How to Make the Right Decision in Selling or Buying Your Home

I meet with a lot of great people in my line of work as a Real Estate Investor or Residential Redeveloper.  Some people I meet want out of their home to downsize and save on bills, others need to get out before foreclosure hits and some just want to stop being a homeowner and rent.  On the flip side I meet people who are looking to buy wanting to start a family and excited about the new journey in life of home ownership, etc.   In either situation it is a wonderful opportunity for me to offer real estate solutions to fit their needs. The pressure of today’s economy has everyone second guessing exactly wh ... Click to Continue

Three Hot Renovations That Will Boost Your Home’s Value Without Breaking the Bank

  Are you feeling the "renovation itch" or perhaps looking for a fun project that you can take on which will provide you with a return on your investment? There are numerous home upgrades and renovations that can add value to a home without costing a large sum of money to complete. Let's take a look at three popular home renovations that can increase your home equity without draining your bank account. Paint Your Home Inside and out Painting the interior or exterior of your home costs very little when compared to how much it can freshen up your home's appearance and increase its value. Painting is a ... Click to Continue

Nearing Retirement? Three Reasons Why You Might Consider a ‘Reverse Mortgage’

If you are nearing retirement, a reverse mortgage might be right for you. This type of mortgage essentially allows you to turn your home equity into cash. If you find yourself with little money, a reverse mortgage could be the perfect solution, and here's why. No Worries About Monthly Payments After taking on a mortgage, there are many costs that you have to worry about. One of these problems is mortgage insurance premiums. Add interest and fees from lender service providers to the mix, and you've got yourself many costs. All of these fees can create tremendous headaches, as a large chunk of the loan amoun ... Click to Continue

Understanding USDA Loan Income Limits and How These Can Affect Your USDA Mortgage Eligibility

USDA loans are a favorite among borrowers, especially first-time home buyers, because you can finance 100 percent of the mortgage through this program. Additionally, USDA mortgages have lower mortgage insurance rates than other programs offered by the government, helping to reduce monthly payments. Many people mistakenly believe that USDA loans are only for rural properties. In fact, these loans are often referred to as "Farm Home Loans." However, under the guidelines of this program, many suburban areas qualify for a USDA loan. USDA mortgages are guaranteed by the government, making them a very low risk fa ... Click to Continue

You’re Not Just Selling a House: How to Promote the Local Community and Lifestyle to Potential Buyers

Have you listed your home up for sale? If so, you've likely spent a lot of time crafting your listing and highlighting the many features of your home and property – but have you focused on the community around your home as well? Let's take a look at a few ways that you can promote the qualities of your local neighborhood as you're working to convince a buyer that purchasing your home is a great decision. Give Your Buyers The A Tour Of The Neighborhood After your listing goes live it won't be long before potential buyers and their agents are calling to set up viewings so they can see what your home looks l ... Click to Continue

Wonderful Investing Opportunities in Your Backyard!

There are unbelievable opportunities of investing in real estate everywhere, but don’t count out your backyard.  Some of the best deals that you can ever find are right in your own neighborhood.  By building your network of friends and neighbors the opportunities are endless. Buying local allows you, the Investor, to do something good for your community.  Before you know it, one family leads to two, then three and four. Plus, there is nothing more satisfying than taking an old eye-sore of a property, making all of the necessary changes and then driving by it while running your daily errands knowing that you ... Click to Continue

Three Subtle Painting Tricks That Will Make Your Home Look Amazing

  When it comes to painting the walls of a house, sometimes subtle is best. You want to add design, color, and texture to the walls, but you don't want it jarring to the eyes. Here are three subtle painting techniques you can try on your home walls. Tissue Paper Texture One easy way to add texture to walls is to use tissue paper. You apply the tissue paper to the walls and it stays there until you want something new. Crumple up a piece of tissue paper into a tight ball and then open it up and smooth it out. Small textured lines will appear on the paper. Those lines will remain when you u ... Click to Continue

Top 5 Tips for Staging Your Home

Staging your home is essential to receive the most money and also to sell it faster.   You want potential buyers and their agents to be “wowed”!   The single most important staging tip is having the home pristinely clean during each and every showing.  If you’re living in your home while it’s on the market, this will become undoubtedly burdensome but it is well worth the effort in order to sell your home for top dollar.  It may be a good idea to hire a professional service to come in and deep clean everything then take 20-30 minutes each day to maintain it.  Bey ... Click to Continue

First Steps upon Moving Into Your New House

So you’ve purchased a new house and are going to move in soon, what are the first things that you will need to do when you arrive at your new home?

Change Your Address

You will need to change your address for all bills, magazine subscriptions, and other mail. Visit your local post office to take care of this.

Set Up the Utilities

When you move into a new home, you will need to get all of the contact information from the previous homeowner for the utility companies. Be sure to change the services into your name before you move in, such as gas, cable, electricity, internet, telephone, sewer ... Click to Continue

Scam Alert! Three Mortgage Modification Scams to Watch out for (And How to Avoid Them)

  As if homeowners who are facing foreclosure don't have enough to worry about, a multitude of loan modification scam artists have invaded the Internet, public files and even foreclosure notices in newspapers in hopes of targeting their next victim. By identifying the top three modification scams and learning how to avoid them, at-risk homeowners can protect themselves (and their homes). Never Pay For Mortgage Modification Assistance Many desperate homeowners fall victim to scam artists who offer to provide them with assistance in the loan modification process for an exorbitant fee. Many times ... Click to Continue