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Friday, May 17, 2019   /   by Harvey Rosenberg

How to Create A Home Buying Budget

Buying a home, whether it be for the first time or your third, consider setting up a budget to know not just how much home you can afford with monthly payments, but how much does buying that home cost at the start. Here are some things to consider to create a home buying budget. 



Up Front Costs

Buying a home is more than just a down payment. Set aside money for additional costs such as home inspections, title fees, moving expenses. Additionally, if you're selling a home, you may need to make some improvements before listing or after negotiating. And moving into a new home may come with additional repairs or cosmetic changes to make the home your own. 

Be sure to talk to your realtor about upfront costs. Set a reasonable budget for any changes you may need to make as well. Just like on the home improvement shows, buying a home for less may mean you get to do more improvements that are within your budget. 


Down Payment

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Sunday, May 12, 2019   /   by Charlotte Rose

Top 6 Organization Upgrades That "Spark Joy" For Buyers

Thanks to Marie Kondo and her hit Netflix series “Tidying Up,” home organization is a hot topic right now. Marie encourages her viewers to minimize their possessions and keep only those items that “spark joy.”
 
With spring in full bloom, now is the perfect time to do some spring cleaning and add organizational systems to your own home. Not only will you clear out clutter, your efforts can actually increase the value of your home.
 
Ready to give it a try? Here are six home organization ideas that will “spark joy” for you and your property value.
 
 
Boost Bathroom Storage Capacity
When was the last time you cleaned out your bathroom cupboards? If it’s been awhile, remove everything and take a look at each item. Toss any old or expired products—keep only what you actually use.
 
If your vanity has drawers, add drawer organizers, so you have a dedicated space for smaller items, like makeup and jewelry. ...

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Sunday, May 12, 2019   /   by Charlotte Rose

7 Steps to a Seamless Move.

Whatever your reasons are for relocating to a new area, the process can feel overwhelming.
Whether you’re moving across across town or across the country, you’ll be changing more than your address. Besides a new house, you may also be searching for new jobs, schools, doctors, restaurants, stores, service providers and more.
 
Of course you’ll need to pack, make moving arrangements, and possibly sell your old home. With so much to do, you may be wondering: Where do I start?
 
In this guide, we outline seven steps to help you get prepared, get organized, and get settled in your new community. Our hope is to alleviate the hassle of relocating—so you can focus on the exciting adventure ahead!
 
 
1. Gather Information
 
If you’re unfamiliar with your new area, start by doing some research.[1] Look for data on average housing prices, demographics, school rankings and crime statistics. Search for maps that illustrate local geo ...

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  home buying, first time home buyers, sellers, value

Sunday, May 12, 2019   /   by Charlotte Rose

7 Steps to a Seamless Move.

Whatever your reasons are for relocating to a new area, the process can feel overwhelming.
Whether you’re moving across across town or across the country, you’ll be changing more than your address. Besides a new house, you may also be searching for new jobs, schools, doctors, restaurants, stores, service providers and more.
 
Of course you’ll need to pack, make moving arrangements, and possibly sell your old home. With so much to do, you may be wondering: Where do I start?
 
In this guide, we outline seven steps to help you get prepared, get organized, and get settled in your new community. Our hope is to alleviate the hassle of relocating—so you can focus on the exciting adventure ahead!
 
 
1. Gather Information
 
If you’re unfamiliar with your new area, start by doing some research.[1] Look for data on average housing prices, demographics, school rankings and crime statistics. Search for maps that illustrate local geo ...

Read More


  home buying, first time home buyers, sellers, value