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Did you know your credit score is always changing? Your credit
score could be one number on one day and a different figure the
next and even vary from one credit reporting agency to the
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spending big money on remodeling and upgrading your home, getting
the most return for your investment is key. Spending $20,000 on an
upgrade that isn’t going to add value to your home may please you
in the moment, but not when your trying to sell and get that money
back. There are areas that are worth the investment and some that
The basic ares of your home are important to focus on. Things like
your roof, furnace, and siding are all big investments that bring a
big return. Potential buyers don’t want to buy a home that they
will need to sink thousands of more dollars into right away. Having
a leaky roof will only deter people from making an offer. But being
able to show that these essential areas are recently upgraded will
give buyers the peace of mind that big maintenance costs won’t hit
The 2 rooms in the house that are always heavy hitters as far as
return on investment is the kitchen and the bathroom. Making sure
to upgrade these rooms to be both functional and beautiful is
important. No one wants to buy a house that has a beautiful kitchen
that doesn’t have enough counter space, or the traffic flow doesn’t
work. Homeowners often find they get at least 100% return on
investment in these 2 rooms.
Other things to consider are the curb appeal of your home, and
adding space. Both are considered to be high in the list of things
to remodel. Curb appeal is important because it’s going to not only
draw buyers in, but also give a sense of a well maintained home. If
you yard is in shambles, your home probably is too. In regards to
adding space, every 1,000 square feet adds about 30% to the value
of your home, so additions can be well worth it. Homeowners are
always looking for homes with extra rooms for things like hobbies
or exercise equipment. The only thing to be aware of is you don’t
want to expand your home so much that the value supersedes those in
your neighborhood, so keep the additions reined in.
Upgrading your home can not only make it a place for you enjoy even
more, but also add significant value to it. But what you choose to
spend the money on is key. Investing money in the wrong places will
only leave you with wondering if you should have made a different
The news has been bombarded with negative stories about the real
estate market over the past few years, but the tides are turning
and inventory is now lower than ever. There are still many
opportunities for buyers as prices still remain
savvy homebuyers looking to buy in the high-end or luxury
marketplace there is tremendous opportunity.
If you’ve always dreamed about buying a luxury property but
considered it just out of reach, today’s market may has put
downward pressure on the prices of higher-end homes making them
more affordable than ever. To buy your dream home you will want to
have a strategy.
1. Choose your agent wisely.
Your agent is your advocate. You will need an agent who is
experienced and successful in the luxury home market. Agents who
deal in luxury property have the right knowledge to help you locate
and negotiate an offer on a high-end home.
2. Take the time necessary.
The high-end home search may take more time and patience. The
supply of luxury homes may be smaller, you may even need to expand
your search or rely or your agent to find homes that may not be
currently up for sale. The home will be bigger, have more features
and thus there will be more to consider in the purchase
3. Prepare the perfect offer.
Cash is king in today’s market. According to the May 2011 REALTORS®
Confidence Index from the National Association of REALTORS®, 30
percent of all purchases between mid-April and mid-May of last year
were financed with cash. The number was even higher for luxury
Even though many luxury sellers may also be in a distressed
property situation they are typically more particular about who was
buying their property as well as the final selling price. Use your
agent to carefully craft the perfect offer.
Whether you are a buyer or a seller it is time to get off the
fence. Despite years of bad news surrounding the real estate
market, the time has come when it is both a good time to be a buyer
and a seller.
Here are just a few reasons why you should get off the fence and
1. When investors start gobbling up real estate you know it’s
a good deal. In 2011, investors upped their buying by 64%.
While it is still not time to start flipping for a profit the
clock is ticking down to an uptick in prices.
2. Interest rates are historically low. You have been hearing this
for a while but they are hovering right around 4%.
3. First-time buyers are in a unique position. They didn’t lose
money in the housing market.
4. It’s a great deal! Prices are at all-time lows. So you may be
saving as much as 40% off a home if you buy now.
Here are just a few reasons why you should get off the fence and
1. Inventory is shrinking. Demand is up and in certain areas and
price ranges there is limited inventory so putting your home on the
market now will most likely result in a sale.
2. Mortgage availability has stabilized. Mortgage restrictions are
loosening and especially first-time buyers are able to get
mortgages as they were not affected as much by the financial
3. Unemployment is not as bad as you think. One is 30 Americans is
unemployed as a result of the recent financial crisis. There are
lots of able buyers out there.
4. Houses are selling and some are even going to bidding wars.
Homes that are priced according to the market are selling and
5. Don’t wait for prices to increase. This could be a long
With all the emphasis on paint,
staging and accessories when selling a home, there is one thing
that is often overlooked. Windows can make a huge difference in the
appeal of a home to buyers. The size and placement of windows
affects everything from the character to the curb appeal of the
home from the outside. On the inside, windows determine light,
views, energy efficiency, and air flow.
If you are selling your home take a look at your windows. Make
sure they are clean and adding value to your home. Remember windows
are the way your home is connected to its surroundings. If the
landscape outside of your home is pleasing to the eye, pull back
the curtains and shades and show off the view. If privacy is an
issue or the outside view is undesirable, you will need to enhance
the view with shutters, shades, or window treatments.
View your home from both the inside and outside, and at various
times of the day to be aware of what potential buyers will see.
This will allow you to correct any issues and play up any benefits.
Essentially look at your home in a whole new light.
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.