What you should know about property taxes

Jun 28, 2017 3:35:01 AM Share this:

Property taxes are often forgotten when planning a budget for a home. It is important to understand how your property tax bill works as your monthly payment goes beyond just your mortgage. As a home buyer, you have several tax breaks available to you, and you have the ability to challenge your property tax if it seems too high. Here are a few things you need to know about property taxes:


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Topics: Finance, Advice

Finding Your Perfect Size Home

Jun 6, 2017 8:37:35 AM Share this:

Learn the reasons to go bigger or smaller and how to decide how much space you’ll really need in your next home

The size of your house can have a huge impact on your cost of living, comfort, ability to work from home and much more. If you are house hunting, or plan to house hunt in the near future, consider assessing your current living space first to better understand your needs. Here you’ll find the how-to, as well as things to mull over as you prepare for the hunt.

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Topics: Buying, Advice

Younger Homeowners Increase Spending For Renovation Projects

May 31, 2017 5:17:47 AM Share this:
 

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish. 

Renovation spending among younger homeowners is on the rise amid a strong renovation market, a new Houzz research report reveals. Among the report’s key findings: Younger homeowners and first-time buyers are driven at least in part by a desire to customize their homes.

The 2017 Houzz & Home survey gathered information from close to 107,000 registered users of Houzz, including nearly 56,000 homeowners who renovated in 2016. Read on for more insight into how homeowners are renovating, how much they are spending and why they choose to renovate.

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Topics: Millennial Buyers, Renovations

What Millenials are Looking for in a Home

Apr 8, 2017 3:52:44 AM Share this:

Millennials. It's a term used to describe people born between the early 1980's to around the year 2000.


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Topics: Buying, Advice, Millennial Buyers

Tips on Refinancing Your Mortgage

Mar 7, 2017 7:06:43 AM Share this:

Refinancing may help lower your monthly payments. Here are a few tips for those thinking about refinancing.

Mortgage rates are rising in western real estate markets, in response to a very bullish market in the last few years. The good news is that they’re rising from record lows. Refinancing your mortgage now may help you lower your payments, especially if you’ve owned your home for some time and want to see if a better rate can make those monthly payments easier. It’s not right for every situation, but depending upon your circumstances, it could help you out a great deal.


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Topics: Finance, Mortgages

What to Look for: Hiring Contractors

Mar 7, 2017 6:55:40 AM Share this:

It can be tough deciding which contractor to go with. We've provided a brief list of tips to help.


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Topics: Advice, Repairs

Buying Investment Property On A Low Income

Feb 22, 2017 1:00:00 AM Share this:

There is no sugar-coating the fact that if you are a low-income earner, buying an investment property will require a lot of discipline and sacrifice.


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Topics: Property Management

Sell Your Home In Winter

Jan 19, 2017 2:02:00 AM Share this:

When hot chocolate is disappearing off the supermarket shelves, and families are rugging up and heading off to the ski fields for holidays, what about selling your home?


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Topics: Selling

How Important Is Rental Yield When Investing?

Dec 14, 2016 3:02:00 AM Share this:

When it comes to buying investment property, is rental yield the iron-clad indicator you can take to the bank? Or is it another statistic that can mislead or misrepresent the potential of a property?


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Topics: Property Management

Open Home: Making The Most Of a Showing

Nov 2, 2016 1:00:00 AM Share this:

Open homes give you a great first impression of a property and you’ll know almost immediately if it’s one you want to pursue. But that first visit can be much more than a “once over lightly” impression. How do you make sure you’re getting as much information from it as possible.


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Topics: Open House