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It’s a Sellers’ Market: What That Means for You

Posted by on Apr 13, 2016 in Real Estate | 0 comments

Whether you’re buying or selling, being prepared goes a long way toward a successful transaction. Real estate is growing strong in many parts of the country. First-time and entry-level buyers find little inventory but lots of competition, leading to a frustrating seller’s market. For sellers, this means quicker and easier sales, if they cross their t’s and dot their i’s. For buyers, this means fighting it out with others for their dream home. Here are tips for both sellers and buyers in competitive markets. Seller: Prepare, inspect, disclose and plan ahead Although you hold the cards and can...

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The Home Buyers’ Guide to New Construction

Posted by on Apr 8, 2016 in Real Estate | 0 comments

Any buyer shopping for a home today, in any market and at any price point, is likely to come across new construction homes for sale. The sellers are both large national builders and smaller local developers. Some homes are for sale as a part of a subdivision, while others are one-off homes. But is a new-construction home the right path for you? Here are five factors you should keep in mind. New homes may not be listed in your local MLS Unlike a regular seller who lists their home with a local real estate agent, homebuilders often have their own sales employees working for them on site. They...

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10 Spring Cleaning Tips & Tricks

Posted by on Apr 6, 2016 in Real Estate | 0 comments

Because nobody wants to be stuck inside scrubbing and dusting all spring. Spring is the perfect time to open up the windows in your house and clean every surface inch. But don’t waste precious hours of spring sunshine while you stay in and clean. Have a plan. When it comes to spring cleaning, the best approach is an organized approach. “I recommend having a plan, which includes an outline of the areas you plan to clean, a schedule with time slotted to do that work (for you and any family members), as well as a list of products, tools and even cleaning techniques or tips pertaining to those...

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8 Tax Breaks for Homeowners

Posted by on Apr 1, 2016 in Real Estate | 0 comments

You may not qualify for all of them, but don’t you want to know for sure? Owning a home can be a big expense, but the good news is some of your expenses are actually tax deductible. Read on to see how you can maximize home ownership write-offs on your tax return. Mortgage interest You can deduct all of the mortgage interest (not principal) payments you make on your home, up to a $1-million loan for a couple filing jointly. This applies to your home equity line of credit (on a loan up $100,000) and second mortgage as well. If you own a second home, such as a vacation cottage or mobile home,...

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How to Tackle Downsizing in 5 Steps

Posted by on Mar 30, 2016 in Real Estate | 0 comments

Don’t let the thought of downsizing strike terror in your heart. All you need is a smart strategy … and we’ve got it! Moving house, in general, is notorious for being one of the most stressful and demanding experiences in life. Moving to a smaller home presents an even greater set of challenges. Not only will you have to adapt to a radical change in your lifestyle, but you will also be forced to part with a number of cherished belongings that won’t fit into your new tighter space. However frustrating and upsetting this idea may be, realize that with fewer possessions to weigh you down, your...

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