Monday, September 25, 2017

Real Estate

The Art of the Simultaneous Close

Do you want to buy a new home and sell your current home? Where do you begin? How do you get the stars to align?

My first suggestion is to see if you can qualify to carry two houses. I understand you may not want to carry two houses, but if you are able to, and you find a house that you really

Getting Approved… It’s Not What You Think!

While I was leaving the office last Friday, I received a frantic call from a Real Estate Agent asking if I have a few moments to discuss an urgent matter he was dealing with. Apparently his clients had their offer accepted to purchase a home in New Jersey, but they just found out that the mortgage broker is having an issue with the

Can You Go Low?

Low down payment to buy a home, I mean. So, what is the minimum amount of money you need to become a homeowner? Believe it or not, it doesn’t take much. There are just enough low down-payment programs for most borrowers, including those who are buying in the over-a-million-dollar range. For loans in the $424,100 area,

Tips to Bring Your Home From Bland to Bold This Summer

(StatePoint) Feeling uninspired in your space? Bring the bright, cheerful feeling of summer into your home with these DIY decor tips that won’t break the bank.

Make It Pop with Paint

Add cheery pops of color with paint. An accent

Moving With Kids: Tips and Tricks

Whether you are moving across town or across the country, moving into a new home is a stressful event. Packing and unpacking is one thing, but you also need to learn to navigate a new place, find your way to work, locate a supermarket and learn the layout of your home. The move becomes more stressful when little ones are involved. You’ll

Best Time To Buy & Best Time To Sell

Life is all about timing. One would think in a society where so much is readily accessible at our fingertips, the timetable at which someone chooses to make a purchase wouldn’t be as relevant anymore. Yet, we continue to see that throughout the year, there are strategic days and months that have favorable impacts on the price and

Upcoming Home Improvement? How to Navigate Big Purchases and Make Wise Decisions

(BPT) Are you planning an upcoming home improvement? If so, you are not alone.

Higher-than-average renovation spending is expected in 2017, according to a leading consumer magazine, with more than half of homeowners planning to spend money on home improvements throughout the year.

From upgrading appliances to gutting entire rooms, big projects

Latest Deck Trend: ‘Monster’ Size, Mega-Luxury

(BPT) Move over mini - the new trend in decking is anything but small.

When it comes to the size of their decks, the majority of Americans feel bigger is better - as multiple surveys indicate decks are getting larger and more luxurious, RealtorMag reports.

Today’s decks dwarf the outdoor spaces of decades ago, and blur the lines between

A Room-by-Room Guide to Decluttering Your Home

(BPT) Controlling clutter in your home can be a challenge; 48 percent of Americans say their houses are cluttered with stuff they don’t use anymore, according to a survey by ClearVoice Research. Multiple studies have found a cluttered home can negatively affect your mental and physical health, while a cleaner home can make you

Information Overload: Don’t Fill up at the Shmortgage Board

A timely article published by the National Association of Realtors addressed a recent survey about the “mortgage fears” of potential home buyers in today’s marketplace. One of the surveys suggested that 46% of potential home buyers fear they won’t qualify for a mortgage, to the point that they don’t even attempt to get

Repair or Replace? What to Do With a Worn-Out Cooling System

(BPT) Sooner or later, every homeowner will face the same tough decision: Can you repair that malfunctioning system or appliance one more time, or is it finally time to replace it? Summer temperatures can heat up the repair-or-replace debate for homeowners living with an older cooling system.

To arrive at an answer, you must weigh numerous factors, including

Your First Home May Be a ‘Horizontal Apartment’

Remember this term: Horizontal Apartments. That’s what some real estate developers are calling clusters of single-family homes in rental communities that combine the privacy of individual residences with professional property management to take care of repairs, yard maintenance and more.