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Posted on 07/12/2020
Should You Rent from a Property Manager or Property Owner?
Image by Peggy und Marco Lachmann-Anke from Pixabay When inquiring about renting a home or condominium, you may not immediately be aware if the property is being self-managed by the owner or by a property manager or management firm that the owner has hired. There are some benefits and downsides to each. You should first ask who and...
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Posted on 07/07/2020
Pros and Cons: Living in an HOA Community
Image by Photo Mix from Pixabay HOA living is not for everyone. However, for those who like the extra structure, you can find plenty of deed-restricted properties. Before you buy a home in a community with a homeowner's association, you should not only check out the rules, but you should also try to talk with some of the...
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Posted on 06/28/2020
Voice-Controlled Smart Devices Your Home Needs
Photo by Andrey Bryzgalov via Shutterstock We’ve learned to use voice controls in our cars for hands-free calling, but what about in our homes? Alexa, Google Assistant, Echo and Siri are for more than simply using your voice to switch on the lights or control the temperature. Here are more ways to control your home with the sound...
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Posted on 06/21/2020
What to Look for in Your Southern Home Search
Photo by Pattie Steib via Shutterstock All home buyers create a list of features they desire in a property and come armed with the list when their agent shows them a new listing. When you’re shopping for a home in the South, there are a few key features you should include on the list along with the whirlpool...
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Posted on 06/14/2020
Travel: How to Explore Boston in a Short Amount of Time
Photo by Giuliana Vecchi via PixabayBoston, with its rich history and cultural scene, is a city that can easily take a week to explore. So what can you do if you have just one day to experience its wonders? While you won’t be able to see it all, there are some must-see attractions that you can work into...
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Posted on 06/07/2020
Are You Prepared to Address House Buying Hurdles?
Purchasing a home may prove to be a long, arduous process, particularly for individuals who fail to prepare for potential house buying hurdles. Thankfully, there are several things that you can do to put yourself in position to enjoy a successful homebuying journey, such as: 1. Establish Realistic Expectations Much in the same way that Rome was not built...
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Posted on 05/31/2020
What is "Subject-to" Real Estate?
Image by Ricarda Mölck from Pixabay If you've heard people talk about "subject-to" real estate, you might be curious what that means and if it would be a good investment for you. Briefly, "subject-to" real estate means you're buying the property but the loan on that property stays in the name of the existing seller. You're making your...
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Posted on 05/24/2020
Pros & Cons of HOA Communities
Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay When you’re looking into buying a new home, one of the decision you’ll need to make is if you want to live in an HOA community or not. Homeowners association (HOA) communities offer certain advantages and disadvantages compared to non-HOA communities. Knowing more about these pros and cons can help you make the...
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Posted on 05/17/2020
How Should Interest Rates Influence When You Buy?
Photo by Doubletree Studio via Shutterstock Interest rates rise in correlation to inflation and other economic activity. When that happens, it can increase housing costs. But the question is, should it prompt you to buy sooner than you’re ready? The Right Time Is Now In real estate, the right time is always now for someone. Is it the...
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Posted on 05/10/2020
Identify Your Residence's Weaknesses
If you intend to add your residence to the real estate market, you should try to differentiate your house's weaknesses and strengths. That way, you can plan ahead for the home selling journey and make myriad house improvements before you list your residence. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you identify your house's weaknesses. 1....
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Posted on 05/03/2020
Interior Design Trends for 2020
Photo by Emre Can from Pexels The start of the new year means it’s time to focus on the latest interior design trends for luxury homes. Being familiar with these trends can help you determine what changes to make to your home if you’re planning to spruce it up. The following are some of the interior design trends...
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Posted on 04/26/2020
Bring Your A-Game to the Homebuying Journey
The homebuying journey may be long and arduous, regardless of whether you're pursuing a house for the first time. However, if you bring your A-game to the homebuying journey, you can speed up the process of finding and acquiring your dream residence. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you bring your A-game to the homebuying...
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