April 27th, 2013
So you have made it a goal to own your own place and you find yourself right there. And in this moment you have decided that you want your first piece of real estate to be a condominium. Naturally, you are concerned whether this is the right purchase for you. You like the fact that security is better here, that is I lower maintenance in upkeep on the whole, but you question whether you can enjoy everything fully in this small space.
What you can do to have the things you enjoy in a house is to change your perspective. You can have more storage space by buying furniture that is compact and yet multi-functional. You can have your own garden and veggie patch by using potted plants and growing veggies in long planters. It is possible to enjoy a condominium as you would a home if you just look at it with a different and creative perspective.
March 27th, 2013
Moving a house and moving property both are complex activities. Moving house requires at least a few weeks advance notice on all sides for a smooth and successful transition from place to place. Coordination and organization are key things to see in this activity. Moving a property, meaning selling a house, townhouse, or condominium, is equally trying. We know that this requires organization, research, and a lot of time and effort.
Marketing your property is a key activity in making a successful sale. You can have all the plans, all the desire in the world, but really if you do not market your property well, this will not reach the best possible buyer with the best possible price. On February, using Valentine’s props can help your marketing efforts. Nicely arranged flowers and sweet items make a house personal and gives buyers a view into life in that place. These small, inexpensive, easy, and personal touches go a long way towards success.
January 16th, 2013
If you are trying to sell your house or one of the property you own, then looking at the market is something you need to do. The past few years have not been kind to the real estate market. It is arguable that the real estate situation is starting to show signs of being on the mend. Regardless, before any property sale, you need to be aware of what the market is like so that you can price your house accordingly.
A real estate broker can help you the market trends. Some sellers are immediately turned off by the phrase “look at market trends” and sometimes forego it altogether because of intimidation. Brokers are trained to provide you with an understandable explanation of how real estate is moving in general, how homes are selling specifically in your area, and the data you will need to accurately price your house. Spending a small amount in fees for a professional who can give you this data is worth the expense as it means you will be able to set the right selling price for your property.
December 30th, 2012
If you want to own a house, there are times when it is great to do this and there are times when it isn’t. There are no hard and fast rules though. what a lot of people do is look at the market trends before making any purchase decisions. If you have a year end goal though and you are intent on seeing this through, then some folks will tell you that December is not a bad month to buy a house.
Why December, some may ask? It is said that this is the month with arguably the least competition as most people will be concentrating on holiday-related activities rather than home buying. Also, this is the time when brokers are rushing to make quotas and to move sales so they may be more willing to meet with you and negotiate for a good closing price. Again, there are no hard and fast rules. You just need to do your research before deciding to buy.
December 25th, 2012
Freddie Mac has forged an agreement with three major mortgage lenders which would enable funding for large home loans or those that reach almost half a million dollars. Freddie and Fannie Mae are two of the government-backed lenders who have been doing damage control after billions of dollars of losses in the sub-prime lending financial crisis they have been forced to deal with. The deal seems to be forged with Mac and those big-time lenders with no news yet from the avenue of Mae whether they would be following suit. This paves the way for large homes that would otherwise have to be foreclosed allowing more funding to alleviate and even prevent it from happening. This is one more event in the long period of recovery that would be needed to amend the broken housing market which is hoped to start rebounding this 2009.
November 28th, 2012
Owning your own house today may be a bigger deal than it was a decade ago. Taking care of your home may become an expense that falls to the bottom of the list. There are ways to take care of your house though that are inexpensive and will help preserve your home’s value.
The main thing that any home needs to last long looking great and being top value is cleaning and care. If you own a bigger house, cleaning yourself daily may be too big a thing to ask so setting a schedule is important. Make sure to wipe, dust, sweep and mop daily. This not only reduces the dirt that will accumulate before a major clean but will also keep dirt stains away and will leave you with a more hygienic home. Powder rooms and bathrooms especially need a daily cleaning. On a quarterly or semi-annual basis, include cleaning of major furniture, shelves, cabinets and closets, carpets and curtains. It may sound like too much cleaning but in the end, your house will thank you for it as this keeps it looking good and in good.
October 31st, 2012
When thinking about real estate and possibly purchasing your own place, one should really take into consideration some important points. The first and most obvious thing to look at is your financial capability.
Renting is different from home ownership. You do not have to deal with taxes for property. Sometimes, your utilities are taken care of or bundled into a package. You also do not have to deal with all the expenses of repairs as some of these are handled by the landlord. However, you do have to consider that the rent you pay is money gone forever.
Home ownership is hard work. You need to commit to long-term payments. You need to budget for repair, maintenance, taxes, utilities, insurance, and the list goes on. Definitely you will be consistently spending money. But the good thing is this money goes to something you own, something with value that you can choose to resell later on or keep and make memories.
Whether you choose to rent or buy, taking a look at pros and con’s in the short and long term is important.
October 5th, 2012
If you’re seeking to sell your home and you want it done fast, then don’t just go out hunting for buyers but for the people who may know buyers themselves. You may have to shell out some money for referrals but they sure beat the fee’s brokers charge for their services. With more and more trying to cut out agents and going out to do the selling on their own for apparent reasons, this has proven to be a good way of getting to buyers. It also helps to go out once in a while to look for them rather than have them come to you for even with the current rock bottom prices, not many are buying due to the slowing economy.
June 17th, 2012
Some markets have indeed begun to rejoice as Wall Street seems to be on track to recovery as gains continue. There is a lot of cautious people who are closely monitoring the situation, a continue in rise may be the sign that the worst has passed and recovery is to come soon. Some people are still quite skeptical for jobs are still being shed by the many companies that makes up the economy, and with most people basing their financial might with the jobs and money they earn, time is still quite uncertain for there is not much hiring doing on. The end may be coming but for many it is still unreachable at this point but optimism is high as people know the end s coming, when that is to come, well that’s what’s being debated!
April 8th, 2012
The housing market is bottoming out in terms of prices yet no appreciation has been seen yet in the gloomy real estate market. Movement has been slow and is limited to the levels seen last February that showed minuscule improvements but were quickly downplayed by the rest of the economy’s performance. Massive economic reforms are underway to prevent a recurrence of the market collapse that heralded in the recession.
The global economic problems may have been unavoidable but the practice of bailing out companies and the people who ran them should be stopped for it seems to condone the practice without remorse. Read the rest of this entry »