Declutter Your Home Before Selling

From DATE:SEPTEMBER 17, 2012 | AUTHOR:ROSLYN ASHFORD Earlier this summer, we were contacted by a real estate agent to manage the decluttering and staging of a home. The seller, while vacationing out of town for a month, had decided to build a home down South and wanted to put her Maryland home on the market while she was out of town. This was the first time my team had decluttered a home without the homeowners present, but we were able tackle it in three hours flat. We found … [Read more...]

Buying a Foreclosure? Watch Out for These 5 Landmines

AUTHOR:BRENDON DESIMONE | CATEGORY:TIPS & ADVICE  These are trying times for many homeowners. Walk away from a mortgage? Something that was unthinkable and morally offensive 10 years ago is now an option many people are choosing. Home foreclosed? Some people who’ve lost their homes to the bank are stripping the property bare, hoping to sell the appliances to recoup at least some money. As you might expect, buying a foreclosed home comes with opportunities — and certain challenges. Here … [Read more...]

12 top real estate tips for 2012

By Steve McLinden • To buy or sell in 2012, what with Armageddon coming and all? Absent any ancient Mayan wisdom on real estate strategies, let's just hope the real cataclysmic event in the real estate market already has passed, even if the rubble from the bubble remains. A stubborn overstock of households with loans higher than their value will continue to restrain prices and create some major obstacles for sellers in 2012, a year that's shaping up to be another homebuyer's … [Read more...]

Understanding Your HOA Documents

What to Review in HOA Documents When Buying DATE:JULY 25, 2012 | AUTHOR:LEONARD BARON When you buy a property in a common interest development — an HOA — you are not just buying your particular unit. You also are buying into a larger entity that typically owns the building structure, the roof, the parking garage, the clubhouse, the pools, etc. As with any real estate purchase, there are many issues and risks, but when you are buying into an HOA-governed community, you add on a whole … [Read more...]

How to Prepare for the Big Move This Summer

DATE:JULY 9, 2012 | AUTHOR:SPAREFOOT |   Moving can be stressful, especially if you wait until the last minute to plan. It’s important to hire professional movers or enlist the help of your family and friends well ahead of time. By using a self-storage finder, you can locate a reliable and affordable self-storage facility in your area. Again, to reiterate, it’s important to do all these things well in advance. Be sure to check the weather forecast for your move-in day. … [Read more...]

How Much House Can You Afford?

DATE:JUNE 25, 2012 | AUTHOR:MINTLIFE | CATEGORY:FINANCE   Before you start combing the classifieds and cruising open houses, you need to know how much house you can afford. There’s no hard and fast rule about this, regardless of what you might read. How much house you can afford is primarily a function of how much you want to spend. The Real Cost of a House Your home costs more than just the mortgage. Your down payment is between 10 and 20 percent of the assessed value of the … [Read more...]

5 Things Not Necessarily Included in Your Home Purchase

DATE:JUNE 13, 2012 | AUTHOR:BRENDON DESIMONE | ZILLOW BLOG The buyer of a historic Victorian home in upstate New York fell in love with the gigantic antique mirror in the foyer. The mirror looked as if it were made for the space; it fit perfectly on the wall, and the frame matched the surrounding woodwork. In fact, the mirror was so large, the buyer said she “couldn’t imagine it going anywhere.” And yet, when she bought the house and went inside, the mirror was gone. All that was left … [Read more...]

A Father Knows Best

DATE:JUNE 6, 2012 | AUTHOR:VERA GIBBONS | CATEGORY:FINANCE With Father’s Day just around the corner (Sunday, June 17), here are a few personal finance tips, compliments of “Dad” – mine, and likely yours, too:   Start saving early As soon as you get your first job, you should start saving for retirement — ideally, 15% of your gross income every month. Fund an IRA, a 401k and learn about the power of compounding interest, which can help multiply the money you save the longer you save … [Read more...]

How to Make Sure Things Go Smoothly at Closing

There are a few things that can go wrong at closing time. This excellent guide from Zillow details a few common problems and what you can do to make sure your closing as expected. DATE:MAY 2, 2012 When you buy a house or an apartment, there are several steps: You decide how much money you can spend; find a property you like; make an offer; negotiate an acceptance; sign a contract; line up your financing, and then close on the property. So, in some sense closing is what you’re … [Read more...]

Get Great Interior Shots From Your IPhone With This Adapter.

Wide Angle Photo Adapter For Your IPhone.   You’ve seen photo apps and comparisons in the past, but I am fully convinced that I can take better photos with my iPhone than just about anyone with a DSLR. I know that’s a bold statement, but I just got a new toy/attachment for my iPhone that is absolutely amazing for photography and video. I’m talking about the OWLE Bubo by ALM. This thing takes amazing wide angle photos, which is especially important for the small rooms we have to … [Read more...]

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