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Low-cost Effective Ways to Lower Your Heating Bill This Winter!

The cold weather is officially here, and heating your home turns expensive, fortunately there are plenty of things savvy homeowners can do to keep their winter-season energy costs low.  Many of these things cost very little and some are even free! Let’s jump right into the money saving tips, starting with the freebies… 1)      Turn that thermostat down Energy experts suggest keeping your thermostat no higher than 68 degrees, and lowering the temperature to about 65 while you're gone and overnight.  The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) says that l ... Click to Continue

Thinking About a New Floor? Five Excellent Reasons to Choose Hardwood Flooring when Remodeling

If you're remodeling, you should seriously consider updating your flooring. A new hardwood floor will give your home an impressive look and prevent scratches and stains. Here are five very good reasons why you should consider a hardwood floor for your next remodeling project. Hardwood Is More Durable Than Other Materials Hardwood is much more durable and longer lasting than many other flooring materials. If there's a lot of traffic in your home, hardwood floors are less likely to get scratches and dents than vinyl tiles or laminated floors. On weaker floors, damage is often permanent - but with hardwood flo ... Click to Continue

Thinking About Refinancing Your Mortgage? A Look at Refinancing Rates and Predictions for the Rest of 2016

  Mortgage rates have been so low for so long that it's hard to believe there are any homeowners left who haven't refinanced their mortgages. But there are still people who can benefit, and conditions are still strong for refinancing. Below are some predictions for 2016 and how the refinancing market will shape up. Rates Will Remain Low, At Least For A While Mortgage rates moved back below 4 percent in the latter stages of 2014 and stayed that level in 2015 and now here in 2016. For homeowners who still have a mortgage rate that's around 4 1/2 to 5 percent, that makes it worth it to refinance. Howev ... Click to Continue

Three Reasons Why Setting Your Listing Price is the Most Important Aspect of the Home Sales Process

  Have you decided to sell your home, perhaps to make an upgrade to a newer, larger house? Whatever your reasons for selling, you'll have a number of decisions to make as you craft your listing and begin receiving offers from buyers but few are as important as your initial selling price. Let's take a look at three reasons why setting your listing price is the most important factor in your home sale. Reason #1: You Can Scare Off Potential Buyers With A High Price You'll receive the majority of your buyer interest in the first few days and weeks after you place your home up for sale, so it's critical ... Click to Continue

The 3 Minute Guide to Real Estate “Flipping” and How to Get Moving Today

If you've been thinking about investing in a real estate project you may have considered buying a distressed house or two at a steep discount in order to fix them up and sell them at a higher price. This is known as "flipping", and in today's post we'll share a quick guide to flipping homes and how to get started with this type of real estate investing. Assessing Your Budget and Tolerance for Risk We'll start by stating the obvious: when you buy real estate with the intent of flipping it, losing money is a very real possibility. You'll need to assess your own tolerance for risk and decide how much you want ... Click to Continue

Off the Topic of Real Estate…Not Really!

Do you remember that first day when you found the house that just melted your heart away?  You know the one where before you even owned it you had already sanded and refinished the old painted solid oak rolling staircase in your mind and brought it back to life. The house where you could already envision a Family and their kids sitting in the kitchen enjoying Family time at the dinner table, that you searched high and low for, for that special touch…..if you are a Residential Redeveloper like myself and love what you do you know what I am talking about.  This business is addicting in ways that can't even be e ... Click to Continue

Shopping Around: How to Compare Mortgages from Different Lenders or Underwriters

Buying a home is a major financial transaction, especially if you're going to need mortgage financing to help cover the purchase cost. The only way to know if you're getting the best deal on a mortgage is to shop around, but with so many different lenders vying for your business it can be very tough to choose which mortgage is the best fit for your own situation. In this post we'll share how you can compare mortgages from different lenders or underwriters so that you can get the best possible deal on your mortgage loan. Start By Comparing Interest Rates The most important factor in your mortgage is the i ... Click to Continue

Saving the Best for Last: Why You Want to Save the Best Rooms in Your Home for the End of the Showing

  Do you remember when you were buying your first home? You may have looked at dozens before you settled on the perfect home for your family to live and grow in. Perhaps another home came in a close second, but you ultimately settled on that house or apartment – the one you're now selling. Chances are you don't remember anything much about most of the homes you viewed, and the things that stand out are the best (that bedroom with a fireplace!) or as bad as they can be (remember the sofa placed over the cigarette burn in the carpet?). When you're staging your own home and giving tours to prospective b ... Click to Continue

Winter’s Coming: Prepare Your House with These Three Home Maintenance Tips

Have you prepared your home for the winter? With colder temperatures just around the corner you'll need to spend an hour or two getting your home ready to deal with the possibility of harsher weather and below-freezing temperatures, depending on where you live. Let's take a look at a few quick home maintenance tips that will help you get your house ready for the winter season. Check Your Roof, Gutters and Spouts Your roof is one of the most important structural elements in your home and one that is going face the brunt of any inclement weather that passes through your area. If you feel comfortable on a ladd ... Click to Continue

Giving and Getting: Why the Terms of a Home’s Sale Are Far More Important Than the Price Paid

One of the most significant factors homebuyers and sellers focus on when buying real estate is the negotiated sales price in the purchase contract. While the sales price is undeniably important, the fact is that other terms in the sales contract may have more far-reaching and significant effects on the transaction. In fact, with a closer look at some of the most important terms, you will see why you and your agent should actively negotiate for improved terms rather than a lower sales price. Closing Costs Some buyers and sellers will haggle over a few thousand dollars in the sales price w ... Click to Continue