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The Bathroom Option

Bathrooms have come a long ways over the decades. Bathrooms of yesteryear had all the essentials – toilet, sink, tub, and shower (sometimes), but they lacked layout and functionality and most of the time personality, not to mention the number of bathrooms per house. Think back to your grandma’s bathroom or Aunt Suzie’s bathroom or maybe even your own childhood bathroom. Today bathrooms still contain the essentials, if they’re a full bath (more on this in a bit), but they also have functional layouts, storage, and personality as builders get crafty and accessories are in abundance. With marble or granite… Continue reading

Manufactured vs. Modular Homes

There are many decisions to make when buying a home. Many start the process by writing down a list of criteria broken down into wishes and requirements, but even before deciding on whether or not a pool is necessary, many state they’d like to live in a single family residence. A manufactured home and a modular home fall into that category and might be something you come across during your home search. They are often confused for being the same, but in reality, there is a huge difference! This article will explain the difference between the two because helps to… Continue reading

Real Estate as an Investment

Purchasing property with the intent to boost your net worth can be a great idea, but it can also have the opposite effect if you’re not careful! The objective of this article is to help you determine if a property will be worth the investment. Will it be a cash earner, or cash burner? There are a number of items to check off the list before a property can safely be determined a positive source of cash flow, and below are some of the things you can do to help ensure you pick a winner.

Insurance

What’s the point of… Continue reading

The Homeowner’s Guide to Getting it Sold


The Dangers of Overpricing

So you’ve made the decision to put your house up for sale. Usually the main thoughts that come to a seller’s mind when trying to sell a house, have to do with cleaning out clutter, slapping on a fresh coat of paint and sticking a sign in the yard with fliers. But what many sellers don’t realize, is that one of the most important decisions one can make when selling a house is price.

It is a common bone of contention between sellers and their agents but for good reason. We all love our homes and… Continue reading

Additional Costs of Owning a Home

There’s a lot to consider when buying a home. How many bedrooms? How many bathrooms? How far is the commute to work? The nearest shopping center? Is there room for a home office? There’s a lot to consider, but consider this: how much is the final cost of the house? Sure, there’s the tagged price, but what’s not included on the tag may be something you should factor in as if it were.

Closing Costs

Closing costs differ depending on the type of property and its location. Common costs associated with the purchase of a home include a charge for… Continue reading

The Low Down on Property Auctions

Although property auctions are usually more up the alley of a seasoned real estate investor, you too can be a player in the property auctioning game. Acquiring property at an auction is certainly more risky than the traditional method, but if you’re willing to take a chance, you could end up getting a great deal on a house. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of buying real estate at auction.

The Downside of Property Auctions

While some great deals can be had at auction, there sure is a lot of homework to be done. Not all property… Continue reading

What NOT to do When Purchasing a Home

What NOT to do…

Buying a home can be quite the process, which is why it’s so important to hire a real estate agent to guide you through the transaction. But even with the help of a Realtor, there are things you must avoid doing as a buyer that would get in the way of a deal. Your job as a buyer is to make sure you don’t hinder your own success by making one of the common mistakes made by aspiring homeowners everywhere. Take a look at what NOT to do:

Don’t buy a car… or make any other… Continue reading

Caldwell Veterans Garden

Ribbon Cutting on April 24thGarden offers safe rehabilitation place for disabled veterans in Caldwell – Idaho Press Tribune http://ow.ly/wbvM4

CALDWELL — When a seed is planted in a garden — with a little help — it grows. What was once a hard-shelled seed splits open, allowing something greater within to sprout.

On Thursday, the city of Caldwell and the Caldwell Board of Realtors planted a seed in the form of the Caldwell Disabled Veterans Garden.

The official ribbon cutting took place at the garden, which aims to use gardening therapeutically and as a form of physical rehabilitation.

“This is really beneficial for veterans,” said… Continue reading

Preparing to Buy a Home

As a renter, you’re essentially making mortgage payments for a property you’ll never own. Why not put that money towards something that at the end of the day is yours? Be prepared to make the switch from being a renter to becoming a homeowner and enjoy the sense of pride and tax benefits that come along with it!

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Your Credit Score

Your credit score is a huge factor in determining what kind of loan you’ll be qualified for. If you know you have mistakes on your credit history, now is the time to get them fixed. Former bankruptcy, foreclosure, and… Continue reading

Advice for Sellers: Your House is Center Stage

Shakespeare once wrote “All the world’s a stage” and we believe the house to be at the center of it. By the time your open house visitors make an entrance, have each room staged in such a way that is designed to make the buyer feel right at home. When you’ve decided to sell your house, your best bet is to try and appeal to the widest range of buyers possible so they can picture it as their own. Make it easy for visitors to visualize their furniture in the space by calling in a home staging professional or attempting… Continue reading

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