February 2014

Found 21 blog entries for February 2014.

moneyhouse_oleg-doroshin_450zillow.com - Sitting by the mailbox, waiting for your tax refund? Stop waiting and start thinking about the best ways to invest that money in your home.

Your home is likely one of your biggest assets, so it makes good financial sense to take care of it. Keeping your home up to date will contribute to its longevity, heighten your enjoyment and help you sell your home if you ever decide to. So, instead of a fleeting ski weekend, why not consider investing at least a portion of your refund in your home?

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sale_chris_boswell_450We put our house on the market recently. This was our first home, which we've lived in for more than a decade, so we expected to invest a lot of time cleaning, organizing and making some minor repairs that we'd been putting off. Here's what we didn't see coming.

1.  White and bold wall colors are no-nos 2.  What 'cut the clutter' really means  3.  It's not your home anymore  4.  The walls are in worse shape than you think  5.  Those large items might not come back out so easily  6.  Some cleaning projects will be frustratingly stubborn  7.  Fix those nagging problems — but don't expect them to be easy            8.  Everything will take longer than you think  9.  The house won't stay clean

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snow_ingehogenbijl_450zillow.com - While spring is traditionally thought to be the prime season for home buying, people buy and sell homes throughout the year. The need to relocate for a new career, health reasons or the urge for new life experiences can happen at any time. Selling a home can be stressful. Add in harsh weather conditions and you’re likely to experience even more stress.

The lawns will have lost their vibrant green and the weather can sometimes be unbearable. And unlike those warm, inviting summer days, you have fewer daylight hours during which to show off your home. Even so, there is hope.

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livingroom__karammiri_450zillow.com - You’d really have a hard time finding many folks who enjoy packing for a household move. Still, if you are moving, the packing part must be tackled — whether you do it yourself or hire a crew to do it.

“Packing is expensive, time-consuming and stressful,” said Denise Baron, a home and lifestyle expert in Philadelphia.

If you’re going the DIY route, here are nine tips to make the task simpler: 1. Clear out the junk  2. Collect free boxes  3. Label the boxes  4. Don’t skimp on tape  5. Consider the weight  6. Stay focused    7. Don’t waste space  8. Throw in the towel 9. Pack the kitchen last

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house_nikolaichuk_450zillow.com - This year, as the real estate market continues to rebound in many parts of the country, millions of homeowners will consider getting back in the market. But this time, they’re trying to sell a tenant-occupied home.

A tenant can make or break your sale. You have to plan well in advance and communicate openly with your tenant to have a successful sale. In some cases, you may even have to postpone it. If you’re the owner of a tenant-occupied property that you want to sell, you’ve essentially got two options. Here’s what you need to know about each.

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housegreenkeys__anthonycz_450zillow.com - Home values saw their smallest monthly increase since May 2012, up just 0.2 percent in January from December according to the latest Zillow Real Estate Market Reports. Year-over-year, U.S. home values rose 6.3 percent in January, down from peak gains of 7.1 percent in August 2013. This slowdown is in part due to the rise in inventory of for-sale homes across the country. The number of homes listed for sale on Zillow was up 11.1 percent annually in January, the fifth straight month of rising year-over-year inventory.

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blockhouse_denis-yulia-pogostins__450marketwatch.com - Spring signals the start of two hallowed seasons: homebuying and baseball.

Like the national pastime, purchasing a home supposedly comes with its own set of “unwritten rules.” Conventional wisdom and considered opinion have long led consumers to believe you never make an offer on the first home you tour, or you always close at the month’s end.

Here’s a look at five big rules:  1. Don’t make an offer without pre-approval.  2. Use a real-estate agent.  3. Put down earnest money.  4. Sell yourself.  5. Tour homes in person.  

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interest__max5128_450zillow.com - Mortgage rates for 30-year fixed mortgages rose again this week, with the current rate borrowers were quoted on Zillow Mortgage Marketplace at 4.18 percent, up from 4.14 percent at this same time last week.

The 30-year fixed mortgage rate hovered between 4.17 and 4.21 percent for the majority of the week, spiking to 4.27 percent on Wednesday before dropping back down to 4.18 percent on Thursday.

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kitchen_primoz_jenko_450realtor.com - One of the most exciting days during the home buying process is your walk-through, usually scheduled on the day before your settlement. Just like it sounds, a “walk-through” takes place when you and your buyer’s agent explore your home-to-be and check to make sure it’s in the condition specified in your contract.

You should take your time on the walk-through and carefully check on every room.

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moneyhouse_oleg-doroshin_450realestate.msn.com - Home sellers naturally don't want to make repairs to a home they're about to vacate. But homebuyers, equally naturally, want their dwelling to be perfect. So, who's right?

Usually, buyers and sellers negotiate a compromise that allows their transaction to move forward.  But not always, says Kent Temple, broker and owner of Keller Williams Realty - The Temple Team in Mooresville, N.C.

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