The safety of the neighborhood that you're thinking about one day living in is paramount to any home-buying decision. Safety is one of those necessary-but-insufficient factors that alone doesn't make a great home-buying decision but should, nonetheless, underlie all home purchases. A neighborhood with a track record of low crime and a responsive police force creates a feeling of security and calm. That said, high crimes rates can absolutely be quantified - the result of high crime rates in a particular neighborhood is invariably lower property values and a sense of unease that permeates the entire neighborhood. That's clearly not what any future home buyer is looking for. Fortunately, there are crime-tracking apps that are available for free and can…
Whether you live in an apartment or condo complex, a housing sub-division, or a traditional neighborhood, you likely may have a neighborhood association on some level. Becoming a part of your neighborhood association has many benefits to you as an individual. They are a group of individuals that genuinely care about the neighborhood you are a part of, and becoming a part of that genuinely caring group brings a lot of tangible benefits to both you and your neighborhood. Below are the top five reasons to become a part of your neighborhood association. Remember, if you don’t have one, there’s always an opportunity to start putting the word out about getting a group together to form one!
Help Accomplish Neighborhood Goals on a Large-Scale Basis
If you are looking for a way to upgrade the look of your home, then adding a water feature may be just the answer that you need. Water naturally has a calming effect and adds interest to the landscape of your property. Whether you are planning to sell your home, or keep it in the family, water features increase curb appeal and enjoyment.
There are many options when it comes to water features. You might opt for a large body of water such as a pond or pool. If you prefer a different waterscape, waterfalls and fountains offer beautiful elements to consider. You can also combine both still and moving water for a dramatic effect. If you are in a condo or apartment, think about adding a small fountain to the patio or balcony and surrounding it by…
Winterizing your home is the process of preparing your home for the challenging cold months ahead. Although that might be the furthest thing from your mind in August, getting the right tools for the job and developing a plan of action ahead of time will pay off later. Protecting your plumbing system, heating system, and cooling system while you can still get to everything in the warm weather is also convenient.
Anyone who has dealt with a ruptured pipe knows how difficult that situation can be. All of your furniture and personal items in the vicinity of the blast will get doused, and the water won't stop flowing until the water supply is physically turned off. Smaller ruptures in your pipes due to frigid temperatures can lead to mold…
Many people who own a home use escrow for their insurance and property taxes. That means the money for these two items is incorporated into your monthly mortgage payment and your lender takes care of paying them. That can mean you don't pay the close attention to your property taxes that you should. If your monthly mortgage payment increases it could be due to an increase in your property taxes. There are a couple of reasons why this might happen.
Your tax rate went up
One reason your property taxes might go up is that one or more of the taxing authorities raised its rate. In most jurisdictions, you are, at a minimum, paying property taxes to a school district and a city and/or county government. You might also be taxed by a community college,…
We realize not everyone can spend thousands on boosting their curb appeal. There are many ways to boost curb appeal that don't break the bank. Today, we'll be looking at seven ways you can boost your home's curb appeal on a budget. Let's get right in!
Invest In A Porch Light
If you invite guests over frequently, one of the most noticeable components of your front yard is the porch light. You should look to invest in a quality porch light that's both functional and visually attractive.
Make Your Mailbox Stand Out
You don't have to get a whole new mailbox, but putting a little bit of TLC into your mailbox area can make a big difference for your curb appeal. You may consider re-upping the paint on your mailbox, purchasing uniquely designed…
If you're looking to make a move to the city, one major decision to ponder is where you want to live. Urban areas are right in the heart of the city, while suburban living is often on the outskirts of the city. Today, we're going to compare urban and suburban living in six different categories. Let's get right in!
Urban: Home prices in urban areas are often expensive. This is because they're in close proximity to jobs, school, and work. Additionally, many of the homes offered in large urban areas are apartment complexes.
Suburban: Suburban homes are generally considered to be more affordable as compared with their urban counterparts. Additionally, you can expect to see quite a few single-family homes.
There are many considerations that go into a decision to buy a home in a certain area. This includes things like property taxes, crime rates, job opportunities, entertainment options and much more. For parents, though, one of the most important considerations is the quality of the schools in a certain district. If the schools are poor, they will probably decide to move somewhere else.
However, how do you find the best schools for your children before you buy a house? Answering this question may seem difficult on its own. Below are a few tools you can take advantage of to make your search much easier.
The United States Department of Education
One tool you should start with is provided by the US federal government. The United States Depart of…
What separates a good realtor from a great realtor? Simply put, a great realtor will possess the qualities of knowledge, enthusiasm, and accessibility. When buying or selling a home, it’s vital that one takes the time to shop around for the right realtor before signing on the dotted line. This is true whether one is a first-time buyer or a real estate veteran. Learning how to spot a great realtor will not only lead to better property choices but ultimately will save ample amounts of money and time.
Shopping for Knowledge
How does one measure the knowledge of a potential realtor? The easiest way is to ask the realtor how long he or she has worked in a particular neighborhood or city. Is the realtor comfortable naming streets and local…
Tear down homes are a potential option for home buyers. Although teardowns can be a risky option, there are several benefits of buying a teardown home. Today, we are going to look at the top five reasons you should look into buying a teardown home. Let's get right in!
You Want To Turn A Profit
If you are in the business of making money on real estate, teardowns can be an excellent option. For one, these properties are typically cheap to invest in. Additionally, it is easy to customize these homes for clients.
There are two main ways that you can make money from a teardown property. First of all, you could buy it on the cheap, renovate the home, and turn it for a profit. Additionally, you could rent the house out to renters or…