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Real Estate Investment Scams To Be Aware Of

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Real Estate Investment Scams To Be Aware Of

With interest rates as low as they are and mortgages easy to obtain to buy real estate many people are considering real estate as an investment.  While many invest successfully in real estate when they work with the right team there are others who are not so fortunate and may end up losing quite a bit of money due to scams that seek to steal money from real estate investors.  This article looks at some of the common real estate investment scams and provides advice and guidance on how to avoid them.

Lending Scams

One of the more common scams involving investment real estate are lending scams.  Due to higher requirements for down payments and limited ability to finance investment properties that need rehab with conventional mortgages many real estate investors turn to alternative lending resources in order to seek financing.  Many of these alternative lenders may do not have the same standards for property condition as a conventional lender would and are willing to offer lend additional money with the loan for which the investor can improve the property and thereby improve the value of the property as well.  Often times these loans come with higher interest rates and shorter payback periods than conventional mortgages will offer.

Scams with these types of loans are more frequent since a majority of these lenders do not have to be licensed and are not vetted by any state or national agency since the money they lend is not a conventional mortgage loan that has licensing requirements. Sometimes called private money lenders or hard money lenders these lenders use money from private individuals to fund the...

The Best Marketing and Staging Tips For Selling A Luxury Home

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The Best Marketing and Staging Tips For Selling A Luxury Home

As with anything luxury related everything about it must be truly elevated in order to be considered luxury in status.  Luxury homes are no different and the marketing and selling of a luxury home likewise needs to be elevated so that the buyer knows the home they are considering purchasing is truly worthy of luxury status.  Any lack in the presentation of the luxury home can result in the home sale falling flat and not getting noticed by the right buyers which will then require the home seller to resort to more drastic actions in order to get sold.  This article explores what is needed in terms of marketing and staging for a luxury home to see the best results.

The Basics Of Selling A Luxury Home

Before one considers selling their luxury home they need to start with the basics that are within the homeowner’s control.  The primary areas the homeowners need to consider are the presentation of the home and the price.  Presentation is always critical since regardless of the price a home that is outdated, shows signs of wear and tear, looks like a “project house” will not make the best impression on buyers who ultimately will be the future owners of a home. Project houses mean the new owner will have to invest in updates and upgrades in order to bring the home up to current standards and that usually means the project home better have a discount to reflect the investment the new owner will have to make.  No discount will mean no sale since buyers can find plenty of other properly priced homes that are in up to date...

What Are Some Trending Hot Luxury Home Features

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What Are Some Hot Trending Luxury Home Features 

Whether you own a luxury home and want to make sure it is the best it can be, you are shopping for a luxury home and want to have the latest features in the home you buy, or you want to elevate your current home with some luxury features this article looks at some of the hot luxury home trends that are in demand now.  Whether it be the latest and greatest in smart home technology, premium finishes or open floor plans, luxury homes set the trend for what all residential real estate aspires to.  As features make their way into luxury homes many home builders and remodelers quickly get to work to figure out how to make those features available to anyone and everyone who would want it.  This article explores some of the hot luxury home trends that are available now and in demand.

Gourmet or Second Kitchen

Whether they like to cook or not luxury homeowners and gourmet kitchens have a tendency to go hand in hand.  Gourmet kitchens are setup with premium appliances, efficient and easy to use cooking and preparation spaces in mind.  While the gourmet kitchen setup might be appealing to the professional chef many luxury homeowners opt for the gourmet kitchen in order to add to the appeal of a home that has it all.  Gourmet kitchens will have oversized refrigerators, heavy-duty stoves with multiple burners, multiple ovens, warming drawers, multiple dishwashers, wine chillers and more.

In luxury homes where there is plenty of space to expand a home’s footprint (suburban areas versus urban areas) many luxury homeowners are opting to have installed a second full kitchen. These kitchens...

Why Homeowners Should Get Permits When Doing A Home Remodel or Addition

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Why Homeowners Should Get Permits When Doing A Home Remodel or Addition

Many homeowners as well as homebuyers may not know the about the requirements for obtaining permits when improving their home.  Whether the homeowner is moving internal walls or adding on an addition to a home many local governments require the homeowner and their contractor to obtain the proper permits prior to having the work done and require periodic inspections as the work is completed.  Some contractors and homeowners may be tempted to do certain work without permits in order to save money and time.  Failure to get the proper permits could result in the homeowner requiring to undo certain work or face steep fines and inspections in order to verify the completed work.  This article explores the permit process and explains the importance of it to homeowners, buyers and more.

Why Do You Need A building or construction Permit?

Most local governments have some sort of building department who is responsible for issuing permits for new construction as well as re-modeling and home addition construction. The building departments monitor construction and home re-modeling in order to make sure homes and other buildings comply with existing zoning laws and meet the required safety standards.  For instance adding a second kitchen to a home could be in violation of zoning laws where the reason for the additional kitchen is to turn a single family home into a two family home and where the home as currently situated is zoned for only single family residences.  As a result a permit request to add...

Smart Tips For Your Next Move

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Smart Tips For Your Next Move

After the purchase or sale of a home comes the challenge of moving from or to a new home.  There are a number of different approaches to take with the move but the initial prep work prior to the move can make the difference between having a move that is easy versus a move that could be very stressful.  This article looks at the different options for moving, offers tips on preparing for a move and provides some advice on how to avoid some common moving scams.

Moving Options

The Move Yourself Option

Depending on how much stuff you have to move this can always be a cost effective option.  If you plan on buying new furniture and belongings at your new home then you can sell, donate or throw out stuff you no longer want so as to reduce the amount you yourself have to personally carry.  If you are just moving clothing, kitchen ware and little less else then one person could handle the entire move on their own. On the other hand if furniture is involved you will need help to move the larger pieces of furniture safely. Enlist the help of your friends and make sure you plan the move ahead of time.  Inventory all your heavy items and keep an inventory list of everything boxed up and tag the boxes accordingly so you don’t have to tear open every box just to find your coffee maker after you move in.

Sometimes it is easier to move the heavier items at the start of the process since that is when you will have the most energy to do so.  Moving a very large dresser after you have moved 20 heavy boxes puts you at greater risk for dropping the dresser due to fatigue thus possibly causing damage to the dresser or worse injury to...

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