What To Do When Your Home Isn’t Selling
June 24, 2008, 12:33 am
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What To Do When Your Home Isn’t Selling

When you sell your home, the process is almost like going to a job interview.  Selling a home involves presentation, which is one of the key factors that determine the outcome.  Although this may sound a bit weird, presentation is a way of life in the world of real estate.  Buyers in today’s market look for good presentation – many basing their final decisions on it.

If the property you are selling comes with a garage, you’ll need to go through your garage before you sell your home.  Chances are that you store things in your garage, which can easily pile up over time before you realize it.  If your garage is in a messy condition, you’ll obviously want to clean it up.  Buyers look for homes that are in perfect condition, and anything less than perfect will look bad in the eyes of the buyer.

Most homes have some truly outstanding features inside of them.  You should always do your best to highlight the best features of your home, instead of just hoping that the buyer understands what they are.  The ideal way to bring out the best features of your home is to use the proper lighting.  If your home is clean, you can use lighting to bring out the best features in your home, and ensure that they stand out to the buyer.

When a potential buyer first pulls up to your home; the first thing he will see is your lawn.  If your lawn is trimmed and well taken care of, he will get a good impression right off the bat. If your lawn is a wreck, he may immediately pull away.  To give the best impression to the buyer, you should put some thought into how things look.  You can always plant flowers around the walkway and throughout the yard, which will look great to a potential buyer.

You should also make sure that the entrance into your home is a positive as well.  The front door should be in great shape, as well as the entry area into the home.  You can add some plants, paintings, and rugs to ensure that your buyer gets a good impression.  When the buyer walks through the entry way into your home, you should make sure that the view he or she takes in is a good on.  Your biggest goal when showing your home is to ensure that the buyer is pleased.

Keep in mind that it may take some time to sell your home.  These days, homes can sit on the market for months at a time before they actually sell.  If you are having trouble selling your home, you can always reduce the price or simply go back to the basics.  Eventually you will sell your home – although it may take more time than you think.

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Tips For Selling Your Home
June 24, 2008, 12:31 am
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Tips For Selling Your Home

Unlike other things that you may own, you can never take selling your home lightly.  A house is a big commodity, one that is worth a lot of money.  Before you even think about selling your home, you should put a lot of thought and consideration into it.  Although you may want to sell your home – you should make sure that you do it the right way.

The first thing you should do when you are thinking of selling your home is to hire yourself a qualified real estate agent who knows the neighborhood.  An agent who knows your neighborhood will known the ideal price for your home, and help you sell it at the ideal price.  If your home is priced right for the neighborhood, chances are it will sell.  If it is priced too high, you might not get any offers or anyone interested in buying the home.

Once you have a real estate agent, you and your agent will need to develop a strategy.  You’ll need to decide on the price and how long you will leave it on the market before you think about a reduction.  You’ll also need to discuss his commission as well, which will help to avoid any misunderstandings in the future.  If you talk about these types of things when you first start out selling your home, you’ll find the entire process to go much smoother.

In some cases, you may run out of time before you are able to sell your home.  In this situation, you may want to rent out your home.  When you rent out your home, you may also be able to strike a deal with renters that your home is available for showing.  To make the house accessible to potential buyers, you may want to offer your renters a lower price.  This way, they will be more inclined to make the house available for potential buyers.

Keep in mind that selling your home will take you some time. You can also sell it yourself if you prefer, without a real estate agent.  This can save you quite a bit of money as well, as you won’t have to pay a real estate agent.  If you are planning to go this route, you should make sure that you know the value of your home and you know the neighborhood.  You can put a “for sale by owner” sign in the yard, and list your home in local newspapers, and on the Internet as well.  This way, you’ll get your home out to the market of potential buyers.  Homes that are for sale by the owner are always great for buyers – as they can deal with the owner directly and not have to worry about dealing with any real estate agents.



Tips For Buying Your First Home
June 24, 2008, 12:30 am
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Tips For Buying Your First Home

For a first time home buyer, the process can get quite overwhelming, giving you the feeling that the financial decisions are rapidly spinning out of control.  When it comes to real estate, most people don’t have a lot of experience or know a lot about it.  In all actuality, buying a home is actually a simple process.  All you need to do is understand the basics, which will go a long way in helping you buy your very first home.

The first thing you should know is to avoid pre payment penalties at all costs.  What this means, is that if you buy the home then later want to sell it before the balance of your mortgage is due, you’ll have to pay a penalty.  You can find a variety of great loans that don’t include these types of penalties.  If you find a loan that does include pre payment penalties, you should immediately turn it down and look for another loan.

You should also be on the lookout for good ARM’s.  If you have a good ARM, then your interest rate and monthly payment will adjust at the exact same time.  This will make sure that your interest doesn’t affect your monthly payment.  If your interest rate does affect your payment, then you will notice the unpaid interest reflecting the overall amount of your loan balance.

You’ll also want to get pre approved for your house as well.  This lets the seller know that you are serious about buying, and will normally work in your favor to give an edge – which is especially handy if there are several others interested in purchasing the home.  Getting pre approved will also save you a lot of time as well.  If you can’t get approved for a loan, you shouldn’t waste your time inspecting it, trying to get a good interest rate, or negotiating with the seller for your ideal price.

Before you purchase a home, you should always be aware of how much you can afford.  Before you attempt to purchase a home, you should always go over your budget and figure out how much money you can spend on a mortgage payment.  If you manage your money smart and know your finances, this shouldn’t take you hardly any time at all.  On the other hand, if you don’t know your finances, this will take you a long time indeed.

If you’ve already purchase your first home, you should always avoid taking any type of home equity loan.  These loans can be very tempting when you get in an emergency and need cash, although most home equity loans add up to more than the value of your home.  You should never, under any circumstances take a home equity loan, as there are many other ways that you can clear up your personal problems without having to jeopardize your home.

Keep in mind that the above are just a few basic tips and that there are many other things you’ll need to know before you buy your very first house.  You’ll need to be familiar with private mortgage insurance, special loan programs, fixed rate and adjustable rate mortgage, and several other things.  Buying a home is an easy process, once you know a bit about it.  If you familiarize yourself with buying a home and learn all that you can about what is involved, you’ll find the home buying process to be easier than you ever thought possible.



The Truth About Rent To Own
June 24, 2008, 12:28 am
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The Truth About Rent To Own

Most of us are very familiar with the term “rent to own”.  Places such as Prime Time and Rent A Center have built an empire with rent to own merchandise, although the buyer normally ends up paying double what the merchandise is actually worth.  While this may be great for those who have bad credit, most of us prefer to avoid going this route.  Homes are no exception, especially if you are buying a home on a rent to own basis.

Even though rent to own may be good for a short period of time, it proves to be an expensive way for someone to buy something they intend to keep.  Rent to own merchandise for example, may sound quite compelling at a few dollars a week.  The agreement is normally for around 15 – 20 months, which is where the company makes their money.  Although you may be paying just a few dollars a week, the total amount quickly adds up to nearly twice the cost of the item.

Along with paying rent, you’ll also have to pay applicable sales tax as well.  Like merchandise, rent to own real estate has it’s disadvantages.  Even though it can be great for those with not so great credit, you’ll normally end up paying back a lot more than you would with a mortgage.  You’ll still have to pay back your lender with a mortgage, although that amount won’t be nearly as high as it would if you decided to get a house on a rent to own basis.

In most cases, rent to own houses are put up on the market by the owner.  This way, you’ll deal directly with the owner.  It will start out as a traditional lease, then proceed to a rent to own basis if you decide you want to keep the home.  You and the owner will then work out an arrangement, which will normally be quite a few years.  Some owners are very flexible and will work with you just to get the price they want for their home, while others will charge you quite a bit more, in order to make a hefty profit.

If you have bad credit and can’t get approved for a mortgage, then rent to own would be your next best option.  Although some don’t like to do it due to the price, for many it’s a better alternative than an apartment.  With rent to own houses you are paying money towards the home, instead of just paying rent.  In some cases this is fine, although you should make sure to double check with the owner before you agree or commit to anything.  This way, you’ll know how much you’ll be paying for the home – and for how long.



Real Estate Forms
June 24, 2008, 12:23 am
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Real Estate Forms

Anytime you spend your hard earned money to buy something, you should always have it documented.  When you purchase smaller items, such as items at a convenience store, you’ll normally be given a receipt.  When you purchase larger items, such as televisions and furniture, it will involve a bit more documentation.  In exchange for your money, the seller will give you a receipt and in most cases a warranty that will protect your investment.

As you may already know, buying a home involves a lot more paperwork than furniture or even an automobile.  Whether you are buying or selling a house, you should always have each step of the process documented.  If any revisions are made, they should be recorded as well.  Although buyers and sellers can prepare the documentation themselves, most choose not to due to the number of revisions that a single document can have.  To help prevent consumers from these types of headaches, ready made real estate forms were introduced.

You can get a ready made form from a real estate agent or download the forms right off the Internet through a real estate website.  Ready made real estate forms are easy to use, as they cover virtually all transactions you may encounter – from buying homes to selling them.  There are forms that cover just the basics, which are ideal for those with no experience.  If you are looking for a more legally binding form, there are also those that cover legal requirements and those that cover disclosure laws as well.

You can choose to purchase these forms on an individual basis as you need them, or buy an entire set instead.  Individual forms are ideal for anyone who is involved with short term leases, such as rental property or homes that have been leased out.  If you are planning to sell a home or buy a home, you are better of purchasing the entire set of ready made forms.  This way, you’ll have all of the documentation you need and you won’t have to worry about purchasing more.

Unlike other types of real estate forms, ready made forms are assured for their accuracy, legality, and even their contents.  Manufacturers of these forms spend a lot of time and a lot of energy verifying their documents, and making sure that they are perfect.  Although these forms are normally up to date, you should still check with your local law and real estate offices to see if there are any updates.  Real estate laws and regulations aren’t revised that often, and normally tend to stay the same for a long period of time.

If you aren’t sure about what forms you need, you should always ask a real estate agent.  Even though ready made real estate forms are easy to understand and use, there are a few types available.  If you are selling a home, you certainly wouldn’t want to use the same form as someone else who is buying a home.  There are also ready made rental forms as well, which are ideal for those who are renting out property or leasing.

With ready made real estate forms, the process of real estate transactions are easier than ever before.  By using these forms, you can do everything yourself – without having to forego realtors. You’ll save a lot of money as well, simply because there is no realtor involved.  The next time you are buying, selling, or leasing out your property, you should look into ready made real estate forms and see just how easy they make real estate transactions.



Knowing When Your Ready To Buy
June 24, 2008, 12:21 am
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Knowing When Your Ready To Buy

All across the United States, there are millions of people looking to a buy home – either now or in the future.  Over the last few years, lower interest rates have come along, making it more affordable than ever to buy a home.  When most people stop and give it some thought – buying a home makes a lot more sense than renting a home or an apartment.

In order to buy a house, you’ll need to start saving your money and have enough for the closing costs and a down payment.  Your down payment will normally need to be around 15% of the price or the value of the property – whichever is lower.  To be on the safe side, you should always try to have 20% to put down.  If you aren’t able to put 20% down, you’ll need to buy some private mortgage insurance, which will cost you more in terms of your monthly payment.

In most cases, the closing costs will run you around 5% of the property price.  Before you purchase the home, you should always get an estimate.  An estimate won’t be the exact price, although it will be really close.  You should always plan to save up a bit more money than you need, just to be on the safe side.  It’s always best to have more than enough than not enough.

You’ll know your ready to buy a home when you know exactly how much you can afford, and you’re willing to stick with your plan.  When you buy a home and get your monthly mortgage payment, it shouldn’t be any more than 25% of your total monthly income.  Although there are lenders out there who will say that you can afford to pay more, you should never let them talk you into doing so – but stick to your budget instead.

Keep in mind that there is always more money involved with a home other than the mortgage payment.  You also have to pay for utilities, homeowners insurance, property taxes, and maintenance.  Owning and caring for a home requires a lot of responsibility.  If you’ve never owned a home before, it can take a bit of time to get used to.

Before you fill out any applications, you should always look over your credit report and check for any errors.  Although you may think you don’t, you can easily get an error on your credit report and not even realize it.  If you have an error on your credit report, it can cost you a lot of money in interest rates.  An error will decrease your credit score, which will put you in a higher interest bracket and ultimately cost you a lot more money in the end.  Therefore, you should always know your credit before you approach a lender.

If you check your credit report early enough, you may leave yourself enough time to fix any problems and get your credit back on track.  Rebuilding credit can take time though, sometimes even years.  You should always plan ahead – and give yourself plenty of time to fix your credit.

Buying a home will require a bit of commitment on your behalf.  You should always strive to get the best possible deals, which means knowing your credit and where you stand.  This way, you can get the best interest rates.  You don’t want to buy a home with bad credit, simply because you’ll pay a lot more money for the home.  If you take the time to fix any credit problems and save up some money – you’ll be able to get a much better home for your money.



Investing In Real Estate
June 24, 2008, 12:20 am
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Investing In Real Estate

When you are first starting out with investing in houses, you should always look for ugly or bad houses that need a lot of work.  These homes are much cheaper to purchase, although they will take some work to improve.  You should start out by looking for houses that need some work, such as clean up, painting, and in some cases new carpet.  You don’t want to buy something too run down, as it could cost a fortune to repair.

If you think of yourself as a handyman and feel that you can do the repairs yourself, you can save a lot of money.  On the other hand, if you need to hire someone, you should always make sure that the individual or company that you hire is qualified to do the repairs. If you aren’t comfortable with doing any of the repairs, you should inquire about a subcontractor or company that will do it for a reasonable price, or perhaps a share of the money once you have resold the house.

If the house you are thinking to purchase and resell has any type of structural problems, you should always get an estimate from a reliable contractor before you make the purchase.  If you decide to stay in the business, you’ll learn a lot more over the years, although you should always hire a contractor when you first start out.  Once you get all of the estimates together, you can make that final decision on how much of an offer you want to put down on the property.

After you have a team together and successfully renovated and resold several homes, you’ll begin to feel quite a bit more confident with buying homes that need repairs.  All it takes is time and practice – and you’ll be buying homes that the average investor wouldn’t think twice about.  This can be a huge advantage when you are looking for homes to buy and resell, as there will be less competition to worry about.  You’ll also be able to get a lower price when buying the home, simply because you can use the cost of the repairs to your advantage.

Once you are able to do repairs on homes, including structural problems, you’ll have a huge advantage in the market.  You’ll be able to buy virtually any home, including those that other investors choose to ignore.  Doing so can be very profitable for you, especially if the house is in a well known and well desired neighborhood.  After you have done the repairs, you can resell the home for a much higher price than you paid to acquire the home.

When you start looking for houses that you can repair and resale, you should always take your time and buy the right homes.  You won’t have the money, time, experience, or support to buy the bigger houses at first, which means you won’t have any room for mistakes.  Once you have purchased and resold a few smaller homes, you’ll eventually be able to work your way up to the bigger homes – which is where the big profits will come into play.

Always keep in mind that when you first start out, you’ll need to take things slow.  You can expect profits to come overnight, as it will take you some time to learn.  Once you have been at it a few years and have several houses to your credit, you’ll be ready to tackle anything.  At that point – you’ll make a lot of money in a career that is truly exciting.