If you are looking for a community that is kid-friendly, look for homes that are located near schools, parks and recreation centers. You will be located within walking distance of bike trails, playgrounds and recreation centers. Many recreation centers offer youth sports, classes for kids and opportunities for exercise. The best way to choose a good area for your kids is to talk to a real estate agent. Your agent can quickly find a home that’s perfectly suited to you and your family. Look for school districts that (more…)
Should you make 2013 the year that you take the plunge and purchase a home? Whether you’re considering a condominium, a single family residence, or even a duplex, several reasons could make this the ideal time to buy.Â
First, mortgage interest rates remain at near historic lows. Fixed rate 30-year mortgages are available in the 3-4 percent interest rate range for those with the required credit. Shorter 15-year mortgages can be had that carry interest rates under three percent.Â
Second, although it remains very important to have all elements of your (more…)
So you have bought the home or maybe you have had a home built. You are all moved in and unpacked. You have met the neighbors. Not much else to do is there?
Well, actually, there is.
Aside from beginning your new life, there are lots of little things that need doing in order to ensure the security of yourself, your loved ones and your home.
Like, did you get the locks changed? If you had a home built, it’s not an issue and, most of the time, realtors do a decent job of staying on top of that, but sometimes it comes up. If you are moving into an existing home, you want to make sure the old locks aren’t present. Brand new locks and deadbolts aren’t terribly expensive or hard to install.
It might also be prudent to install a decent pair of exterior lights near the major entrances of your home. The kind with built-in motion sensors are particularly helpful because they light up any intruder – be it animal or man.
And, of course, the obvious route when it comes to securing your home is simply purchasing a home security system. The market is literally overflowing with providers and sites like www.homesecurity101.com, for example, are just one of many that can help you along.
Investing in sustainable design when it comes to the construction of your new home will ensure that you are able to enjoy greater benefit in the years to come. Materials and resources that can provide you with a more energy efficient home could reduce the cost of your utilities, providing your with greater value in the days to come. Even simple and low cost changes to the design of your new home could make a big difference in terms of (more…)
Are you thinking about moving? Maybe you are a first time home buyer and you want to make the jump into your own home. You may have heard about all the great prices and low interest rates. It is still a buyer’s market and a great time to be a first time home owner.
Maybe you have dreamed about building the perfect home. You could have the right amount of bedrooms and the bathrooms would (more…)
When you are ready to buy your new home do you know all you need to know about closing costs? These are costs that will cover the expenses that will close the sale on your new home. These costs are for the inspection of the house, the appraisal fee, and the mortgage application fees that is of course a requirement by law as it will show the ownership of the property.
Sometimes what can happen is the buyer and seller agrees that the seller will pay all these costs or the buyer will have to pay half (more…)
When you have extra acreage to spare with your home, you will find that it can be very beneficial. The extra land that you have will allow you to add an out building to your property for storage purposes or to even add on to your existing home if you begin to outgrow it.
Perhaps you’ve built your own home on your land a few years ago and since then you’ve added a child or two or one of your elderly parents have moved in with the (more…)
When the final bell rings and the bank or mortgage lender have had enough of excuses and promises unfilled, a “foreclosure” gives them no other choice. And in today’s financial conundrum, finding a foreclosure in your area should only take you five minutes. They’re like moss on a Mississippi tree stump. Actually, you can get a foreclosure list from a realtor or lender; perhaps even online.
The question you need to solve is how to benefit from a homeowners misfortune. Here are reasons why you may hold all the aces in the deck.
#1 – The lender wants OUT! They (more…)