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5 Essential Packing Tips For Moving To a New Home

5 Essential Packing Tips For Moving To a New HomeMoving is a big job that takes a lot of effort, and it can easily seem overwhelming to homeowners who aren't ready for it. But just how does someone get all of their possessions ready to move to a new home without getting stressed out? Having a plan of attack can be extremely helpful to have in mind when getting ready to move, so here are five essential steps all homeowners should use when packing up for the big move.

Start Packing Before the Home is Sold

While it might seem a little premature to start packing before the home is sold, it really isn't. Packing...

Signs You Need to Repair or Replace Your Roof

How to Repair and Replace Roof DamageWhen you live in a home, you may only go up to the roof once or twice a year. However, the condition of the roof could affect the kinds of offers you get on the home, or even that you get offers at all. Remember the major hail storms that damagned homes in Cedar Park? Home buyers do! Few people are eager to buy a home with a roof that is obviously leaking or missing a lot of shingles. This guide walks you through the common problems with a roof that you should look at before you list the home for sale. If you need a refresher course, or are ...

How to Choose the Best Home Siding For Your Home

Let Location Guide Your Choice of the Best Home Siding MaterialThere is no single best choice for home siding. The architectural style of a Bee Cave home, the regional weather, and community standards play into the decision as much as initial price and maintenance concerns.

Here are some basic facts to help you make the right choice for your home:

Wood

<p>Real wood siding is still in use in some locales, although it has been discouraged in other areas because of home hazard or fire risk. Treated wood siding, or treated shakes and shingles, are frequently used as accent materials...

How do Interest Rates Affect the Price of a Home?

Interest rates are a fundamental consideration when buying a home - particularly when a buyer is financing through a traditional mortgage lender (as opposed to the seller carrying the note).

In short, interest rates will, ultimately, affect the price of the home as they are an added cost for obtaining a mortgage. Therefore, understanding several aspects of economics – as tied to interest rates – can save a buyer thousands of dollars (if not more).

To better understand how interest rates may apply to your specific situation, speak with your lender and/or financial advisor.

Interest Rate Basics

Quite simply, interest rates are a specific amount...

How to Read Your Home Warranty

How Home Warranties WorkHome warranties come in all shapes and sizes, and home buyers need to understand theirs prior to closing if they want to be successful owners. From the HVAC system to the wiring, warranties keep new home buyers from having to pay for costly repairs out of pocket. Unlike home insurance, a warranty will cover parts of the property from wear and tear.

Warranties are excellent for homeowners who want to give themselves peace of mind, but warranties can be difficult to understand which can cause confusion when something actually happens. Keep these...

Making Improvements – Do I Need a Permit?

What to Know About Permitting Home ImprovementsThe opportunity to renovate one's own property is a huge draw when it comes to purchasing a home. Instead of being afraid to do little things like paint the walls or hang pictures, homeowners love being able to make dramatic changes at a moment's notice.

Whether home improvement projects are for cosmetic reasons or they improve the condition of the property, people should think twice before they begin knocking down walls and building decks. Many projects require permits, as the city regulates certain...

Applying for a Mortgage: Top Ten Tips for Home Buyers

Applying for a mortgage to purchase a new home in Georgetown TX these days, while not nearly as difficult in the past few years, still has challenges. While lending standards have loosened up a bit, the housing market has become more difficult for home buyers, with limited inventory and multiple offer situations. As a result, homebuyers quickly discover they MUST be fully prepared when they commit to searching for their next home.

What can you do to ensure your offer will be considered, while also receiving the lowest cost mortgage with the best terms? Below are Top 10 Tips to consider when applying for a mortgage, to help make your next home buying experience more enjoyable - and hopefully result in a winning offer.

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Inside Austin Real Estate: 5 Common Home Styles

Home Architectural Styles in Austin, TXAs one of the fastest-growing cities in the country, it's no surprise that the Austin real estate market is enjoying another booming year. The spring has showed continual signs of promise, and the summer is sure to be a record-setting year for home sales and home prices. As buyers set their sights on this community, which boasts a thriving economy anchored by the high-tech industry, it's important to learn more about the types of homes that are available in the city.

These are five of the common home styles that are found in neighborhoods throughout...

Are Tiny Homes a Wise Investment?

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It seems there are Tiny Homes popping up everywhere. Magazines, websites, and reality TV shows all praise the space-saving miniature houses that typically range between 180 and 400 square feet in size. Is it a practical lifestyle choice? Is it truly possible to live comfortably with another person in such a tiny space? Do people still enjoy living in tiny homes after the first year? How much do they cost? These are questions you need to ask before you consider purchasing a tiny home.


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Why More Homeowners Are Going with Solar

Real Benefits of Residential Solar Power for Homeowners and CommunitiesThe majority of homeowners will face increasing energy bills from traditional utility companies in the years to come. The additional costs may not be offset by steps to improve a home's envelope, address drafts or reduce energy consumption. Rather, many have made the decision to find alternative sources of clean energy to supplement and even replace traditional sources, with more than 1.4 million homeowners who have decided to lease or buy residential solar panels....

Pros and Cons of the Probate Real Estate Market

How to Navigate the Probate Real Estate ProcessThough they are no longer the largest generational population, the Boomers – who are heading into their sunset years – will continue to possess the most wealth. That is until they pass their assets onto either their Gen X children or Millennial and Gen Z grandchildren. According to a report by Deloitte, $24 trillion in bequests will be transferred over the next 15 years.

Enter the probate real estate market. Due to many factors that will be discussed below, probate real estate is a virtually...

Try This, Not That: Home Showing Mistakes to Avoid

Home Showing Mistakes to AvoidWhen selling a home, the most important thing the homeowner can do to help their chances of finding the right buyer is to make sure the home gives a great first impression during the showing. However, there are a number of pitfalls that homeowners may accidentally stumble into that they may not realize can be harmful to their home’s chances of selling. Here are some of those mistakes and how homeowners can make sure they don’t happen.

Stage the Home Instead of Leaving It Empty

Some homeowners think that removing the furniture from a home will help buyers be able to see just the home and not be distracted by any of the possessions...

High-ROI Home Improvements For Home Sellers

High ROI Home Improvements For Home SellersWhen you're trying to sell your home, strategic home improvement projects can help boost your home's resale value. Home improvement projects can also help make your home stand out among the competition in your area. Knowing what to upgrade and which projects deliver the highest ROI can help you get started.

Deck Addition

Deck additions are relatively low in cost but they have a high ROI, which makes this type of home improvement a favorite among home sellers. With over 80 percent ROI, deck additions ...

Understanding VA Loans: A Guide to Alternative Home Financing for Military and Veterans

What to Know About Military Home LoansVA loans are perfect for those in the US military who want to purchase a home without breaking the bank. These loans don't require the potential home buyer to make a major down payment, which is usually the biggest hurdle in purchasing a home. VA loans may be made through private lenders, but they're backed (up to a certain amount) by the VA, provided the applicant meet all of the requirements.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed mortgage or home loan professional before...

What to Know About Residential Sustainable Technology

5 Trends Homeowners Should Know About Sustainable Residential ConstructionSustainability trends are everywhere today. From media to local businesses, it seems as though everyone is urging people to pay attention to their environment and how they can affect it. However, one thing that isn't always so evident is how these trends are affecting the new homes being built or old homes being retrofitted.

Unless people are interviewing the local construction teams in their neighborhood, the overall progress may feel like a mystery. For Kyle homeowners who want to know more, now is a good time to note the larger trends are impacting everything from homeowner's wallets to their larger carbon footprint.

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Is Home Staging Worth It?

When selling a home, how it looks is key. Both inside and out, everything from how the furniture is arranged to the color of the paint impact what buyers think of the home. For homeowners who want to help give their home an edge on the housing market, staging is an option that can help homeowners make their home as appealing as possible to buyers. Here are the advantages and disadvantages of home staging homeowners should keep in mind when planning to stage their home or hire someone to stage their home.

Disadvantages of Home Staging

One of the biggest disadvantages home staging has is that it can potentially cost a lot of money and be time consuming. Home stagers will charge just to meet with potential clients, and that can cost anywhere from $150-400. If the homeowner decides to work with the stager, they will then have to cover the cost of furniture, which will vary depending on how much furniture...

What All Homeowners Should Know About Short Sales

What All Homeowners Should Know About Short SalesWhen a homeowner is unable to pay their mortgage, it can be a stressful time. The number one threat homeowners think of when they can’t pay their mortgage is foreclosure, a process when the mortgage provider repossesses the home resulting in the homeowner’s credit score being lowered. Before this happens, homeowners may have another option: a short sale. While short sales may not be accessible to everyone, they can be a good option when they’re available. Here is what all Leander homeowners should know about short sales in order to get the most out of them....

When to DIY a Project and When to Leave Repairs to a Professional

Should You Hire a Professional Contractor or DIY Home Improvement Projects?When a home needs repairs or renovations, there are a couple of options for handling those things. One way is to hire someone who does that type of work professionally. The other way is for the homeowner to handle the issue themselves. Both can be good choices, and a lot depends on the skill set of the homeowner, the kind of work to be done, and the complexity and expense that has to be undertaken. With that in mind, each homeowner has to decide for themselves whether they want to tackle any home improvement projects or hire a pro.

Many homeowners want to handle home maintenance repairs themselves. After all, there...

6 Essential Strategies For Selling a Fixer-Upper Home

5 Ways To Help Your Fixer-Upper SellSelling a home can be difficult, and when it comes to selling a fixer-upper, it can feel impossible. Fortunately, selling fixer-uppers is completely possible when the homeowner knows what they're doing. For homeowners trying to get a leg up on the competition and help their fixer-upper home find a buyer, here are 5 essential tips and strategies to keep in mind.

Clean, Stage, & Improve Curb Appeal

Cleaning is an essential part of selling a fixer-upper. Before listing the home for sale or showing the home to buyers, it must first be...

Top Things to Know About Buying and Selling Land

A Look at Buying and Selling Vacant LandAlthough it seems similar, buying and selling vacant land is quite different than other real estate transactions. In fact, the differences can feel quite jarring at first, wiping out confidence in navigating that process. Thankfully, all it takes is learning just what to expect to restore confidence and navigate this process with ease. Here's what everyone needs to know to get started.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

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