Archive for the ‘Real Estate’ Category

Score Major Contractor Bargains, Courtesy of the Housing Meltdown

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

As the old saying goes, every cloud has a silver lining. There’s no question that our nation’s housing market is currently in shambles. But here’s the upside: you can score some major remodeling and house repair deals right now. In this sluggish economy, contractors are actually returning phone calls, accepting significantly smaller projects and cutting their prices.

Of course, these incredible deals won’t last indefinitely. Now’s the time to hire a contractor to remodel your master bathroom, re-face your kitchen cabinets or repair that leaky pipe you’ve been eyeing in the basement. (more…)

Maximize Profit on the Sale of Your Home with the Help of a Professional

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

Selling your home can be a stressful undertaking that necessitates a considerable amount of expertise and patience. Most people eventually learn that, when dealing with some of life’s larger issues, it is best to seek the advice of professionals. For example, if you were experiencing health concerns, you would consult a physician. If your house needed rewiring, you would seek out an electrician.  Selling your house is really no different. A professional, experienced realtor has the knowledge you can use to your advantage to gain the most from your sale. Another huge benefit is that your agent will only present you with qualified buyers. In our fast-paced world, time is precious, and yours won’t be wasted on useless prospects.

When selecting a physician, you would most likely exercise a certain amount of caution and discretion. You should do the same when choosing your realtor. Don’t be manipulated into the common mistake of choosing a friend or relative. If things don’t go as smoothly as you hoped, you will be faced with the prospect of ‘firing’ someone you like. It is also important to note that, while some agents charge less commission than others, you usually get what you pay for. Select an agent with a strong sales record and ask for references from their most recent sales.  A few minutes on the phone speaking with an agent’s past clients could keep you from making a critical mistake. (more…)