be an exciting process. From working with a lender to find a mortgage designed for first-time buyers to scouring the Internet and classifieds for that perfect place to call home, it is easy to see the stressful nature of buying a house. Unfortunately, most first time buyers do not do adequate research when it comes to buying real estate. If you are considering buying your first home, use this guide to avoid being shocked during the buying process.

9 August 2016