Posts Tagged real estate

Clean Up Your Home Before Leaving: 1

Friday, November 20th, 2009

spring-cleaning-main_fullWe all move.  Whether you are moving to a brand new house or you are moving into a new apartment, you want to make sure that you leave your old apartment in good shape.  Currently, I am going through a move myself and while I am not exactly moved out yet, I intend to leave the property the way I found it.

That does include some things that you may not want to be doing.  For example, cleaning out everything and making sure that the walls are painted.  This is something that many people forget about, however you always want to make sure that you do not burn any bridges when you move.

In the next blog, we will talk about exactly what you should be cleaning out and what you can leave.

Some Ways To Make Your Home Greener: 2

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

2_eavesNow that we have talked a little bit about adding in a covered porch – the next step that you should take is actually making sure that your roof hangs over a little bit.

The reason for this is actually so that way, it keeps the sun off of the windows and exteriors, which will help the house, stay extremely cool in the summer.  It also really helps to protect the siding from the weather, which means you can go twice as long between repainting.

Next, you want to make sure that you reuse and remodel.  If you are planning to really tear down your home and start over, why waste?  Why not try to salvage your home or even your first floor and build around it.

Some Ways To Make Your Home Greener: 1

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

1_yellow_houseIn this day and age – real estate is all about how green your home is and honestly, the greener your home is, the better chance it has to sell and that is surely what you should be concentrating on whenever you are looking to sell your place.

There are tons of little things that you can do to make your home greener and in the next few blogs, we are going to talk about some of those ways.

The first way is by adding in a porch – new covered porch shelters are actually fantastic to keep the morning rays out of your home so you do not have to kick on the AC as much in the summer time.

Finding Real Estate When You Are Out Of State: 2

Friday, October 16th, 2009

relocatingNow that you have figured out exactly what neighborhoods or towns you are going to be looking into, the next logical step is going to be researching them.  You want to make sure that they are safe for you and your family so go ahead and look online and make sure that these neighborhoods and towns are going to be extremely safe.

Next, you are going to have to figure out if you want to rent a place or if you are going to buy a place.  Honestly, this is going to be the biggest decision, because if you buy – you might be stuck there but if you rent, it makes it easier for you to relocate again.  After this decision is made, go ahead and contact a real estate agent.

What most people don’t realize is that real estate agents can actually help you with renting and buying, so no matter which one you want, make sure that you keep your agent informed.

Finding Real Estate When You Are Out Of State: 1

Thursday, October 15th, 2009


To be perfectly honest, if you are relocating – it is really hard.  Not just because you have to pack up and move, but most of the time, you are going to be relocating out of state and if you are not familiar with the state that you are moving too … that can make it ten times worse!  This is why I have developed some tips and tricks for you to follow if you are trying to find the perfect place out of state.

One of the first things that you need to do is wherever your office is based out of – you want to look at the cities and towns near it.  Go ahead and compile a list of the neighborhoods and cities you might want to live in that are around your office and then start on your research.

This will narrow down exactly where you are going to be looking for, so this should logically be the very first step!

Mortgage Fraud: What Is It?

Saturday, September 12th, 2009

Mortgage FraudWhen you are dealing with Mortgage Fraud – it can be a difficult thing to really wrap your head around.  Personally, I had absolutely no idea what Mortgage Fraud even was until I started writing this blog.  What Mortgage Fraud is, is it is actually a term that is used to describe a broad variety of criminal acts where the person will misrepresent themselves on a mortgage loan.

The reason for this?  Well, it is so that the individual can actually get themselves some property and real estate.  They will lie on the applications for loans and get the loans with no intentions of paying them back.  In federal courts, Mortgage Fraud is actually prosecuted as wire fraud, bank fraud, mail fraud and money laundering.

People who commit Mortgage Fraud can actually get up to thirty years imprisonment – so it is certainly not something to mess around with.

How You Can Repair Your Credit To Buy A Home!

Friday, September 11th, 2009

Credit repair Repairing your credit is something that can be difficult – there are many different things that you need to do and to be honest, it is going to be a long process and one that isn’t easy.  Your credit history is something that is going to follow you for the rest of your life and if you have made some bad credit choices, it is not the end of the world – you can bring up your credit score.

The first way to bring it up is to ensure that you have paid off any debt that you might owe.  That way, you can be sure that you are starting with a fresh and clean slate.  Next, get yourself a credit card that has a very low minimum and only spend on it when you really need something – and always make it small. 

The idea is that you want to pay off your credit card every single month, as that is going to be what brings up your credit score.

Landscaping Your Backyard — It’s Important! Blog 2

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

LandscapingLandscaping your backyard is very important … we talked about that in the last blog, but did you know that there are a few quick and easy steps that you can follow to ensure that you do not have to hire it out?  Landscaping is something that can be extremely costly and if you are not ready to invest that many, you can definitely do it yourself, all you need to do is get a little elbow grease in there and ensure that you know what you are doing.

Firstly, you want to spend a day trimming and removing overgrown and excessive plants.  That way you will have a fresh and clean start as soon as you remove all of those plants, which is something that everyone wants.  Also, you want to make sure that you get rid of any bushes were trees that might make your home look like a jungle – we all know that we have those.

Next, you want to make sure to spend a few hundred dollars on some plants and flowers that will add in a lot of warmth to your home and it will truly change the look and overall feel of your home!

Landscaping Your Backyard — It’s Important!

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

landscapingWhen you are trying to sell a home, we all know that it can be a truly difficult thing … after all, it can take a while to be on the market and since the market is so bad right now, you truly have to make the home shine and sing.

That is what backyard landscaping can do for your home.  What many people do not know about landscaping is that it actually reaches it maturity after about six to eight years and after that – you need to thin it and reshape it.

Many people skip over that part and just think that they can get away with only landscaping their backyard every ten years or so – that is simply not the truth.  In the next blog, we are going to explore how your backyard can truly enhance your curb appeal!

Tax Incentives For Buying A Home: Being ‘Green’ Tax Incentives!

Friday, August 7th, 2009

Tax creditNow that we have talked about just some of the tax incentives that are out there – it is now time to talk about the tax incentive that the government is offering up for making your house ‘green’.  Obama is one of those presidents that is very into being green and he is one president that is truly making a difference in the environment market.  Between this year and next year, there should be tax credits of about $1,500 for home buyer or home seller to make their home a little greener.

While those tax credits are not currently in practice, they are slowly but surely going into practice.  Another thing that I’ve noticed is that the states are taking it into their own hands as well, for example Georgia passed a tax bill that gives a $1,800 tax credit for first time home buyers that buy their homes between June 2009 and November 2009.

All of these tax incentives are a fantastic way for home owners to truly be able to afford the home of their dreams and really make sure that they are getting the very best deal!