November 21, 2011

Buying a Home is Easier with a Buyer’s Agent

Buying a property is not like walking into a grocery store and shopping for all the things that you need. Buying property in these times will require that you get a buyer’s agent who has up to the minute information about the local real estate market and its trends. When searching for a good property to buy, it pays to have a highly skilled Realtor’s help. Finding the property that you would love to own is actually the first step. When you are searching for a property, any person with a phone can call up the telephone number on the […]
November 14, 2011

5 Common Home Inspection Myths

Myth 1: There is no real difference among home inspectors The Truth: Experience, knowledge and thoroughness vary from inspector to inspector. A person is not qualified as a home inspectorjust because he or she claims the title—or even if they’re certified; in fact, some states don’t even require that an inspector have a license. Therefore, it is important to do your homework when evaluating home inspectors. Be sure to visit their website and also give them a call to talk. Ask about what services they provide and how much experience they have in the industry. Check their website for a […]
November 7, 2011

What Should You Remove From Your House When Staging?

So you are selling your home and you are at a loss for what to do. You’ve heard of Home Staging – but not sure of how to prepare for it. Following are some basic rules – for clearing up and out – before you sell and certainly before a Home Stager comes in to work their magic. 1. Get a bin: rent a bin for a couple hundred dollars – you can ‘thin’ out at an alarming pace when you’ve got a bin to toss to. Bins are great for old furniture, bikes, garden furniture, odds and sods that […]
October 31, 2011

5 Simple Touches to Increase Value (and Sell Faster!)

When someone comes to look at your home, you have very little time to make a good first impression. It’s said that, within the first minute of entering your home, most buyers may have already made a decision not to buy based on some things that seem trivial in the larger scheme of things. In this article, we’ll look at five cheap fixes that will help you get them past that critical first minute and closer to buying your home. Focus on the Approach Potential buyers need to walk up to your house before they see the inside, so the […]
October 30, 2011

Four Fundamentals to Give Any Room a Sense of Style

Sometimes it seems as if what constitutes good design is purely subjective. One person rejects any home with French Provincial furniture. Another will look only at ultramodern interiors. And then there’s the guy with the Leg Lamp. But if taste sometimes seems arbitrary and fast-changing, there are core principles of all good interior design that are timeless, says Attila Lawrence, head of the interior architecture program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Keep these three basic design principles, plus functionality, in mind as you view homes, and you’ll be able to help sellers optimize their home’s appeal and help […]
September 23, 2011

The Top 3 Real Estate Deal-Killers – and How Buyers Can Avoid Them

By Tara-Nicholle Nelson Once upon a  time, homebuying was a much less dramatic affair then it is today.  The  house hunt was fun, if suspenseful, and then there was another exciting  whirlwind of inspections, closing and moving in. Today, though, as soon as  buyers get the gumption to jump off the rent vs. buy fence, they find themselves  on another edge – the edge of their seats, through the entire escrow process  waiting to see what obstacle will emerge next, and whether their transaction  will survive it.Deals get killed all the time, and buyers can’t  relax until they have keys […]
September 16, 2011

7 Key Questions Every Condo Buyer Should Ask

BY LISA SCONTRAS With no lawns to mow, great amenities and panoramic views, condominiums offer a carefree lifestyle to those looking for an inexpensive starter home or to empty-nesters hoping to downsize. But these home units also present potential buyers with a unique set of considerations. Here is a list of questions to ask before accepting the keys to your perfect condo: 1. Are there any current assessments in place or planned for in the near future? When homeowner’s associations encounter unexpected repairs, they have the option of making a special assessment a charge to each homeowner in addition to […]
August 8, 2011

Should you Sell or Rent Your Home?

August 8, 2011

Showing Tips for Sellers

Tips for Sellers from Realtor Magazine Lighten up.  Some people like to live in dark houses. Leave the shades up and the drapes opened. Homes show so much better with light. −Teresa Boardman, Saint Paul Home Realty, St. Paul, Minn. Size up the competition.  Walk through model homes in your area to see what professionally staged homes look like. You can get a variety of great ideas to prepare your home for sale. −Randy Schulenburg, Mortgage 1st Realty Inc., Elgin, Ill. Define the space.  Creatively define each space to highlight its use. Create a mudroom that is neat and orderly, […]
March 14, 2011

Top 8 House-Hunting Mistakes

From Amy Fontinelle, Buying a home is a very emotional process, and allowing those emotions to get the best of you can cause you to make any number of mistakes. Since buying a home has many far-reaching implications, from where you will live to how hard it will be to make ends meet, it’s important to keep your emotions in check and make the most rational decision possible. There are eight common emotional mistakes that people make when buying a home. Avoiding these pitfalls will help you find the best home-sweet-home. Mistake 1: Falling in love with a house […]