There are 8 blog entries for November 2010.
Tuesday, November 30th, 2010 at 2:27pm. 139 Views, 1 Comments.
There are many things to think about when selling your condo during the holiday season. It is hard to believe that the holiday season is upon us. The day after Thanksgiving marks shopping, with waves of holiday shopping specials, sales and more. The day after Thanksgiving also marks a time when many people begin the search for the perfect Christmas tree. When decorating your condo and preparing it for the holidays there are a few tips to remember that will keep it safe and help avoid any holiday pitfalls.
When using lighting for holiday decorating remember that strings of lights are designated indoor or outdoor and should be used as indicated. In addition no more than three strands of lights should be used per extension cord. Try to keep your…
Monday, November 29th, 2010 at 1:11pm. 114 Views, 0 Comments.
Whether buying or selling real estate, the internet can be a great starting point and a very useful tool, but should not be the extent of where you gather all of your information. The internet has made it incredibly easy to see what properties are for sale and what price properties are listed for. The ability to view individual Realtor websites, get information on local real estate, and learn about real estate in general is astounding. It is easier than ever to arm oneself with knowledge, the important thing is to know the difference between true and false.
Many listings found online portray photos and videos, some of which don’t do a condo’s justice and some of which can be utterly misleading. Having physical contact with a condo,…
Thursday, November 18th, 2010 at 1:25pm. 139 Views, 0 Comments.
Moldings are a simple way of adding style to a room, capable of being used in a variety of ways. Molding added to where the wall meets the ceiling or floor, otherwise known as case and base to those in the know, can make a subtle or bold statement about the interior of a condo. Molding can also be used in a way that can change your wall space, by adding squares or rectangles or a stripe across a wall.
Ornate molding used as case and base can make a living room more formal, simple solid molding with no routing or edging can add a shaker feel. Adding personality to a home can be done simply by, in essence, framing your floor, ceiling and doorways. Creating a new feel for a room can be completed from a somewhat simple addition.
Tuesday, November 16th, 2010 at 3:51pm. 146 Views, 0 Comments.
News of recovery, historically low mortgage rates and the overall feeling that the bottom is here or near, have many people wondering if now might be the ideal time to buy a first condo, trade up to a bigger condo, or simply invest in more real estate. Let’s face it, affordability is here when it comes to real estate. For those who have a steady source of income and have the cash or the ability to acquire a mortgage, there couldn’t be a better time to buy a condo.
What are the benefits of investing in real estate? First of all when investing in anything the best return is made when the original purchase it at, or near, its lowest value. Buying a condo in today’s conditions allows for more equity to be built over the long term…
Monday, November 15th, 2010 at 1:22pm. 123 Views, 0 Comments.
Focus on the kitchen when considering a remodel of your condo. The kitchen is a focal point of the condo and is so much more than just a space in which to cook or clean dishes. A kitchen is a place where people sit and eat, pay bills, do homework and socialize. When a kitchen is comfortable and inviting, as well as functional, it will make your condo more appealing to potential condo buyers when you decide to sell.
Some details of a kitchen to consider:
Add an island- An island provides extra counter space, extra eating space, and additional seating space. An island can expand the functionality of a kitchen.
Comfortable seating- Instead of hard wood or metal choose upholstered seating for your stools and dining…
Thursday, November 11th, 2010 at 2:46pm. 137 Views, 0 Comments.
When selling real estate the question of whether a vacant condo is good for selling is a viable question, the answer, however, is not so easy. Many real estate professionals believe that a furnished condo sells better than an empty condo. Then of course there are those that disagree.
A furnished condo can show a potential buyer how a condo looks when lived in. The trick in this scenario is, of course, that the furnishings should be in good taste, simple and laid out in a way that makes good usage of the condo’s space. In addition the condo should be void of personal belongings like photos that can make the condo hard to envision someone else living in.
A recent article in zillow.com on how sellers can increase their property…
Wednesday, November 10th, 2010 at 12:38pm. 128 Views, 0 Comments.
Are you ready to buy a condo? Condo ownership is a big step and if there is one thing people have learned from the recent burst of the housing bubble it is that you need to be prepared to become a homebuyer. If you are ready to take advantage of the low mortgage rates that are available as well as the higher than normal inventories and condo prices that must be near or at the bottom here are some points to be familiar with before jumping into real estate ownership.
Know the market in your area. Be aware of what condos are selling for and what you should expect to pay.
Be prepared to acquire financing. Interview lenders, clean up your credit and get pre-approved for a loan.
- Once you know what you should expect to pay…
Tuesday, November 9th, 2010 at 2:53pm. 137 Views, 0 Comments.
If you are buying a condo and are questioning if a home inspection is necessary, the simple answer is “yes”. Imagine closing on your new condo and moving in to find that the heat doesn’t work, the dishwasher leaks and the windows in your bedroom are so drafty that they feel open when they are shut tight. Of course these are extremes but knowing exactly what you are buying is important and will protect you in your real estate transaction.
Unless you have put your new condo under contract with a completely inexperienced Realtor, or have written the contract on a cocktail napkin, there will be an inspection contingency in your real estate contract. This means that you will have an inspection completed on the property, and a subsequent list…