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Home Inspection – You’ll Be Glad You Did It
Tips for Purchasing Foreclosed Homes
Buying and Selling Homes At The Same Time
Flipping Homes In Cornville With Large Price Tags


Home Inspection – You’ll Be Glad You Did It

September 27, 2014

You are in the market to buy homes and have gone through all the necessary steps to find the one that is just right for you. Now that you have, try not to fall head over heels in love with it until you get a home inspection to ensure that it is in acceptable condition. The inspection goes a long way in setting your mind at ease by reassuring you that the price that you and the seller have agreed upon is really worth it.


Why is A Home Inspection Important?

From the seller’s point of view, a pre-sale inspection allows you to identify and appropriately, address problems before you actually put the house on the market. It also improves the speed, price and likelihood of a sale by removing any questions about the state of your home for buyers.


How Is A Home Inspection Performed?

A home inspection is the process by which a limited, non-invasive home examination is carried out to assess its condition. Some buyers mistakenly think that a home inspection will also verify compliance with appropriate codes but it may not.


The home inspection is most often completed in connection with the sale of the house. A report is submitted to the client who can then use this to help him make a final decision about whether or not to seal the deal and purchase the house. The inspector’s report should describe the state of the property at the time of inspection. It by no means guarantees the property’s future condition or the life expectancy of any included components.


Problems a Home Inspection Will Not Detect

Most of us have heard stories of the strange things home inspectors discover. These range from pipes that lead to nowhere; collections of dead rodents and other pests; and makeshift head-scratching repairs. On the other hand, the following is a list of problems that may not be detected in an inspection.


1. A Leaky Roof

A home inspector does not actually climb up onto a roof to check its condition. He instead will generally examine it from the ground using binoculars or by looking out of higher windows to survey the roofing below. While the inspector will take note of torn or missing shingles and nail pops, it is best advised to get a roofing contract to check for full-fledged problems.


2. Faulty Appliances

A home inspector should check all major appliances to determine whether they are functioning properly. However, for a complete test of appliances you may want to have a technician to run them through one or two cycles to detect any operational issues.


3. Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)

These are sometimes left unchecked because a technician may be reluctant to run the air conditioning in intense cold weather or to check the furnace in sweltering heat.


As you can see there are several things that a home inspector may not discover. However, the benefits of getting a home inspection prove themselves again and again.




Tips for Purchasing Foreclosed Homes

September 27, 2014


Tips for Purchasing Foreclosed Homes

Foreclosure were flooding the market within several years following the bubble burst around the end of 2007. While foreclosures are back down, there remains an opportunity for anyone open to this unique cache of properties. Still, buying foreclosed homes is not easy nor does it guarantee wealth.


When shopping for a foreclosed home, there are certain precautions you should take to avoid common pitfalls

Understand the Process

Foreclosure is the term used to describe the process by which an individual loses their ownership of a property due to the inability to meet the mortgage obligations. After this happens, the lender then resells the property at a foreclosure auction.


When a house in your neighborhood has been foreclosed, your first speculation may be that they were negligent with their mortgage payment. However, the truth is there are a number of reasons why someone may decide to foreclose on a property. These includes medical issues and expenses, divorce, unemployment and death.


Budget Carefully

Some foreclosed properties will require renovation. Do not be deceived by the low price tag: paying for necessary repairs might cost more than you bargained for. Ensure that you are getting the right value for your money.


Before you decide to start shopping for a home decide how much you can afford to invest. Repair costs and property taxes should not require more than 35% of your current earnings before you deduct taxes.


Find an Expert

Find an expert like a local agent who has experience handling foreclosure real estate. The expert will be able to walk you through acquiring all the steps required to purchase a foreclosed property and help you determine if you are getting value for your money.


Conduct a Search on the Property

Through the local county, check all filed paperwork on the property. This will help determine many key things, such as property history, potential bid price (loan amounts), permit required renovations, etc.


Contact the Lender

In some cases, the lender may be able to disclose the current condition of the property. Most foreclosed homes are sold without repairs and all renovations will be your responsibility.


Inspect the Property

If the property is vacant, inspect the property while on-site. Look through windows and walk the property looking for any problems.


The Inspection should help you determine the cost of repair. If you are unsure what cost could be, call a contractor and have them guesstimate.


To decide if buying a foreclosed home is right for you, ensure that you weigh all the pros and cons. While you may think you are getting a good deal it might actually be the opposite. Follow the tips above to minimize your risk.





Buying and Selling Homes At The Same Time

September 27, 2014

Buying homes can come with its own challenges. Try selling one the same time and the challenges can increase exponentially. Add a slower real estate market in the mix and it could become a nightmare.


Before the housing bubble burst in 2007, it was much easier for homeowners who wished to leverage the equity on their properties. With a home equity line of credit (HELOC), many homeowners were eligible to receive credit up to 100% of their house value. They could then use the money to finance their next home purchase. After closing the deal on the new home, it was much easier to move forward and sell.


Today, it is much harder to come by home equity and lenders are no longer allowing the same amount of leveraging. The industry has changed; therefore, it is time to adapt.


Here are a few tips that could make the process easier:


  1. Understand Your Finances. This is a given. Before you decide to buy a new home and sell your current one, ensure that you can afford it. Get a property valuation to find out exactly how much your home is worth. Consult with your agent and talk to your mortgage broker about a pre-approval loan for financial assistance.

  1. Prepare to sell. Ensure that you understand local market trends. List the house at a competitive price and discuss the asking price with your agent. Hosting open house events is a good way to meet and interact with your potential buyers.

  1. Do all needed repairs. Ensure that you house is in impeccable condition for sale. If the interior looks like it came out of the 1930′s or the sink in the kitchen is broken, make some changes to satisfy your buyers. This is also necessary if you intend to sell the house at the highest possible price.

  1. Closing a deal could take a month or more. Consider moving in with your family during this time or get a leaseback agreement from your buyers. A leaseback agreement will allow you to continue living in the house for a monthly fee after the sale is closed.

  1. Once you have secured a temporary place to live, start hunting for your new home. Be ready to negotiate prices and hire a home inspector to ensure that you are getting the best deal. Start by highlighting the must-haves and work your way to your dream home.


Getting an early start will help you to end the race faster. Research the variables involved to minimize the risk.





Flipping Homes In Cornville With Large Price Tags

November 7, 2014

It is clear that the real estate industry comes with challenges. However, if you familiarize yourself with market trends in Cornville, AZ, navigating the market might be easier than you think. In fact it can become a very profitable and successful endeavor.


Some examples of matters that add to the complexity of the industry are:

  • The cycles in the housing market and the housing industry.

  • The evolving investment techniques that are being used


This is not to say that the process of procuring a property is problematic (on the contrary it is fairly easy). What this says is that there is no universal way of conducting business and the methods may vary between cities, neighborhoods and even people (personal choice).


Another thing to bear in mind is the pricing of properties; if you are buying a luxury property rather than an average single family property, different criteria will be used. Dynamic properties such as lavish lake houses, beachfront properties and holiday homes all necessitate unique methods.


To the average investor, the realm of high priced properties is an unfamiliar landscape. With higher levels of returns come higher levels of risk, because of this, just as many investors are intimidated as are intrigued.

With a professional set of tools, services and systems in their corner, any investor can mitigate and alleviate a great deal of the risk factor.


Convenient Rural Living

People are expected to pay prices for accessibility and convenience; because of this, areas with easy access to malls and entertainment are priced far higher than their rural counterparts.


With some luxury properties, such as vacation homes and retreats, the guiding principles are often always “to get away from it all” and as a result, rural locations that are purposed as such are highly sought after.


Condo with a View

Condominiums can be great investment and flipping properties. There will always be a bountiful market of fresh young faces looking to take up residence in condominiums.


Why wouldn’t they? Condo living provides the prospect of luxury lifestyle at a low price. On top of having remarkable views, these properties tend to have services and conveniences that are not normally in houses, like a spa, gym and pool.


What Else?

There are many more types of luxury properties that showcase numerous benefits as to why they could and should be invested in, however as stated before, approach them with caution since they come with certain avoidable yet still precarious risks.