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Investing in a Fixer Upper Home: Tips for Buyer SuccessBuying a fixer upper home can lead to one of two final results: buyers either get a great deal on a dwelling to live in or flip for profit, or they may end up facing a scenario where serious problems expose the home for the money pit it actually is. However, anytime is considered a ‘good time' to buy a fixer upper, regardless of current real estate market conditions. The key to success is to obtain numerous inspections on fixer uppers, which can help buyers negotiate the bottom line price while giving them a good idea of what they're getting into beforehand.

Tips for Choosing a Fixer Upper Home

While many buyers want a move-in ready dwelling, those who can see beyond a few imperfections and are not intimidated by taking on a few repairs can

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How the Right Landscaping Can Perk Up Your HomeLandscaping may sound like a fancy term reserved for fancy homes, but it's really a call to action for all homeowners. No matter how modest a property may seem, the right landscaping can make a huge difference. Not only does it make the home more livable for residents, but it's also a sign that an owner cares about how their home is perceived by others, which can be valuable when trying to boost a home's curb appeal. This subtle difference can have a chain reaction of raising property values for everyone on the street.

Choosing the Look

If homeowners don't have an exact landscaping vision, they should start with logistics. Succulents aren't just good for a drought-ridden area—they're also good for a homeowner who doesn't want to put a lot of

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Pros and Cons for Buying a CondoCondominium living has its advantages, but it is not the ideal choice for everyone. With this guide, people will understand the common benefits and concerns surrounding buying a condo.

Pro: No Exterior Maintenance

Being a homeowner often calls for more work in maintenance and upgrades than renting. For owners of single-family homes, much of that upkeep is related to the yard. Condo owners can bypass most of it. People who own condos have to pay for the management of the:

  • exterior structure
  • grounds
  • amenities and features of the property
  • building repairs

The benefit is that they are not personally obligated to provide this maintenance. Buyers who have limited time, funds, or ability to do yardwork may have an easier time

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When Is the Best Time to Buy a Home? With almost two-thirds of households owning their home, it is no wonder that more people are looking to make the leap into homeownership. Those who have never owned their home may be surprised at the financial considerations and other obligations to be prepared for prior to going for a home mortgage. Renters may want to position themselves in such a way as to get the best rates possible or wait for market conditions to change before buying. What should renters realize before buying a first home?

Preliminary Financial Expenses

Individuals who are looking to take out a conventional mortgage loan should be aware that most lenders prefer borrowers who can make a 20 percent down payment. Such individuals may be offered better terms. In addition,

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5 Ways To Sell Your Home FasterNo homeowner wants their home to sit on the market for months on end without finding the right buyer. It may seem like there is little a homeowner can do about this, but in reality there are many different things a homeowner can do to make their home more appealing to buyers, which may lead to a faster sale. Here are five different projects and strategies homeowners can use to help their home find the right buyer faster.

1. Take High Quality Pictures

These days, people almost always go online to look for homes for sale, so it’s of the utmost important that the homeowner uses the best photos possible on these listings to give buyer an accurate representation of the home. Cellphones have such high quality cameras now that it’s possible for

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Tips For Staging Your Kid-Friendly HomeHome sellers are often overwhelmed at the possibility of listing their home, because they know that showings will almost immediately be booked. Each showing is an opportunity to catch the attention of a prospective buyer, so it's necessary to have the property staged so that it's attractive and appealing. This can be challenging though for families with young children who are trying to sell their home.

Families with young children living in the home can make a few extra efforts in order to stage their home yet still provide a comfortable, functional space for themselves.

Get Back to Basics and Eliminate Personal Decor

Home sellers who are listing their property are also going to be preparing to move themselves. This is a great time to

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What You Need to Know About the USDA Home LoanA USDA home loan is a specific type of loan given to individuals and families who would prefer to live away from the hustle and bustle of the major cities. To stimulate the growth of rural areas, the US government has created attractive incentives (e.g., no down payment, flexible credit requirements, extremely low interest rates, etc.) for those who are willing to strike out on a different path. This loan is not only forgiving to its applicants, it may also be the key to breathing new life back into the more forgotten towns of the nation.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed mortgage professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Bare Minimums

To get a USDA loan, applicants are judged based on

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Hiring a Real Estate Agent? Five Red Flags You Need to KnowWhen buying or selling a home, hiring a real estate is essential for making sure the process runs smoothly. Not only do real estate agents help find homes to buy and make for-sale homes easy for buyers to find, but they can also negotiate prices to make sure their client is getting the best deal possible. However it can be difficult for buyers and sellers to know what to look for when hiring an agent, so here are five red flags to keep an eye out for to help prevent accidentally hiring someone who may hurt more than help.

The Agent Has Few References

When it comes to finding out if an agent is quality, one of the easiest ways to do so is to look at reviews from past clients to see how well they have been received. Most agents will keep their

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5 Essential Tips For Improving Curb AppealWhen selling a home, first impressions are everything, and a home’s first impression is its exterior appearance. When selling a home, the first thing buyers are going to see is the home’s exterior either through photos online or in person while heading to a showing, and if the home’s appearance leaves something to be desired, it’s going to affect how the buyer sees the rest of the home. Here are five easy curb appeal mistakes homeowners make and how to avoid them. 

1. Dead or Overgrown Lawn

Lawn care might not be one of the easiest household chores, but when it comes to selling a home, it’s a necessity. Having a healthy green lawn shows buyers that the homeowners care about the state of their home and how it looks, so it’s especially

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Popular Home Improvements to Appeal to BuyersWho doesn't want a home to increase in value while owning it? Determining which of the hundreds of home improvement options are the best investments often generates lots of questions from owners. Most homeowners want to know which improvements are the most popular when homes resell, what each is likely to cost, and which offer the best return on investment. Here are six projects that are sure bets.

Adding a Smart Doorbell

This is one improvement homeowners will enjoy long before listing their homes for sale. Smart technology has brought relatively inexpensive smart doorbells to the marketplace. These devices allow a resident to both see and talk with someone at the door. Most models run less than $200. Prospective buyers will view a smart

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