Home Buying

July 15, 2014

Questions To Ask About a Home's Mechanical Systems

This checklist doesn't replace a thorough home inspection, but make sure you ask and understand the answers to these questions:

ELECTRICAL

1) Is the amperage high enough for needs of modern lifestyles?

2) Is any knob-and-tube wiring still active?

3) Has the electrical service or panel been changed in ...

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July 14, 2014

Question Checklist about a Home's Basement

Many of the important systems of a home are found in the basement. This checklist doesn't replace a thorough inspection by a good home inspector, but make sure you ask and understand the answers to these questions:

1) Is there any evidence of moisture -- mildew, mold, a musty smell ...

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July 11, 2014

Questions to Ask About a Home's Exterior

This checklist doesn't replace a thorough home inspection by a good home inspector, but these are important questions to ask about a home you're considering buying:

1) YARD - If there is fencing, what condition is it in? Are trees close enough to the house for roots to damage ...

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July 10, 2014

Questions Your Realtor Should Ask the Seller

A home inspection can start even before  your home inspector comes to look at the house. Here are some important questions your Realtor should ask the seller to begin the process:

1) How long have you owned the house?

2) What's the sales and renovation history of this house ...

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June 6, 2014

Is There Anything Wrong With Flipping Houses?

Your opinion of flipping probably depends on which side of the transactions you're on.

To people who are buying, fixing up, and reselling real estate, flipping is just good business. They love the thrill of the hunt for that underpriced diamond in the rough, the transformation -- and the profits ...

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May 13, 2014

Should You Buy An Old Home?

I'm often asked by clients if there has been a "golden age" of homebuilding. In other words, during what era were the best products and building practices used? What people are looking for is a recommendation about how old a house they should buy -- new, a century home, 40 ...

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April 9, 2014

Rural Properties: Why they're different

No matter how often people hear those funny stories about city folk moving to the country and getting in over their heads, there's always someone else ready to make the leap into the unknown. If you're one of them, make sure you know the following:

Rural properties are ...

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April 9, 2014

The Best Time To Buy

Statistics show that the most popular time to buy and sell homes is during the warm months of the year -- from spring through fall. Most sellers tend to list during these months because they know there will be a bigger group of interested buyers. Buyers often wait until spring to ...

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April 5, 2014

Being Cautious of the "fully renovated" house

I often see a lot of bragging in real estate listing about renovations on older homes. You look at the pictures and see claims about all-new electrical and plumbing. everything "totally renovated" -- and the house is 80 years old. This raises certain questions, starting with this: Were permits pulled on ...

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April 3, 2014

Questions that every Buyer should ask their agent about the house they're considering

Once you start looking at houses, lots of questions will occur to you. Many will be specific to your own needs and to the particular houses you're looking at, but here are some questions that every buyer should keep in mind and ask every time:

1) HOW OLD IS ...

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