Real Estate News Articles


Updated: Tuesday, November 12, 2019


The Beginners Guide to House Hacking
Written By: Ben Mizes

In reality, house hacking helps you break into the real estate investment market while also covering your own housing expenses.nbsp;That last part is huge. For most people, their biggest bill is their rent or mortgage, with the average rent in the United States hitting an all-time high of 1,405 last year. Theyre spending hundreds of dollars each month to keep a roof over their head, money that could otherwise be used to build wealth or achieve financial freedom. Home prices have skyrocketed in t...

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Building New? Make Sure Your Preapproval is Ready for Your Permanent Mortgage
Written By: David Reed

Funds for construction are provided to the builder in phases and not issued in one lump sum. For the first draw it might be to clear and prep the lot. The second might be to begin framing for the foundation and so on until the home is ultimately completed. During this time, the lender will send out an inspector who will verify the funded stage has been completed and ready for the next round.The lender will also order an appraisal noting what the value will be as completed even though the home ha...

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Troubleshooting Plumbing Issues
Written By: Harris Johnston

Broken pipesOrange County, for example, is one of the most densely populated places in America, and it is facing an expensive problem. About a fifth of the areas water pipes are coming to the end of their useful lifespan. Not only are the pipes a bit old, but the soil is also corrosive. Of course, much of the pipe that needs to be replaced is the citys responsibility, but some of the financial burden will rest on the shoulders of local residents.nbsp;This is also an issue for plenty of other lco...

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5 Surprising Ways to Invest in Your House
Written By: Carol Evenson

Expanded DrivewayOne area that many people never think about changing is their driveway. Over the years, a lot of people have learned that they can expand their driveway to hold more cars. This is especially useful if you have multiple vehicles that members of your family drive.In the average neighborhood, there is simply not enough space for more than a few cars. It is a small investment to expand the driveway of your home, and the potential future buyers will love this feature.New CabinetsThe ...

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The VA Funding Fee Explained
Written By: David Reed

VA loans are reserved for a select set of borrowers. These include veterans of the armed forces, active duty personnel with at least 181 days of service, National Guard and Armed Forces Reserve members with at least six years of service and unremarried, surviving spouses of those who have died while serving or as a result of a service->Closing costs for VA loans are restricted for eligible borrowers. Borrowers can only pay for an appraisal and credit report, title insurance, origination fees and...

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Can Regular Maintenance Save You Money On AC Repairs
Written By: Andrew Young

How Often Should Maintenance Be Done to Avoid AC Repairs?Depending on the expert company for AC repairsnbsp; you talk to, you should get regular maintenance done at least once a year. Some professionals say that twice is better. Ideally, the service should happen every six months, once in the Spring and again in the Fall. If you can only afford to do it once, or if you decide once is enough, Spring is the best time.As the weather starts to get warmer, you dont want to be stuck with a necessary A...

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Holiday First Look: 2019 Color Trends
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

While early November might be a tad too early to actually start putting up lights and changing out pumpkins for Santa, were definitely not above planning and shopping right now. And this year, were all about getting creative with the color story. These are the color trends were seeing for this year.Blue and greenPinterest searches for blue and green holiday decor are up, and we can see why. Swapping the >Here are a few items we love:Glitter starbust ornament setPersonalized Christmas stockings>M...

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Insulated Concrete Forms Growing in Popularity as Safeguard From Natural Disasters
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

Dallas-based builder Hoffmann Homes is putting that assertion to the test, building several homes in the city using ICFs, which he says can safeguard them from storms far greater than what just rumbled through.One North Texas builder says homes he builds can withstand wind from an EF-5 tornado, said NBCDFW From the road, youd never know one of his homes being built in northeast Dallas is any different than a traditional wood-frame house. But, the walls are made of concrete sandwiched between two...

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6 Essential Things to Consider While Buying Property Overseas
Written By: Emily Johnson

However, with international real estate, you have to factor in every issue >How to Ease the Process of Investing in Real Estate Overseas?The first two things that come to mind when purchasing an international property are travel and legal issues. If you are going to buy an overseas real estate, you will have to deal with both these problems at once.Nevertheless, you can ease the process by seeking out some advice and tips. When you have a streamlined resource coupled with some basic guidelines t...

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Hidden Commission amp; Emerging Transparency
Written By: PJ Wade

Disruption and transparency are driving forces in many industries, but not when it comes to learning the cost of selling your home or the possibility of negotiating real estate commission, which is based on a percentage of the sale price.nbsp; Disclosure of fees has become the norm online and off, but not in real estate.nbsp; Consumers expect to easily, quickly receive personalized online quotes for home and auto insurance and a range of home services, but real estate websites still do not open...

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Is New Construction for You? Weve Got the Pros and Cons to Buying New
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

Con: No haggling allowedNegotiating is a key part of buying a resale home. But if youre looking to negotiate the price on something new, you may be disappointed. Builders and developers dont generally like to lower the price of homes since it tends to aggravate those who purchased previously and didnt get the benefit of a discount.nbsp;Pro: But there may be different perksThat doesnt mean there isnt room for negotiation. Working with real estate agents who have experience with new construction i...

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Ghosted? 3 Reasons Why Youre Not Closing Millennial Buyers
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Dont just share your victories. Share the tough moments and the difficult work that goes into the job you do. Let them know what happens behind the scenes. Explain why youre passionate about the work you do and why youre motivated to put people into their dream homes. Millennials are highly value-driven and will feel compelled to

This behavior has become prevalent among millennials in their dating lives, social lives, and even their careers. But why do millennials do this? More importantly, how can we as realtors spend less of our precious time chasing down these ghost leads?nbsp;As a millennial agent in San Francisco, I understand the roots of why millennials behave this way. In short, its all about technology. Technology is both the reason for, and the solution to, being ghosted by millennial buyers. In this article Il...

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The VA Funding Fee Explained
Written By: David Reed

VA loans are reserved for a select set of borrowers. These include veterans of the armed forces, active duty personnel with at least 181 days of service, National Guard and Armed Forces Reserve members with at least six years of service and unremarried, surviving spouses of those who have died while serving or as a result of a service->Closing costs for VA loans are restricted for eligible borrowers. Borrowers can only pay for an appraisal and credit report, title insurance, origination fees and...

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Buying A Lot Vs. Buying A Home: The Differences You Need To Know
Written By: Brad Jensen

What is the Zoning?When you purchase a home, you can typically take an educated guess that the zoning for the land is residential. On the other hand, when a lot is vacant, its imperative that you learn the usage it is zoned for.nbsp;From an investment perspective, the value of the land will be determined by how it can be used. For example, vacant land that can not be built on due to zoning issues is a lot less attractive from an investment standpoint than a piece of land that can be utilized.nbs...

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The Home Improvement Decisions that You will Never Regret
Written By: Lidia Staron

What to AvoidWhile some home remodeling options may look trendy on the surface, they may not be ideal for a long term engagement.nbsp; For instance, one of the trends you would not want to get involved in is specialty finishes on hardware. While most homeowners find specialty finishes on the bathroom or kitchen trendy, their >In most cases, homeowners would try to do all they can to improve the overall outlook of their bathroom. However, some of these additions may be unnecessary. For instance, ...

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From Seed to Suite: Real Estate Agents and the Cannabis Industry
Written By: Lewis Fein

This opportunity comes during a time of rapid innovation: a time in which the face of the cannabis industry, or rather the popular impression of what the face of the industry looks like, of a stoner with his mouth open and his eyes shut, gives way to people who look and act like entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley.Such is the real face of the cannabis industry, of the faces of men and women who want to buy or lease space for their companies, storefronts, or dispensaries. Such is the nature of an i...

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What to Do If Your House Is Haunted: Should You Move, Can You Sell It, and Other Crucial Questions
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

If youre freaked out and wondering if you could be in the presence of something otherworldly, youre in good company. According to the New York Times, Half of all Americans believe innbsp;paranormalnbsp;phenomena. A Harris Poll says, specifically, that about 45 percent of people believe in ghosts, and that almost 30 percent of the respondents said they believed that theyd personally been in the presence of a ghost.To figure out whether what youre experiencing is the real deal, first, use some exp...

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Peace of Mind: Wake Up Confident With a Home Warranty
Written By: Craig Middleton

What is a Home Warranty?To answer this question, lets first make clear that a home warranty is different than homeowners insurance. Homeowners insurance is generally required by the bank before you can get a mortgage. It covers damage to your house as a result of emergencies such as fire, hurricane, theft, and other catastrophes. It can also cover costs that may accrue should a visitor on your property get hurt.nbsp;A home warranty, on the other hand, offers you protection if appliances in your ...

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

The Beginners Guide to House...
In reality, house hacking helps you break into the real estate investment market while also ...

Building New? Make Sure Your...
Funds for construction are provided to the builder in phases and not issued in one lump sum....

Troubleshooting Plumbing Iss...
Broken pipesOrange County, for example, is one of the most densely populated places...

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