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HOUSE: GROUNDS * Check condition of driveways and walks. * Check window wells, dry wells and storm drains for blockage. * Check fencing conditions and gate operation. * Check retaining walls for cracks, bulges and leaning. * Check all landscaping; trim all bushes and trees. * Check all out-buildings, porches and patios. * Check for proper grading and drainage throughout property. * Check lawn sprinkler system operation. * Check all equipment in preparation of pool opening. * Check (during rainstorm) for drainage away from foundation. SIDING AND CHIMNEYS * Check all surfaces for damage or deterioration. * (0 comments)
Via Brian Turner (Keller Williams Preferred Properties): We have a big financial crisis in America.It's not the weak housing market, rising unemployment, inflation, the collapse of Bear Stearns or Lehman Brothers, fallout from the subprime mortgage fiasco, declining home prices, stock market volatility or geopolitical unrest in the Middle East. Sure they have made front page news; however they're not the real issue. They are symptoms of the "spending crisis" in America. They are symptoms of the real issue - that we are a country of financially illiterate people.In the June 2008 issue of the Journal of Financial Planning, Elisabeth Donati, founder (0 comments)
Via Brian Turner (Keller Williams Preferred Properties): SOME USEFUL TIPS FOR HOMEBUYERS/SELLERS! Use this forum to post some useful home buying tips for new and existing Buyers and Sellers.To start off:5 Reasons You Need a REALTOR®1. A real estate transaction is complicated. In most cases, buying or selling a home requires disclosure forms, inspection reports, mortgage documents, insurance policies, deeds, and multi-page government-mandated settlement statements. A knowledgeable guide through this complexity can help you avoid delays or costly mistakes.2. Selling or buying a home is time consuming. Even in a strong market, homes in our area stay on the market for an (0 comments)
Loan Modifications...Are they Working? - 04/03/09 01:19 PM
According to an article on the Bloomberg website, loans that were modified in the later part of 2008 are failing at a faster rate than those that were modified in the first part of 2008. Also what is most troubling is that these loans are not risky loans (the so-called subprime loans) which is increasing the credit default rate.In a conference call with reports, John Dugan of the Office of Comptroller and Currency mentions that the trends of re-deault are on the same pace a year ago. The Office of Thrift Supervision and the Office of the Comptroller and Currency stats (1 comments)
Via Brian Turner (Keller Williams Preferred Properties): THE ASSESSMENT APPEAL PROCESSProperty owners sometimes feel that the department's estimate of their property value is wrong. The assessment appeal process is available to allow property owners the opportunity to dispute the value determined by the department. Property values rise and fall to reflect the market. A property owner should file an appeal when they believe that their property is not valued at its current market value.Appeals may be filed on three occasions:1. upon receipt of an assessment notice;2. by a petition for review; and3. upon purchase of property between January 1 and June 30.APPEAL (0 comments)
"Time to Get off the Fence? - 04/01/09 10:15 AM
The Washington Post article mentions that prices are down but the psychological factors may keep buyers still waiting. Waiting for what? The bottom? Well, timing the real estate market is like timing the stock market...you can't do it. Experts say we are in the bottom now and who knows where the market will be six months or a year from now. One thing is for sure, there are some great deals out here now! Buyers are able to get closing help and money of the asking price. So if you are ready to take to plunge into the market now is (0 comments)
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