September 2016

Found 6 blog entries for September 2016.

Energy Efficient Appliances According to the Department of Energy’s publication Energy Saver, the average American household spends about $2,200 per year or $183.33 per month on home utility bills.

Making energy efficient improvements on your home before selling it can lower your bills while you are still in the home and entice buyers because their utility bills would be lower when compared to other similar properties.

Depending on your circumstances, making an upgrade could turn out to be a good move.

Pros of Making Energy Efficient Improvements Before You Sell

Making energy efficient improvements can help your home sell faster and for more money. According to a 2015 survey conducted by the NAHB, 88 percent of home buyers want an energy efficient home that

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How to Sell Your Rental Home Owning rental property is a great opportunity to get involved in real estate investing and create a recurring income stream. However, there may come a time when you decide to sell the house.

Perhaps you're entering retirement and no longer want to manage the property, or maybe you want to reduce the size of your investment portfolio. Although it's tempting to just place a "For Sale" sign in the yard, tenants who may still be under a lease agreement must be taken into consideration.

Here are several tips in selling a tenant-occupied rental to ensure a smooth sales process.

Remember to check your area's laws and regulations to see what options fit your situation.

Communicate Your Intent to Sell the House

Open communication is your

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Environmentally Friendly Home Green living is more than a trend, and it's becoming more than recycling old papers and upgrading to CFL lights. Fortunately for home buyers, it's becoming easier to find homes that offer green features that can and do make a difference.

When looking for a green home, it's important to let your real estate agent know what you have in mind. Home buyers who desire a more eco-friendly and energy-efficient home should consider six features that can help determine if a home fits your green standards.  

ENERGY STAR Appliances

You've seen them in the store - dishwashers and refrigerators with that little blue logo star and the word "energy" in script. It's a familiar tag and one that signifies that particular appliance has been independently

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Homebuying in Fall Benefits Traditional home buying advice has always proclaimed that spring and summer are the best times to shop for a home. But that old school thinking may not be totally accurate anymore.

Advances in technology that allow real estate information, such as new listings, to be disseminated instantly to prospective buyers through mobile technology have changed how buyers view the fall season. Armed with this data, savvy home shoppers are learning that there are some distinct advantages to conducting their search for just the right home in the fall, instead of waiting for spring. 

Fewer Buyers - Less Competition

One of the most logical reasons to shop for a home in the fall is to lessen or avoid potential competition with other buyers.


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Mortgage Discount Points Guide Buying a home is an exciting time! However, there is a certain amount of anxiety that goes with it, especially when you add in all the real estate lingo that most people who are not in the industry don't thoroughly understand. But, that's what your real estate agent is for.

Your agent is there to assist you every step of the way, so don't hesitate to pick his or her brain if there is anything you don't understand.

One of the most common real estate related questions agents receive is, "What are mortgage points and how do I use them?" Well, that's a great question and since it's asked so often, here is a quick overview about mortgage points, how a home buyer might use them.

Have questions about your mortgage? Always consult with your

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Upgrading Your New Home The home buying process involves visiting multiple listings and determining which fits both your lifestyle and your budget. While many homes in the same neighborhood may share similar or almost identical floor plans, it's the finishes and upgrades that can make one stand out from the others. Rely on your real estate professional and the following tips for spotting the upgrades and deciding which top your list of must-haves when buying a home.

Hardwood vs Carpet Pros & Cons

Whether you prefer hardwood floors or carpet, the flooring throughout a home often becomes a deciding factor when weighing the pros and cons before a decision is made to purchase. On average, hardwood flooring and certain tile will be a more expensive feature. To spot the

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