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Home owner's insurance shopping tips! - 04/29/08 12:24 AM
Here are a few suggestions to keep in mind while you are shopping for a home owners insurance company, and policy. This information can be viewed as a common sense list, but more importantly this is a list that simply provides basic education. Keep it in mind and use it during the process. 1.Your home owners insurance agents look at you as a statistic. To the insurance company you are a set of risks instead of a person. They based your premium as well is how much to ensure you for on risk factors. Included in those risk factors are (0 comments)
GMAC Wonders What Obstacles Exist for Prospective Homeowners - 04/28/08 10:57 PM
In a survey recently conducted by the GMAC mortgage company, a thousand customers nationwide were asked to ascertain any obstacles they have to homeownership. 24% of them specify a lack of fiscal security, at the same time 23% indicated saving for down payment. Both of these issues can be as difficult as shopping for the home itself. This survey was conducted to gauge the need for home ownership education regarding the home buying process. With these results the bottom line appear to be potential home buyers wanted to learn more about the financial issues as well as the real estate and (0 comments)
The National Association of Home Builders hosted a conference with economists - 04/27/08 08:31 PM
Thursday the National Association of Home Builders hosted a conference with economists. The goal of this conference was to ascertain projections for this year’s housing and home construction markets. According to the economists who attended 2008 is projected to continue to decline nationwide. According to the projections combinations between oil prices and credit crisis that if trigger financial difficulties will continue to stall the home and housing market until 2009. The United States federal tax rebate is anticipated to trigger a positive response from the economy. How it impacts the housing market remains to be seen. It is not anticipated to (0 comments)
Big impact for home Improvements small budget - 04/26/08 12:33 AM
We have all seen shows for home improvement some with large budgets some with small budgets. What they all have in common is the fact that there will most definitely be a cost. Since a large budget provides a limitless selection products and materials to make a big impact, we will explore the products and materials that will provide the most bang for your buck. So, let’s “clear the room” and get started! Paint: There is no denying what a fresh coat of paint can do to faded walls or the life that it renews to a well worn piece of (1 comments)
The Untapped Green Market - 04/23/08 02:45 PM
Recently it has become evident that the American appetite for green technology and consumer products is massively under attended. The 2007 National Technology Readiness Survey (NTRS) revealed this vital fact. Annually the Center for Excellence in Service at UM's School of business and technology sponsors a survey on green technology and how interested adults are therein. The firm Rockbridge Associates Inc, who conducted the survey for UM, ascertained that 71% of the adults in the United States are interested in green technology. The unfortunate fact is that there is a significant gap between products available and what people would say they (1 comments)
Condo and Townhome Outlook - 04/23/08 01:47 AM
As home sales are starting to increase across all the markets, the town home and condo market is still on the decline. This aspect of the market has been on a steady decline for the last 7 consecutive months. March prices vs a year ago were down yet again. In Houston along the sales prices fell 8.5% in March alone with the median price going down another 6% to 126,950 based on numbers release by the Houston Association of Realtors. One common solution among the owners is leasing the properties. Overall the market is down in the county and foreclosures (0 comments)
The Key to Finding Your Niche in Real Estate Investing: Research - 04/22/08 11:27 AM
Real Estate is a market many people want to learn about. There are many ways to educate your self on the industry, however the best way to start would be to determine what aspect of the industry best interest you. As with any part of business, or any industry that is open, there are many options to chose from. One popular and often profitable area is purchasing an under priced home and renovating in a brief period of time for a profit. Another growing aspect of the real estate industry is renting foreclosed homes. Both take significant dedication and focus to (0 comments)
Keep Your New Home’s Bathrooms Looking Like New - 04/15/08 04:40 PM
If you have recently purchased a new home or are considering a purchase, there are some things that you should know about keeping your bathroom looking like new and avoiding costly repairs. A little bit of preventative maintenance can go along way, particularly in rooms with a high chance of water damage, like a bathroom. Here are some home maintenance tips to keep your hard earned money from going down the drain, paying for repairs that could have been avoided. Always turn on the ventilation fan to keep mold and mildew from accumulating in the room. As these organisms feed on (0 comments)
Dallas-Fort Worth Dodging The Bullet - 04/11/08 11:00 PM
Across the majority of the country, listings of pre-existing homes are skyrocketing and prices are dropping, due to the mortgage crisis we are facing. Many cities and states are seeing enough homes on the market to sustain buyers for the next two years, or even longer in some areas. One area that has been missed by this national trend is Dallas-Fort Worth. This metro area has only seen a slight increase in listed pre-existing homes in the past year, staying very close to their four-year average. A recent article in the Dallas Morning News states that the tight market in the (1 comments)
Lights on in the Kitchen - 04/10/08 02:08 PM
If you want to cook well, you have to be able to see what you are doing. You need to be able to distinguish between the carrot and the cucumber, the chicken and the steak, and the pasta and the rice. You have to be able to easily find your utensils, maneuver through the room and have multiple projects going at once. You can’t do any of this if you don’t have proper lighting, because with a dim room, everything is a blur. Therefore, when designing your kitchen, it is crucial that you devote a good portion of your budget and (0 comments)
Coping with Your Floor’s Questionable Past - 04/09/08 11:39 PM
When it comes time for a new floor, you think about what will match your cabinets, what suits your style and what you can afford. You focus on the new and only the new, until you realize that the old may keep you from moving forward. Your current floor may very well pose some problems for the future, for it may very well be made with asbestos. Although banned from manufacturing in the 1970s, asbestos-laden floors were sold well into the 1980s. Sheets made with asbestos weren’t officially taken off of the market until there was none left to put on (0 comments)
Err on the Side of Print - 04/08/08 06:39 PM
If you are acting as a broker, you may be tempted to skip the formality of a written agreement, as it may not seem necessary to you. And while it may not be necessary - you don’t always need a written agreement - that doesn’t mean skipping it is wise. Not having one could cause a number of problems in the future. If, for example, a buyer agrees to pay you a commission but then does not, the only thing that will guarantee he is forced to pay is a written agreement. Without one, you don’t get your fee, rendering your time (2 comments)
Refinancing: Should You or Shouldn’t You - 04/07/08 04:02 PM
Refinancing may seem like the logical next step. It may seem like the only way for you to save money and avoid frightening rate increases. But, that may not be the case. Refinancing may actually, depending on your situation, provide you with no benefit, costing you time, money and trouble that you could have used in the long run. Therefore, before you refinance, review all aspects of the move, beginning with the rates. How much, if you don’t refinance, will your rates actually go up? There may be a cap on them, preventing a rise of more than two or three (0 comments)
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