September 2014

Found 22 blog entries for September 2014.

construction_adamvilimek_450zillow.com - I am moving to a new house where the living room and dining area have wall-to-wall carpeting. I asked the previous owner, and he told me there is hardwood flooring underneath. Could you please tell me how to remove carpet?

Even with regular vacuuming, carpeting accumulates a great deal of dust, dirt and debris. So if and when you finally decide to rip it up, be sure to give the floor covering one last good vacuuming. Empty the room of furnishings, open the windows and don your dust mask — then get to work!

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holiday-phildkeen_450Fall officially began Sept. 23, but that doesn’t mean you should scrap plans for selling your home this year. In fact, October, November and December can actually be good months to sell. Now is the time to plan for it if you’ve even considered putting your home on the market.

For decades, the conventional thinking was that if you missed the spring selling season, you missed the boat. Once summer rolls around and school starts shortly after that, families are more settled, the thinking went, and therefore less inclined to pick up and move (unless a job change or other circumstance forced them).

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bank__olegdoroshin_450realtor.com - Picking out the perfect home can be a challenging task. But that’s only the first step.

You still need to be an attractive loan candidate, navigate the mortgage process and plan well for the future.

Since all that can get a little tricky, many home buyers made mortgage mistakes that cost them dearly.

In order to avoid some of the biggest missteps, you should first know what they are.

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houseinhand_voronin_450realtor.com - In a sellers’ market, competition can turn fierce. Standing out becomes a challenge.

In these tight markets, smart strategies can make a big difference. Money helps, of course, but so does some creative and heartfelt communication—and having the right professional in your corner.

Follow these six tips, and you’re going to find success is just around the corner … along with your new house.

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sale_chris_boswell_450abcnews.go.com - So many of these shows discuss the process of establishing a budget and being realistic about how much house you can afford. (But there's something else you should do before you start shopping for a house -- checking your credit score.) Potential homebuyers on real estate shows often have several choices -- whether it’s between several homes or whether to buy a new home versus renovating the current one. Oftentimes one of the options is missing some features but falls within the budget while another will have more of what the people are looking for but above the budget. In these cases (both on the show and in real life) it’s important to separate needs from wants when it comes to real estate.

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menhouse_sellingpix_450zillow.com - As the housing recovery continues, Americans are growing more confident in the housing market in general. And that confidence comes in part from a potentially surprising source: millennial renters, who to date have been perceived by many as largely uninterested in and/or unable to attain homeownership.

But even as younger renters express a strong desire to one day buy a home, the question remains if they will be able to just yet, as difficult buying conditions persist. Millennial renters (aged 18-34) often have a lot of student debt and pay very high rents in many of the nation’s largest cities, which can make saving for a down payment difficult. In addition, the inventory of the least expensive, entry-level homes is also tight, according

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homealexanderstulov_450Adjustable-rate mortgages are certainly tempting, with their low introductory interest rates, but we’ve all seen their downside in the recent housing crisis.

But adjustable rate mortgages, or ARMs, aren’t all bad; in fact, they can work well for many homeowners.

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livingroom__karammiri_450homes.yahoo.com - Minor damage may even enhance the rustic look of distressed or hand-scraped floors by blending in with other patina, but you’ll probably want to fix other flaws. Check the manufacturer’s manual for any special instructions, then try these simple remedies for unwanted imperfections:

1. Mark it. A color-matched felt marker can hide small scratches in any floor. Some hardwood manufacturers even offer color-blended filler for chips and grooves, available at home centers and flooring stores.

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house_nikolaichuk_450zillow.com - As summer cools down and the kids head back to school, many homeowners are starting to focus on sprucing up their indoor spaces, particularly their master bedrooms. According to the latest Zillow Digs Home Design Trend Report, the top bedroom design style for fall 2014 is industrial chic.

Say goodbye to matching bedroom sets, bold colors and patterns, wall-to-wall carpeting and polished wood furniture. Today’s homeowners are drawn toward eclectic and unique design elements that bring both character and warmth to their bedrooms. Known for its mixed textures and soft colors, industrial chic is the perfect style for those wanting a relaxing, yet tasteful bedroom oasis.

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houseonmoney__voronin76_450homes.yahoo.com - Looking to get your foot in the door (of your new home)? If you’re a renter who’s tired of paying someone else’s mortgage, now may be the time to pursue the American dream of homeownership. In fact, the days of needing a 20% down payment are long gone. While you can always elect to put down the full 20% or more, there are now many alternatives available. Here’s what you want to know if buying a house is in your future.

 

In the mortgage industry, 20% down is considered the benchmark down payment for looking strong on paper as a home buyer. While this a general standard for financial strength, it is by no means a requirement, nor is it necessarily expected.

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