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Category: Home Ownership (28 posts)

Five Things to Consider Before Flipping a House

Five Things to Consider Before Flipping a House

March 28, 2018 | Posted by: Linda Pickering

House flipping can be a tempting way to make fast money, but not every fixer-upper has the potential to be profitable. Here's five things to consider before buying a property to flip. 1. Time Tele ... [read more]

Thinking of Buying a Home? Ask Yourself These Questions First

Thinking of Buying a Home? Ask Yourself These Questions First

March 14, 2018 | Posted by: Linda Pickering

Many people simply assume that buying a home is always better than renting, but that is not always the case. Owning a home makes sense in certain circumstances, just as renting is a smart move in othe ... [read more]

Looking to Invest? Pay Down Your Mortgage Instead

Looking to Invest? Pay Down Your Mortgage Instead

January 24, 2018 | Posted by: Linda Pickering

With all the gloomy news about pension plans in the press you may be worrying whether you should actually be investing in a pension plan or not. A new wave of thinking suggests possibly not. There may ... [read more]

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Buying a New Home vs an Existing Home

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Buying a New Home vs an Existing Home

January 10, 2018 | Posted by: Linda Pickering

If you're planning on investing in real estate, then you're going to have two main options: to buy an existing home or buy a new home. An existing home is a house that has been lived in before, wherea ... [read more]

What to Look for When Buying Your First Home

What to Look for When Buying Your First Home

December 13, 2017 | Posted by: Linda Pickering

Buying a first home is an exciting time in an individual's life. You may already have a family that needs more than simply being a good structure to protect against them against the elements. In addit ... [read more]

Buying Your First Home? Be Prepared for These 5 Startup Expenses

Buying Your First Home? Be Prepared for These 5 Startup Expenses

October 24, 2017 | Posted by: Linda Pickering

If you are in the market for your first home, you’ve probably saved a substantial amount of money for the down payment. You researched closing costs, sought out the best deal on a mortgage, and ... [read more]

Preparing to Sell? Do This First

Preparing to Sell? Do This First

September 27, 2017 | Posted by: Linda Pickering

So you've made the decision to sell your home. What you do to prepare - from the outside in - will make all the difference in whether prospective buyers choose to take a look.  First impr ... [read more]

10 Mistakes First-Time Homebuyers Make

10 Mistakes First-Time Homebuyers Make

August 23, 2017 | Posted by: Linda Pickering

Buying your first house can be an exciting and stressful time. There are so many things to consider that you can find yourself getting overwhelmed. Here are some common mistakes first-time homebuyers ... [read more]

5 Things First Time Home Buyers Should Do Before They Go Shopping

5 Things First Time Home Buyers Should Do Before They Go Shopping

July 26, 2017 | Posted by: Linda Pickering

Shopping for your first home is exciting, and it is only natural to want to get right to it. The idea of trading in that monthly rent check for a mortgage payment that builds equity and wealth for the ... [read more]

4 Things You Need To Know When Buying A Vacation Home

4 Things You Need To Know When Buying A Vacation Home

June 28, 2017 | Posted by: Linda Pickering

Everyone looks forward to a vacation, and many people return to their favorite spot each year. If you really enjoy your annual destination, you might be ready to invest in a vacation home. There are m ... [read more]

3 Simple Updates to Help Sell Your Home Fast

3 Simple Updates to Help Sell Your Home Fast

May 24, 2017 | Posted by: Linda Pickering

If you're getting ready to sell your home, you may be wondering what you can do to help it sell quickly. How can you make your home more appealing without investing a lot of time or money? The answer ... [read more]

Home Buying 101 - Why the Relationship with Your Broker Should Be a Positive Partnership

Home Buying 101 - Why the Relationship with Your Broker Should Be a Positive Partnership

May 10, 2017 | Posted by: Linda Pickering

Whether you are looking for your first home or moving up to the home of your dreams, having an experienced real estate broker or agent in your corner is a must. Real estate is a very specialized indus ... [read more]

Getting Your Whole Family on Board When Selling Your Home

Getting Your Whole Family on Board When Selling Your Home

April 26, 2017 | Posted by: Linda Pickering

If you are selling your home, this can be a challenge when you are in charge of getting your family on board as well. Selling a home with kids has its own challenges, but it isn't impossible. Here are ... [read more]

Price Your Home Realistically If You Want It To Sell

Price Your Home Realistically If You Want It To Sell

February 28, 2017 | Posted by: Linda Pickering

Setting a price for the home you are selling requires serious thought and research. Homebuyers have choices in today's market, and that means you should not list your home at an unreasonably high pric ... [read more]

Timing Your Home Sale

Timing Your Home Sale

January 25, 2017 | Posted by: Linda Pickering

Timing the sale of your home is easier said than done. There are all sorts of factors to consider, from seasonal advantages to the economic climate of a particular region. And that's in addition to po ... [read more]

Going Away for the Holidays? Protect Your Home against Burglars!

Going Away for the Holidays? Protect Your Home against Burglars!

December 14, 2016 | Posted by: Linda Pickering

Burglars look for opportune moments to enter homes in search of valuables, and they don't take breaks for the holidays. In fact, many burglaries take place during the holidays, especially when people ... [read more]

Curb Appeal on a Budget

Curb Appeal on a Budget

November 9, 2016 | Posted by: Linda Pickering

If you're like most people looking to sell your home quickly, you already know the importance of curb appeal. While more and more homebuyers are looking online for homes for sale, a majority still do ... [read more]

5 Tips for Buying Your First Rental Property

5 Tips for Buying Your First Rental Property

October 26, 2016 | Posted by: Linda Pickering

Investing in a rental property is a great step toward earning passive income and building wealth. Unfortunately, becoming a landlord for the first time can also be challenging and lead to a financial ... [read more]

7 Tips for Buying a Condominium

7 Tips for Buying a Condominium

September 28, 2016 | Posted by: Linda Pickering

There are many advantages to living in a condominium. You aren't required to mow the grass or shovel the snow (if any). You have access to amenities such as pools and fitness centers. And you probably ... [read more]

5 Simple Ways to Get Your Home Ready to Sell

5 Simple Ways to Get Your Home Ready to Sell

August 24, 2016 | Posted by: Linda Pickering

If you are working up to selling your home, there are a few quick updates that you can do to get it in better shape for the market. Minimal time upfront getting your property ready to sell can make al ... [read more]

Tips to Ease the Moving Process

Tips to Ease the Moving Process

August 10, 2016 | Posted by: Linda Pickering

Moving can be a stressful process, no matter how far you are traveling. Planning your move minimizes the stress associated with this task while also simplifying the process. Here are several tips that ... [read more]

Rent or Buy? 3 Tips to Help You Decide

Rent or Buy? 3 Tips to Help You Decide

July 27, 2016 | Posted by: Linda Pickering

The decision to buy or rent a home in is one that should not be taken lightly. After all, the choice you make is going to affect you for at least a year and probably much longer than that. While this ... [read more]

Staging Your Home for a Quick Sale

Staging Your Home for a Quick Sale

June 22, 2016 | Posted by: Linda Pickering

When it comes to staging your home for a quick sale, the right accessories can make all the difference. You want your home to look spacious and uncluttered, but that does not mean leaving your rooms e ... [read more]

Before You Hire a Realtor Ask These 5 Questions

Before You Hire a Realtor Ask These 5 Questions

May 25, 2016 | Posted by: Linda Pickering

Selling a home is a big decision. An equally big decision is choosing a Realtor. On a basic level, your Realtor is responsible for finding the best buyer for your home at the price you're asking. Howe ... [read more]

3 Ways to Change Your Financial Habits

3 Ways to Change Your Financial Habits

May 11, 2016 | Posted by: Linda Pickering

Some financial habits are good, but others can hold you back and prevent you from saving. If you need to change your financial habits, it is important to take a step-by-step approach. This three-step ... [read more]

Thinking of Buying a Home? Ask Yourself These Questions

Thinking of Buying a Home? Ask Yourself These Questions

April 27, 2016 | Posted by: Linda Pickering

Many people simply assume that buying a home is always better than renting, but that is not always the case. Owning a home makes sense in certain circumstances, just as renting is a smart move in othe ... [read more]

Take Advantage of Low Interest Rates – Refinance Your Mortgage Today!

Take Advantage of Low Interest Rates – Refinance Your Mortgage Today!

February 11, 2016 | Posted by: Linda Pickering

Borrowers are loving the current record low interest rates, and homeowners stand to benefit even more. If you bought your home more than a few years ago, you could probably benefit from a refinance ... [read more]

Should You Spend the Full Mortgage Amount You're Approved For?

Should You Spend the Full Mortgage Amount You're Approved For?

February 11, 2016 | Posted by: Linda Pickering

Before you start shopping for a new home, you'll need to know exactly how much house you can afford. Otherwise, you could end up in a home that is way out of your budget. What you qualify for may not ... [read more]

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