Your home should be a sanctuary that feels welcoming and comfortable to both you and your guests—and that includes the outdoor space! The exterior of your property sets the stage for the rest of your home, sort of like a first impression.
Your home is your sanctuary. However, if outside noises prevent you from getting the rest and relaxation you need, your health and productivity could suffer. Soundproofing your home doesn't need to be a huge, expensive hassle. There are some easy ways to dampen the sound of your neighbor's dog barking or reduce the sound of trucks roaring down the freeway.
If you're ready to move, you can save a lot in the long run by buying a house that's brand-new. Many new homes on the real estate market include features that are designed to ultimately reduce household expenses, which will make it easier for you to pay your mortgage, utilities and other important bills on time.
Thanks to television, house-flipping has swept the nation and inspired thousands of people to start investing in real estate. While this can be a quick way to make a lot of money, there are many hidden expenses and oversights beginner house flippers often miss. As a result, many people wind up spending far more than they bargained for when they decided to flip a property.
Q: I will soon make our final mortgage payment. My wife will retire in two years and I will work to age 67. We are both 60 today. Because I don’t get a pension I really have been looking forward to this final payment. We bought the house 25 years ago, but I shortened the term of the loan by refinancing to a 15-year loan in 2003. Are we doing well to have the mortgage paid off by age 60?
Apprehension and inexperience keep many homeowners from pursuing renovation projects that would make their homes more functional, enjoyable and comfortable. Getting your hands dirty on the front end—with some planning and preparation – is the best blueprint for a successful home remodeling project.
By Robin Saks Frankel
With housing inventory far lower than demand and mortgage rates poised to rise, it’s going to be a competitive market for homebuyers this spring.
If you’re looking to buy a home this season, here’s how to prepare yourself to enter the fray.
This article explains the four most common valuation methods used for real property transactions and how and when they are used. It’s important to note that the methods below are not necessarily mutually exclusive. Lenders, servicers, investors, and other professionals use one or more of these valuation methods, depending on circumstances and the type of transaction. Often, one valuation method is used to confirm or quality-check the results of another.
By Barbara Pronin
While your credit score affects everything from your ability to buy a car or a home to how much interest you will pay on the loan, many people don’t know how these scores are calculated or what impacts them positively or negatively.
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