Wednesday, June 12, 2019 / by Suyapa Sauceda
Getting your kids ready to go back to school is a big job, and it affects everyone in the household. Changing schedules, buying supplies, making arrangements for open houses and signing up for clubs and sports…it’s enough to stress out even the most cool-headed parent. That’s why it’s important to have a plan in mind before summer ends. Getting organized and being prepared will save you a lot of worry and anxiety down the road, and it will make the entire process much easier on your kids.
The coming school year isn’t the only thing to focus on, however; there’s also the dying days of summer, when it’s important to help your kids make the most of their freedom before homework and after-school activities burn up their time. Taking a vacation or just heading someplace fun for a day or two will allow your family to bond before everyone goes their separate ways, and it will give your kids a chance to enjoy the last week or two of their b ...
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 / by Suyapa Sauceda
As more and more people begin to look into buying a home and the lending restrictions begin to ease a bit, it’s important to make time to talk about closing costs and what new buyers can expect. The first distinction we need to make is that closing costs are not the same thing as a down payment. It might be surprising to hear that you’ll have to come up with the money to cover two separate costs up front, but that’s how the home buying process goes. Let’s have a look at what closing costs really are and what you can expect to pay.
Closing Costs 101
Closing costs are the fees that need to be paid when the home buying process ends. When it comes to a close, in other words, closing costs are due. The specifics about what you can expect to be included in these costs varies depending upon where you live, the loan you choose, and the property you decide to purchase. In general, however, there are a few things you can typically expect to pay
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Friday, May 24, 2019 / by Leon Zhivelev
Many people already know about the importance of having an open house to sell a home. But the truth is, there’s much more to an open house than simply just having one. Although a good open house can lead to a quicker real estate sale, a poorly planned one can actually turn potential buyers away. The key is knowing how to plan and execute a successful open house so you (or your clients) can walk away from the sale feeling satisfied. Read on to learn how to host an open house that will lead to a sale.
1. Have the Property Cleaned
First impressions are everything, and real estate is no exception. According to House Method, making the home look presentable is the first step to hosting an open house that converts to a sale. Before the open house, ensure the home has been thoroughly cleaned from top to bottom. Hiring a professional may be your best option. The lawn should also be manicured and all cars should be removed from the driveway.
2. Stage the Home
Having pro ...
Friday, May 10, 2019 / by Leon Zhivelev
Selling your home is a major life milestone. Saying goodbye and moving on to new opportunities can be daunting and fraught with pitfalls. To make sure this task goes as smoothly as possible, here are five mistakes to avoid.
1. Skipping Upgrades
Is your house a little dated? Worse for the wear? It may seem charming to you, but potential buyers may find it off-putting. Happy memories may have been made in that quirky kitchen. That one bathroom may have led to some funny stories of the family all trying to get ready in the morning.
When selling your house, however, efficient, modern upgrades have the broadest appeal. Consider remodeling the kitchen or adding a bathroom. Those upgrades will add instant value to your home and will be sure to catch the eye of discerning buyers.
2. Overlooking Smaller Improvements
Sometimes it’s the little things that can have the most dramatic impact. A good spring cleaning can make a house feel fresh and ready for buyers. ...
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 / by Leon Zhivelev
There can be many benefits to living in a historic home—owning a piece of local history, connecting with other historic home enthusiasts, or even the potential to host weddings and events at your home. If you’re in the market for a historic home, there are a few additional things to consider beyond location, location, location. Do your due diligence when going through the purchasing process and you’ll be able to enjoy your historic home for generations to come.
1. An inspection is a must
Many homes go through inspections organized by the sellers, but you’ll want to get your own independent inspection done as soon as you can. Historic homes have a different standard—sometimes what looks fine to one inspector may raise a red flag to another. If possible, find an inspector who has some experience with older homes.’
As you will soon find out, there is a wealth of knowledge to be obtained, and not everyone is an expert in historic homes. ...