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How To Keep From Going House Poor

The only thing worse than not being able to buy a home when you want to is owning a home and not being able to do anything but sit inside because after your house payment, HOA fee, taxes, and household bills, there’s nothing left. A few smart strategies can help you avoid becoming house poor.…

Written Contracts are Important in an HOA?

Question: I am a Board member of our Association, and am responsible for landscaping, grounds maintenance and security. Over the years, our Association has had a number of contractors who render service to us — whether this be in the form of snow removal, landscaping services, or trash removal. Some Board members are not happy…

Fixer Upper Properties: What You Really Need to Know

Here are some terms and concepts to consider in this corner of the real estate market. I. Definitions — There are different degrees of fixing. A. Cosmetic repair — Paint, landscaping, carpets, clean-up, minor repairs. (refurbishing)B. Rehabilitating — Making livable again, habitable.C. Renovating — To make new, restoringD. Remodeling — Room additions, balcony, changing floor…

Is It Time to Go Green in 2019?

What was once embraced by the fringes is today a major lifestyle trend impacting everything from land development to retail to food production. When it comes to homebuilding, real estate, and associated industries, the eco-friendly focus is more pervasive than ever. Green Home Builder did a Green Home Design Year in Review, which we expanded…

How To Score A Deal On Home Appliances

Who doesn’t dream of a kitchen full of shiny, new appliances. Raise your hand if you want a new refrigerator, dishwasher, oven, microwave – and, hey, let’s throw in a washer and dryer, too – but don’t want to pay top dollar for them. The expense is definitely a bummer when it comes to buying…

Why Winter is Actually a Great Time to Build a Home

Homebuyers and builders alike often assume that new home construction is best suited for the warmer months of spring and summer. Many perceive cold temperatures and harsh weather to be the source of complications and delays to the building process, but the notion that winter is a bad time to build is simply not true.…

Not Asking for Referrals is a Costly Bad Habit

One of the most common questions I am asked is “How can I get more prospects?” Fortunately I know the answer. Guaranteed. You don’t need more technology. You need to be willing to ask for the business. If you don’t ask, you will not get. This principle is so old it’s biblical. I watched this…

Understanding Adverse Possession

There is an ancient legal concept in the law known as “adverse possession.” If we go back to our history books, this is also known as “squatters rights.” The theory behind adverse possession is that a person who holds or uses property adversely against the rightful owner should ultimately be entitled to clear title. But…

Resolutions Drive 2019 Success

Real estate professionals who are determined to make 2019 an outstanding business year, should start by taking control of how they think about and use their time, money, energy, and other limited resources. PJ Wade explains “why” and “how” for a Happy New Year! Real estate professionals who are determined to make 2019 an outstanding…

Six Ways to Make Yourself Happier at Home

Your home is your haven. Or, at least, it should be. But is it really making you happy or are there aspects of your place that are bringing you down? Little fixes can turn it all around. Get some houseplants Put your green thumb to good use and surround yourself with houseplants. Not only will…

When Is A Listing Commission Earned?

Of course, different listing contracts may contain unique or unusual conditions, but, for many years in many parts of the country, listing agreements have held that a commission had been earned if a buyer was procured who made an offer that matched the price and terms specified in the listing agreement, or on other price…

How to Create a Great Accent Wall

Bringing color into your space doesn’t require you to splash paint up everywhere. Sometimes, focusing on just one wall can have even greater impact, or at least allow you to slowly get used to the idea of color before you take the four-wall plunge. “An accent wall can be a perfect way to break up a…