Sunday, July 23, 2017

Real Estate

How to Blend Contrasting Materials for High-Impact Design

(BPT) The melding of contrasting materials throughout the home is a sophisticated way to add visual interest and depth to your design. Bold finishes coupled with muted color tones create an eye-catching statement, while natural wood combined with cool metal boasts a stunning blend of nature and machinery. From partnering unconventional

What Are the Customary Financial Requirements for Purchasing a Co-op?

When a prospective buyer asks about buying a co-op apartment, the first order of business is to inform the buyer that there will be no purchase of co-op stock shares unless the buyer meets the financial requirements set by the board of the cooperative to which he/she is applying for purchase.

Due to these requirements, many people ask if there are

Buying a Home: Everything You Need to Know About the Final Walk-Through

Buying a home is an exciting process. After all, you are getting ready to move to a new home.  When the seller accepts your offer and your loan is approved, and you have conducted your inspections, the buying process is not over.  You have one final step—the walk-through. This is when you verify that your new home is still as

Before Buying a Home, Learn the Lingo!

(StatePoint) Buying a home for the first time? You may discover that one of the biggest obstacles is learning the lingo. Homebuying can be overwhelming and perhaps a bit intimidating if you aren’t familiar with the terminology.

To help aspiring homeowners gain confidence in the

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In my 25 years as an associate broker, I have been the business beneficiary of buyers, tenants and sellers who have experienced what they perceive to be less than satisfactory treatment by their former real estate agents. I have come to realize that the fault often lies with both parties. On the side of customers and clients, some problems

Spring Into Home Fire Safety

(BPT) As spring fever takes hold, it is important to seize the opportunity to do more than cleaning around your home. The spring season marks the perfect time to evaluate your home’s fire safety quotient and make necessary updates to ensure you are prepared!

Follow these three fire

Five Ways to Beat the Homebuying Competition

For many Americans looking to purchase a home this year, options are slim. Inventory has been sparse in recent months, resulting in rising home prices and bidding wars becoming a normal part of the homebuying process, according to the National Association of Realtors.

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The Oil Tank Conundrum

Many homebuyers fail to consider the potential risks of purchasing a property that currently includes, or in the past has included, underground and aboveground oil storage tanks. Buyers who are told that the home heating system was converted from oil to gas also may not pursue the subject further. This is a huge

Real Property Tax Liens: There’s Money to Be Made, But Is It Right for You?

A few days ago on the radio, a pitchman proclaimed that people could make big bucks by buying property tax liens. Just call the 800 number for your free tax lien kit, attend the live training event where you’ll receive a $20 Visa gift card and you’re on your way!

But not so fast! What is a

Yes, You Can Buy a Home While Paying Off Student Loan Debt—but Should You?

By now, you have probably heard of the student loan crisis. Millions of Americans emerge from higher education weighed down by thousands (sometimes hundreds of thousands) of dollars of debt. Perhaps you are one of these people.

Being in debt can change the way you look at finances.

Four Tips to Flip the Switch to a More Beautiful Home

(StatePoint) The average home has 45 light sockets which means you probably have more light bulbs than just about any home product, and yet the lighting aisle can still be a daunting place. With the right knowledge, you can save money, protect the environment and bring the best features of your home to life.

Home Equities: Easy Come, Easy Go

A decade ago, when home values were soaring and real estate was booming, many homeowners took advantage by taking cash out from the equity in their home. Typically, the loan was structured as a Home Equity Line of Credit (aka “HELOC”), which functions very much like a typical consumer credit card. Specifically, a homeowner will

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