August 2018

Found 9 blog entries for August 2018.

One of the most challenging aspects of selling your home is keeping it clean and pristine for future buyers who seem to stop by with only a moment’s notice. Keeping your home show ready is necessary if you want to sell quickly. This process can be made far less stressful if you incorporate these seven hacks.


1. Simplify your belongings:

Sort and discard unwanted items before you pay a mover to move them. Doing so will not only help you when organizing your new home, it will automatically make your current one look less cluttered. Consider renting a storage unit for belongings you wish to keep that are not used daily. The savings gained from selling your home sooner will outweigh the nominal cost. Many self-storage companies offer very low

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Owning a home is one of the greatest American dreams. You get to decorate it as you like, customize your bedroom, or accessorize with the latest art painting. But did you know that having your own home comes with financial benefits?


Before you got a home, all the money went to the landlord, and nothing came to you as a tax deduction. However, once you buy a home, you’re entitled to some tax breaks. What’s more, these benefits do not only apply to single-family homeowners. Condominiums, apartments, townhouses, and mobile homes are all eligible as long as you are entering into a mortgage contract.


Here are some top tax benefits of owning a home.


Mortgage Interest Deductions

The fact that you can subtract any mortgage interest that

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Electrical Wiring

Electrical wiring can be a serious, and possibly deadly problem if overlooked during an inspection. The home inspection professional should check the electrical box to make sure that it is capable of supplying the needed power throughout the home. Older homes may have wiring that is not up to code, which the new home buyer will have to upgrade if not discovered before the inspection. Insulation on old wiring wears away after time, which can cause fires.

House Grading

The grade of the home and the lot is one of the most overlooked issues for home buyers. To avoid lower-level moisture and foundation issues, the property around the home must slope slightly away from the home. Experts suggest a slope of around one inch per foot for

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The expert who inspects your home will walk through every area of the interior and exterior, so you must prepare the property beforehand. Here are some tips for preparing your home for an inspection.


Tip 1: Perform Lawn Care

The inspector needs to reach all of the devices outside your home, including the air conditioner, utility lines and rooftop. Make sure to perform lawn care by trimming shrubs, weeds and trees. In addition, remove debris such as tree branches from your home’s lawns.


Tip 2: Provide Access To Every Building and Space

An inspector must look at every space in your home and its outbuildings. If there is a garden shed or a storage barn, make sure that there are keys available for these buildings. Inside a home, the

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Renovating your home can be messy, untimely and at times disturbing if you don’t lay a proper construction plan. Seeking the services of a professional remodeling contractor to estimate the cost of the project can be of great help in making every dollar count. If you decide to rehab your home, what you plan is what you always want and wish to pay. The last thing homeowners want is to pay a higher house rehabbing price tag than what the contractor had estimated. Unfortunately, things don’t always go as scheduled. Numerous activities may arise in the course of the project process that escalates the final cost of the home rehabbing venture. This has become a common problem with majority home renovation projects with the homeowner ends up paying more than

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Recent studies suggest that buying your own home is still cheaper than renting one. Purchasing a home especially your first home can be an exciting experience accompanied by a touch of uncertainty and confusion. Buying your first home will make you enthusiastic about the feeling that you are close enough to officially owning a home. This entire process is unfamiliar, intimidating and time-consuming. Almost all first time home buyers are naive and inexperienced in this real estate market. As a first time home buyer, finding the right information to help and guide you through the all process is crucial. In this era of advanced technology, you can find so much information online. This article talks about the ten terms first-time home buyers should know

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You may have heard the terms buyer’s market and seller’s market, but you may not be certain how these terms relate to you and your real estate goals. These two terms describe the relationship between supply and demand in the real estate industry. When you learn more about them, you may be able to better time your buying and selling activities so that you act in a more strategic time. Remember that markets can change between a buyer’s and seller’s market slowly or rather quickly, depending on the economic circumstances. In some cases, there may even be a relative equilibrium between supply and demand. Analyzing these conditions before you decide to buy or sell is a smart idea.


A Buyer’s Market

When you hear that your local real estate market is

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Kitchens are the most valued room in the house. It's where everyone likes to gather and it's a huge selling point when your home is on the market. Your kitchen is going to be noticed. It pays to invest in it.

But full scale remodels can be expensive. And time-consuming. The average kitchen renovation costs $22,000 and takes anywhere from two to six months to complete. Before you get too discouraged, understand that you can install some kitchen upgrades at a fraction of the cost. Even the most inexperienced DIY-er has a few projects they can handle.

When you want to upgrade your kitchen on a budget, think of things like:

Cabinet Refacing

There are a few ways you can go here. Traditional cabinet refacing uses the existing cabinetry and is

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Check the Location

It just makes good sense that before you hand over a down payment on a property that is going to increase your debt, you want to make sure that property is in a good location. You can use what is often referred to as "fixing and flipping". The investor can build equity by buying what would be considered the most run-down house on a street. By investing the money to put that house in good shape, you make it attractive to a buyer who wants a house in a nice area.


Don’t Buy the First Thing You See- Look Around

The initial appearance of a property may appeal to an investor, but don't give in to the urge to buy quickly. Your personal preferences should not come in to play here. If investing in rental property you may think that

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