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SELLING YOUR HOUSE? BETTER PREPARE FOR THE HOME INSPECTION

SELLING YOUR HOUSE? BETTER PREPARE FOR THE HOME INSPECTION

You’ve got a contract on your home for sale—congratulations! But before you pop the cork on the champagne, you’ve got to go through an ordeal that could make or break that sweet deal: a home inspection.The home inspection is a contingency written into most offers, meaning that if the buyers aren’t happy with the result, Read More

 

8 COSTLY MISSTEPS NEW HOMEOWNERS MAKE IN THEIR FIRST YEAR

8 COSTLY MISSTEPS NEW HOMEOWNERS MAKE IN THEIR FIRST YEAR

The negotiations are over. Your mortgage is settled. The keys to your first home are in hand.Finally, you can install your dream patio. You can paint the walls without losing your security deposit. Heck, you could knock out a wall. You’re soooo ready to be a homeowner. So ready in fact, you’re about to make Read More

 

9 ESSENTIAL THINGS EVERY NEW HOMEOWNER SHOULD HAVE

9 ESSENTIAL THINGS EVERY NEW HOMEOWNER SHOULD HAVE

When Lauren Hunter and her husband moved into their first home in Hilliard, Ohio, the previous homeowner had left behind a ladder. “It turned out to be awesome,” Hunter says. “You don’t realize how many situations where ladders make things easier. Hanging pictures is one thing, but try hanging curtains in a two-story great room.” Read More

 

HAVE YOU FALLEN OUT OF LOVE WITH YOUR HOUSE? HERE’S WHY

HAVE YOU FALLEN OUT OF LOVE WITH YOUR HOUSE? HERE’S WHY

Remember that moment you first laid eyes on your home? How you swooned over those soaring ceilings and gleaming hardwood floors? And what about the stainless-steel appliances in the kitchen that left you utterly smitten? So you made an offer that was accepted. A few months later you moved in, giddy. Every morning you woke Read More

 

4 COMMON REAL ESTATE SCAMS THAT SMART PEOPLE FALL FOR

4 COMMON REAL ESTATE SCAMS THAT SMART PEOPLE FALL FOR

Buying a home is one of the most stressful experiences out there—in fact, nearly 70% of people who have bought or sold a house report finding it more stressful than having a baby, changing jobs, or getting married, according to a survey. And why not? After all, this is the largest purchase that most of Read More

 

Los Angeles is Investors #1 Target

Los Angeles is Investors #1 Target

          There’s $1.7 trillion of dry powder across the globe just waiting to be deployed into real estate in 2017. Los Angeles was the No. 1 target for investors in the Americas, while New York City slipped down one spot to No. 3. But investor concerns ranging from a real estate bubble Read More

 

8 Factors that Will Influence the Sale of Your Home

8 Factors that Will Influence the Sale of Your Home

1. Price the property competitively. 2. Allow the property to be shown with or without an appointment, just as long as the prospective buyer’s agent is present. Make sure to get the agent’s business card. 3. Whenever possible, please be out of the house when prospective buyers and their agents want to see it. Buyers Read More

 

Home-Price Increases Outpace Rising Rents in Major U.S. Cities

Home-Price Increases Outpace Rising Rents in Major U.S. Cities

With rent growth flattening out and home prices continuing to shoot up, renting is starting to look like a better choice than buying for the first time in years. Home-price appreciation is outpacing rent growth in all 23 of the metropolitan areas tracked by a national index produced by Florida Atlantic University and Florida International University faculty. Read More

 

7 Home Hacks That Make Maintenance Easier

7 Home Hacks That Make Maintenance Easier

1. Tuck Chalk in Your Toolbox to Stop RustYou can keep the metal tools and hardware in your toolbox rust-free with blackboard chalk. How so? Chalk is a moisture-sucking material that traps dampness. When you place several pieces throughout your toolbox, its porous nature will protect items prone to rusting. Bonus tip: Got a musty Read More

 

Top Tips for the Coming Tsunami of First-Time Home Buyers

Top Tips for the Coming Tsunami of First-Time Home Buyers

It is exciting to see traffic and survey data this fall indicating that first-time home buyers are poised to come back in a big way in 2017. The level of first-time purchases has been depressed—and, frankly, depressing—ever since the real estate market hit bottom in 2011. While first-time buyers now represent over half of the Read More

 
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