Buying Real Estate

Know This Before You Do Any Home Improvements

Know This Before You Do Any Home Improvements

When you do any home improvement, you probably figure it’s also going to improve the value of your home. And it probably will improve the value… but, probably not as much as it cost you.

In other words, if you spend $1,000 (for example), it probably won’t improve the value by $1,000 or more. Statistically speaking, it will probably only improve the value by a fraction of that amount.

So, the question becomes…

Is it even worth doing any home improvements!?

Not to sound wishy-washy, but the answer is…

Yes and no. It depends on a lot of factors. We’ll touch on that more at the end of the article.

But for now, let’s just take a look at the top 7 home improvements, according to the 2017 cost versus value report to start making some sense of it all.

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4 Shows Every Homeowner Should Record

4 Shows Every Homeowner Should Record

Home improvement shows have exploded in popularity in the last few years, and while you certainly don’t want to spend 24 hours a day in front of the tube, TV can be a helpful and educational experience for homeowners – when you know the right shows to watch.

Here are 4 shows every homeowner should DVR:

1. House Hunters

While there’s no arguing that this show is heavily staged, House Hunters is both entertaining and gives insight into property values in markets across the US (and across the globe on the spin-off series House Hunters: International).

On the show, potential homeowners give their wish list and budget to their real estate agent, who then shows them three properties within their area. Typically, each property meets some of the criteria but...

Nearly ¼ Of Homeowners Purchase Property With Less Than 5% Down

Nearly ¼ Of Homeowners Purchase Property With Less Than 5% Down

A lot of potential home buyers think that in order to successfully buy property they need to save up a sizeable down payment of 20% of the purchase price—and that until they have that down payment in the bank they can’t transition to homeownership.

But the “20% down payment myth” just isn’t true. Thanks to a variety of lending options, there are plenty of buyers out there purchasing property with far less than 20% down.

According to recent research from Zillow, 24.2% of buyers put down 5% or less when purchasing their homes. That’s nearly one in four buyers on the market!

The Takeaway

According to this data, it’s...

Why Do Houses “Expire”?

Why Do Houses “Expire”?

You’ve seen this happen…

A house sits on the market forever, and it doesn’t get sold.

You see an agent’s for sale sign sitting in the yard for months and months. And then, all of a sudden, another one appears.

Sometimes, the new agent will get the house sold.

But sometimes, no matter how many different agents list the house, it just never sells.

You’ve been watching that house “expire”.

That is industry-speak for when a house doesn’t get sold during the time frame an owner has a listing contract with a particular real estate agent.

When a listing expires, it’s not uncommon for the owner to hire someone new to list their home…figuring the first real estate agent just didn’t have what it takes to get their home sold.

But, it usually isn’t the agent that was the problem. There are a few common problems that...

3 Tips On Timing The Sale And Purchase Of A Home

3 Tips On Timing The Sale And Purchase Of A Home

If you’re like most people, you’re probably concerned about selling your house before having one lined up to buy.

You don’t want to sell your house first, not having somewhere to go.

But, at the same time, you know you can’t buy another house, without selling the house you already own.

Ideally, you want to time the sale and closing of the house you have to sell, with the purchase of the house you’re moving to. Ideally…

But, it isn’t always easy, or even possible. You certainly can’t bank on it. So, it’ll help you to have a few tips to up the chances of timing the sale and purchase as much as possible, or at least have a plan just in case it doesn’t…

1. Negotiate time to find a home.

Probably the easiest solution is to sell your home to a buyer who’s willing to give you some nice terms in the contract.

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Open House Etiquette 101: A Guide For Buyers

Open House Etiquette 101: A Guide For Buyers

Open houses can be an interesting experience for first-time buyers and seasoned buyers alike — especially if the owners are still living in the home.

It can be a bit awkward walking through someone’s home, looking at their things, and judging whether their property is a place you can envision as a home for you and your family.

But it doesn’t have to be awkward! As long as you know what’s appropriate in terms of etiquette, open houses can be a breeze.

So, what are the rules for open houses? What’s proper etiquette? And how should you as a buyer behave when attending an open house?

Treat the host with respect

The first — and most important — rule of open house etiquette is to treat your host with respect. Whether you’re dealing with a real estate agent, an owner, or both, it’s important that you’re polite and respectful. If you fall...

Fixer Upper vs. Move-In Ready: Which One Is Right For You?

Fixer Upper vs. Move-In Ready: Which One Is Right For You?

When it comes to buying real estate, you want to make sure the property you purchase is the right fit for your needs. For some buyers, purchasing a home that needs some work is the ideal situation. For others, getting a turnkey home that’s move-in ready is the only option they’ll consider. And for still others, both seem like reasonable options.

The question is: which is for you? There are pros and cons to both fixer uppers and move-in ready homes. The important thing is to recognize which is the best fit for you, your budget, and what you want out of a home.

Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of fixer uppers and move-in ready homes to help you determine which is the better fit for you:

Fixer uppers

Fixer uppers are, as the name implies, homes that need a bit of TLC – or fixing up – upon move in.

Pros

Discounted price...

Mortgage Rates Tumble In 2019—Making Now A Great Time To Buy

Mortgage Rates Tumble In 2019—Making Now A Great Time To Buy

One of the biggest factors for buyers in determining the right time to buy a home? Mortgage rates. Securing a low interest rate on your mortgage can save you tens of thousands of dollars over the course of your loan while buying when rates are high can cost you tens of thousands of dollars in interest.

So where, exactly, are mortgage rates in 2019—and what does that mean for buyers?

According to a recent article in REALTOR Magazine, mortgage rates have been steadily falling in 2019. Currently, the average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is 4.28 percent—down .17 percent from this time last year (when the rates averaged 4.45 percent). Rates for 15-year fixed-rate mortgages have fallen even more; currently, the average rate for a...

4 Tips For Buying A Home From A Distance

4 Tips For Buying A Home From A Distance

Chances are, if you’re looking for a new home, you’re ready for a change of scenery. And while that might mean just a new property or a new neighborhood, for many potential homebuyers, that often means a new city. And if you’re considering buying property in a city other than the one where you currently reside, you probably have a lot of questions about the process. Will you have to fly to your new city every weekend to look at properties? Will you miss out on hot properties? Is it even possible to buy without physically being in your city?

Buying a home from a distance certainly presents its own set of unique challenges, but by no means is it impossible. Here are four tips for buying a home from a distance to make the process easier, faster, and less stressful for you and your family:

1. Gather information

When you’re buying property in an unfamiliar city, the first thing you need to do...

The Real Estate Market Is Looking Sunny For Buyers This Spring

The Real Estate Market Is Looking Sunny For Buyers This Spring

The first thing that comes to mind when you think of spring is, of course, sunshine. And for buyers who are looking to purchase real estate this spring season, the forecast is looking pretty sunny.

According to a recent article in Realtor Magazine, while home prices across the country are up year over year, the outlook is improving—and homes are expected to become increasingly affordable as we move through spring. The reason for the improved affordability outlook? Falling mortgage rates, which has increased potential homeowners’ buying power and reduced the average monthly mortgage payment (according to the article, mortgage payments on an average-priced home in the US have dropped by $62 per month).

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