Local Greater Cincinnati Charities To Know About For #GivingTuesday
After Thanksgiving comes Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and then Cyber Monday. Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday are all about buying something at a discount or buying local in anticipation of the upcoming holidays of Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza, Festivus and more. Another day for consideration is #GivingTuesday. With #GivingTuesday the idea is to contribute some money to a charity of your choosing so those who are in need can benefit as well from the holiday season. Being a personal fan of local charities I have compiled a number of local charities in this article. These charities operate in both the Greater Cincinnati, Ohio area and Northern Kentucky areas. Take a look at the great things these local charities are doing and consider donating to them or becoming a volunteer.
La Soupe located at 4150 Round Bottom Road Cincinnati, OH 45244 and helps people get nutritious meals. Founded in 2014 by Chef Suzy DeYoung the goal of La Soupe is to repurpose excess food (that would otherwise be thrown out) to create tasty and nutritious soups and meals for those in need. Currently La Soupe rescues approximately 5000 pounds of food per week and with that is able to feed 2000 children in and around the Cincinnati area. La Soupe recently sent 23,000 pounds of food to assist with hurricane recovery efforts in Houston, Texas.
Not only does La Soupe give soup to those in need they also sell their soups to anyone wanting to buy their delicious...
Storage Unit Rental Guide
Storage units are a great way to store household goods between moves, when you don’t have enough space in your home or businesses that need storage for items that their place of business cannot handle. Storage units come in different sizes and as well some storage companies offer climate-controlled storage units that may be better depending on what needs to be stored. Knowing what storage unit options are available and understanding the requirements of the storage unit itself is important. This guide will help one to get a proper understanding of the different types of storage units available, the costs of such storage units and more.
Why Might You Want a Storage Unit?
Whether you live in a place that does not have enough room for storage of you moved for a job and now have to temporarily downsize your house renting a storage unit to store household goods until settled in a place that can hold everything may be the way to go. If you happen to be buying a new home and had to sell your home prior to being able to close on the new home then renting a storage space might be needed in order to store a majority of your belongings until you close on the new house.
Businesses who have seasonal tools or goods that need to be stored off site can also make use of storage units. By keeping items out of the current location space can be utilized for existing business needs. Businesses may be able to deduct any monthly fees too paid for their storage...
Different Land Loans Explained
If you’ve always dreamt of building your own home, the cost could be holding you back. But you can get loans for land to buy the plot to build your new construction.
Before looking for land loans, you should know a few things. We will look at the different types of land loans available to purchase land when you want to build your own home.
How Does a Land Loan Work?
A land loan is simply a loan for land, and the type of loan you choose will depend on the plot and how you intend to use it. Primarily, these loans are used when the buyer does not intend to start building a home immediately.
The loan allows them to hold onto the land until everything is ready to begin construction. If you are ready to begin constructing your home immediately, it is better to choose a construction loan.
A construction loan will let you finance the purchase of the lot and the cost of building the home. So if you have everything ready to go, including your blueprints and specifications, a loan for construction will be best.
Many folks have planning to do, so in that situation, a land loan will work best. A land loan can also be used for buying commercial real estate for a business too.
Let's look at the different land loans that are available:
Raw Land Loans
If the plot of land is entirely undeveloped without utilities...
How Does A Recession Impact Real Estate?
In today's economy, it is essential to understand the impact of a recession on the real estate market. A recession can have a substantial effect on housing prices, rental rates and the availability of loans. It can also cause a decrease in construction and development. This article will explore how a recession can affect the real estate industry and what strategies investors and home buyers and sellers need to consider in order to stay ahead of these economic changes.
Are We in a Recession?
There seems to be some debate as to whether the US is in a recession as of the date of this article. Depending on where one looks there are claims that there is currently a recession whereas other sources say there is no recession. The official declaration of a recession usually comes after the economy has entered a recession and is made by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Per NBER “The NBER's traditional definition of a recession is that it is a significant decline in economic activity that is spread across the economy and that lasts more than a few months.” NBER looks at monthly data that includes personal spending, the employment rate, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and more. With employment rates and GDP being positive currently the consensus right now is that there is not an active recession today.
How Does a Recession...
How Will Higher Interest Rates Impact Real Estate?
With inflation reaching forty-year highs the Federal Reserve (Fed) has started increasing the federal funds rate as part of an attempt to control inflation. As interest rates rise that does affect the cost of things like mortgages (both residential and commercial), credit card rates, auto loan rates and more. The thought process is that higher rates will soak up some of the excess money that is out there which is causing inflation to go up. This article looks at how buyers of commercial and residential real estate will be impacted by higher interest rates.
When it comes to the individual homeowner with a fixed 30-year mortgage they will not see any difference in the payment of the principal and interest portion of the payment since their interest rate is fixed for the entire term of the loan. The mortgage payment can change with a 30 year fixed interest rate mortgage through taxes and/or insurance going up. If the homeowner decides to refinance their mortgage they could see an increase in the amount of their mortgage payment if the new interest rate is higher than the old interest rate or they also take some cash out the home’s equity thus increasing the loan amount. In the US adjustable-rate mortgages (ARM) for homes are not very common as compared to the past where more home buyers had the option of buying a home with an ARM.
If a homeowner...
How Inflation Will Effect Real Estate
Inflation numbers have been steadily increasing month over month in 2021 which ends up making things more expensive for everyone. Those increased costs do find their way into real estate as well. The causes of inflation include supply chains that are clogged up, extra money floating around chasing fewer goods, cost of supplies going up and more. This article looks at how inflation will impact real estate homeowners, buyers, sellers and investors.
What Is Inflation?
Wikipedia defines inflation as “In economics, inflation refers to a general progressive increase in prices of goods and services in an economy. When the general price level rises, each unit of currency buys fewer goods and services; consequently, inflation corresponds to a reduction in the purchasing power of money.” Goods and services that relate to housing include lumber, paint, windows, carpet, the labor to install/maintain all of those items and more. The price of a new home will cost more to build as the costs for the parts of the home and the labor to put it together increase. Existing home prices can also increase with inflation because of cost to maintain them, update them or the cost to replace them is up as well.
While the official inflation rate for 2021 was 7%, not everything goes up by the same amount. That 7% number is based on different items that have different weighting in the inflation index. That means certain things are counted less and certain things are counter more towards the average inflation rate even though they may...
Everything You Need to Know About Shipping a Car When Moving
If you need to ship a car across the country, there are many things to consider. Your focus might be on keeping the costs down, but other factors are essential as well. To ensure your car is transported safely and delivered when you want it, there are some things you should do to prepare.
Car shipping should not be taken lightly as it is easy to run into problems if you're not careful. To help you transport a car across the country, let's take an in-depth look at what you need to think about and do before committing with one of the car shipping companies.
Picking the right auto transport company will be a vital part of having a pleasant moving experience.
Choosing How to Transport Your Car
If you need to move your vehicle to the other side of the country, you have a few options. Don’t start researching auto shipping companies before thoroughly weighing up your options.
Often cars are shipped because their owners don’t like the idea of driving across the country. If you choose to drive your vehicle, you will face expenses, including gas, food, and lodging costs, if the journey is further than you can move in a day.
You will also pay for gas when you have your car shipped, and semi-trucks aren’t known for their excellent gas mileage. The truck driver has to be paid as well, as do the customer service representatives and the other people who work for the company. They have licensing and fees to pay too, and they still need to make a profit.
All of this might make shipping your car for shorter distances not...
What to Know About Renting a Home Depot Truck
Are you wondering if renting a truck at Home Depot will be a good move? Remodeling and redesigning the interior of your home involves many ideas and hard work. Home Depot is a great place to get your home design work done.
If you are doing a significant amount of work to your property, renting one of their trucks could be extremely helpful.
The Home Depot truck rental service makes home projects an easy job when it comes to transportation. You'll find this to be true for large houses and small apartments. Where Home Depot really excels, though, is when you want to make a do-it-yourself move.
Many folks have discovered renting a Home Depot truck to be a much cheaper option than hiring a professional moving company. You can save a substantial amount of money when making a local move.
The Home Depot rental trucks are such a handy tool, no matter the size of your project. Let's take a look at everything you need to know about their rental truck options.
Home Depot Truck Rental Fleet Overview
At Home Depot, you will discover an entire fleet. There is an appropriate vehicle for each need you might incur during your moving process.
You can choose among flatbed, cargo vans, box trucks, or large Penske trucks for moving operations. The trucks come in sizes from 12 feet up to 26 feet.
The rental locations are everywhere around the country, either at a Home Depot store or several other rental points.
Booking a Home Depot Vehicle
There are no reservations...
Tips For Finding The Right Self Storage Options
There are many different brands of self-storage companies with each offering different types of options with how and where someone can store their belongings. Whether one is temporarily downsizing prior to a move to a new home, or moving location wise and need to store some of their belongings, self-storage is quite helpful and can sometimes the storage unit can even move with you. This article looks at the different self-storage options and what should be taking into account when looking for self-storage options.
What Types Of Self-Storage Options Are Available
Depending on the need there are a couple of different types of self-storage options available. The most common type of self-storage is unit without climate control. Most of the time the individual unit is secured by a keyed or combination lock that keeps the unit itself secure and there will be an entry security gate through which self-storage unit customers will need to access via security code. These units also generally are the cheapest available option for self-storage and work well where the items to be stored are not temperature sensitive.
In self-storage facilities that provide climate control the storage space is kept within a set temperature and humidity range. Generally these types of storage units are found indoors although there are some that offer climate controlled outdoor storage units as well. As many know moisture in a home can cause issues with mold, wood rot, rust and more. Climate controlled storage facilities ensure items stored in the unit...
Great #RealEstate People To Follow On Twitter
As much as some like to claim Twitter is no longer relevant compared to other social media platforms most active users know that is far from the truth. Twitter still has many active users with plenty of information to share. This list represents some of the top real estate related bloggers, social media experts and all around great people and companies to follow on Twitter. Not only are they sharing their own informative well written content they are sharing great real estate articles, tips and tricks from many different sources thus truly embracing the social nature of Twitter. If you are not following any of the accounts below be sure to add them to your feed and you won’t be disappointed!
1. Bill Gassett. One of the top 5 RE/MAX agents in MA for the last decade. Social media/SEO junkie. Maxrealestateexposure.com
2. Kevin Vitali. Tewksbury MA- Realtor. Serving the Merrimack Valley home buyers and sellers. MerrimackValleyRealEstate.com.
3. Chris & Karen Highland. Frederick MD Realtors, Agent/Owners with eXp Realty. FrederickRealEstateOnline.com
4. Michelle Gibson. Wellington Florida...
Fun Holiday Activities To Do In Cincinnati
Take a look at some of the fun things to do during the holiday and Christmas season in the Greater Cincinnati area. If Christmas markets, holiday light shows, and great food and drink are what you crave then check out some of the things to do below.
Coney Island Christmas Night of Lights
The Coney Island Christmas Night of Lights features over one million lights synchronized to Christmas music that viewers can hear through their car radio. The light show is approximately 2.5 miles and is enjoyed from the comfort of your car as you drive through the path. Great for all ages and runs through the beginning of January.
Should You Remodel Your Garage?
Sometimes homeowners may consider the option of converting their garage to living space in order to expand the living space of the home. Maybe the current homeowners don’t use their garage much, or mainly use it for storage and the cars are parked outside due to space limits in the garage. Or maybe there is not much extra land to build on to extend a house so the garage becomes an easy area which when converted can allow additions to a home. Depending where the house is located and how many garage spaces are available converting a garage to permanent living space can actually reduce the value of a home.
Garages Are Still Essential Feature Of A Home
Just like reducing the bedroom count or bathroom count for a home can reduce the value of a home so can removing garage space from a home. While converting the garage space could be adding square footage to the home that additional living space may not always offset the reduction in price. If a home has three or more garage spaces then converting one of the garage spaces into living space could be acceptable as most homeowners are expecting at least two garage spaces where it is common for the neighborhood. Of course if your home is in a neighborhood where almost every home has a three car garage the reduction of a garage space would likely reduce the value of your home.
When buyers are shopping for a home they will be comparing any home on sale to similar homes in the neighborhood. Homes with fewer features as compared to other homes in the neighborhood will generally be valued less. On the other hand if you are in a neighborhood where most homes have no garage, by the fact your home has a garage that home...
How Driverless Cars Will Change Real Estate and The Homes We Live In
Driverless or autonomous vehicles are currently on the road today making multiple trips in certain test areas. While many of these cars are test vehicles and have a human driver sitting behind the wheel to take over in case a problem happens some of them are completely driverless. Companies like Uber, Apple, Google, Toyota, GM, Tesla and more are researching and investing in driverless car technology. Driverless cars will change the face of real estate as we know it and even the very home and neighborhoods we live in will be impacted by driverless vehicle technologies. This article explores some of the impact driverless vehicles will have on where we live and work.
Will We Even Need To Own A Car?
Just as many are learning to get by without a car by using public transportation and services like Lyft, Uber or Turo driverless cars will make it even less likely someone will need to own a car. A driverless car can be parked anywhere and can be ordered on demand at a moment’s notice. Yes it will take time for the car to arrive from where it is parked to the person requesting a ride but that time is easily accounted for by scheduling ahead of time when a car is needed just like done with Lyft and Uber. The person wanting a ride will not have to worry about getting a driver who is overly tired from driving all night. With a few clicks on a smartphone app a car can be at a person’s location and ready to take them where they want to go. Driverless cars can get people to the airport or to other central transit location points so one can hop on the subway to take them to work downtown. With the ...
Tips For Building Up An Emergency Fund
Whether you own a house or live in rented living space having an emergency fund is smart thing to do. An emergency fund is there to help you in case you encounter some unexpected expense. As a homeowner if your furnace goes out in the dead of winter you will need to have it fixed so you don’t freeze or don’t damage your house in the from frozen pipes later bursting and causing water damage. If windows to your home are damaged by a storm having the money to get those windows replaced are critical to keeping your house safe and secure. Even as someone living in a rented home while your furnace and broken windows should be covered by the owner of the home, other things like your car breaking down, major medical expenses (flu or injury) can quickly set your budget behind. This article provides tips for how anyone can build up an emergency fund so if something bad does happen you can financially weather the challenge.
How Much and Where To Save
At a minimum people should be saving at least three months of living expenses and on the maximum side of things saving up to 12 months of living expenses gives you enough of a cushion that you won’t feel very stressed if something major does happen like a job loss. Savings in your 401(k) and IRA accounts should not be counted towards this emergency fund. Certainly you may be able to take hardship withdrawals from your 401(k), withdraw with penalty from your traditional IRA or withdraw original contributions from your Roth IRA but that does not mean you should be doing so. Most of the money in the retirement accounts will likely be tied up in stocks and/or bond investments making...
How Artificial Intelligence Will Change The Home
With Smart Home technology taking off and smart home assistants (like Amazon Alexa, Google Home and Apple Siri) becoming more prevalent in homes the start of a new home technology revolution is underway. Homeowners can monitor and control the house heating and cooling systems, security systems, door locks, garage doors and more all from where ever they have access to internet on their smartphone. Artificial intelligence (AI) will add to that ability by allowing decisions about the home to be made without the need of direct input from the homeowner. For instance a trusted dog walker walks up to the front door during their scheduled time to take Fido out for a walk. The dog walker’s face is seen via camera which an artificial intelligence assistant recognizes and knows they are there during the correct time and allows the door to be unlocked so Fido can enjoy some outdoor time while the homeowner is away. This article explores both the positive and negative impacts of artificial intelligence for the homeowner.
What Is Artificial Intelligence?
Intelligence is defined “…as the ability to perceive or infer information, and to retain it as knowledge to be applied towards adaptive behaviors within an environment or context.” Basically put it means using learned information in and around us to make choices. With regards to human behavior we make choices every day based on what we know. We decide to wake up early on work days because we know we need to go to work to earn...
Predictions For The 2019 Real Estate Market
The real estate market has been on an upward trend for a number of years now. The stock market has also been on a bull market run for a record amount of time and based on recently volatility that upwards trend is being strongly challenged. With interest rates being raised by the Federal Reserve that has pushed mortgage rates up as well which in turn is putting pressure on home pricing. With higher interest rates the price of a home will need to be lower in order for buyers to afford the home at the same monthly payment or they will look for lower priced homes that meet their requirements. This article will look at the current real estate market trends and attempt to make some guesses for the future.
Today’s Real Estate Market
In many markets average home prices have reached or surpassed the prices that were in play prior to the 2007 real estate market crash. While some may argue that today’s market is more stable since the exotic no document loans or 125% mortgages are not present that does not mean a financial house of cards does not exist that could bring both the real estate market and the stock market crumbling down. Just as happened in the past mortgage lenders are reducing their lending standards in order to issue more mortgages and that is not a good thing.
Whereas in the immediate past there were higher requirements with regards to debt ratios versus income those have been relaxed allowing those with more debt to buy a house. The problem comes when...
Should You Transfer Your Real Estate Into An LLC?
An LLC or Limited Liability Company is a business structure similar to a corporate form like S Corporation found in many states that allows for a business owner to run a business and limit their liability exposure to just the business assets itself. If the business owner were to be sued for something that the business did then the business owner’s personal assets should be protected from the lawsuit if they were to lose the case. Where a business owner runs a business without an LLC, then they run the risk that if they are sued a court can use any and all of their assets to satisfy a lawsuit judgment. LLCs are commonly used by small business owners, are sometimes used by real estate owners and investors. This article explores whether it makes sense to have your real estate in an LLC.
How Is Real Estate Usually Owned?
All real estate is registered to the owners (can be individual, LLC, corporation, trust and more) name with a deed. The deed is generally put in the name of the buyers as the current owners of the property and recorded at the local government office where records of deeds are kept. In order to get the best protection, deeds should be registered with the local registrar/recorder but it is not a requirement to do so when purchasing real estate with cash. If the real estate is purchased with a loan the lender will require the purchaser to have the deed registered and recorded in their name with the local government in order to put everyone on notice that the property is subject to a mortgage lien. By providing notice of a mortgage liens lenders can be assured that the homeowner cannot get too far into debt on property...
What Is An Escrow Holdback?
During the final stages of buying or selling a home generally the homebuyer will be performing a final walkthough and the home sellers should be in the final stages of moving everything out of the house. If certain repairs were not completed prior to closing or maybe the seller has been slow in moving out there are options that can be used to help protect the homebuyer and make sure the home seller completes the requirements called for by the contract. One of the options a homebuyer may be able to use is called an escrow holdback. This article looks at the escrow holdback and some of the situations where it may make sense to use it.
Escrow Holdback Explained
An escrow holdback is simply money held from a real estate transaction in an escrow account. The escrow account used is usually owned by the title company since they are a neutral party to the transaction. So for instance a home is being purchased by homebuyers for $200,000 dollars. The home sellers owe $150,000 on the mortgage and are expecting to receive $40,000 directly back to them (after commissions and closing costs). So in a transaction without any escrow holdback the title company will transfer $150,000 of the total sale amount to the mortgage company who holds the mortgage on the property being sold and then will provide the remaining amount from the sale to the sellers.
If the sellers were not able to complete some agreed upon repairs prior to closing, have not fully moved out of the house yet or caused some damage to the home while moving out for which they have agreed to repair, money can be held back from the...
4 Things That Can Sap Your Cash Flow And Your Wealth
There are a number of factors that can affect your cash and wealth position. One of the big things that can have a great impact on your cash and wealth is real estate. Real estate can both positively and negatively affect your ability to build wealth and can be a slow grind on your finances if you are not careful. It is your wealth that will sustain you when the economy is down and will keep growing when the economy is great. This article explores some of the major expenses that can quickly sap your cash flow and hurt your overall wealth position.
What Is Wealth And Cash Flow
Cash flow is a term often used in real estate investor circles to describe how much money a rental building is bringing in after all expenses have been paid. Cash flow for an individual is similar in that it is how much money are you saving at the end of the month after all bills have been paid. Wealth is the accumulation of resources including cash. So if you do have a positive cash flow at the end of the month overtime as you accumulate that cash (whether as plain old cash, investments in stocks, bonds, real estate or something else) you build wealth. Now keep in mind if you have more debts than you have cash or assets that does not necessarily mean you have much wealth. The type of debt is also a big factor. More credit card debt is not a good thing. Debt that was used to purchase investment real estate is not a bad thing so long as the cash flow from the real estate can keep up with all the expenses.
Things That Can Destroy Your Cash Flow And Wealth
Owning More Home Than You Can Afford
While the mortgage lenders are willing...
How Is The Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Real Estate Market Doing For Residential and Investment Properties?
The real estate market in general all over the United States has been experiencing gains with houses in and around many large cities selling at a quick pace once they hit the market. The Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky markets are no different and have been seeing rapid sales of homes in areas where demand is high. Residential and investment property have been seeing brisk sales and price gains over the past few years. Even with the increase in mortgage interest rates the market has not slowed down much.
Residential Real Estate In The Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Markets
The Greater Cincinnati, Ohio and Northern Kentucky markets generally go hand in hand with each other and many residents of Northern Kentucky commute daily into Cincinnati as well as vice versa. The south east portion of Indiana is also considered part of the Greater Cincinnati tri-state area and is connected to the region by the I-275 loop which goes through all three states. On the Indiana side homes tend to have more land available there and the area is not as densely populated as the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky areas are.
The Greater Cincinnati, Ohio consists of Hamilton, Clermont, Warren and Butler counties. In Northern Kentucky Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties are the northern most counties closest to Cincinnati. Due to more land availability new construction homes are more readily available in the Clermont, Warren and Butler counties as well as in Boone and Campbell counties. Hamilton and Kenton county being more established counties don’t have as much land...