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7 Safety Upgrades and Tech Tools for Seniors Living Alone

Posted by on Jan 29, 2016 in Real Estate | 0 comments

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Aging in place is the hottest housing trend for modern seniors. You may remain in your current home or you may choose to downsize, but aging in place means staying independent and living on your own terms, regardless of your age or abilities.

Your home itself is the key to successful aging in place. Getting older comes with a new set of challenges, but with the right safety upgrades and tech tools, your home will keep you safe and comfortable in your golden years.

Here are eight smart safety upgrades you may want to consider installing.

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10 Tips for Organizing Your Whole House

Posted by on Jan 28, 2016 in Real Estate | 0 comments

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Getting your home and space organized at the beginning of the year will help you move through the coming months with less stress, spend some time on your own well-being, focus on relationships, and achieve your other goals. Follow these tips to organize your whole home quickly and easily.

Set up a no-fail garage system

I suggest starting out in the garage, because it can be one of the most overcrowded places in the house. Picture yourself driving into your garage and seeing at least one new system set up for easy use in the coming year.

Here’s an approach that’s simple, inexpensive, and quick to accomplish. (more…)

Factors to Consider When Pricing Your Home to Sell

Posted by on Jan 22, 2016 in Real Estate | 0 comments

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When it comes to setting the price of a house, the only thing to do is to look at the recent sales and active listings of similar homes in your area. Combine this research with the inside market knowledge of a local real estate agent, and you can confidently choose your list price.

Here are some guidelines to keep in mind when determining how much to ask for your house.

Make sure to look at recent comps

Markets change fast, so it’s best to find comparable sales within the past three months. If you go back too far, you will see homes where a deal might have been made many months before it closed. (more…)

Why Mortgage Rates Dropped After the Fed Rate Hike

Posted by on Jan 20, 2016 in Real Estate | 0 comments

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This month, the Federal Reserve System hiked rates for the first time in nine years. In the days since the Fed move, mortgage rates actually dropped.

How is this possible? And will this trend hold as home-buyers make plans for 2016?

Immediate mortgage rate reaction to Fed meeting

Most U.S. mortgage loans up to $417,000 are packaged into bonds called Mortgage Backed Securities (MBS), and these bonds trade daily in global markets.

Throughout each day, mortgage rates fall when MBS prices rise, and mortgage rates rise when MBS prices fall. (more…)

Your 4-Step Kitchen Deep-Clean

Posted by on Jan 15, 2016 in Real Estate | 0 comments

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Most of us make a daily effort to keep our kitchens and food preparation areas fairly clean and tidy. But if you think your kitchen is really clean, you may have to think again.

There are literally dozens of places in your kitchen that are rarely touched in those regular mop-ups, and these areas can detract from the overall appearance and function of one of your most-used rooms. The solution: a kitchen deep-clean.

Every kitchen could use an intense scrub every couple of months, but don’t let that daunt you. A thorough job shouldn’t take more than a few hours. Follow this strategy, and your cleaning day will be as painless as it is productive.

  1. Un-cramp your kitchen cabinets

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Should You Write a Letter to a Seller?

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

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Buyers in competitive markets want a leg up. If their all-cash, non-contingent offer is not enough to beat out the 10 other offers, they need to go to extreme measures: a letter to the sellers.

Buyers often ask if this indirect means of communication to the seller will work. The answer is, sometimes.

When it works, it’s great. But many times, the letter won’t do much. Here are some points to consider if you want to write a letter to a seller.

Who is the seller?

If you love the home and want to structure the best possible offer, it’s best to find out as much as you can about the seller and their situation. Knowing who you could be going into contract with should help inform you about the best way to approach them. (more…)

Year-End Home Insurance Checklist

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

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Soon, colorful ornaments and Christmas carols will be replaced by confetti, noisemakers and the strains of Auld Lang Syne.

As 2015 draws to a close, home maintenance can easily take a back seat during the excitement of the holidays.

Much of the country has experienced an unseasonably warm December, but January and February could unfold much differently. That means your home may be subject to cold weather damage. To prevent that, follow this home maintenance checklist to ensure your residence is prepared for the big chill ahead.

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5 Surprising Home Buyer Incentives

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

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In up markets and down, there are always motivated sellers — those who want a quick or painless close, or just want to move the home. Incentives are common in buyers’ markets to make a seller’s home more desirable than their competition, but sellers also have to get creative in slower times of the year or in parts of town where homes don’t move quickly.

If you have a home to sell, and you think it might be a tough sale, consider offering buyers something to sweeten the pie. Here are a few ideas you might not have considered. You can either offer these out of the gate and advertise them as incentives, or keep them in your back pocket to use as a negotiation tool. (more…)

Roommate Relations: Making Smart Use of Shared Spaces

Posted by on Dec 23, 2015 in Real Estate | 0 comments

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Renting a home with other people can be stressful. But with careful planning and clear communication, living with others doesn’t have to lead to passive aggressive Post-it notes and arguments.

Whether you’re living with your sibling, your bestie, or your significant other, here are some tips for making smart use of those shared spaces.

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Whether you have a hallway closet, entryway closet, or both, what matters most when sharing closet space is equality. No, you don’t need to make a line with tape on your closet floor (please don’t), but do stick to your designated areas. (more…)

Checklist: Everybody You Need to Notify When You’re Moving

Posted by on Dec 18, 2015 in Real Estate | 0 comments

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When you’re preoccupied with important relocation-related tasks, it’s easy to forget about informing relevant people and institutions of your upcoming residential move and subsequent change of address.

But notifying specific organizations and individuals of your relocation is essential for ensuring a smooth moving process and preventing various hassles and troubles with your mail and accounts.

Here’s a checklist of the people and institutions you need to contact when moving.

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