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April 2018

Found 5 blog entries for April 2018.

Your Guide to Closing CostsIt's not uncommon for new homebuyers to forget that there additional costs on top of the listing price when it comes to home sales. Closing costs is a term that buyers will frequently hear as they tour each potential prospect and compare amenities, but they may not realize that closing costs can vary significantly from home to home. They may not even realize that they have a certain degree of power when it comes to who pays for them. For a better chance at being able to afford it all, see how closing costs breakdown.

Total Costs

Closing costs are usually between 2 – 5% of the original purchase price of the home, and include everything from real estate agent fees to property taxes. That's a big spread to work with—especially if the buyer

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What Paperwork Is Necessary to Sell Your Home? Understanding what documents are needed to sell a property can make the process run smoother. Those working with an agent may benefit from the escrow company assisting in retrieval. However, any home seller should be aware of the types of documents that are typically necessary in order to facilitate the expedient sale of a home. There may be some slight differences depending upon the state in which one owns a home and other applicable factors.

What Documents Are Useful?

Sellers who list their home for sale with an agent need to gather important information on the home. There may be variations depending upon the type of community, type of property and whether the buyer is choosing to reside in a property or use it as an investment property.

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The Problem with Unpermitted WorkUnpermitted work can be a serious issue for homeowners, potential buyers and sellers. Uncovering that work performed proceeded without necessary permits may make it likely that the work was not done according to current codes, such as with electrical work. In addition, once it is known, it will be necessary to disclose any unpermitted work to potential buyers. However, what happens when this was not done and a new homeowner stumbles upon work which has not been properly permitted?

Review the Blueprints

A homeowner may get a better idea of unpermitted repairs by reviewing the blueprints. In this way it can be easy to notice whether or not a closet or sunroom was part of the original plan of the home. This may not provide information on the

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Should You Buy a Single-Family Home or A Condo? It is finally time to stop renting and own a home. There are a number options available to prospective buyers, including single-family homes and condominiums. Buyers need to think about their specific needs and lifestyle prior to purchasing a home. Explore some differences between single-family homes and condos when looking to purchase a home.

Less Time on Maintenance

When it comes to living in a condo, many maintenance jobs are taken care of by the association. Owners can count on the association to hire workers to attend to tasks including yard maintenance, snow removal, landscaping and more. However, this cost is covered by the dues paid by condominium owners. At times, it may be necessary to pay in excess of those fees when the budget

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How to Know You're Ready to Buy a HomeHomeownership isn't for everyone. Oftentimes, renting a home, as opposed to purchasing a home, fits in better for some people. While rental housing works for millions of people, there comes a time when many are ready for something more. With these four items under control, people will know that they are equipped to dive into homeownership.

Clear on Personal Housing Requirements

Deciding on the perfect home takes many potential home buyers months to determine. They spend a great deal of time looking at different kinds of home styles and floor plans to get a sense for their needs. Since owning a home is a longer commitment, people should have at least a few ideas in mind for the kind of housing they would want in a property they own. These

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