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Posted by RE/MAX Executive Realty on 8/2/2020

Buying a home should be a fun, exciting experience, one that ends with you moving into your dream residence. However, problems sometimes can arise that prevent you from accomplishing your ultimate goal.

No homebuyer should be left in the dark, especially when it comes to navigating a competitive real estate market. Lucky for you, we're here to help you kick off your homebuying journey on the right foot.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you launch a successful homebuying journey.

1. Know Your Homebuying Budget

You know that you'd like to buy a house, but how much can you afford to pay for a residence? With a homebuying budget in place, you can determine exactly what you can afford.

Getting pre-approved for a mortgage enables you to enter the real estate market with a budget in hand. Many credit unions and banks are available nationwide, and each lender is happy to provide details about a wide range of mortgage options. That way, you can select a mortgage that matches your finances perfectly.

Also, don't forget to consider the costs of utilities when you budget for a home. And if you need to commute to work or school, you may want to consider your transportation expenses as well.

2. Examine the Housing Market

The housing market usually features a large collection of high-quality houses. Take a look at some of the houses that are currently available, and you can better plan for your homebuying journey.

For example, if there is an abundance of homes available in a city or town where you'd like to live, now may prove to be the ideal time to enter the real estate market. The sheer volume of residences indicates a buyer's market may be in place, so you might be able to boost your chances of acquiring an exceptional house at a budget-friendly price.

On the other hand, if homes are selling quickly in a particular area, it likely means a seller's market is in place. As such, you will need to be aggressive if you want to secure your dream residence at an affordable price.

3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent

The homebuying journey can be daunting, particularly for those who are interested in purchasing a house for the first time. Fortunately, a real estate agent can help you seamlessly navigate the homebuying journey.

A real estate agent possesses comprehensive housing market experience. He or she can share real estate insights with you to ensure you can purchase a great house that meets or exceeds your expectations.

Furthermore, a real estate agent will keep you up to date about new properties, set up home showings and negotiate with home sellers on your behalf. And if you ever have concerns or questions, a real estate agent can respond to them immediately.

Ready to make your homeownership dreams come true? Use the aforementioned tips, and you can enter the real estate market as an informed homebuyer.




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Posted by RE/MAX Executive Realty on 8/2/2020

When youíre searching for a place to live if you have kids, or even if youíre planning on having kids in the future, the neighborhood you choose is of concern. When youíre single, itís easy to fill your desire for the city. You live near bars, clubs, conveniences, and more. Once you start thinking with a family in mind, your ideas shift. 


So, if youíre looking for a neighborhood with children in mind, where do you start? Read on to discover the top priorities of a kid-friendly property search. 


The Schools


Most parents put a lot of consideration into where their children will go to school. Many resources allow you to research different school districts. You can also visit schools in person, or talk to other parents and see their opinion of the local schools for specific neighborhoods. 


The Safety Of The Area


Whether you have kids or not, you want to know that the area youíre going to live in is safe. Before you select a neighborhood to live in, youíll want to research the crime rates in the area. You might assume that individual cities and towns have better crime rates than others, but you may be surprised. Ask your local real estate agent for more information on local crime rates and how to research them. 


Sense Of Community


If you are moving with kids or planning on having a family anytime soon, youíll want to have a supportive community surrounding you. Having a community means that there are other families around with children. This way, it will be easier for you to build a network of other moms who are in the same stage as you. Some things to consider are:


Are there sidewalks in the neighborhood?

Is there a lot of traffic in the area?

Are there places for kids to play nearby? 

Do you see families out for a walk together?


Answering these questions will give you an idea of how family-friendly your neighborhood will be. Sidewalks make the area accessible for kids to go and hang out with their friends safely. Parks and playground are not only a great place to play for kids but a great place to meet other parents. If a neighborhood has the things that you want for your family, chances are, many other families in the area feel the same way. 


Choosing a neighborhood can be difficult, but with a little research and groundwork, youíll be able to select an excellent place for your family to live.   






Posted by RE/MAX Executive Realty on 8/2/2020

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Heating bills are an engrained part of homeownership. Make some energy-savvy updates to your house that will give you more to spend (or save) throughout the year.

  • Windows: Upgrade old single-pane windows with double- or triple-pane versions with low U-factors (energy efficiency ratings). Repair leaky seals or drafty sashes too. If you canít replace your windows, cover them with heavy clear vinyl during the cooler months to protect your home from the winter chill.

  • Insulation: Check the insulation levels in your rafters. Over time, loose-blown insulation settles and shifts, leaving gaps and thinner areas. You can purchase bags of loose insulation at DIY stores and use a lawn rake to spread it evenly to fill in where it needs more. Add layers of rolled insulation atop existing insulation for added thickness. Insulation comes in R-values with a higher number denoting better insulation.

  • Go solar. Adding solar panels is an excellent way to reduce energy costs. You can go one step further and install a solar water heater. A flat-paneled solar system that sits on your roof can heat water up to 140 degrees. They even work on cloudy days and have a backup system to augment if necessary. Another use of solar is metal or passive solar roofing materials that allow snow or ice to slip off the roof. These products protect your home from the snow's weight, and any damage ice could cause.

  • Live outdoors year 'round. To get the most from your outdoor living space, roof patios, sunrooms, and porches with glass panels so that winter sun warms the space with radiant heat. Screen your outdoor space with heavy-grade transparent vinyl curtains. That way, you're protected from the wind and chill and heated by the sun.

  • Invest in a smart thermostat. Install a thermostat that adjusts your home's energy usage down while you're away and adjusts up to a comfortable temperature a little before you arrive home for the evening. If you get one you can operate from an app on your phone, you can make adjustments without being home.

For other ideas on getting the most from your homeís energy usage, ask your local utility about a home energy inspection. Theyíll check for leaks in vents, around windows and doors, and in the attic and basement, too. If you require a more energy-efficient home, be sure to let your real estate agent know that it's top of your list.




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Posted by RE/MAX Executive Realty on 7/26/2020

If youíre making the transition from renting an apartment to buying a home, it can be difficult to ensure you have a place to stay while you search.

There are a number of reasons you may need temporary housing while house-hunting. Maybe youíre moving to a new state and need temporary housing while you search in the area. Or, maybe you just donít want to sign a year-long lease on a new apartment that you donít plan on staying in for a full year.

Regardless of the reason, weíve got you covered. In this article, weíre going to talk about how to find temporary housing while you navigate your way toward homeownership.

Short-term rentals and sublets

One of the most convenient way to rent an apartment while you search for a home is to simply find short-term rentals.

Landlords use leases for a number of reasons. Among them is knowing that they can count on a tenant to stay long enough to be worth the hassle of going through the rental process.

However, there are some landlords who cater to people who need to rent for only a certain amount of time--namely business professionals and college students. Landlords rent to these people with short-term leases because they are certain that they will get the full lease amount in pay.

Similarly, searching for sublets is a good way to find an apartment on the short-term. Sublets are often cheaper than their normal renting price because the tenant needs to find someone soon. Youíre especially likely to find a sublet if you plan on moving in May or June when college students are going home for the summer.

Another service that could be helpful is Airbnb. Many people think of Airbnb as a tool for finding a vacation home or spare room while traveling. However, there are also a number of short-term rentals on the site. You can simply enter the dates youíre planning on staying and compare results. Just be sure to read reviews of the house to be sure that youíre dealing with responsible and trustworthy property managers.

Words of caution

While short-term rentals can save you money while you search and help you avoid a lease, they do come with risks. For example, if renting off of Craigslist, never send sensitive data, payments, or bank account information before verifying that they are actually the manager of the property.

If you do decide to sublet an apartment, take photos when you move in so that tenants or landlords donít try to hold you liable for any damage caused before or after you leave.

Finally, if you decide to go with a service like Airbnb or extended stay hotels because they appear cheaper than renting, remember that you wonít be able to store your belongings there and might have to pay for storage and a moving truck to transport your belongings. These extra fees can add up quickly over a couple months.

Once youíve determined your options for temporary housing, hunting for your new home will become much easier.




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Posted by RE/MAX Executive Realty on 7/26/2020

A home seller who understands his or her residence's strengths may be better equipped than others to enjoy a successful property selling experience. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to identify your house's strengths before you list your residence.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you identify your home's strengths.

1. Conduct a Home Inspection

Although a home inspection generally is requested by a buyer after a seller accepts his or her offer to purchase a house, a seller may want to conduct an inspection prior to listing a residence. That way, a seller can gain deep insights into a house's strengths and weaknesses and map out his or her property selling strategy accordingly.

A home inspection may require only a few hours to complete, and an inspection's benefits can be significant. After an inspection, a homeowner will receive an inspection report that details any home problems. Then, a homeowner can use this report to learn about his or her house's strengths and weaknesses and explore ways to transform assorted weaknesses into strengths.

2. Consider the Buyer's Perspective

Think about why a homebuyer may consider your residence over other options Ė you'll be glad you did. If you analyze the buyer's perspective, you could discover unique ways to distinguish your house from the competition.

Evaluating the buyer's perspective may help you prioritize home upgrades too. For instance, if your home boasts a large in-ground swimming pool, you may want to dedicate time and resources to clean your pool and perform any necessary repairs. Or, if your residence has a two-car garage, you may want to eliminate clutter from it so you can show off the true size of your garage to potential buyers.

3. Collaborate with a Real Estate Agent

If you are unsure about what differentiates your home from other properties in your city or town, there is no need to worry. Because if you hire a real estate agent, you can receive expert support throughout the home selling journey. And as a result, you can identify your house's strengths and take the necessary steps to highlight these strengths to potential buyers.

A real estate agent understands what it takes to sell a house, regardless of a property's age or condition. He or she is happy to meet with you and learn about you, your home and your home selling goals. Next, a real estate agent will craft a property selling strategy for you. And once you put this strategy into action, you should have no trouble achieving your desired house selling results.

In addition, a real estate agent is ready to assist you in any way possible throughout the house selling journey. If you have concerns or questions at any point during this journey, a real estate agent will respond to them right away.

Ready to add your house to the real estate market? Take advantage of the aforementioned tips, and you can identify your house's strengths and develop an effective strategy to promote your residence to the right groups of potential buyers.




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