13 Types of Home Inspections: Are You Getting the Right One?

Most homebuyers know that no matter how much they love a house, they should get it inspected before closing the deal.

Homebuyers often add an inspection contingency to their offers, which lets you back out of the deal if a significant problem is revealed.

Given how an inspection can protect buyers from a lemon, it’s no surprise that most homebuyers get one done. However, do you know what type of home inspection you need?

Find out HERE.

DIY Projects That’ll Make Your Home Much Harder To Sell

So many DIY kits, tips, and tricks seem like a great idea when we see them in our social media feeds. But in the hands of a novice, such projects can go badly awry, look unfinished, or be abandoned altogether if the homeowner runs out of steam.

Ultimately, rather than save you money, these DIY projects can end up costing you when it comes time to sell—because buyers will steer clear or lowball you, due to what they see as cheap or substandard work that they will have to pay to fix.

Here are some of the most popular DIY ideas that experts say would make your home harder to sell—whenever you plan to make the move.

4 Common Culprits of a Smelly Dishwasher (and How To Fix Them)

Maybe you’ve recently cooked up an abundance of dishwasher-clogging meals. Or perhaps you are finally admitting that your dishwasher has reeked like a smelly sock for over a month. Whatever the case, we’re here to help you banish the nastiness from your dishwasher once and for all.

Here are four common causes of smelly dishwashers and tips from cleaning pros to send the stink on its way.

If You Inherit a House and Sell It, How Are the Profits Taxed?

If you sell your house and make a profit, you must pay capital gains tax—so does the same rule apply when you inherit a house from a deceased relative? The truth is that inheriting property can be taxing—both emotionally and financially.

The amount you must pay when you sell an inherited property can indeed take a toll on your bottom line. But before we discuss the details, let’s take a closer look at what capital gains tax actually is.

Pull Off a Fast-Paced Military Move

If you’re a service member, you know that when things happen in the military, they happen fast. And that’s especially true for prospective buyers during a Permanent Change of Station, or PCS—when you’ll suddenly be buying a house and making a hurried move to a community you know little or nothing about.

Without the luxury of time to stroll through open houses and compare neighborhoods, you might feel uncertain whether you’re making the right decisions.

Don’t worry! There are a few things you can do to help yourself nail this fast-paced move—with no regrets.

First, contact me!  Then check out this article!

5 Secrets To Fetch a Price Beyond Your Wildest Dreams

In the past, selling a home was a relatively mellow affair that required low-to-midlevel effort on your part and at least a few weeks or months to bear fruit.

Now, though, your home might be deluged with offers the very day it hits the multiple listing service, or MLS, and although homes are selling fast, this does not mean you can just kick back and watch the offers roll in.

If you’re looking to fetch the highest price possible and the best terms, it’s time to understand what you’re in for, and how it’s light years different from the way things used to be.

Click to behold the new rules of selling a home today.

Easy, Fast, Pain-Free Ways To Save Up for a House

Buying a house typically requires some serious savings. After all, with the median home price hovering at $375,000, a 20% down payment amounts to $75,000. Yes, you can put down less. (The national average is 12%, although some loans allow as little as 3%.) However, in today’s competitive market, more cash upfront can give you an edge and help make your offer stand out.

It’s no surprise that among younger homebuyers, 30% say that pulling together the down payment is the most challenging step in buying a home, according to the National Association of Realtors®.

Yet as daunting as it may be to amass this pile of cash, there are plenty of tactics that can help you get there faster—and with fewer sacrifices than you might think.

Some of the advice that follows is tried and true, while other tips are fairly new, in the form of nifty apps that’ll line your pockets with extra cash with little effort. See which ones fit, so you’re armed and ready once you get out there to make an offer.

How To Calculate Property Tax

Need to know how to estimate property taxes? You’ve come to the right place! Most people know that homeownership requires coughing up copious amounts of money. There’s your mortgage, of course, but the costs hardly end there. You will also have to pay property tax.

If you already own a home, you can look at how your tax is calculated on the most current property tax statement. If you’re considering buying a home, look on the real estate listing for assessment and tax information, or go to the county website to find out the annual property tax.

Be aware that property taxes can change. The assessed value of your house can go up or down, depending on the local real estate market. Your assessment can also rise or fall depending on changes you make to your house—for example, if you make additions to your property. And the tax rate can change depending on your local government.

Even though the government sends you a tax bill every year and tells you how much you owe in property taxes, it’s important to know how that tax is calculated.

Read more HERE.

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