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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!

Tax Incentives For Buying A Home: What They Are!

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

Tax incentivesLooking for a new home for the price that you want is a hard task.  However, it is not impossible and one of the main reasons is that there are a ton of different tax incentives going on right now.  The housing market is in deep trouble, with no one purchasing homes and so many homes going into foreclosure, it makes it extremely difficult for real estate agents to really make a living.  However, with all of the tax incentives that are being offered up now – home owners are more opt to purchase.

However, if you are a home buyer that is looking to purchase a new home, you need to know about all of the tax incentives out there so you can take advantage of them right?  The firs tone is going to be a tax break on select properties of about $8,000.  This is a tax incentive that you do not have to pay back to the government, which makes it that much better.

Another tax credit in the state of California is that the government is adding on – in addition to the $8,000 they are offering up another 5% tax credit to some home buyers, that means you can get a tax credit of about $18,000 – which is a lot of money!

Using SEO To Promote Your Website!

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

real-estate-marketing-northwest-mont-largeNow that we have talked about the internet leads, it is now time for us to touch base on using SEO to promote your website.  Now, many people simply have no idea what SEO is and therefore do not know how to use it.  SEO all has to do with search engines like google.  You want to make sure that your website has SEO content in it so it will get picked up by google so you can increase the number of visitors that have seen your website.

What is the very first thing that you do when you go onto google?  You type in a keyword for whatever you are looking for.  That is exactly what SEO is – it is all based around keywords and you truly do need to have the right keywords in your website in order for your google ranking to get up there.  One of the most important things about having a website is making sure that it is promoted correctly and that people can find it and that is what SEO can do for you.

Using SEO is a fantastic way to ensure that your visitors can find your website and that you are gaining a lot of attention via the internet search engines!

Internet Leads — Are They Worth It?

Friday, July 31st, 2009

internet-searchUsing the internet is something that I personally love in order to create new prospects.  I love the blogs that I have set up and the website that I have created – did you know that using the internet to create leads for your real estate business is a great way to really and truly get your name out there?

Internet leads – while some associates do not think they are worth it, really are.  Personally, I have had internet leads turn out to be truly huge opportunities and all they wanted to do was use the internet to execute it because it is faster.

The internet is a great resource to collect information too – there are a ton of different forums that you can use and take advantage of so you can really be ahead of the real estate game.

Job-Loss Mortgage Insurance: Terms, Conditions, Eligibility — Part 2!

Friday, July 24th, 2009

Job-Loss Mortgage InsuranceNow that you know exactly what job-loss mortgage insurance is, it is time now to consider some of the issues that are affiliated with this type of insurance.  Some of them are going to include variations of this policy.  Premiums, terms, benefits and limits are all things that you need to consider.  This is why you want to make sure that you truly do shop around and evaluate your debt and income.  That way you can make sure that you know which policy that you want to go with.

Next, affiliation is going to be the next thing that you think about.  Some policies require an affiliation with the lender, real estate agency or even another entity.  So that is something that you need to make sure that you think about as well.   However, these are just some of the issues that you need to think about.

Job loss mortgage insurance is something that is great – it truly is a fantastic thing if you really think that you might lose your job, you just need to make sure that you do your research and make sure that you know what policy you are going to go with!

Job-Loss Mortgage Insurance: Terms, Conditions, Eligibility — Part 1!

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

Job-Loss Mortgage InsuranceWith people constantly getting laid off and losing their jobs – where are all of the mortgage payments going to come from?  In this day and age, finding a job is very difficult and the unemployment rate is definitely growing higher and higher … however, did you know that there is Job-Loss Mortgage Insurance?  Most people have no idea what that means or even how they could be eligible for it.  That is exactly what we are going to explore in the next couple blogs – how you can get this insurance and what the terms and conditions are for it.

One of the first things that you want to take into consideration the vary of coverage, the cost and some of the benefits and requirements for this particular insurance.  You really should do your research on it and make sure that you shop around to find the best possible insurance for you and your family.  Now, if you have no idea what this insurance is – that is what we are going to break down for you.

Basically – this insurance means that your insurance company will pay for your mortgage if you happen to lose your job … to a point though.  Typically, this insurance policy will be paid directly to the lender and the policy benefits can include principle, interest, taxes and the mortgage itself – that is why you need to shop around a bit.

Using Landscaping to Improve Your Home: 2

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

landscaping-2In landscaping, size and scale are both hugely important factors. Idealy, you want all trees and shrubs to be sized to scale. Specifically, you want them to be scaled to your house. The right scale is crucial, because then no doors, windows, or any other important architectural features will be blocked.

Thus, clearly, the size of your house is a very important consideration. If you have a single story home, you want to stay away from shrubs and trees which are two large. For trees, stick to crab apple trees, redbuds, and cherry trees.

Two story homes, on the other hand, are able to handle a lot of large scale trees, such as sycamores, oak trees, redwoods, and things of that nature.

Do not go overboard with the trees, though. You do not want to cast too many shadows, and besides, having a huge number of trees and shrubs may make prospective buyers worry about how much it will cost to maintain the property.

Using Landscaping to Improve Your Home: 1

Monday, July 13th, 2009

landscaping-1It is no secret that, when you are selling your home, landscaping can make an enormous difference. You are marketing something when you are trying to sell, so you want to make the property look as palatable as possible. Thus, of course, the landscape can be a deal maker — or a deal breaker. Naturally the former is the ideal, and there are lots of things you can do to make sure that happens.

First of all, color is very, very important. Vibrant splashes of beautiful color can make all the difference — and it is a great idea to make them complement the current season. In fact, real estate experts recommend changing your landscaping with every season — actually, whether your house is on the market or not.

This may seem tedious and costly, but it really is not, mainly because it is best to use one or two focus points and repeat the theme. In fact, you can choose flowers which bloom in more than one season and make them the leitmotif of your landscaping. Iceberg roses — perhaps in white — with a lovely lavender is a great idea.