buy: A Six Step Media Room Tune-Up - 10/19/14 03:58 PM
Most households have a room where the main activity is watching television. We're well beyond needing simply an electrical outlet and a pair of rabbit ears to entertain ourselves at home -- now, game consoles, cables, satellites, computer networks, streaming systems and stereo components can all communicate with your television. Be prepared for new devices incorporating cable management and methods of communication that will become "standard" in the future. Whether you're renovating your media space, building a new one or considering a quick upgrade, here are the elements to consider so you can make the most of your media.
 
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buy: 10 Tips for a successful real estate in 2015 - 10/19/14 03:40 PM
2015 is fast approaching, why set your goals as early as now….
 
1. The influence of written goals: Research shows that writing down your goals and plans and sharing them with someone increases the probability of success.
 
2. Lay down your income and closed transaction objectives:Thin you have closed 20 transactions this year and aim to close 40 transactions next year. Once you put a double effort into your most profitable real estate activities, most agents easily boost their closed transactions by 50-100 percent.
 
3. Lead generation is the key: the rule is to generate 1 out of … (1 comments)

buy: Creating a Modern Master Bedroom - 10/17/14 07:19 AM
It's your haven. Your lair. Your hideaway. The one place you can kick back, relax, feel serene and sexy and, ultimately, shut out the world and slumber.
 
Only it's not much of a haven, it's certainly not a lair, and not only does the room exude the exact opposite of sexiness, it's also far more tired than you are. It's your bedroom, and if it isn't doing it for you, it's time for a contemporary re-do.
 
"When you picture a contemporary bedroom, you most likely think of pale woods, plenty of white sheets and lots of monochrome," said 1kindesign. … (0 comments)

buy: All The Things You Need Now To Get Ready For Holiday Hosting Later - 10/17/14 07:06 AM
Well you knew this was coming. The beauty of cooler fall temperatures and leaves beginning their vibrant change brings the inevitability of family coming soon to camp out at your place. Yes, it's about to be the season of hosting.
If you're used to the last-minute scramble of urgently Googling carpet cleaners the day before Thanksgiving or making up guest beds at 3am on December 24, well, maybe you just like the adrenaline rush. Or, maybe you just need to plan ahead. We get it.
If you, and your house, are far from ready, you don't have to worry. You've got … (2 comments)

buy: How Older Homes Beat New Homes - 10/11/14 07:42 AM
For a society that likes shiny new things, the latest research could foreshadow a surprising trend -- homebuyers choosing older homes over new construction.
Why? The prices and operating costs can vary widely. In August 2014, the median sales price of new homes sold was $275,600, while the median price of older homes was $219,000. Taxes and insurance may cost less for an older home.
People are often wowed when they go into a builder's model and see how beautiful it is. It has the latest bells and whistles, but when the buyer starts to add upgrades, the price can quickly increase. Once … (2 comments)

buy: Top Things To Consider Before You Buy A Condo - 10/11/14 07:31 AM
Condos were once thought of as homes that attracted singles or couples, often without children. But today, condos are growing in popularity and attracting families of all sizes.
Condos can be an excellent choice for the right buyers. Here are a few things that should considered before purchasing a condo. Most buyers start with the condo itself. That may be a good place to begin but, before they buy, buyers should also consider other factors outside of the condo.
Some developers are building condos that have a look and feel like single-family homes. These modern condos have great rooms and open, flowing floor … (1 comments)

buy: Who Does The Broker Represent? - 09/27/14 05:46 PM
You want to buy a house so you start shopping around. On Sunday, you decide to visit a number of properties that are on the market. You have not engaged a real estate agent to assist you. When you enter the various houses, you are greeted by a real estate agent who is "house-sitting". She or he welcomes you, asks you to sign-in, and invites you to look around.
 
Who does that agent represent? What obligations -- if any -- does she have to you and to the seller?
 
Let's look at some basic terms:
Seller's agent -- the … (1 comments)

buy: 8 Reasons To Divorce Your House - 09/27/14 03:58 PM
You've been loyal. You've been true. You've given it all you have. But now, the house you have committed yourself to just isn't doing it for you anymore. Perhaps it's time to throw in the towel. Give it the old heave-ho. Call it quits.
 
How do you know when it's really over?
"A home must be elastic. It must give, expand and contract, while helping you hold it all together. And when it no longer does, it may need to go," said the News & Observer. "A home's job is to support those who live there, not enslave them. When … (8 comments)

buy: Revitalize Your Home Office - 09/27/14 03:51 AM
Feeling overwhelmed as you try to get office work done at home? In as little as a few hours, your cluttered home office space can become an efficient machine, capable of maximizing your productivity, and ensuring better time management.
 
Prioritize
It's all within easy reach. In fact, reach is one of the first concepts to consider when reorganizing your work space. At your fingertips should be items you need often throughout the day -- your tablet, phone, and something to drink. That may seem obvious, but how often do you waste time searching for a pen or notepad?
A little … (11 comments)

buy: Education Thwarting Homeownership For Younger Households - 09/27/14 03:47 AM
as it worth it? That may be the question being asked by about 5.9 million households between the ages of 20 to 40 who incurred student college loan debt and are still paying it down today to the tune of about $250 or more each month.
A new study reveals the impact of student college loan debt on the housing market. According to the report by John Burns Consulting, an Irvine, California-based firm, 414,000 homes sales won't happen because of high levels of student debt and the monthly-payback burden.
This, says the report, amounts to 8 percent of all sales and … (1 comments)

buy: Home Remodeling Gone Wrong: 3 Contractor Projects You Can Remedy - 09/19/14 09:28 PM
It’s a lot of work and it can be a lot of money to own a home. If you choose to remodel, there are a lot of things you can do yourself, but if it’s a bigger job than you can handle, you’re going to have to hire someone.
Let’s say that you wanted the interior of your house remodeled and you hired a contractor. After he left, you find that there were things he left unfinished. If you had it in writing that it was up to the contractor to do everything from start to finish and you had a … (1 comments)

buy: Can a New Home Improve Your Sex Life? - 09/19/14 09:22 PM
The scene is set. Crackling fireplace. Homemade desert. Candles flickering. Drinks sparkling.
And then the spark that should be igniting between the two of you instead takes place in your old fireplace, sending black smoke into your living room and flames shooting up the chimney and out into your space, which then ignite your drapes and send you running partially clothed for the fire extinguisher.
Well that killed the mood.
You don't have to set the living room on fire to know that your house is in desperate need of repair and renovation. But maybe it's just not enough. If you're … (1 comments)

buy: Seller's Advice: Spend a Little, Raise The Price a Lot - 09/19/14 09:07 PM
Your real estate professional is probably advising you to declutter, stage your home, plant new flowers, and make numerous repairs and updates. You may be reluctant to get started because of the costs, but according to home valuation site HomeGain, improvements like these can actually make you more money when you sell your home.
Under HomeGain's Tools for Sellers, you can find the Home Sale Maximizer tool, where HomeGain has identified the top 10 home improvements under $1,500.
These add the most to home sellers' bottom line, and are recommended by over 600 real estate professionals across the nation.
 
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buy: Water Heater Maintenance 101 - 09/06/14 12:28 PM
Water heaters generally have a lifespan of 8-12 years, but as with anything, the better care you take of it, the longer it will last. There are several easy "set it and forget it" tips that you can use with your water heater, like keeping the thermostat at 120 degrees, and always maintain two feet of clearance around the appliance. You can also conserve money on your gas bill by setting your heater to its "vacation" setting when leaving town. This will keep the pilot light going without heating the water.
Water heater maintenance goes well beyond just checking the thermostat, … (2 comments)

buy: Who Pays For Homeowner Association Documents? - 09/06/14 12:21 PM
When a condominium is sold, who should pay the cost of providing the buyer with various HOA (Homeowner Association) documents, the buyer or the seller?
The purchase and sale of a condominium unit can often be more complicated, involve more paperwork, and have proportionately higher expenses than the sale of a free-standing single family home. This doesn't just apply to condominiums; it is also true of sales in other sorts of common-interest developments, e.g. a free-standing home in a development that has a homeowner association with community-owned property such as a clubhouse, pools, playgrounds, streets, etc.
In these transactions expenses are … (0 comments)

buy: Highlight Specialty Rooms When Selling Home - 09/06/14 12:02 PM
Many homeowners understand the importance of making their kitchen, master bedroom, and bathroom stand out when it comes to selling their homes.
But helping buyers see other areas of the home that are designed for special purposes, such as a media room, kids' study hall, or art studio can also generate a lot of buyer interest.
If you have a room or space in your home that isn't really being used, consider staging it as a specialty room. Perhaps it let's in the perfect morning light for an artist studio. You can place an easel and some art decor that helps … (0 comments)

buy: How To Know If You're 'That' Neighbor... And What To Do About It - 08/31/14 07:47 AM
Everyone has that one neighbor. The one who's the last to know about the neighborhood garage sale. Who's left out of the weekly game of Bunco. But what if that neighbor…is you?
If you're being ignored, left out, avoided, or whispered about, you just might be. (Doors slammed in your face may be another good indication.) The good news is, there are steps you can take to remedy your reputation. You may not be able to undo whatever it is you did to become the neighborhood ninny, but maybe you can cultivate enough good will for a fresh start. Here are … (2 comments)

buy: Conserving Water Helps Environment And May Add Value To Your Home - 08/30/14 01:54 PM
In California, like many states, we're experiencing a drought again. About 50 percent of U.S. states are facing some level of drought conditions. If this California weather pattern continues through October of this year, this will be California's driest year on record in 500 years.
To put it in perspective, in 1580 it was so dry that the giant sequoias didn't grow at all, according to a LA Times article by B. Lynn Ingram and Frances Malamud-Roam.
How does this impact the housing market? According to the Natural Resources Defense Council's study, more than 400 counties throughout the nation may go … (1 comments)

buy: 8 Ways To Save Money On Your Move and Move In - 08/28/14 04:20 PM
Buying a house and moving in is gonna cost you. There's no way around it. Right? Well, actually, there may just be a way to make it not quite so painful. A willingness to negotiate and put in a little work plus a little inside info on special deals you can take advantage of can help you cut some costs. Here are eight ways to save money on your move and move in.
1. Don't take it all with you
Furniture you're no longer in love with or appliances like washers and dryers or the fridge you have in the garage … (1 comments)

buy: Can Delinquent Condo Owners Be Exposed? - 08/23/14 08:14 PM
If you live in a condominium and you are delinquent on your monthly assessment, can your association disclose your name? If you live in a Montgomery County, Maryland condominium, the answer is yes.
That's the decision of the Montgomery Commission on Common Ownership Communities (CCOC), which was affirmed recently by the Sixth Judicial Circuit Court of Maryland.
Carl Brown is an owner at Americanna Finnmark Condominium Association in Silver Spring, Maryland. A couple of years ago, he raised several concerns with the association's management company, including a request for a complete delinquency report, which would list the names and unit numbers … (3 comments)

 
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