Real Estate

5 Critical Questions to Ask When Buying New Construction

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

Brand-spanking new comes at a price these days. Here’s how you can get the best deal on a new construction home. If you’re in the market for a brand-new home, you’ve got a ton of options. Sales of new homes surged to an eight-year high in 2015, according to data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau, and single-family production is estimated to reach 840,000 units in 2016, an 18 percent increase over 2015, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Unfortunately for home buyers, new residential construction is coming at a...

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4 Keys to Buying a Flipped House

Posted by on May 18, 2016 in Real Estate | 0 comments

Head over heels for a flipped house? Here’s how to make sure you’re getting a great deal. Many home buyers wrongly assume that a newly renovated home is, well, just that: new. They perceive it as move-in ready and free from hassles. The newly renovated home typically pulls in top dollar, because the buyer assumes it is perfect, turnkey and ready to go. Although house-flipping shows on television often make the process seem easy and feature beautiful homes with happy stories, they don’t follow through to see how the home withstands daily use, weather patterns and typical wear and tear. Some...

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Green Features: Do They Sell a Home?

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

Your home’s solar panels and geothermal system probably seem like big selling points to you, but buyers may feel differently. Home builders and sellers of upgraded homes with “green” features want their prospective buyers to know about these features because they likely spent a good amount of money on them. But do the buyers always care? Will they pay extra — and does “green” actually sell a home? The answer is, it all depends. The feature, fixture or finish? Buyers pay for features they can touch, feel and show off to their friends and family — the spa-like bath, media room or a chef’s...

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Why Insuring a Solar Home Isn’t More Expensive

Posted by on May 11, 2016 in Real Estate | 0 comments

If you’re thinking about going solar, don’t let home insurance concerns stop you. In fact, those silicon panels could save you some greenbacks … and not just on your utilities. Some researchers have predicted that solar energy will reach a huge milestone in 2016: The number of American homes using solar panels may finally hit the one-million mark. Considering that the U.S. had only 30,000 solar homes a decade ago, the market has grown at a pace best described as — forgive the expression — torrid. Despite all that growth, however, some potential solar users remain undecided longer than...

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The Pros and Cons of Month-to-Month Leases

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

Month-to-month leases offer renters flexibility, but what other advantages and disadvantages should you consider before signing the dotted line? Navigating the rental market isn’t easy. Between bait-and-switch listings on sites like Craigslist, deceptive landlords, and confusing legal language in lease agreements, finding the right apartment can be a time-consuming, mentally taxing process. Not sure where you stand? Consider these advantages and disadvantages to month-to-month leases — then decide what makes the most sense for your needs. Pro: You get greater flexibility If you’re thinking...

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Is Your Home the One Buyers Want?

Posted by on May 4, 2016 in Real Estate | 0 comments

Boost your home’s sales appeal by adding key amenities and playing up hot features. When it comes time to sell your home, whether you’ve lived there for three years or 30, you need to see it as a product for sale. And just like an item on a store shelf, you want your home to stand out from the competition. Of course, your feelings and emotions about your home — and all of the memories you made there — may make it difficult to detach and view your home as a product. But sellers who quickly transition away from the emotional connection and into investment mode will reap the financial benefits...

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