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Want to Invest in Your Own Home?
Posted on 01/12/2020
Want to Invest in Your Own Home?
Photo by Paul McGowan via Pixabay Already a homeowner? Planning to sell in a few years? Sometimes the most sensible investment on the table is the property you already own. Why Invest In Your Own Property? Some investors think of each residence as a sort of long-term flip: buy a home, live in it for a couple of...
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3 Questions to Ask As You Evaluate Houses
Posted on 01/05/2020
3 Questions to Ask As You Evaluate Houses
Buying a house is a life-changing decision. As such, you should perform extensive home evaluations before you make your final purchase decision. There are many questions to consider as you review houses, and these questions include: 1. Does a home match my expectations? Entering the housing market with homebuying criteria usually is a good idea. If you know what...
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Does Your Home Have Unpermitted Additions?
Posted on 12/29/2019
Does Your Home Have Unpermitted Additions?
Image by Sue Smith from Shutterstock House owners frequently remodel, upgrade, or otherwise make changes in their homes for which they do not secure a permit. While some changes do not require permitting, others do. The challenge comes when you attempt to sell the home. You may run into a problem when a buyer makes an offer on...
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Best Practices: Boosting Your Curb Appeal
Posted on 12/22/2019
Best Practices: Boosting Your Curb Appeal
Photo by Javani LLC via Shutterstock Before you ever place your home on the market, start working on curb appeal. What’s curb appeal? It’s the first thing that makes people want to take a second look when they drive by. If they’re house shopping or just dreaming for the future, a home with curb appeal will bring them...
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What to Do If a Buyer Rescinds an Offer to Purchase Your Home
Posted on 12/15/2019
What to Do If a Buyer Rescinds an Offer to Purchase Your Home
If a buyer rescinds his or her offer to purchase your house, there is no need to stress. In fact, there are many things you can do to rebound quickly, such as: 1. Address Any Problems with Your Home Try to find out why a buyer chose to walk away from your residence. That way, you could receive valuable...
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Home Showings: Everything That Buyers Need to Know
Posted on 12/08/2019
Home Showings: Everything That Buyers Need to Know
Home showings are valuable parts of the property buying cycle. If a homebuyer knows what to expect during a showing, this individual can get the information that he or she needs to determine whether a particular house is the right option. Now, let's take a look at three things that buyers need to know about home showings. 1. A...
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 Creating a House-Hunting Plan That Works
Posted on 12/01/2019
Creating a House-Hunting Plan That Works
There's nothing more satisfying than knowing exactly what you want and taking the necessary steps to get it! Whether you're searching for the right job, your soul mate, or the home of your dreams, being clear about the results you want can help pave the way for success. When it comes to house hunting, there are several ways to...
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What is a FICO Score?
Posted on 11/24/2019
What is a FICO Score?
Image by David Pereiras from Shutterstock Your FICO score is a key factor used to determine if you qualify for a mortgage. The Fair Isaac Corporation (FICO) is the creator of the most common credit score used by home loan providers. The algorithm used to create your score is a closely-guarded industry secret. But in general, it factors...
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Can You Sell Your Residence in One Day?
Posted on 11/17/2019
Can You Sell Your Residence in One Day?
How a home seller approaches the real estate market may dictate his or her success. For example, if a seller allocates time and resources to learn about the property selling journey, he or she may be able to plan ahead and sell a house in a single day. On the other hand, a seller who fails to showcase his...
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How to Manage Your Homebuying Expectations
Posted on 11/10/2019
How to Manage Your Homebuying Expectations
If you intend to buy a house, it generally is a good idea to establish realistic property buying expectations. That way, you can plan ahead for the homebuying journey and avoid potential problems that otherwise may prevent you from achieving your desired results. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you manage your expectations as you...
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Benefits of Having Moving Truck Insurance
Posted on 11/03/2019
Benefits of Having Moving Truck Insurance
If you are planning to move with truck rental, it is essential you get moving truck insurance. Therefore, you need to look at the company's insurance and protection policies.There are several advantages of having moving truck insurance, apart from the peace of mind it brings, it also protects you against any unforeseen happenings. What are the types of...
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Budget-Minded Curb Appeal Projects - Lawn and Garden Hacks
Posted on 10/27/2019
Budget-Minded Curb Appeal Projects - Lawn and Garden Hacks
Creating the curb appeal that you want does not have to be as complex as a full-scale remodel. If your home’s exterior is in decent condition, spend your time and budget on things that pack a big punch. Upgrade how your home looks from the street with these simple exterior, lawn, and garden hacks. Fill planter or window...
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