During the process of buying or selling a home, your real estate agent will wear a number of hats. These roles can relate to providing guidance, helping with the negotiation, and even connecting you with other industry professionals whose help you may need. You shouldn't be afraid to ask your agent to fulfill another duty — holding you to the commitments you make early in the process. It's easy to get swept up by the excitement or trying to buy or sell a home and end up betraying your original objectives, but a gentle reminder from your agent will come in handy.
22 December 2016
Renovating an old home is a great time to assess decades of damage from pests. Over time insects and rodents can damage walls, roofs, pipes, and wires. During a renovation, walls are taken down and apart, and much of this damage is finally visible. It's also a great time to not only fix damage caused by pests, but also to make sure that pest damage will be less likely in the future.
20 December 2016
Dealing with financial problems while you are in mourning for a spouse can be overwhelming. Nobody wants to handle real world problems when they need to escape reality while grieving, and the loss of a spouse has been well-established as one of the top life stressors. Unfortunately, financial issues don't disappear or take a break when you lose a spouse. If you need to sell your home after a death in the family, here are some important things to keep in mind.
16 December 2016
Staging a home is a popular tool that real estate agents and home sellers frequently utilize to help potential buyers better connect with a home. When you properly stage a home, you set it up in such a way that it showcases the true beauty of the house and accentuates the positive features that it offers. One underestimated but extremely important part of home staging is lighting. You need a mix of overhead lighting, task lighting, and accent lighting for a home to be effectively and optimally staged.
9 December 2016
When you are faced with trying to sell your rental home when you have a current tenant, the exact etiquette of how you should deal with both the tenant and potential home buyers can be confusing. It can quickly turn into an awkward situation, but it doesn't have to go in that direction. Be sure to follow these dos and don'ts if you want to sell your property before the current tenant moves out.
30 November 2016
If you are about to go through the process of selling a home, it is important to be as informed as possible. Sadly, those that are about to sell their first home can easily find themselves confused and bewildered by various misinformation. To prevent these myths from impacting your home-selling experience, you should be clear about several frequently shared myths concerning this process. Myth: You Should Always List Your Home For Far More Than Market Value To Strengthen Your Negotiating Position
29 November 2016
When you hire a real estate agent to help you in your quest to sell your home and buy another, you can expect that he or she will want to sit down with you to thoroughly discuss your needs. It's likely that you'll have lots of questions to ask the agent, but you should also expect that the agent will have some questions for you. This real estate professional isn't being nosy; by asking a series of questions, he or she will get a better understanding of your needs as a client and thus be able to help you more.
22 November 2016
Homes are bought and sold every day. In fact, over 5 million homes were sold in 2015 alone, making the real estate market a constant avenue for buying and selling. Unfortunately, there are many transactions that are never completed for one reason or another. Whether the buyer changed their mind or the seller changed their mind, it is important that you back out of the transaction without burning bridges. A purchase of a home is a big investment and should be done with caution; however, there are times when it just isn't the right decision.
21 November 2016
It isn't always easy to find a great apartment that fits within your monthly budget, especially in today's economy. However, it is important to keep in mind that landlords need to fill vacancies just as much as you need to find a place to live. So, while you aren't going to get half off of your rent, you may find that you can land a better deal by employing these negotiation tactics when looking to lease an apartment:
15 November 2016
If you want to invest in something that can turn you a nice profit, buying a duplex is a great financial decision. A duplex is similar to an apartment complex only it has fewer units to rent out, which means that you can get your feet wet making money from tenants without feeling overwhelmed. Duplexes are often used as primary residences for the people who own them as well, living in one side and renting out the other.
8 November 2016