Thursday, April 25, 2019 / by Pamela Glende
Sellers did you know that Millennial’s make up a large portion of our home buying market. This is the generation born between 1981-1996. They are in their twenties to late thirty’s. They are expected to out number baby boomers in 2019. It is something as a seller you can’t ignore.
They know what they want in a home and they are willing to keep looking until they find it. They see home ownership as more affordable than renting. They know that owning a home makes financial sense. They stay within their budget and don’t want to overpay for a home.
They are looking for homes that have sustainable designs such as the use of green products and materials that are kind to our environment. Energy efficient appliances and smart thermostats.
They want homes that have smart technology, are eco-friendly and cost efficient. They also want homes to be a place of comfort and a quiet sanctuary. The quality of the neighborhood is at the top of their search as most impor ...
Monday, April 8, 2019 / by Connie Tracy
If you are getting ready to move, whether you've been in your current space for a few months or several years, you've probably accumulated plenty of things you use and love, and even more items you haven't touched since you brought them home. Now is the perfect time to purge those items and start fresh in your new home with intentional decor and less clutter. Here are some of the things you'll save when you let go:
How to Save for Your House
You'll Save Time:
Instead of waiting until you're ready to move, start sorting through your items now. Sell, donate, or trash the items that you've decided don't have a place in your future home. When you're ready to pack up for your move, you'll save so much time because you'll have less to pack (and unpack).
You'll Save Money:
3 Tips for Selling Your Home to a VA Buyer
Maybe some of the stuff you're considering letting go of is worth something. If that is the case, consider having a garage sale or selling your clothes to ...
Friday, March 29, 2019 / by Sara Koenig
I don't know anyone in the Real estate world that would tell you owning an income property is a bad idea.
Real estate is one of THE BEST investments that you can make, ever!
BUT....and this is a big BUT...when it comes to selling an income property, your tenants can be the ultimate sale killer and ensure that you NEVER sell that income property.
I've seen it so many times before. The thing to remember is that your tenant IS NOT selling a house, and in some cases may not have any sort of vested interest in the successful sale of your home...because ultimately the successful sale of your home means they are losing the place where they currently live. Right?
So, for this reason, my recommendation to my sellers in this situation is to move your tenant out and get your property ready to sell in a serious way. I know this isn't ideal considering you won't be getting rent for the period between listing and "SOLD" but you could cost yourself thousands of dollars by ...
Monday, March 25, 2019 / by Dixie Simon
What Not to Do Before Buying a New House
Most first-time home buyers are shocked to discover how many ways you can mess up a home purchase. You may have received your pre-approval, you've found a home you love and made an offer. If you want to avoid messing up that transaction, you need to be extremely careful until the sale has closed.
Use the following tips to protect yourself and your home purchase.
Making mistakes is easy when you have never bought a home before, or it has been a while since the last purchase. Avoid these home buying mistakes to keep the stress out of your life!
1. Don’t miss loan payments.
You must keep your payments current on all your loan accounts, including credit cards and car loans. The lender will look at your credit again before finalizing your mortgage, and if you have missed any payments, it may lead to you losing the loan.
Many buyers mistakenly believe that once the lender issues their loan commitment, th ...
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 / by Nicolette Samash
It’s important to be an educated consumer, especially when it comes to potential health risks. Lead based paint is one thing to have on your mind as a renter, home buyer, or existing homeowner. First, I’m going to explain a little bit about lead based paint – what/who is affected, what the dangers are, precautions and actions to take regarding it, and some informational links you can look to for more information. Then I will explain how this affects real estate and applies to the buying and selling of homes.
Lead based paint was widely used until it was banned in 1978. Before then, most of the paint for the interior and exterior of homes had lead based paint. According to www.leadlawsuits.com/history/history-of-the-use-of-lead-paint/, the general timeline was as follows:
· Use of white lead began in the Colonial times and ultimately peaked in 1922.
· In 1951, Baltimore ba ...