Real Estate Tips

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How to Get the Best Possible Outdoor Living SpaceThe outdoor area of a home is just as important as the indoors of a home, no matter what season it is. And yet, it's often pushed to the side for new curtains, sheets, or indoor lighting. But a true living space can open up doors for homeowners that they never even dreamed of. It's the difference between sitting inside with the air conditioning blasting all day and enjoying the fresh air, or another frozen dinner instead of a burger straight from the grill. For the best possible connection to the property, homeowners can follow these tips to create an outdoor space they can really live in.

Add More Color

Arguably the fastest and easiest way to bring more life to any outdoor space, homeowners can add potted plants and flowers to make a living

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How Home Sellers Can Still Get the Price They Want in a Buyer's MarketTo get the best price in a buyer's market, sellers have to focus on the many factors that are within their control. They may not be able to influence market fluctuations or force buyers into a bidding war, but they can shift the paradigm in their favor if they know the right strategies. For those who may be up against a tight market, it's time to learn more about what can be done.

Brace Yourself

Mental preparation when selling is important no matter what, but it can be especially necessary in a buyer's market. Sellers may have to wait longer than they thought, or they may be asked to make repairs they had never budgeted for. It's the sellers who can work with the situation rather than against it who will come out on top.

If a seller

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Are Residential Solar Panels Worth It?The true value of solar panels is really tied up in protecting the planet for future generations. Reducing a home's carbon footprint may not save the world, but it's certainly a start. And yet, many homeowners still haven't adopted energy-efficient technology for a variety of reasons. They may not realize that their options have changed, or understand the cost-saving potential of solar power. See how solar technology has changed, and whether or not an investment would be worth it for you.

Initial Efforts

This is the probably the key factor on everyone's mind. It can be expensive to install solar panels, especially if homeowners aren't certain how long they're going to live in a home. Many companies give homeowners the option to rent solar

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Know More About PMIIt can be frustrating to see a dream home come to the market and not be able to jump on the opportunity. With some preparation, it is possible to be quickly approved. However, most mortgage lenders do want potential homebuyers to make a 20 percent down payment on a home. This offers them a modicum of security that borrowers are invested in paying off a home loan.

PMI allows lenders to approve borrowers who need to make smaller down payments. When it comes to conventional home mortgages, eventually borrowers can eliminate private mortgage insurance payments. This process can be sped up.

Learn more about PMI when it comes to conventional loans and how to eliminate PMI payments quickly today.

The Necessity of Private Mortgage Insurance

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Downsizing a Home? Here's How to Get More ProfitDownsizing and moving to a smaller, less-expensive property may offer several financial advantages that make the decision quite appealing. These financial tips show sellers the benefits of downsizing, with advice to make it more effective.

1. Balance Buying and Selling Costs

One of the most important financial tricks for downsizing is to avoid spending too much profit between the sale of the old property and the purchase of a new home. Selling and buying have specific costs involved that will typically take up a few percentage points of potential profits from the home sale. For example, sellers should pay for:

  • Professional photography of the home
  • Marketing for the home sale
  • Any improvements necessary to ensure a good sale price
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Guide to Popular Flooring TypesWhether the time has come to change up the flooring in an existing house or a home is being built from scratch, one of the most important decisions that can be made is the type of flooring. There are many different types of flooring available for owners that are both aesthetically pleasing but also can be cost effective. Each flooring type has its own list of pros and cons to consider as well. It is important to review every option before making a decision so owners can ensure that they get exactly what they want.

Hardwood Flooring

One of the most popular types of flooring is hardwood. This is because hardwood floors offer both beauty as well as durability that can last for decades, if not longer, if they are well taken care of. One thing to

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What to Know About a First FHA Home LoanAs a first time home buyer, you're likely to hear a lot of discussion about FHA loans. FHA loans help many first time home buyers get the home they want at a rate they can afford. Understanding the way FHA home loans work and how FHA may help you is an important part of getting a loan that will work for your needs.

Make sure to discuss all options with your lender to understand what will work best for your home buying situation.

What is FHA?

An FHA loan is a loan that's insured by the Federal Housing Administration. In fact, this can be a source of confusion for many home buyers: FHA is not a bank or a lender. FHA lenders are simply lenders who are approved to provide FHA loans to home buyers.

Benefits of FHA Loans

There are many

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Good Curb Appeal RulesThe condition of the home's exterior and how well it fits in with the neighborhood is the first thing that buyers see when they arrive at a property. Homes that are in good condition may sell more quickly and for a higher profit. Performing exterior maintenance before listing a home for sale can help homeowners maximize their profits.

Fix the Fence

Check the fence around the perimeter of the home for broken parts, rust, bare wood or rotten wood. Rotten wood will be stained and/or gray in color, and can easily be penetrated with the tip of a screw driver or an awl.

To find out if the fence needs to be restained, spray it down with a hose. The water should bead up on the surface off the wood and roll off. If the wood absorbs the water, this

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Pool Ownership ConsiderationsDuring a hot summer day, there’s nothing quite like the feeling of jumping into a pool to take a swim and cool off. Pools can seem like a great addition to any home at first glance, but there are many aspects to take into consideration before committing to one. Here’s what to know when thinking about purchasing a home with a pool.

Community Guidelines

Love the pool but hate the fence surrounding it? Unfortunately, many cities nationwide require that pools be surrounded by a fence or be within a fenced-in yard as a safety precaution. Buyers who think those fences are an eyesore and want to rip them out at first opportunity should first make sure it’s legal to do so. 

Similarly, for those who’ve found the perfect home and want to install a

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Home Inspection Basics for First Time Home BuyersAfter finding the perfect, some buyers may be tempted to skip having it inspected in order to save money, time, or both. However, this is a mistake that can cost buyers greatly down the road, so here's everything buyers need to know about home inspections and why they should never be skipped.

What Is It and What Does It Do?

A home inspection is part of the home-buying process that takes place after an offer has been accepted on a Jupiter area home. The buyers are given a set amount of time to hire a home inspector who will come to the prospective home and check it to find any sort of flaws that could make living there unsafe. The home inspection is intended to protect buyers by alerting them to any hazards that they didn't notice previously.

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