buy: Written Contract Essential For Major Home Renovations - 09/26/16 03:07 PM
Question. We plan on adding two rooms and a bath to our house. What protection should we include in the contract with our architect and contractor?
Answer. I receive a number of questions on this topic every year. It is an area where an ounce of prevention can make a significant difference to the homeowner, and yet it always amazes me that homeowners will hire contractors for major renovations to their homes having only a loosely written one or two-page "letter agreement" or nothing in writing at all.
In my opinion, it is absolutely essential to have a written contract with your home … (0 comments)

buy: 3 Things You Need to Know About Insuring Your Vacation Home - 09/26/16 03:02 PM
Ready to purchase a summer home along the coast or a winter home in the mountains? Although it may seem like a can't-miss investment, a vacation home could prove to be more expensive than you think, especially when you consider what it takes to insure this residence.
Believe it or not, vacation home and homeowners insurance are not interchangeable. Even though vacation home insurance may offer some of the same coverage as a typical homeowners' policy, certain exceptions could apply.
What differentiates vacation home insurance from a homeowners' policy? Here are three things you need to know about insuring your vacation home, and … (0 comments)

buy: How To Make Your Offer On Your Next Home Stand Out - 09/16/16 06:44 AM
It may seem hard to imagine but, yes, the cycle has spun around and in some markets there are bidding wars leaving buyers wondering, "What can I do to make my offer stand out?"
The real estate market is again heating up and many buyers are trying to get into the market now after taking a long break. For some, it's a chance to become first-time homeowners. For others, it's a chance to make a move up to a larger home or to buy a second home. Still others may have owned in previous years and are now getting back into homeownership. … (1 comments)

buy: Hiring a Handyman When Selling Your Home - 09/15/16 06:39 AM
As you get ready to sell your home, you may discover the need to make numerous repairs and updates. But when do you have the time? Most jobs you can do yourself, but others require a little more skill. Maybe it's time to consider hiring a handyman.
According to Angie's List, hiring a handyman can prevent waste and overcharging, as the handyman will only charge you for hours worked. Plus they keep their rates low with low overhead and by not having to pay other workers.
A handyman is someone who can handle small painting and carpentry jobs that can be completed quickly. … (1 comments)

buy: Homeowner Happiness And How It Affects You - 09/15/16 02:21 AM
Owning your own home can be one of the most exciting times of your life. But are you truly happy with your current situation? According to a recent survey by HomeAdvisor, there are a number of different factors that come into play that determine whether someone is happy with their current living situation or not.
Some of the key factors include:
*Accessibility -- Homeowners don't want to spend hours having to get from one location to another. They want to be able to get to any important services, attractions and employment opportunities within the shortest amount of time possible. On average, Americans spend … (0 comments)

buy: What If Your Home Appraisal Is Too Low? - 08/06/16 05:10 PM
You have signed a contract to purchase a house. Your potential lender has qualified you for the mortgage loan, on the condition that the house will appraise high enough to support the loan. Now you have learned that the appraisal has come in too low, and the lender is not prepared to commit the loan.
You have a number of options.
Let's take this example. Your contract price is $500,000, and you are seeking a loan which will be 80 percent of the purchase price -- or $400,000. Such a loan will help you avoid paying private mortgage insurance (PMI) premiums. However, the … (1 comments)

buy: Time to Remodel or Buy? Consider Insurance in Your Decision - 07/21/16 03:11 PM
Desirable location: check. Good infrastructure: check. Quality school districts: check. Neighbors you can stand: check. What if you have all this but your house is no longer the perfect fit? Maybe the bathroom's too small, you'd like to finish that room over the garage or perhaps you have another child on the way and you're going to need lots more room. What do you do?
Is it time to remodel, or is it time to buy a new home and move?
There are a lot of economic factors to consider in your decision, and insurance should be included in that list. Knowing how … (0 comments)

buy: 5 Steps to Find Perfect Furniture for Your New Home - 06/20/16 09:33 AM
Congratulations on your new home! This is an opportunity to think holistically about the interior design and decoration of your home. Have you ever been in a house where nothing seems to go with anything else? A house with stylistic clashes in its furniture and decor can feel like a conversation in which no one is listening to anyone else. Follow these steps for a smooth decorating transition to your new home.
1. Planning
The first step is to survey the territory. Start by listing any furniture or decorative element (a rug or framed art) you are keeping from your prior home. Also … (1 comments)

buy: 7 Smart Renovations Under $500 - 06/20/16 09:26 AM
If you're thinking about selling your home, you may be stressed out about all the things you need to do to get it market ready, and all the costs associated with those updates. Renovations don't have to cost you a fortune. By thinking smart about some of the updates that will have the greatest impact, you can minimize your spend and maximize your investment.
1. Give your kitchen some attention
If there's one spot that can make or break your home sale, it's this. You could spend thousands on new countertops and cabinets - and your agent may advise you to do some … (0 comments)

buy: 5 Front Yard Landscaping Tips That Will Wow Buyers - 06/10/16 06:56 PM
Your front yard is the red carpet inviting buyers into the beauty that is your home. If it's rugged, messy and unkempt, buyers will take one look and then keep on driving to the next property on their list. Don't let that happen by making your front yard luscious and as amazing as the inside of your home.
What areas should you focus on in your front yard? Where do you start? To help you break down the revitalization of your front yard, here are the steps you should take:
1. Cut the grass.
Buyers don't want to trudge through high grass as though … (1 comments)

buy: The Power of Investing in What You Know - 06/07/16 08:41 AM
Perhaps the greatest error a real estate buyer can make is to purchase a property in a city or state where he has no contacts or no history of any kind. This situation, which is easily avoidable, too often becomes an unavoidable problem -- a financial albatross -- because of ignorance by one party and possible indifference by another.
Put another way, when you invest in commercial or residential real estate -- when you become the new owner of a rental building or a house in an otherwise strange (to you) locale -- expect more problems than prosperity.
I offer this advice not … (1 comments)

buy: 5 Basement Renovations That Pay Off - 05/23/16 07:58 AM
With homeowners using their basements for laundry, exercise and storage, aesthetics are usually a secondary concern. How can you update the looks of your basement? Here are a few ideas worth exploring:
#1 Enhance the Floor
Floors in busy areas eventually end up in bad shape. A new floor will tremendously enhance the appeal of your basement. The costs of a new floor are less expensive than most homeowners assume. Vinyl floors are affordable, tough and require little upkeep. Apply an epoxy coating for an even cheaper flooring option. Several coats of epoxy make even the roughest floors look new.
#2 Add Shelves
Clutter undermines … (0 comments)

buy: Designing Your Home Like A Pro In 10 Steps - 05/23/16 07:52 AM
Pulling together a flawless home isn't easy. But you don't need to be an expert (or hire one) to create an inviting space - you just need to follow a few expert rules.
Heed these designer tips to get a designer look that Freshome says is "fabulous and functional, all at the same time," in your home.
1. Pick the perfect paint color
Paint is one of the easiest ways to transform a room, but choosing the right hue can be challenging. Staging pro Meridith Baer had a few suggestions on Elle Décor to make it easier. "When you go to pick paint, either … (0 comments)

buy: Mortgage Payments When You Are In Financial Trouble - 05/17/16 03:10 PM
None of us can appreciate -- nor anticipate -- the future. Although we always believe it will never happen to us, once in a while, calamity strikes, and then we have to address these very hard and difficult questions.
You own a house, with a sizable mortgage. Suddenly, you (or your spouse) lost their job, and you cannot make the monthly mortgage payments.
There are a number of options you should immediately consider. However, the very first thing you should do is to talk with your lender. Don't just discuss your issues with a low-level employee. Try to go as high up the … (0 comments)

buy: Poor Communications Can Lead to Transaction Problems - 03/24/16 09:58 PM
During the past few weeks I have participated in Realtor® meetings where, during open discussion, members spoke with considerable concern about a growing lack of civility among agents engaged in transactions. No one predominate cause was suggested as the source of this phenomenon, though a good deal of blame was directed to the fact that, nowadays, agents who are counterparts in the same transaction are often likely not to know each other, not to see each other, or to become acquainted during the course of the transaction. They may not even converse with each other on the phone.
To an increasingly greater … (0 comments)

buy: Shared Equity: Helping Family Members Buy Their House - 02/09/16 10:46 AM
Your son and daughter-in-law want to purchase their first house, but their income will not carry the mortgage. There are a number of ways you can help them out. This column will focus only on a concept known as "shared equity".
This is an arrangement where you -- as investors -- own a portion of the property with your children. Under a shared equity arrangement, there generally are two separate entities. You (and your spouse, if applicable) would be considered the owner-investors, and your son and daughter-in-law would be considered the owner-occupants. The four of you would take title to the property. … (0 comments)

buy: Controlling The Look And Feel In Your HOA - 12/03/15 02:26 PM
Homeowner associations maintain control over the common elements and exterior appearance of the structures for a variety of reasons. Most HOAs are built with a design theme, exterior materials s and color palette that, if compromised, reduces the value of the homes. Well designed and enforced architectural design policies help maintain uniformity, which in turn helps support the highest home market values.
Maintaining high quality designs and materials improves maintenance by reducing repairs and frequency of replacement. Uniformity standards does not mean that changes can't be made. For commonly requested modifications, the board should establish standards and specifications that include cost, durability, … (0 comments)

buy: How To Keep Your Home Clean And Refreshed 24-7 - 11/30/15 03:01 PM
Keeping your home spic and span can sometimes feel like too tough a challenge. No matter how often you clean, the house seems to get dirty again before the floors have even dried. For those who don't have hours to spend cleaning, worry not! There are simple, effective ways to keep your home clean on a daily basis. Here are some tips to consider:
Invest in doormats. Placing doormats at your back and front doors helps cut the amount of dirt and debris trailing into your home. Placing additional mats outside can help cut even more.
Groom pets daily. Pet hair -- especially … (1 comments)

buy: Contract-Free Home Tech Worth the Money - 11/23/15 04:33 PM
It may be difficult to save money when tempted by the endless technology, apps, services and gadgets saturating the marketplace. Fortunately, many choices don't require a monthly contract and can be purchased outright without any ongoing fees other than the use of your Wi-Fi signal. Here are some impressive contract-free technology choices that are worth the investment and help you save in the long run.
Home Security Cameras
According to an article in U.S. News Money, home security equipment can run up to $1,200 and cost $100 a month for monthly service. But is the cost of home security cameras actually worth it? … (1 comments)

buy: Buying An Historic Home - 11/06/15 09:44 PM
You've fallen in love with an old Victorian house and want to bring her back to her glory days. With dreams of starting the next row of "painted ladies," you close the deal.
You may already have some ideas of things you want to do to your new home, but before you make any changes to the structure itself, do a little research and make sure you have the answers to these three questions:
1. Is your home designated as historic - part of a state or federal historical building or neighborhood registry? If so, you may have to adhere to a number … (2 comments)

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