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Analyzing Basic COSTS Of Home Ownership

Mon, 09 Mar 2020 12:01:26 -0500

Although, for most, home ownership is often, considered, a major component of the American Dream, if one wishes to ensure, it remains a dream, rather than becoming a nightmare, it makes sense to thoroughly, analyze, understand, consider, and be prepared for the COSTS of owning a home, of one's own! There are many aspects, and considerations, including the original (origination) needs, such as the monies needed for the down - payment, and associated, closing costs, to the initial alternations (whether, major, or merely, minor and cosmetic, such as painting, re - finishing floors, etc), to future needs, and reserves, needed, for realities,...


4 Senior Housing Options

Wed, 29 May 2019 08:47:25 -0500

As we age, there may come a time, when we decide, it's time to reconsider our housing needs, and priorities, and, need, to make some decisions, about which type, and/ or, category, of senior housing options, might make the most sense, to you, personally. This may be affected by financial/ economic considerations, health issues, lifestyle choices, or a variety of different factors. With that in mind, this article will attempt to, briefly, consider, examine, review, and discuss, some of these possibilities, including: age - in - place; downsize; move from one style, house, to a ranch house (because, it's on...


The HEART Of A Home

Thu, 17 May 2018 07:00:49 -0500

The most important aspect of a home, is, often, a rather, individual thing, because we all are individuals, with specific needs, preferences, priorities, and situations. However, regardless of which consideration, might be considered, most important, it's relevant to individually, consider, the HEART of a home, and pay keen attention, during the house - hunting, transaction, and process. With that in mind, this article will attempt to briefly consider, review, and discuss, using the mnemonic approach, some of the key considerations, etc.


6 Financial Factors Of Home Ownership

Tue, 12 Nov 2019 13:03:28 -0600

For most Americans, the value of their home, represents their single - biggest, financial asset, so, doesn't it make sense, to proceed, as wisely as possible, when choosing, which house, to purchase, and make it yours? Unless you want the happiness, and bliss, of this essential part, of the so - called, American Dream (home ownership), to become a nightmare, instead of a dream, it is important, to enter the process, with your, eyes - wide - open, especially, regarding the relevant, essential, financial factors, and considerations. With that in mind, this article will attempt to, briefly, consider, examine, review, and...


Newlyweds - Our First 'Home'

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 09:12:52 -0500

Personal experience as newlyweds in buying our first home, an old rundown mobile home. We were young and early in our college days, we would then work everyday for 6 months to transform it into a place we would call home.


Are You Prepared To OWN A Home?

Wed, 01 Aug 2018 07:05:56 -0500

Many consider, owning a home, of one's own, to be a main element, in the so - called, American Dream. However, while, certainly, being a homeowner, is, for most, a desirable course and path, it is important, for potential homeowners, to proceed, with their eyes, wide - open, in order to be certain, they are ready for, and prepared, to OWN a house. Relevant considerations, often include, factors such as: financial ability; personal needs and priorities; specific area; local neighborhood; school system; convenience to transportation; safety - related issues; religious considerations (such as convenience to their desired, house of worship); shopping...


Why It's Known As REAL Estate?

Mon, 18 Mar 2019 08:14:56 -0500

Since, there are many types of assets, why do we refer to, a specific asset, as REAL estate? Obviously, when we own a house, a piece of land, building, etc, it is real, and it's part of our estate, but, what is often, referred to, as real property, has specific, individual, value, and is viewed differently, than many other assets. As a Real Estate Licensed Salesperson, in New York State, for over a decade, I consider it, an honor, and privilege, to be able to serve and represent clients and customers, in their quest, to either, buy, or sell, these assets.


Saving Home Dollars, By Using Some SENSE!

Tue, 14 May 2019 08:10:40 -0500

In order to make, owning a home, of one's own, an important component of the American Dream, it's important, to ensure, you are prepared for some of the necessities and realities of home ownership, especially, as they relate to financial/ economic ones! In addition to the anticipated costs, smart homeowners realize, and anticipate, there will often, be many unanticipated ones. Therefore, it is wise, to prepare accordingly, by consistently, contributing to reserve funds, for items such as repairs, renovations, upgrades, and contingencies.


Renovate Your Home, Or Sell And Upgrade?

Fri, 03 May 2019 12:43:31 -0500

Many homeowners, at some point, in time, recognize, their needs, today, are, perhaps, considerably different, from what they were, when they originally, purchased their existing home. Perhaps the house, is too small, or you need, a different layout/ configuration, to meet your present, and/ or future needs? Maybe, you need, more bedrooms, a larger kitchen, etc, and you must make a decision, as to how, to address this, in an effective manner?


Components Of A Homeowner's BUDGET

Tue, 20 Aug 2019 08:23:25 -0500

Since, for the vast majority of Americans, their house, represents, their single - biggest financial asset, wouldn't it make sense, if they, would carefully consider, and review, all their options and alternatives, in a well - considered, focused manner, and consider, the best way, to proceed, forward? Every homeowner should take the time, and discover, what the realistic costs of home ownership, might be, in order to be as well prepared, financially, as possible. They must understand many of the components of a homeowner's BUDGET, and strategically plan, from the beginning, to reduce any future unnecessary tensions, stresses, and strains.


4 Keys To Maximizing Your Home's Value

Mon, 16 Dec 2019 07:40:13 -0600

Whether your intention, is, to live, in your home, for the longer - term, or something, more short - term, doesn't it make sense, to proceed, in a way, which maintains, and enhances, its value? Since, for most of us, the financial value, of their house, represents their single - biggest, financial asset, they possess, so, proceeding, wisely, protects it, in a meaningful, needed and necessary way! Although, this may seem obvious, in far too many cases, this doesn't happen!


The Great Benefits of Living in a Row House

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 17:23:43 -0600

At this point in time, when you feel that you are ready to venture into an independent life, having an own house is a goal that you are likely trying to achieve. There are plenty of options when it comes to types of homes that you can buy. One of the most popular choice are row houses.


Why Does Someone LIVE In That Home?

Fri, 30 Aug 2019 11:03:09 -0500

Have you ever looked at a specific house, in some location, and, thought, why would someone LIVE, in that particular home? Since, most people, are different, in many ways, including their personal perceptions, priorities, focus, emphasis, finances, etc, the reality, is, there is a place, for nearly everyone, if it's priced right, etc. It would be wise to avoid placing our own values, and likes, on others, and, merely, accept, as fact, if someone is happy living somewhere, and it meets/ exceeds their needs, it is, therefore, the right place, for them (at least, at this specific, time, and place)!


The True CHARM Of A House

Thu, 19 Jul 2018 10:48:11 -0500

While there are numerous, tangible factors, and considerations, in determining the home, for you, including personal finances, overall economics, the bones and overall condition, of the house and property, size of the house and property, location, convenience, safety factors, etc, it's important to consider and evaluate, the intangible items, such as something, often referred, to, as, CHARM. With that in mind, this article will attempt to briefly examine, consider, review, and discuss, using the mnemonic approach, some of what these emotional components, mean and represent, and, why, wise real estate agents, pay close attention to, and empathize with their client's and customer's perceptions, etc...


Renovate And Enlarge, Or, Sell And Buy?: 4 Considerations

Wed, 04 Dec 2019 09:55:05 -0600

Many individuals, begin, to realize, the home, they purchased, which, at the time, seemed to meet their needs, no longer serves their latest ones! Perhaps, their life experiences, and situation, including their family life, needs, etc, necessitates a different layout, and/ or, size/ design, etc. They must be ready, willing, and/ or, able to determine, whether, they should renovate their existing house, or, would it make more sense, to sell it, and, buy a more suitable residence!


Consider The MONEY Aspects Of Home Ownership

Mon, 03 Dec 2018 10:42:02 -0600

Although, many desire, to own, a home, of their own, most focus, predominantly on the emotional aspects, and components, of owning a house, rather than considering, the less attractive, aspects of financial considerations. After over a decade, as a Real Estate Licensed Salesperson, in the State of New York, I have come to strongly believe, it is essential, to fully, and accurately, consider, the MONEY factors, involved. With that in mind, this article will attempt to briefly examine, consider, and discuss, using the mnemonic approach, what this means and represents, and while it's so important, to fully consider these essentials.


House Hunters - These Are The Factors That Can Give You The Margin For Profit You Want

Tue, 24 Jul 2018 07:17:05 -0500

When buying a house for investment, there are factors that you should consider to get the profit for margin that you want. If you're a house hunter of this purpose, get a grab for these factors that you should look for in your next investment house. Small-sized homes.


The Do - It - Yourself, Possibilities, For Home Improvement

Mon, 21 Jan 2019 09:49:12 -0600

Some homeowners have greater building skills, expertise, abilties, and/ or, training than others, so, what one individual, may be able to personally do, another will probably have to hire, someone else, to take care of. Obviously, individuals, who can perform these actions, properly, by themselves, generally, will significantly reduce their costs of maintaining their house. This article will attempt to briefly, consider, examine, review, and discuss, some of the do - it - yourself (DIY), projects, which those, without special skills, and/ or, expertise, might be able to perform, themselves.


Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning

Tue, 21 May 2019 13:29:39 -0500

Perhaps, because my eldest son, is an HVAC, or Heating, Ventilation, And Air Conditioning, technician, I believe, strongly, there is a need, to seriously, address, and consider, these essential components, of every building. Why would anyone, feel comfortable, living anywhere, if, he couldn't do. so, in a comfortable environment/ climate, especially within the confines of his own home?


Are You Struggling to Manage Your Existing Family Home As You Age?

Thu, 10 May 2018 07:11:40 -0500

For large numbers of people approaching or at retirement age, their existing home can start to become something of a liability. As we age, for many of us our home is a source of continuity and emotional attachment.


Making A House Your HOME

Mon, 21 May 2018 07:08:38 -0500

We've all heard the expression, A House Is Not A Home, but, often, overlook it, or, at least, don't pay sufficient attention, to, it's significance! Since, in the vast number of circumstances, one's house, represents their single - largest, financial asset, wouldn't it make sense, for a homeowner, to, also, thoroughly enjoy, his experiences, at that home, to as large a degree as possible? The happiest owners, are those, who successfully transform, a mere, house, to their beloved, HOME!


Creating A HOUSEHOLD

Thu, 06 Dec 2018 20:14:35 -0600

Once one, has made the often - challenging decision, to buy, a home, of his own, including considering financial issues/ considerations, family needs, present and future possibilities, comfort zone, neighborhood/ area/ specific block, exact house, safety, schools, transportation - related matters, shopping, and other conveniences, he must fully consider, the best way, to create a true HOUSEHOLD, which best serves his personal circumstances, etc. With that in mind, this article will attempt to briefly examine, review, determine, consider, and discuss, using the mnemonic approach, some of the related/ relevant issues/ concerns, and why it makes a real difference, to a homeowner...


4 Useful, Smart-House Solutions

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 07:19:10 -0500

If anyone reads, nearly any publication, about the latest trends, in home living, they have become aware of the terms, smart - houses, and/ or smart - homes. While some of these, such as certain devices, etc, fall into this category, I felt, it might make sense, and be somewhat useful, if we discussed, and evaluated, a few useful ways, to take advantage, of the best, there is to offer, when it comes, to relevant, useful technology, and technological essentials. With that in mind, this article will consider, identify, review, and briefly discuss, 4 useful, smart - house solutions.


What Size, House, Do You Seek?: Larger, Smaller, Or, Just - Right?

Tue, 10 Dec 2019 15:57:51 -0600

When one decides, to buy a home, of his own, either as a part of the American Dream, or to fulfill, some other personal need, goal, or priority, it's important to differentiate between your real needs/ requirements, your wish - list, and those, pie - in - the - sky, aspirations/ hopes! Buying a house, should be based, on effectively balancing one's logical and emotional components, in a heart/ head balance, and considering several considerations, including financial aspects (as may as possible, both long - term, and immediate), your self - image, and what makes sense. With that in mind,...


What House - Style, Is Best, For You?

Wed, 19 Dec 2018 13:33:15 -0600

There are many different styles of houses, and individuals have different tastes, needs, financial capabilities, etc. Therefore, before one, makes the commitment to purchase a home, of his own, which for most of us, is purchasing our single - biggest, financial asset, doesn't it make sense, to better understand and appreciate some of the differences, including advantages and disadvantages, and other relevant factors? With that in mind, this article will attempt to briefly, consider, review, examine and discuss, some of the most - often, seen house - styles, and discuss, some important factors, to better understanding, prior to beginning one's...


Will You Be READY For A Home, Of Your Own?

Tue, 25 Sep 2018 08:07:57 -0500

A core component of the so - called, American Dream, has, for ages, been owning a home of one's own. While it's nice to dream, unless someone is ready, prepared, and properly positioned, financially, and in terms of attitude, for home ownership, however, there is a potential risk, of the dream, becoming a nightmare! How can anyone, be sure, or nearly so, he is READY for this commitment, in a meaningful way?


Important Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying Real Estate in Punta Mita

Tue, 30 Apr 2019 15:11:44 -0500

Significant points and queries to focus on prior to settling for a real-estate investment. Puna Mita can be considered as one of the subtle spotlights of the Mexico City.


The 4 Seasons Of Home Maintenance

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 09:57:11 -0500

Home ownership, is, both, a right, and an obligation! A smart homeowner considers how, to effectively, maintain, his house, in the best, most effective way, to minimize costs, hassles, and keep the home, well - maintained! Rather than waiting for obstacles and challenges, to become problems, the wise ones, realize and recognize, it's a good idea, to do, regular maintenance, on a seasonal basis.


The Most Important Aspects Of SMART Homes

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 12:11:01 -0500

So much has been written about the availability and necessities of SMART homes, but, while many of these gizmos and gadgets, seem attractive, different, and fun, the reality is, some are much more essential, and make more sense, than others. While, so - called, smart homes, have many advantages, there are issues, to consider, such as, necessity, time savings, cost savings, security considerations, home maintenance, etc. With that in mind, this article will briefly consider, evaluate, discuss, and review, using the mnemonic approach, a few of these, and whether, they fit your needs, budgets, life - style, etc.


Hey Buddy, Wanna Buy a House? Or What Do Realtors Actually Do for All That Money

Fri, 07 Jun 2019 09:55:02 -0500

Real estate as a profession has been around as long as there has been a United States and yet many people have little idea how Realtors actually function. This understanding is exasperated by the fact that no two Realtors practice in the exact same way. While the aim is the same, the methods employed are often quite different.


Home Ownership: Know The Useful Life Of Your House's Components

Thu, 24 Jan 2019 08:46:07 -0600

Owning a home, of your own, may be an essential part of the American Dream, for many, but, ensuring it remains a dream, rather than a nightmare, often requires better focus, and attention! A well - prepared homeowner, is an educated consumer, who prepares, effeciently, and wisely, and knows, as much as possible, in order to proceed with credible, realistic expectations. One of the keys to this, is evaluating various key components of a house, and anticipating their useful lives, so one might plan, and prepare properly.


How To Examine/Consider A HOME

Tue, 29 May 2018 11:30:38 -0500

Many people consider, home ownership, to be, an essential component/ ingredient, of, the American dream! In light of this, wouldn't it make sense, therefore, if we gave some thought, to how to make the smartest, possible decision, when purchased a HOME of our own? This will focus on features, and physical needs, and components, rather than the emotional aspects, and with that in mind, using the mnemonic approach, we will briefly review, consider, and discuss, some items to think about, in order to make the best decision, for you.


5 Reserves Smart Homeowners Create

Wed, 16 May 2018 11:25:08 -0500

When one shops for the, hopefully, home, of his dreams, he, often, considers, the necessary monies, needed, to make the deal! This may include, items such as down - payments, and having one's finances, in order, etc, However, in the excitement of the moment, and/ or, because human being's are often, renowned, procrastinators, there is little focus, to the necessities of actually, owning a house, and, this, fail to plan, and prepare, accordingly. Smart homeowners are those, who commit to, and are disciplined, enough, to pay themselves first, and, therefore, in addition to making the monthly payments, related to a...


What Do You Seek In Your HOME?

Fri, 17 Jan 2020 08:22:07 -0600

Owning a HOME, of one's own, is often, considered, an essential component, of the so - called, American Dream! There is no such thing, as the ideal house, for everyone, because, different individuals have a variety of perceptions, priorities, personal strengths and weaknesses, needs, goals, and personal situations. In addition, personal tastes differ, as well as financial capabilities, and the restrictions of one;s self - imposed, comfort zone!


Know The COSTS Of Home Ownership!

Fri, 13 Dec 2019 09:39:08 -0600

Although, many people, feel, home ownership, is a principle component of the so - called, American Dream, in order for this, to be, so, and not become a nightmare, instead, it's important, and wise, to fully consider, all the foreseeable COSTS, involved, and related. While most realize, about the, necessary down - payment, and perhaps, even, the monthly mortgage installment, payment, these are nowhere near, all the expenses, and costs, involved. After, about fifteen years, as a Real Estate Licensed Salesperson, in the State of New York, I have come to consider this, in some detail, and, with that in mind, this...


Recession Is Here... Six Costly Mistakes Home Sellers Make During Recessions And How To Avoid Them

Mon, 27 Apr 2020 09:04:06 -0500

We have entered a new stage of the current economic cycle: Recession. This article talks about six costly real estate selling mistakes made during recessions and how to avoid them.


Heating Your Home: 4 Options: Pros And Cons

Thu, 20 Jun 2019 10:11:04 -0500

Regardless of the type, and/ or, style, of house, one resides in, in most areas, there is a need, to provide heating. Depending on location, personal preferences, availability, climate, and other factors, these options and alternatives/ choices, fall into 4 possibilities: (1) oil; (2) gas (natural or propane); (3) wood - burning (fireplace, stove, etc); and, (4) sustainable energy options. With this in mind, this article will attempt to, briefly, consider, examine, review, and discuss, some of the factors involved, in each of these, and both, the positive, as well as negative possibilities.


Apartments for Sale in Turkey

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:20:56 -0500

• Are you thinking of owning a property in the investment country Turkey? A high number of investors are seeking to buy Turkish apartments for various purposes such as accommodation, investment, and tourism.


The YPFFOD Of Enhancing A Home's First Impression

Tue, 24 Jul 2018 07:09:04 -0500

Whether you intend to live, in your present residence, for a considerable period of time, or are considering, putting your house, on the real estate market, with the attempt to sell it, at the highest possible price, in the shortest period of time, with the least amount of hassle/ stress, it is generally wise, to pay close attention, to making the best possible, first impression, on anyone, looking at your home, for the first time. Pay heed to the expression, You only get one chance to make a first impression, and, thus, you must recognize, potential buyers will, often, become unwilling...


5 Benefits Of Home Ownership

Thu, 30 Aug 2018 08:48:22 -0500

Why is owning a home, of one's own, so often, referred to as an essential component of, the American Dream? Before one commits to the realities of home ownership, and considers, the challenges, realities, and necessities, it would be wise, to also, seriously consider, what it also represents, to many of us, personally, and in a positive, motivating manner. With that in mind, this article will attempt to briefly consider, review, and discuss, 5 positive things, owning a home, of one's own, represents, and means, to so many of us.


What Makes A Prospective Home, A STAR?

Fri, 18 Oct 2019 07:20:48 -0500

Many consider, the most challenging part, of the house - hunting, process, to be, knowing, and understanding, what makes any prospective home, a STAR, at least, in terms of having you consider it, superior, in certain, personally, motivating, inspiring ways! Every house, is not created, equal, and, what may appeal to one potential buyer, is, often, different, than, to others. Since, for most of us, the value of our house, is the single - biggest, personal financial asset, doesn't it make sense, to proceed, as wisely, as possible?


6 Inexpensive Ways, To Lower Your Energy Costs

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 11:03:25 -0500

Homeowners, sooner, or later, discover, a significant, monthly expense, is what they pay, for their energy needs. This includes, heating, cooling, and electrical needs, and, while there might be many ways, to reduce these, many of the fixes, are somewhat expensive! With all the other stresses, and strains, of our every - day, lives, these might be extremely challenging, to afford, so, many of us, simply, continue, without making any attempt, to try to reduce our energy costs.


Preventive Maintenance Saves Homeowners Real Dollars: 5 Areas

Thu, 12 Jul 2018 07:12:07 -0500

A proactive homeowner, who does all he can, to prepare for eventualities, and proceed, in a responsible, responsive manner, generally, finds home ownership, to be, far less stressful, and more enjoyable. A former clothing chain, had a slogan, An educated consumer is our best customer, and this is also, true, for the best solution to the stresses, strains, uncertainties, etc, of owning a home, of one's own. Preventive home maintenance saves prepared homeowners, real, significant, dollars, and, thus, this article will attempt to briefly examine, consider, and discuss, 5 areas, where this is often significant.


How to Get Lely Resort Real Estate for Sale in Naples in Your Budget

Thu, 03 Oct 2019 10:54:15 -0500

Lely Resort Naples Florida is one of the area's top communities with upscale amenities and a wide variety of home choices. The spans approximately 2,500 acres and residents enjoy top-notch amenities at the Players Club, including two large lagoon-style pools, a vibrant tennis program, extensive fitness facilities and two restaurants.


Essentials Of Home Ownership

Thu, 11 Oct 2018 11:13:29 -0500

Home ownership represents different things, for each individual! For some, it represents, the achieving, of one of the key components, of the American dream. Others emphasize a better way, to serve their individual, and/ or, family needs, goals, and priorities.


Monthly Costs Of Home Ownership: The More You Know!

Wed, 27 Mar 2019 11:00:15 -0500

Although, for most Americans, owning a home, of one's own, is often considered, an essential component of the American Dream, far too many homeowners, do not proceed, consistently, with their eyes - wide - open! Most realize there will be monthly expenses, and responsibilities, but, often, minimize, or fail to consider, those, besides the monthly installments, for, principal, interest, escrow, and real estate taxes. This article will focus on recurrent expenses, which, if someone plans for, and prepares accordingly, will significantly reduce, much of the stresses, involved in home ownership.


What's In Your ROOF?

Fri, 06 Mar 2020 08:25:06 -0600

What does your ROOF mean to you? Is it, merely, something, which protects your house, and hangs, over your head? Or, is it much more than that, and represents, a major component, and set of considerations, about how much, you might enjoy your home, and how well you minimize unnecessary stresses, strains, and hassles?


Indian Government Initiatives to Boost Affordable Housing in India

Fri, 25 May 2018 09:36:00 -0500

India is witnessing rapid urbanization at an unprecedented level and is expected to grow at 2-2.5% Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) from 2015 to 2021. Following this trend, urban areas in India Will comprise of 40% of the population of India.


Are You Ready For SPRING Cleaning?

Thu, 28 Feb 2019 13:44:48 -0600

For those of us, in the Northeast, it might seem, a little early, to be thinking about SPRING cleaning, but, wise homeowners, always plan ahead, realizing, the best strategy, is, generally, to plan ahead, and be prepared. It was raining when Noah built the Ark, and, the best way, to effectively, maintain and enjoy, your home, is to plan ahead! Although, the best procedure, is to maintain your house, year - around, there are certain specific necessities, involved, after the rigors, etc, of severe winter conditions, etc.


Enjoy Your Home: Minimize Some Of The Stresses: 3 Basics

Thu, 09 May 2019 08:06:57 -0500

Many individuals decide it's time, for them, to become part of the so - called, American Dream, and, while, that's a quality, meaningful perspective, doesn't it make sense, to ensure, home ownership, energizes you, rather than, merely, adds lots of unwanted stress, to it? Shouldn't you, be able, to, truly, enjoy, your home, rather than, anything less? In order to do so, one should consider, the somewhat, stress - free approach, to living and residing, somewhere!


What Are The Keys To CARE For Your Home?

Wed, 19 Feb 2020 08:14:58 -0600

Whether, you hope to stay, and live, in your present residence, long into the future, or, are considering, selling it, and relocating, doesn't it make sense, to pay attention, to the best way, to maintain the house, property, and grounds, and, thus, take quality CARE for your home? If you plan to stay, it's always nicer, and in the longer - run, far less expensive, when you pay attention to maintaining it properly! If you want to sell it, wouldn't it make more sense, to ensure, potential buyers, were impressed, favorably, by how well it's been maintained, etc?


Protecting Your Home: Structural Considerations

Mon, 18 Jun 2018 07:06:07 -0500

Since, for the vast majority of us, our house represents, our single, biggest, financial asset, doesn't it make sense, to do, all we can possibly do, to protect our investment, and enhance our enjoyment of what we hope, will be, the home, of our dreams? While many factors go into, our choices, and decisions, including location, size, financial factors, credit ratings, needs, priorities, and family considerations, etc, unless/ until, we begin the process, wisely, and evaluate and consider, structural issues, we risk being trapped, in a so - called, Money Pit! With that in mind, this article will briefly discuss...


Do You Have An Aging Roof?: 4 Options

Tue, 28 Jan 2020 12:11:13 -0600

One of the realities of home ownership is, there will be, at some point, the need to do, either some repairs, renovations, etc, in order to maintain the house! One of the components of any home, is its roof, and, since, anyone living in a house, for any period of time, will, generally, experience, some issues, whether major or minor. In many cases, there are several options and alternatives, for addressing roofing issues and challenges, from minor repairs, or tweaks, to major overhauls, renovations, etc.


5 Simple, DIY Projects, Homeowners Should Understand

Wed, 25 Sep 2019 11:10:04 -0500

Since, for most of us, the value of our house, often represents, our single - biggest, financial asset, doesn't it make sense, to do all we can, to take care of it, in a way, which serves our purpose! While, some, might be able to afford, to have others, take care of nearly every aspect of home maintenance, repairs, and renovations, etc, most don't, necessarily, possess those skills! The process should begin by, realistically, knowing and understanding your own skills, and assets, and, considering, which items, you might be capable of addressing, with a modest amount of training.


5 Things, To Pay Attention To, Regarding Your Roof

Mon, 15 Jul 2019 09:46:59 -0500

Whether, you are shopping, for a potential, new home, or, focused on the best, most needed areas, to pay attention to, regarding taking care of your existing one, it generally makes sense, to begin your quest, with evaluating various factors, etc, regarding, your roof! Your roof is far more than, merely, something, that covers your house, but, rather, is relevant to many other major areas, wise homeowners, realize, are needed, and necessary. With that in mind, this article will attempt to, briefly, consider, examine, review, and discuss, 5 key things, to pay keen attention to, from the onset.


Homeowner's Spring Cleaning Checklist

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 07:07:12 -0500

Although, there are many joys of home ownership, owning it, means assuming many responsibilities, especially, in terms of maintenance, and up - keep. Every season, a smart homeowner, proceeds, in an organized manner, to address certain minor issues, before they become larger ones. We often speak about Spring Cleaning, but, when you own a house, it is wise, to think, beyond, merely cleaning, and reducing clutter, but, also, addressing certain preventive maintenance, repairs, etc, in order to get the most bang - for - the - buck, and protecting, what, for most people, is the single, biggest, financial asset.


The 5 P's Of Home Ownership

Tue, 28 May 2019 08:19:08 -0500

After, well over a decade, as a Real Estate Licensed Salesperson, in the State of New York, I have worked with, both, existing homeowners, wanting to sell their homes, as well as qualified, potential home buyers. While many consider home ownership, before taking the leap, and purchasing, what, for most, will be their single - biggest, financial asset, it makes sense, to take the time, and make a concerted effort, to fully consider some of the advantages, and what, might make sense, for you, and your needs! With that in mind, this article will attempt to consider, examine, review, and discuss,...


Owning A Home - Look At The Bigger Picture!

Mon, 27 Aug 2018 10:43:19 -0500

One of the most complicated decisions, as well as essential ones, is home ownership, and how to determine, if it's right for you, as well as the benefits, challenges, obstacles, etc, of doing so! Are you prepared, financially, emotionally, etc, and does owning a home, serve your personal needs, goals, and priorities? With that in mind, this article will attempt to review, consider, and briefly discussion, some of the key considerations, every potential homeowner, should keep in mind, and consider.


Are You Looking to Buy the Plain Home or The Stand Out?

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 22:35:34 -0500

Some people just want to buy an average comfortable home, others want to take things a little further. Be sure to plan it all out before you sign that dotted line.


Preparing Your House, For Winter

Tue, 06 Nov 2018 13:54:06 -0600

Homeowners must recognize, every season, brings some, specific, challenges, and obstacles, which must be addressed, wisely. In parts of the country, where the weather becomes a significant issue, in winter, because of the cold temperatures, freezing precipitation, etc, there are many wise precautions, etc., which might make home ownership, far more enjoyable, and less stressful, and tense.


Advantages And Disadvantages Of 4 Styles Of Houses

Thu, 28 Jun 2018 07:24:54 -0500

While certain areas of the world, only build specific styles of houses, and some parts of America, emphasize one, over others, potential homeowners, should understand, the differences, between the 4 major styles of homes, and better, consider, the pros and cons, features, and which, might best serve their specific needs, best. Each of these, has both, advantages and disadvantages, both, overall, as well as for individual needs, goals, and priorities. With that in mind, this article will attempt to briefly, consider, review, analyze, discuss, and explain, both, the strengths and weaknesses, of 4, of these, house styles.


6 Minor Home Renovations, With The Best ROI

Thu, 22 Aug 2019 10:38:11 -0500

We make many alterations to our homes, for a wide variety of reasons! Sometimes, we do so, in order to address a specific family need, or priority. Other times, we decide to, either, update, and/ or, upgrade, some component, and/ or, components of the specific house.


3 Tips to Creating a Beautiful Home

Mon, 11 Jun 2018 07:22:09 -0500

A home doesn't need to be big nor expensive to be beautiful. In fact, some of he most beautiful homes you could see are average-sized and average-priced too. Whatever the size and price of your house, there are plenty of tips to make it a sure shot beauty.


Principles Of Financial Planning, And Home Ownership

Mon, 23 Dec 2019 08:43:24 -0600

Many existing homeowners, found, after they purchased their houses, the Federal Government, suddenly changed the rules, and, it adversely affected, their financial picture! When the tax legislation, enacted towards the end of 2017, was passed, and enacted, some homeowners, in approximately, 20 states, realized, they would probably, have to pay more Federal Income Taxes! This is, generally, referred to, as SALT, or state and local taxes.


6 Factors To Consider In Selecting Windows For Your Home

Wed, 06 Jun 2018 07:09:50 -0500

One of the most frequent renovations, and/ or repairs, many homeowners, perform/ have performed, is changing, repairing, or replacing their windows. This may be done, for design - reasons, structural, cosmetic, and/ or energy - related, reasons, but, regardless of the reasoning and purposes/ intentions, it makes sense, to decide wisely, and choose, sensibly, and in a way, which serves and addresses, your needs, goals, and purposes. With that in mind, this article will attempt to briefly review, examine, consider, and discuss, 6 factors, to consider, to proceed, in the best possible manner.


What HOME Should Represent, To You?

Fri, 21 Feb 2020 11:01:31 -0600

It's often said, owning a HOME, of one's own, is a central component of the so - called, American Dream! However, this process, is often, a somewhat, stressful one, because it's important to pay keen attention, to several factors, including: financial; personal needs; location; wish - list, versus true needs; etc. The process must begin with personal priorities, needs, and perceptions, while analyzing one's financial possibilities, in a realistic manner.


What the Heck Is Kitec?

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 13:40:42 -0500

Kitec is a plastic plumbing system installed Canadian and US homes from the early 1990's until it was initially recalled in 2005. Premature failure has led to a cross-border class-action lawsuit.


All Real Estate Is Local! 6 Examples

Fri, 27 Jul 2018 08:10:12 -0500

One of the realities of real estate is, most things are local, and every specific market, is unique, or different, in some, specific way. We often read, or hear in the national media, about certain housing trends, tendencies, challenges, and opportunities, some of which might, also, apply to your local area, while others, might not! For that reason, this article will attempt to briefly explore, examine, consider, review, and discuss, 6 examples, which demonstrate this reality, and, why, it's so important, for buyers and sellers, to discuss the desired, local real estate market, with a quality, professional agent.


Why Fixing - Up A House, Often Makes Sense?: 4 Considerations

Tue, 08 Oct 2019 09:07:53 -0500

Either, when we search for the right house, to purchase, to become a home, of our own, or, we believe, our needs have changed, and, our residence, as it is, no longer meets our needs, goals, and priorities, it might make sense, to carefully consider, our options. Obviously, one is to select, a different house, and move into it. However, often, somewhere, which seems, to, not meet our needs and expectations, might be able to be transformed, into our dream - house!


Which HOUSING Is Right, For You?

Fri, 26 Oct 2018 09:18:52 -0500

Finding the ideal HOUSING, varies, often, significantly, from individuals, to individuals. In addition, what might be ideal (or believed, to be), today, may not be so, sometime in the future. For some, the best option, is renting, because, either they are unwilling, and/ or unable to commit to, and/ or, have the ability/ skill, needed, associated with home ownership, such as maintenance, repairs, upkeep, and financial considerations, and concerns.


Questions Those Buying, In A Senior Community, Should Ask

Tue, 18 Sep 2018 14:31:35 -0500

In many areas, of the country, one of the fastest - growing, components of the housing market, is Senior Housing, often created, either limited to those over 55 or 62, and, often, set up, as a Home Owners Association, or HOA. For many, this is a smart move, because of the security, maintenance, social, etc, aspects. With that in mind, this article will attempt to briefly review, consider, and discuss, some of the questions, a potential buyer, should ask (and be satisfied with the answer), prior to purchasing.


Are You Prepared To Own A Home, Of Your Own?

Thu, 30 Aug 2018 08:19:50 -0500

Although, it is often, considered, a major component of the American Dream, not everyone is prepared, and ready, to own their own home! Home ownership consists of many components, and aspects, yet, normally, very few people, take the time, or make the effort, to make sure, they are ready, and prepared, to proceed, wisely, and in, their personal, best interests! Although, there is no such thing, as only one way, to proceed, and make the best personal decision, since, for most of us, the value of our house, is our single - largest, individual, financial asset, there are many people,...


Minimizing Air Leaks: 5 Places To Look/Examine

Fri, 13 Jul 2018 07:53:11 -0500

If you wouldn't purposely, throw money down the toilet, or out the window, why do so many homeowners, take the time and effort, to make their home, more energy - efficient, or, at least, less wasteful? The simplest, easiest, and least costly way, to achieve positive, relevant, realistic objectives, and thus, save money, and increase the level of comfort, within a house, is to locate, and then, minimize, air leaks. With that in mind, this article will attempt to briefly consider, examine, and discuss, 5 relatively simple places to start, and somewhat easy fixes.


Would You Benefit From Living in a Smart Home?

Wed, 16 Jan 2019 13:03:33 -0600

We are often, bombarded, by items, referred to, as being, smart. The vast majority of us, use Smart Phones, and have seen, many products, and items, which refer to themselves, as smart. With all the products available, which might make sense for you, and achieve, some meaningful benefit, either, in terms of convenience, safety/ security, cost - effectiveness/ economy, etc?


The Future of Real Estate: Buying a Home in 2018

Wed, 04 Jul 2018 09:04:56 -0500

The industry of real estate has undergone a massive revolution in the recent years. Globalization and industrialization can be considered as two of the significant parallel factors behind the occurrence of the same.


OPEN Home Ownership

Thu, 06 Sep 2018 09:35:42 -0500

There are so many aspects, and considerations, involved, when one considers owning a home, of one's own, as well as proceeding, with the best focus, we often need, to sit back, take a moment, and consider, some of the key considerations, and concerns involved. In my over a decade, as a Real Estate Licensed Salesperson, in the State of New York, I have often referred to, the OPEN approach, to considering and evaluating, what's best for an individual. With that in mind, this article will attempt to briefly, examine, consider, and review, using the mnemonic approach, some of what, this involves, and...


5 Simple Keys, For Maintaining Your Home's Grounds

Thu, 22 Aug 2019 10:37:07 -0500

Whether your objective is, to market your home, effectively, for sale, or, enjoying, your residence, proudly, and thoroughly, it often makes sense, to pay keen attention, to factors, which impact the potential curb appeal! In order to do so, it is wise, needed, and necessary, to look closely, at the home's grounds/ property, with the utmost degree of attention! However, unless, this becomes possible, to do, within a reasonable budget, in terms of time commitments, and, costs, most people will not commit to, nor, actually, do, what's needed, and necessary, to easily create grounds, one will be most proud of!...


Home Inspectors Adapt to Corona Virus Needs

Sat, 18 Apr 2020 07:57:34 -0500

With the recent concerns of Covid-19 virus, known also as the Corona virus, business' have needed to adapt to new ways to conduct business. One way to adapt is to add additional services in response to needs. Another is to adjust how things are done.


Do You Really Own Your House?

Fri, 20 Jul 2018 09:49:29 -0500

The American Dream -- when did it become about owning a home? Ever wonder who coined the term "American Dream?" Not only did he coin the term but he somehow managed to convince us we could have that dream. A dream that we all grew up believing was the truth, the only way to live successfully in America.


Why Your House Must SERVE Your Needs?

Thu, 25 Jul 2019 11:12:16 -0500

Before one considers, buying, a home of their own, they must, objectively, introspectively, think about, both, what you, truly need, as well as what you wish for/ desire, and your personal reasons and rationale! While some want a big home, with a lot of land, others may not want, the responsibility of maintaining such a large property. Examine your personal comfort zone, and determine, how large, monthly payments, will make you feel.


Home Ownership: Handling Our Single - Biggest, Financial Asset

Mon, 21 Jan 2019 10:06:16 -0600

What is often considered, to be, the single - biggest, individual, financial asset, for most of us, is the value, of our house! Although, this is not, generally, the major reason, for purchasing a home, far too home buyers, take the time, or fully consider, the financial/ economic realities, nor commit, to a step - by - step, process, for protecting and preserving, and, hopefully, maintaining and enhancing, its value. It's great to seek this major component of the American Dream, but, if one ignores, the financial considerations, dreams may become nightmares.


Selling Your House? Which Renovations Provide The Best ROI

Mon, 25 Jun 2018 07:19:53 -0500

Homeowners do many different types of renovations to their houses, for a variety of different reasons. While, one's reasons and motivations, vary, and are often, personal, one's decisions, should be based, on their intentions, regarding their houses. This means, if one believes, he will be living in his present home, for a significant period, the return on investment (or ROI), is less important, but if one's intent, is shorter - term, this should help direct one's considerations, and expenditures.


The KAFECHBOW Of Home Priorities

Wed, 30 May 2018 07:12:19 -0500

Since, for most Americans, their house, represents, their single, largest, financial asset (most valuable), doesn't it make sense, to do all we can, to protect it, and to understand, recognize and realize, the priorities, in terms of home ownership, and a wise way, to proceed? With that in mind, this article will briefly consider, review, identify, and discuss, the KAFECHBOW of providing the finest, in terms of the priorities, involved, in owning and maintaining a house, both for personal use, and the return on investment, or ROI, using the mnemonic approach. 1.


5 Energy/ Heating Alternatives/ Options

Wed, 28 Aug 2019 10:29:49 -0500

In their excitement for buying a home, of their own, many home buyers ignore some of the so - called, nuts - and- bolts, in terms of the overall costs, related to owning a house! As a Real Estate Licensed Salesperson, in the State of New York, for well over a decade, I always advise, my clients and customers, to hire a qualified home inspector, and/ or, engineer, before making such a significant decision. After all, for most of us, the value of our house, represents our single - biggest, financial asset, so, doesn't it make sense, to begin, this...


Why There Is A PRIDE Of Home Ownership

Fri, 01 Jun 2018 11:01:25 -0500

Most Americans, historically, and traditionally, have considered, home ownership, as a significant component, of the so - called, American dream! Although, most of us recognize and realize that, far, too little attention and focus, has been placed on, and spent, evaluating, and considering, what goes into, one's PRIDE, in owning, and residing, in their own home. With that in mind, this article will attempt to briefly consider, evaluate, and discuss, using the mnemonic approach, some of the factors, and considerations, involved, and why this matters.


5 Key Areas Which Impact A House Being Winter - Ready

Tue, 17 Dec 2019 08:12:59 -0600

In many parts of the nation, a homeowner must be ready, and prepared for the weather conditions, related to the Winter season. If you are going to enjoy, what many consider, the so - called, American Dream, it's essential to be prepared, know, and understand, some of the factors, to be aware of, and pay attention to, in order to fully enjoy, home ownership. When we pay attention to things, in advance, which, if overlooked, may reduce our enjoyment and healthy living, the longer - term result, is often, a far better one.


House Maintenance And Cleaning: A System To Make It Work For You

Fri, 31 Aug 2018 15:20:41 -0500

Owning a home, of one's own, is often, the best moment, of many people's lives, but, it also requires planning, commitment, and a system of maintaining a house, in a well - planned manner, in order to reduce the potential for excessive tension and stress, in order to enhance the enjoyment. Most new homeowners believe they are, up - to, the task and responsibilities, while often, avoiding taking a closer look at what might be needed, and necessary, and planning accordingly. With that in mind, this article will attempt to briefly examine, consider, and discuss, a basic system, for getting...


Is There, A Best Time, To Buy A Home?

Mon, 21 Jan 2019 11:18:16 -0600

As a Real Estate Licensed Salesperson, in the State of New York, for well over a decade, I have often been, asked, if, a specific time, is the best time, to purchase a home. Since there are many factors involved, there isn't a simple, one - size - fits - all, answer/ response, but, in most cases, it's always, a good time, to buy, the right home, for your needs, Since, for most of us, our house represents our single - biggest, financial asset, doesn't it make sense, to learn, and better understand, as much relevant information, as possible? With...


6 Options/Considerations For Home Renovation Projects

Tue, 05 Jun 2018 11:29:49 -0500

Many homeowners, either, discover, or strongly believe, either immediately after their purchase, or at some future point, they need to perform certain renovations, to enhance their enjoyment of their residence! Many factors go into, making the best decision, for the specific individual, and house, including emotional, hopes, etc, as well as financial considerations, and the potential, Return on Investment, or ROI. With that in mind, this article will attempt to identify, examine, consider, discuss, and review, 6 of these options and/ or alternatives.


Do You Know The FUNDS, Needed, For Home Ownership?

Wed, 11 Sep 2019 13:18:56 -0500

Unless/ until, you are prepared, for the various needs, responsibilities, etc, of home ownership, owning a home, of your own, may become more stressful, and, far less enjoyable, than you might seek, enjoy, and/ or, deserve! Many potential homeowners, begin, this process, ill - prepared, because they fail to consider, and recognize, some of the necessities, and their personal comfort zones. One of the most, under - considered, components, is having an understanding, and, realistically, recognizing, the economic/ financial considerations and aspects, and preparing, to have the needed FUNDS, to make the experience, as stress - free, as possible!


What's The PRIDE Of Home Ownership?

Thu, 30 Jan 2020 14:22:21 -0600

Why do so many people, consider, owning a home, of one's own, to be a core component, of the so - called, American Dream? What makes people, so, emotionally attached, to their residence? What's the actual meaning, of, the PRIDE of home ownership?


What's The CRUX Of The House?

Mon, 03 Feb 2020 06:48:20 -0600

Every house has certain qualities and characteristics, which, either, are strengths, or weaknesses! Obviously, some areas may be more significant, and/ or, relevant, than others, and, as times change, and evolve, potential homeowners, and home buyers, have changing tastes and preferences! Whether, you are considering selling your home, or want to purchase the house, you feel meets, and/ or exceeds your needs, perceptions, and expectations, it is wise to pay keen attention, to the bigger - picture, and evaluate the quality, of the CRUX of a particular property, and residence!


Monthly Costs/ Expenses, Of Home Ownership

Wed, 17 Apr 2019 11:52:28 -0500

While many potential homeowners, look forward to achieving and getting, their piece of the American Dream, and owning, a home, of their own, we often witness, individuals, who fail to prepare properly, for future eventualities. In most cases, we need to use a mortgage, to obtain the necessary funds, for purchasing a house, and most, realize, they must, possess a quality credit rating, as well as the funds, needed for the down - payment, and other closing costs, and necessities. Your mortgage professional, can, and should, review these, with you, thoroughly, so you can better understand these, and prepare properly!...


Things to Do Before Moving Into Your New House

Thu, 03 May 2018 14:11:06 -0500

You have just purchased a new house, done with all the payments and paperwork. You must be relaxed now that the pain of searching for a home has finally reached an end, but my friend, wait for a moment, as you have just won half of the battle. The struggle of moving into your new address is yet to be fought. You may not even realise but the D-day of shifting will come as if you just wake up from a dream. Hence, here is a bucket list of a few things to do before moving into your new house so you can remember this day, not as a painstaking one but a day filled with loads of memories.


Is It Your Ideal Home, Or Are You, House - Rich?

Thu, 04 Apr 2019 08:22:22 -0500

In most of our quests, to fulfill, our piece of the so - called, American Dream, the process of going, house - hunting, becomes, primarily, an emotional adventure, rather than, a realistic, relevant one, to better address our true needs, and requirements! Just as it makes little sense, to buy an automobile, simply, to impress others, and become, car - rich, it, similarly makes very little sense, to buy a house, solely, to show - off, and/ or, impress others! This is what I refer to, as being, house - rich, because, doing so, creates unnecessary stress, tension, and anxiety,...


What Do You Seek, From Your Housing?

Thu, 06 Sep 2018 09:27:27 -0500

Have you ever, considered, what attracts someone, to live somewhere, and, why individuals, enjoy specific housing, while others, seem, to have far different objectives, etc? Why would you like, to live somewhere, and why would you be happy, and satisfied, in some, specific circumstance? Although, some have far different tastes, needs, priorities, etc, each person, should, take the time, and seriously consider, and examine, where he might be happy, satisfied, etc, and will meet his needs, and requirements!


Do You Need A SMARTER Home?

Mon, 14 Sep 2020 10:22:00 -0500

In today's, increasingly, digital, technological world, many enhancements, in terms of houses, etc, have been introduced, and a large number of proponents, have been attracted, to what some, refer to, as a SMARTER home! In some cases/ instances, some of these devices/ additions, are interesting/ fun luxuries (gizmos and gadgets), while others, are security - related, and still others, are helpful, for day - to - day, home living. For generations, people have lived, happily, in houses, without most of these devices, and conveniences, and, whether, or not, these are for someone, depends on his needs, priorities, and how he lives his life,...


Do You Know Why You Want To Move?

Tue, 25 Sep 2018 08:09:03 -0500

As of late, my hubby and I have been having some deep conversations about our future. What it is we want it to be, to look like, and the types of adventures we'd like to experience before we leave this beautiful planet called Earth. Neither of us expected these conversations to evolve into a discussion about selling our home and becoming a renter. A rather strange turn of events for us after a lifetime of "owning" our own homes. We both pursued home ownership, as if being a renter was the worst financial plan ever!


6 Factors Which Determine How The Real Estate Market Performs

Mon, 09 Jul 2018 07:10:20 -0500

Many, often wonder, why, it is often, so challenging, to understand, predict, etc, many of the variables, involved, when it comes to the real estate market. Why are prices, so high, or low, or a buyers market, or sellers market? Why do some houses, sell, very quickly, while others, remain, unsold, for a seemingly, long period?


Renting Versus Owning: Which Is Best For You?

Tue, 26 Mar 2019 11:44:53 -0500

While, most couples, when they first get married, rent their living space, in many cases, they have, the so - called, American Dream, of eventually, owning, a home, of their own. Home ownership is not, necessarily, for everyone, because, some, do not have the financial abilities, and reserves, to purchase, something, that might meet their needs, while, others, may not want, to assume the responsibilities, which accompany, owning your own house. With that in mind, this article will attempt to, briefly, consider, examine, review, and discuss, some ways, to evaluate, whether, you should own, or rent a house.




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