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Best Tips On Selling Your Home

If you’ve decided to sell your home, chances are you’re caught up in a host of emotions. You may be looking forward to moving up to a new dream house or facing the uncertainty of a major move across country. You may be reluctant to leave your memories behind or eager to start new adventures. Whatever turbulent feelings you’re experiencing right now, there are plenty of practical matters that need your attention…

 
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A Property Survey Is Always Wise, Usually Required

An appraisal assists the mortgage lender in assessing the value of the house to determine whether a mortgage should be made and in what amount. Generally, the appraisal will analyze the condition of the house, its location, structural soundness and comparable sales in the area. A survey, on the other hand, goes to the question of the marketability of the house. The surveyor determines whether the house is within the property borders, whether there are any encroachments on the property by neighbors and the extent to which any easements on the property may affect legal title…

 
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Scrutinizing Your Home Inspector: What To Do If You Dispute The Findings

While it may sometimes appear that your home inspection is the end-all, tell-all, it isn’t. Home inspectors occasionally make mistakes, which is why it’s important to carefully review everything that comes to light in the inspection process and question findings that don’t add up. The average home has more than 60,000 pieces and parts to it. Short of being able to see through walls, predict cracks where none is showing, and test every single element of your home, even the best home inspector has to rely on representative samplings, coupled with experience and up-to-date product and systems information in tracking down faulty points…

 
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When Should You Sell Investment Property?

If you believe what it says, late night TV is full of great ways to invest in real estate. Most investors – they seem to suggest – are looking at big paybacks with no money down. That’s unlikely, like going to the store to buy a watermelon and offering to pay for it with a paperclip (a highly-unlikely feat which my daughter successfully managed to do this summer at camp). It takes forethought and preparation to be successful in real estate. You also need to realize that buying real estate is investing and with investing there is risk: If you don’t know what you’re doing, you can make a costly mistake…

 
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It Is Better To List Than To Lose

Generally speaking, and in the absence of a contractual agreement to the contrary, fixtures remain with the house. Personal items can be removed by the seller. As one can see, it certainly makes a difference if an item is characterized “personal property” or “fixtures.” For example, can a seller take a removable wet bar from the basement, even though the plumbing is hooked up? Does a window air conditioning unit convey with the property? There are no easy answers to any of these questions…

 
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Fixer Uppers: Wise Investment Or Money Pit?

Would you spend $650,000 for a beachfront home with sagging shutters, no landscaping, peeling paint, old appliances, outdated wallpaper and a generally drab exterior? On paper, the house sounds less-than-desirable. But before you answer, consider that this potential fixer-upper is located in California just steps from the Pacific. Drab as it may be, could this home sparkle one day? With a coat of paint, some “sweat” equity, and thorough revamping inside and out could this property be an investment gem? All homes are different, but there are certain criteria which can help you spot a fixer-upper with good potential. Here are a few basic questions to ask: What needs to be changed? There are some homes which are structurally sound that require only cosmetic changes — say that worn carpet from the 1960’s, the historic appliances, or that inefficient heating system which consumes more fuel than a high school. It makes sense to inventory a home to see what can remain and what must go…

 
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Getting The Right Numbers With A Lease/Purchase Agreement

Who needs seller financing? Most people think that it’s for those who have damaged credit, or could not otherwise obtain conventional financing. That may be the case, and if indeed you have some credit issues that require seller financing, be prepared for the following terms…

 
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Housing Counsel : ABCs of Home-Buying

There is no guarantee that real estate will continue to escalate in value as it has been doing over these past few years. Just ask anyone who purchased at the peak of the real estate market in the late l980’s. Many owners found that their mortgage was greater than the depreciated value of their house, and it was not until the mid l990’s that they were back in the black. How would you feel if you purchased a condominium unit today for $275,000, obtained a mortgage for $247,500 (i.e. 90 percent loan to value), and suddenly your unit was only worth $245,000? Make no mistake: while I unconditionally encourage everyone to be a homeowner, it may not be your greatest investment. Having dampened your enthusiasm, let’s now turn to the other part of your question…

 
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8 Tips For Protecting Yourself When You Buy A House

If you’re preparing to buy a house during what is typically the busiest buying and selling time of the year, then offers may be flying, loans may seem confusing, and everything may be moving way too fast. This is why it’s important to do everything you can to protect yourself throughout the entire home buying process. Low mortgage interest rates and a strong underlying demand for housing drove total state existing-home sales…

 
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10 Steps To The Perfect Second Home

The largest numbers of second homes are in states with large populations. The greatest percentage of second homes is in smaller and less populous states. The most popular locations for second homes are near bodies of water and mountains and second home buyers prefer rural settings to those more urban, but in most cases, second homes are within less than a day’s drive from the primary residence. Second homes are everywhere. Among the 359,000 second homes sold, second homes were found in every state and in every region…

 
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Buyer Strategies In A Seller’s Market

What hurdles are out there in a seller’s market that a buyer may have to contend with besides the common problems with a seller’s market? There’s not enough inventory and too many buyers? There’s also the problem that a house can actually sell for too much. This can happen when a contract price exceeds an appraisal from the bank. When this occurs the buyer must come up with the difference or the seller must reduce the sales price down to the appraisal. Apart from taking the above noted actions, buyers can beef up contracts without going over the appraised value of a property and having to renegotiate the contract or resulting in a failed contract altogether. These strategies may include using monetary and non-monetary offers in the contract…

 
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Finding The Safest Communities

Since Sept. 11, more and more Americans have pushed safety and security high on their list of requirements for the community where they might buy a home. Some are reconsidering the allure of big city urban living, especially when a greater use of technology can permit them to live virtually anywhere and telecommute to the city for work. Based on largely anecdotal evidence obtained from real estate agent interviews Forbes.com recently produced “The Best Houses in the Safest Places,” a survey for luxury homes off the beaten path. The magazine found 16 cities in 11 states it deemed as “conceivably” safer than big cities…

 
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First Time Buyers: Don’t Overlook A Home’s Potential When House Hunting

House hunting for first-time homebuyers- It’s an exciting, albeit nerve-wracking, experience. If you’re like others in the market for their first home, you probably have in mind exactly how your soon-to-be home will look. But it’s important not to fall into the bad decorating, dingy walls, and dirt-bare back yard equals bad-home trap. If you don’t see past the hideous wallpaper, funky light fixtures, and avocado green carpeting, you may miss out on a home with great potential. And, if you’re looking for a home in a seller’s market where homes are being snatched up as soon as they go on the market, you’ll come to realize you can’t be choosy if you want to make a competitive offer…

 
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Helping Your Children Buy Their House

What is PMI? Although the borrower pays the monthly (or annual) premium, this insurance is solely for the benefit of the lender. It is designed to protect the lender should they have to foreclose on your property, and the price that the property is sold at a foreclosure sale does not equal the outstanding balance on your mortgage loan. Unfortunately, although many lawyers believe that the monthly PMI premium can legally be deducted as “mortgage interest”, the Internal Revenue Service takes a strong position that such payments are not deductible…

 
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How Soon To Buy After Bankruptcy

Don’t be discouraged about this scenario, however. Keep in mind with 30-year fixed rate mortgages going for under 6 percent right now, high interest rates in today’s market, means 8 – 10 percent. My first mortgage was a 2-1 buy down with perfect credit and my interest rate started at 10 percent and went up a percentage point per year for the next two years – interest rates are really all a matter of perspective. Should you wait to sell/buy property? I get this question a lot. Real estate is a great investment no matter when you buy – if you’re willing to let time work in your favor. Obviously, there are peaks and valleys in the real estate market just like any other investment…

 
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How Your Parents Can Help You Buy

Once those formalities have been resolved, here are some suggestions. Let’s assume your parents currently have $150,000 in liquid assets. Your purchase price is $150,000. Your parents can lend you the entire purchase price, and you will take title to the condominium in your name only. You will sign a promissory note, agreeing to repay this money over an agreed upon period of time. To secure payment of this note (and to allow you to deduct the mortgage interest for tax purposes) you will also have a deed of trust (the mortgage document) recorded against your property in favor of your parents…

 
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Make Sure all Systems Are Go When You Inspect Your Would-Be Home

You’ve finally found the perfect – or near-perfect – house. You’ve haggled, negotiated, and appear close to finalizing the deal. But first you’ll want to hire a professional inspector – and then you’ll want to do some inspecting yourself, including the home’s major systems. An inspection involves a qualified professional who will take an objective look at the condition of the property and prepare a report. But it’s also important that you, as the buyer, carefully inspect every foot of the house for things that might not be included in the professional inspection, as well as the things that are, like the systems – heating, cooling, plumbing, electrical service, and the water heater…

 
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Meeting The Seller, How To Find Bargaining Chips

A buyer who finds that one special home may wonder why the present owner is selling. The reason could be as benign as a job transfer, or as nasty as a divorce with arduous negotiations. Can buyers ask why a home is being sold? Or are such questions somehow unfair, something that goes in the “MYOB” (Mind Your Own Business) category? As a buyer, you should know more about the home than the number of bedrooms and baths…

 
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No Money Down With A Difference

Home buying with no money down is a wonderful concept, something that can make ownership available to huge numbers of people who otherwise are unable to buy. And yet there has not been a rush to buy homes with nothing down, in part because such financing has sometimes been promoted as a get-rich-quick device. But now we have a well-known lender entering the no-money-down market, something which should greatly help both the concept and its image…

 
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Plan On Buying A Home Next Year? Then Keep the Holiday Spending To A Minimum

If you’re close to buying a home in the coming year, then you’ll want to keep a close eye on your holiday spending. You don’t want to hamper your chances of getting a loan, and you’ll want to be sure you have plenty of cash on hand in your first year of homeownership. The International Mass Retail Association in a late October survey estimated that holiday shoppers will spend an average of $863 on gifts this year. However, they ultimately end up spending some 15 to 30 percent more, the association says. Because your credit history is so important in obtaining a loan, you’ll want to refrain from opening any credit accounts for major appliance or electronic purchases. You’ll also want to avoid running your existing credit cards to their limits. Why? When you apply for a mortgage, the lender may request a credit score as well as a credit report…

 
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Questions Every Buyer Should Ask

When you’