Selling A Home – 7 Steps to Preparing For An Open House

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  1. Hire a cleaning service. A spotlessly clean home is essential; dirt will turn off a prospect faster than anything.
  2. Mow your lawn, freshen up your garden and be sure toys and yard equipment are put away.
  3. Serve cookies, coffee, and soft drinks. It creates a welcoming touch. But be sure the kitchen has been cleaned up; use disposable cups so the sink doesn’t fill up. [Read more…]

Tips For Packing Like A Pro

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Tips For Packing Like A Pro

  1. Develop a master “to do” list so you won’t forget something critical.
  2. Sort and get rid of things you no longer want or need. Have a garage sale, donate to a charity, or recycle.
  3. Don’t throw out everything. If your inclination is to just toss it, ask yourself how frequently you use an item and how you’d feel if you no longer had it.
  4. Pack like items together. Put toys with toys, kitchen utensils with kitchen utensils. [Read more…]

Buying A Home – 7 Reasons To Own Your Own Home

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  1. Tax breaks. The U.S. Tax Code lets you deduct the interest you pay on your mortgage, property taxes you pay, and some of the costs involved in buying your home.
  2. Gains. While there’s no guarantee of appreciation, real estate has traditionally appreciated between 2% – 3% per year in our market.
  3. Equity. Money paid for rent is money that you’ll never see again, but mortgage payments let you build equity ownership interest in your home. [Read more…]

Buying A Home – 10 Steps To Prepare For Home Ownership

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  1. Decide how much home you can afford. Generally, you can afford a home equal in value to between two and three times your gross income.
  2. Develop a wish list of what you’d like your home to have. Then prioritize the features on your list.
  3. Select three or four neighborhoods you’d like to live in. Consider items such as schools, recreational facilities, area expansion plans, and safety.
  4. Determine if you have enough saved to cover your downpayment and closing costs. Closing costs, including taxes, attorney’s fee, and transfer fees average between 2 percent and 7 percent of the home price. [Read more…]