Is It Time to Stop Renting?

Is It Time to Stop Renting?

It’s not your imagination that rent keeps going up. In fact, across the United States, from the end of summer 2013 to the end of summer 2014 rents increased over six percent … and in some housing markets rents increased by as much as 10%. Perhaps now is the time to make the move to…Read More »

Do I Need to Paint the Whole House White?

Paint the Whole House White

You are getting ready to paint a home you know you will sell within a couple of years. Chances are, a helpful family member or friend reminds you that to sell, everything should be painted white. After all, a buyer needs a neutral “clean slate” to look at. Just the thought of all those white…Read More »

Tips for Home Sellers

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Sometimes selling a home can feel like a big job – one with a thousand small tasks required to get it done. But many sellers make the job harder by ignoring or avoiding some of the biggest factors that contribute to a faster sale. Use this list to see if your house is truly ready…Read More »

Considered Making Your Home in Two Houses?

Buying a second property as your home

Even if you love your home and have not thought about buying a second one, you may reconsider after learning about the tax breaks available to those who own a second home. Many politicians and celebrities use their ownership of several homes to ease their tax burden and so can you! Buying real estate is…Read More »

Turning Your Home into Your Retirement Plan

Your home as a retirement plan?

It is a very good idea to include your home and buying a second home in your retirement plan. Now is a great time to buy, so even if you are not quite to retirement age, why not buy now and begin building equity? This will also give you the chance to take your potential…Read More »

Selling Your Home Over the Holidays

selling your home at the holidays

Keeping your home on the market over the holidays can be a tough call. Many experts think that it is not worth it because sellers will seem desperate. Most offers coming in over the holidays are generally lower than asking price, and few buyers want to brave the harsh winter weather to go view homes.…Read More »

Dress Up Your Home with a Costume Party

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Halloween is just around the corner, so it’s the perfect time to make plans for throwing the best costume party in your home. A costume party can be as simple or elaborate as you’d like. With creative costume ideas and good food, you have everything you need for a great evening with friends. The key…Read More »

Can You Purchase Your Home During the Government Shutdown?

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If you are in the process of purchasing your home and are worried about the government shutdown, recent news from Freddie Mac may have you sleeping a little better. The announcement, effective October 8, 2013, allows lenders to use signed federal tax returns as income verification rather than a tax transcript for loans, loan modifications,…Read More »

Can Your Credit Effect Your Home Owners Insurance ?

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Ever wonder why your insurance agent wants your social security number?   Many people don’t realize that your credit score can effect your homeowner’s insurance as well as your automobile policy. Discounts  Insurance companies will give discounts on your homeowner’s policy if you carry your automobile insurance with them too.  A good driving record will…Read More »

FHA Changes Make it Easier To Buy Your Home

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If you have recently lost your home in a foreclosure, short sale, or bankruptcy, and are looking for a second chance at purchasing a new home, you’ll be excited about this news. Last month the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), recently announced a rule change that will allow many potential borrowers to purchase a new home…Read More »