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Updated: Tuesday, September 22, 2020


Must-Know Real Estate Photography Tips
Written By: admin

When youre trying to sell a home, whether youre an owner, or youre a Realtor, the imagery you convey is one of the most important aspects of marketing. People are inherently visual, and if your photos online arent high-quality and visually appealing, youre not likely to garner interest in your property.Even if youre a photographer who wants to branch into real estate photos, there can be a learning curve, and its different from some other genres.The following are specific, must-known photography...

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HOA Project Roll-Out
Written By: Richard Thompson

Winter is the time of year that a homeowner association board should be soliciting and reviewing proposals for fair weather renovation projects like painting, fencing, pool replastering, asphalt sealing and roofing. There are several practical reasons for starting the process early:Contractors are more available. Winter is a slow time for many contractors. This means they have the time to thoughtfully consider your work and produce a good proposal.Better pricing. Sometimes the work you want done...

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Move Over She-Shed, Make Room for the Backyard Office
Written By: Ashley Sutphin

March ushered in a new way of life for many people due to the coronavirus pandemic. One of the first things that happened in many states was workers were asked to telecommute from home whenever possible.Now, even though shutdowns are technically over in many places, it seems to be a trend thats sticking around.A lot of companies arent calling employees back to the office anytime soon.Working from home has had big implications for real estate. For example, after spending an increasing amount of t...

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Less Stress – Managing Your Cash Flow As A Real Estate Agent
Written By: Marina Copeland

2020 hasnt been the best year for property sales. The market has experienced its biggest decline in almost a decade, slashing agents earnings dramatically. For many, this has led to cash flow issues as income has dropped or dried up altogether.nbsp;The role that commission plays in the real estate industry means that you need to prepare for unexpected dips. The best way to do this is to take a proactive stance on money matters so that future downturns dont dent your pocket.nbsp;Draw Up A Plan an...

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Disaster Preparation To Keep You Safe In a Catastrophic Storm
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

A natural disaster can happen anywhere, at any time. Whether you live in earthquake country, tornado alley, or in a hurricane zone, there are important steps you can take.Get an inspectionIts a given when buying a house, but you can schedule one in your current home, too. An inspection can turn up items that need fixing or replacing, which can save you money and also eliminate dangers from your home that could prove dangerous in a powerful storm.Hire an engineerA Texas-based engineer touring tor...

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Real Estate Attorneys: A Benefit in Home Purchases
Written By: Realty Times Staff

The costs associated with buying or selling a home can add up quickly. Many buyers and sellers opt not to retain an attorney to save the several hundred dollars it costs to have one review the contract, deed and title, respond to inspection issues, and make sure the contract is performed according to its terms.But the cost of an attorney is one that should not be eliminated in an effort to save money, in the end the lack of legal representation in the sale or purchase of a home could cost you mu...

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How Lenders View Installment vs Revolving Debt
Written By: David Reed

One of the more important functions a mortgage lender performs is determining affordability. Primarily, this is accomplished by comparing monthly credit obligations with gross monthly income. Dividing debt by income results in a percentage, or a ratio. Debt ratios fall into two basic categories, a housing ratio and a total debt ratio. The housing ratio is the total monthly mortgage payment which includes the principal and interest payment and a monthly allotment for property taxes and insurance....

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Should You Go Solar at Home?
Written By: Ashley Sutphin

Installing roof solar panels has become an increasingly popular option among homeowners in the United States. Solar panels will convert sunlight into energy, and then you can use that energy to power your home.While the cost of solar panels has gone down over the years, and increasingly people are installing them, its still a significant investment. Theres a lot to consider and both pros and cons to weigh.Is Your Home a Good Fit for Solar Panels?Solar panels can work in any climate, but your roo...

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Building a Backyard Hockey Rink
Written By: Connie Adair

Homeowners are looking for ways to keep fit and keep their kids busy this winter, so its not surprising that thoughts are already turning to the backyard hockey rink.The nice thing is that there are options regardless of budget, from the handyman lumber frame rink, to easy-to-assemble kits, to full-blown NHL-size rinks and synthetic ice rinks.Twelve years ago, two dads were talking about backyard rinks, and before long they decided to manufacture a product that would make building a rink easy. T...

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What’s an AKA Letter?
Written By: David Reed

An AKA, or Also Known As letter is one where the individual confirms a name variation has been used in the past. Lenders need to know exactly who theyre providing a loan for and during the course of receiving a loan application and reviewing a credit report, there can be more than one name listed on the report. How is that so? Its really very simple. Over the years, someone who has applied for credit somewhere signs the application. An authorization form is also signed which gives the lender per...

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10 Things That Will Absolutely Kill Your Home Sale
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

When youre selling your home, you need every advantage you can get. And there are few homes that are magically market ready without a little help. If your home needs a touch more than a little help, its time to get focused. After all, listing your home when its not in the right condition to sell will probably only end in frustration. And, in this case, frustration means: your home sitting on the market for months with no offers or the errant, offensive, lowball.If you want to make sure you get h...

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Smart Home Improvement Tips To Save You Time, Money, And Aggravation
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

Fixing up your house can bring great joy, and also personal satisfaction when you pitch in and DIY some of the tasks. But proper preparation is key to getting things done right. Take a short cut and youll likely end up with a project that that takes longer, costs more, looks like it was DIYd and hurts more than your bank balance along the way.Measure thrice, cut onceIts the oldest tip in the book when it comes to renovation and its every bit as important as you think it is to make sure you have ...

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All About Lender Fees
Written By: David Reed

During a phone conversation with a mortgage loan officer for the first time, invariably the question of fees comes up. Yes, rates are at the top of the curious list but so too are lender fees. In addition to the interest rate, lenders can charge loan fees to help offset the cost of origination, processing and other items. But lets take a closer look at these fees, what they are and what you can do to help minimize or otherwise offset lender fees altogether.First, not all lenders charge the same ...

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The Real Estate Market: Not “It” But “Them”
Written By: PJ Wade — Decisions & Communities

The real estate market is not an it but a them.Nation-wide or state-wide reports and forecasts along with pundit projections about the real estate market make this it sound homogeneous and large-scale. In reality, the wide-horizon perspective does not tell you exactly what is happening and will happen in your neighborhood or to your real estate.To begin with, each real estate property is unique. What happens locally around and to each property uniquely defines its market value as well as the buy...

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Ask the HOA Expert: Conservative Board, Emailing Board Members, Past Due Protocol
Written By: Richard Thompson

Question: Our Board is considering hiring a resident member to be a resident manager. The candidate is retired and needs extra income. Is this a good idea?Answer: It is generally a very bad idea to hire a member to act as manager. It has been tried many times and I have never seen it work well. There are a number of reasons:nbsp;They ra>nbsp;The board may be doing this to avoid paying taxes and other required withholding. This exposes all members to significant penalties from state and federal a...

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How Can You Get a Mortgage If You’re a Freelancer?
Written By: Ashley Sutphin

Being a freelancer, contract worker, gig worker, or anyone self-employed is more common and popular than ever right now. There are downsides, such as the lack of benefits like health insurance. At the same time, there are more upsides for many professionals who choose to work this way.Upsides include freedom and flexibility to make your own schedule, unlimited earning potential, and the ability to have the work-life balance that allows you to create your own life>There is an issue that can arise...

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How Much House Can You Reasonably Afford?
Written By: Ashley Sutphin

Theres a term called house poor, and its something you absolutely want to avoid.When you hear someone saying theyre house poor, it means theyre spending a significant portion of their income on all-things >Being smart when you buy a home and knowing what you can realistically afford can help you avoid being house poor.There are a few mistakes people commonly make in their home search that increases the likelihood they may feel house poor. One is simply being overly ambitious during the homebuyin...

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Improving Home Appeal: Herb Gardens
Written By: Realty Times Staff

Having an herb garden can help demonstrate to potential buyers that your home is one in which to put down "roots." Though an herb garden may be a >When beginning the planning of your herb garden it is important to consider two things:nbsp; What are your needs when it comes to cooking, displaying, and your general usage of herbs?nbsp; What is the condition of your soil sandy, clay, dry, shady, sunny?nbsp;Choosing your herbsSo consider for a moment what you use and would use herbs for. If you most...

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

How Lenders View Installment...
One of the more important functions a mortgage lender performs is determining affordability....

Real Estate Attorneys: A Ben...
The costs associated with buying or selling a home can add up quickly. Many buyers and selle...

Disaster Preparation To Keep...
A natural disaster can happen anywhere, at any time. Whether you live in earthquake country,...

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