buying: TIPS FOR THE HOME BUYING PROCESS - 12/19/12 09:19 AM
Although it’s exciting, buying a home can sometimes seem daunting. Many people have asked my advice on the home buying process. I always tell them it’s better to start with a checklist, and focus on one aspect at a time. Below are some tips I’ve shared with my clients on a home buying timeline:
 
2-4 Months in advance
 
Find the right Realtor - select one who listens attentively and work ardently for you. At this time, sign a Buyer Representative Agreement.
 
Secure financing by obtaining pre approval for a loan.
 
With the help of your Realtor, identify … (0 comments)

buying: Real Estate Q and A: Secrets Every New Home Buyer Wants to Know - 09/24/12 12:16 PM
Real Estate Q and A: Secrets Every New Home Buyer Wants to Know - What are they?
Let's start with one secret. Perhaps you haven't thought of this... 
The sales agent in the model home: Who does he work for?  He represents the builder, not you. If you do not have a representative on your side, you are not represented. 
How can you be represented? The best way to be represented is to select a representative - a BUYER REPRESENTATIVE - before you go out to look. Why? You might not be able to be represented by someone you would have … (0 comments)

buying: Real Estate Q and A: 1031 Exchange - What is it? - 09/24/12 11:33 AM
Q and A: 1031 Exchange - What is it?
A way to defer taxation on profits on the sale of an investment property is to exchange a qualified property for another "like-kind" property. It's named after the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 1031. You'll hear it referred to often as a tax-deferred exchange or a 1031 exchange. 
Contact me if you would like more information on this smart way of investing. We are ready to help!
 
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buying: When is the best time to trade up to a larger home? Now. - 04/26/12 02:34 PM
When is the best time to trade up to a larger home?  We get this question now and then!
1. NOW, when interest rates are at historical lows - and are even favorable on a higher loan amount, on a trade up home of higher value / cost. 
2. NOW, Spring, when there is more inventory, generally, than the rest of the year. And, generally, more buyers are looking. So, you have more potential buyers for your home, and you have more homes to choose from to trade up to. ONE BIG PLUS: If you need to sell your current home in … (0 comments)

buying: Buying a Home and Saving Money on Interest and Taxes - 03/21/12 11:48 AM
When you buy a home, you can save money on interest and taxes, which makes the overall cost of owning your home really less.
First, probably the largest tax deduction you will have is the interest on your home's mortgage. You can save money on your taxes by deducting your interest. Get a great accountant or be skilled at doing the simple deduction yourself.
Secondly, to save money by not paying as much interest on your mortgage, you can choose among mortgage plans, and select one that will cost you less in interest. Consider a 10, 15 or 20 year plan … (0 comments)

buying: 3 Home Improvements that Pay - 11/19/11 04:01 PM
Planning for your possible future sale makes economic sense.
When deciding what to spend your hard-earned money on in renovations, I often get the question from my clients of WHAT to spend it on that will bring them back the most equity when they go to sell.
Often, if one is considering a large project, they weigh doing the costly and intrusive work vs. selling and buying a house that already has what they want. After all, not many projects will bring back at resale even 80% of the value put into them, and even at that, when one goes to … (2 comments)

buying: Who has the luxury of buying "luxury homes? " Ken Courtade, Yes I Ken!, ABR, GRI, CRS, Keller Williams, Arlington, VA, Northern VA, DC, MD - 07/11/07 10:11 PM
Just WHO buys "luxury" homes? Yes I Ken tell you, thanks to a great recent study! The Luxury Home Council  released The 2007 Membership Survey of Luxury Housing Market Trends. The survey's findings: (To see the full report, go to http://www.luxuryhomecouncil.com.)
-Occupations: entrepreneur (51%), large business executive (46%) and medical doctor (24%).
-The largest percentage of luxury home buyers is in the 40-50 age group (48%), then the 50-65 age group (44%). They are the "Baby Boomer" group: 78 million strong of the US population.
-The typical luxury home buyer makes a cash downpayment of over a third of the purchase price.  Compare this to the median amount … (0 comments)

 
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