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Be A Blessing - 08/25/11 01:24 PM
Have you ever notice how some people keep good ideas to themselves? Maybe even that is you! Even if it is you're not alone and won't be condemned here for not sharing. Yet if you take a step back and give that topic some thought you probably also have noticed how those who are most successful rarely mind sharing or helping others? Those who are most successful rarely feel threatened if they help others out. They know they will lose none of their own blessings by providing opportunities for someone else. How is this best accomplished? First, it takes an understanding of your own strengths. Perhaps you're blessed with (2 comments)
How To Respond To A Low Offer On Your Home - 08/22/11 04:42 AM
Consider before you ignore a very low purchase offer for your home. A counteroffer and negotiation could turn that low purchase offer into a sale. When you receive a low offer on your house, the best response is to counter with a price you're willing to accept. You just received a purchase offer from someone who wants to buy your home. You’re excited and relieved, until you realize the purchase offer is much lower than your asking price. How should you respond? Set aside your emotions, focus on the facts, and prepare a counteroffer that keeps the buyers involved in the deal. (59 comments)
Is Buying A Home Cheaper Than Renting? - 08/21/11 07:50 AM
If you're renting and have thought of owning a home, now may be a good time. Trulia is reporting that during the month of July, buying was cheaper than renting in 74% of the country's 50 largest cities. What's tipping the scale to make buying cheaper than renting? It's the combination of declining home prices and historically low interest rates. Today, interest rates for 30-year and 15-year fixed have been hovering near 4%. Also, the increased demand for rental units is pushing rents up, making now a good time to buy. The current environment is making purchasing a home enticing for those who are (9 comments)
Helpful Punchlist When Purchasing A Home. - 08/18/11 08:20 AM
Here's a helpful punch list to use when purchasing a home: Outside Grading:Does the ground around the foundation slope away from the house? Make sure the water does not pond or pool in large puddles, especially near the foundation. To check, water the areas with a hose, if possible. Are there signs of erosion? Is the shrubbery placed at least 2-3 feet from the foundation Roof and Gutters:Are the shingles flat and tight? Is the flashing securely in place? Do the gutters, downspouts and splash blocks drain away from the house? Exterior Appearance: Are the windows and doors sealed and protected (3 comments)
8 Tips For Those Buying A Home. - 08/13/11 09:31 AM
Wanting or deciding to buy a home are two different things. The first is a desire or an emotion. The second is a goal and a commitment to achieve it. What goals do you set when planning the of purchasing of a home? Is this something you'd like to do, but could just pass if it seems too hard or life becomes busy? Or, is this a process that leads to an ultimate goal? If you are ready to commit to the goal of buying, below are eight tips to help you on the path of achieving it. 1. Decide where you will buy Location is a key (1 comments)
Tips To Sell A Home - 08/08/11 03:56 PM
In today's challenging real estate market many sellers want to know the secret to selling their homes quickly. Unfortunately, there are no absolute answers that equals the perfect sale. There are however certain factors that affect how quickly and for how much your home sells. Below are some of the main factors. Consider how these apply to your own home. 1. Curb Appeal:Curb appeal is the first impression of your home. You must keep the yard orderly and maintained when your home is on the market. Anything that can be viewed as a negative and can be seen when a prospective buyer approaches (0 comments)
Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.