Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Real Estate

What Is a Home Warranty? Should I Purchase It?

In the course of buying a home, sellers may offer buyers home warranties as a means of inducing or sweetening a sale. Depending upon what is specifically covered in the warranty contract, buyers of older homes may find reassurance in the promise that, should the home’s named appliances and systems fail to function, the homeowner will be

Challenge for Overseas Buyers: Apartment Registration

My relatives recently sold their apartment, and the contract signing was delayed by over a month because their identification numbers on the apartment registration were from expired passports, which had since been replaced by new passports with new passport numbers.

Soon after this

Three Tips to Protect Your Home This Winter

(BPT) Cold temperatures, snow, sleet and ice can all wreak havoc on your home’s gutters, windows and gardens, but it can have even more harmful effects on exterior wooden surfaces, such as decks, siding or roof shingles. Residing in Rhode Island, Pete Flood, whose family founded the Flood wood care brand 175 years ago, knows this

Tips For Buyers And Sellers In A Competitive Market

The stock market is soaring, jobs are climbing, incomes are increasing, and interest rates are on the rise - yet the home ownership rate is at a 50-year low. If rates continue their upturn, and the economy remains healthy, it doesn’t appear that this statistic will be changing any time soon. One of the primary reasons for this

The Importance of a Home Inspection

Buying a home is a proud moment and a major investment for anyone. Prior to submitting an offer it is important to do your research and find out as much information as you can. As a potential buyer, part of this process includes touring the house, having an inspection done and using those results along with other comparisons to

Is a Low Appraisal a Deal Killer?

A seller wants to sell their house, and a buyer wants to buy a house. (How do you like my logic and deductive reasoning?) But how do you know how much you should sell your house for? And how do you know what you should buy a house for?

You can get a quick broker price opinion which might give

Smart Storage Ideas to Squeeze Extra Space From Your Bathroom

(BPT) - Shampoo bottles, makeup tools, lotions, linens and laundry - the bathroom is one of the most frequented rooms in the home and clutter can collect quickly. Stop the chaos before it gets out of control by implementing some smart storage solutions. With these simple ideas, your bathroom will be the most functional and

The Age Of The Un-Informed Consumer?!

From fixing their own appliances to starting their own companies, today’s consumer has embraced the do-it-yourself philosophy. As defined by Wikipedia - Do It Yourself, also known as DIY, is the method of buying, building, modifying, or repairing things without the direct aid of experts or professionals. The DIY attitude can be

Sellers Should Beware of Oil Tanks

OK, so what’s your excuse now? The election is past us, the new president-elect is to be sworn in on January 20, the stock market didn’t crash after all, mortgage rates are slowly increasing as predicted and spring is around the corner. So, ask yourself, why the wait? Your plans are to downsize, purchase a larger home or to do

Your Ideal Buying and Selling Experience

As an experienced home buyer turned realtor, I have learned what buyers expect from their agents. I believe it is important to be comfortable with the agent you are working with and realize how valuable they can be in helping you find the best deal and home fit for you. Here are some pointers:

Ready For An Interest Rate Decrease?!

In a few days the Federal Reserve will be making their long awaited decision on interest rate policy. All the money is on a rate increase of presumably 25 basis points. The decision will likely cause much volatility - pulling money into or out of the bond markets depending on the positioning of bond traders. Clearly the change of

Sell Myself or Use a Realtor?

In today’s market many sellers are trying to save costs somewhere and the first place they turn to is Real Estate commissions, resulting in selling their home on their own. When putting up a for sale by owner, “FSBO,” sellers need to make sure they are ready for the work ahead of them that a Realtor is experienced and