Homes for sale are surprisingly common targets for thieves. While they may seem empty to some, experienced thieves know that they are easy targets that can still be full of valuables. If you are putting your home on the market, you need to know how to keep it safe from intruders. 

Why Empty Homes are a Tempting Target

Empty homes are a tempting target for thieves because most home robberies are crimes of opportunity. Thieves may plan to come rob a home, but they are not concocting elaborate plans to circumvent security systems. Instead, they tend to look for homes that are easy targets - and no target is more tempting than an easy home. After all, there's no chance that a person will be home to call the police, and the odds of being interrupted in…

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Finding your dream home is a massive undertaking. Because of this, it is always vital that you ask plenty of questions when you're looking into a specific property. Today, we're going to examine a few of the best questions you can ask to determine whether a home is right for you. 

What Are The Local HOA Fees?

HOA fees are a commonly unforeseen cost that plague new homeowners. Many neighborhoods have monthly HOA fees upwards of $500. We always recommend consulting with your realtor to determine the monthly cost of HOA fees. This will allow you to determine whether a property is actually within your price range. 

What Is The Value Of This Property

Although this point may seem obvious, many buyers often fail to realize the market value of…

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At some point, the space in which you live won't fit you quite as well. When this happens, you'll need to decide between selling your home and renovating. Understanding the pros and cons of each will help to make that choice a bit easier. 

Renovation Pros and Cons

Pro: Keeping Your Space

Perhaps one of the most important reasons individuals choose to renovate a space is because they aren't interested in moving. Renovations allow you to make alterations to a space that you already own, cutting out the necessity of moving and allowing you to keep all the other things you love about your home.

Con: Cost

Unfortunately, you're going to pay for the convenience of staying in one place. Major renovations can run into the tens of thousands of…

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If you are planning on putting your home up for sale sometime soon, you might be hoping to sell it as quickly as possible. These are a few upgrades that are sure to help you achieve that goal.

1. Painting

Painting is an affordable project that makes a big difference in the look of your home. Consider going with fresh, neutral colors so that your home will appeal to more buyers.

2. Replacing Flooring

If the flooring in your home is worn out, stained or outdated, it might be time to replace it. Look into hardwood and other popular options.

3. Replacing Light Fixtures

Sometimes, all it takes to freshen up a room is to add new light fixtures. New light fixtures can also be added outdoors to give your home more curb appeal. Consider looking…

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Buying a foreclosure can seem like a great way to get a new home without having to pay quite as much as you would for a more traditional property. Before you buy a foreclosure, though, you'll need to learn a bit more about the process. Buying a foreclosure can be a good choice, but only if you understand what doing so entails. 

How to Buy the Home

There are two methods of buying a home that's in foreclosure. The first is buying a house at auction. This is uncommon for those not in the real estate business, as it requires you to be able to buy the house immediately with money that you have on-hand and you get no chance to inspect the property beforehand.

More common is buying a Real Estate Owned property. In this case, you go through much of the…

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Home staging has become a major tool for selling a home quickly and for the highest price. Investopedia defines home staging as visual merchandising that utilizes interior design principles to create a flattering impression. 

Pros of Hiring a Stager

Real estate agents often recommend that sellers hire a stager before listing their home for sale. Below are the top reasons cited for professionally staging a home. 

1. Staging makes a home look more spacious.

One of the main purposes of staging is to remove clutter and excess furniture from your home. It should be easy for buyers to walk through any room without bumping into furniture crowded into a room. A home filled with knickknacks and too much furniture feels cluttered and is less…

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Buying real estate involves more than just finding an available house or plot of land. Most buyers simply find what they want, make an offer, and go from there. But it’s wise to do a land survey first before buying a plot of land with or without a house on it. The land survey will reveal important things about the property you need to know.

The Importance of a Land Survey

A land survey tells you exactly what you’re getting. The surveyor will measure property boundaries to make sure they’re correct. Otherwise, you could actually get less than what you’re expecting. The surveyor can also determine if nearby driveways, sidewalks, fences, or other structures are on the property.

The survey is also important because someone might have a building or…

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Taking out a mortgage is one of the biggest expenses most people will make in their lifetime. Even though it is a huge financial responsibility, almost half of new home buyers don't put in the necessary time to compare different lenders to find the best rate.

These days, there are more options to consider than traditional credit unions, banks and mortgage brokers. Many home buyers are turning to the internet to find mortgage lenders. It can be intimidating to think about taking out a huge mortgage from an online lender. Below are some of the pros and cons of using an online mortgage company to take into consideration.

Pros Of Using An Online Mortgage Company

1. Lower Interest Rates Available

One of the main advantages of an online mortgage…

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Whether you're interested in increasing the value of your home for yourself or for future sales, it’s best to consider multiple ways to do so. Some of the most innovative approaches to increasing the value of your house involve the use of timers. Considering the vast ways in which timers can help may encourage you to purchase at least a few.

Lighting Systems

Timers for lights are pivotal ways to raise both the value and security of your home. For example, you can time lights around the exterior of your home to go on when night falls, which brings up a sense of security. Furthermore, in the event that you are away from home, you can have the lights go on and off with a timer, thereby giving off the appearance that someone is home and making the house…

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8 Things to Consider Before Renting to Tenants

There are great reasons for renting an apartment that is above the garage of your home to earn extra cash, or alternatively, you might want to take an extended vacation abroad while renting your entire home to tenants. If you want to make money from your Greenville home, then there are several things that you should do first.

Check Your Local Zoning Regulations

Before you rent a room or an entire home, you must check the local zoning regulations. You may need a permit to rent to tenants, and in some cases, an inspection of your property is required first. Failing to follow these guidelines can lead to financial fines or other penalties.

Check Your Tax Situation

When you are renting a home or a…

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