Should You Rent or Should You Buy? Great question. Watch this video to find out…but consider if you are ready to be a homeowner. Have you thought about taxes (benefits and cost), insurance, maintenance and other expenses? Have you done a budget – or spending and savings plan? Have you considered the impact? Now I am not trying to discourage you from buying…owning a home has many benefits (tax savings, pride of ownership, equity building, etc)…just many people don’t go in with their eyes wide open and miss some of the expenses. At WSR we are Real Estate Professionals. We have been in business since 1982. You may know us as your property manager, but we are also a one-stop shop for buying a home. We will sit down with you and strategize your options and help you on a healthy path to homeownership. Since we deal with hundreds of homeowners we also have access to many homes for sale BEFORE they hit the market. This means we can negotiate a no-hassle purchase of a home of your own.So…if you are thinking of buying a home…give us a call! We will help guide you on a path to home ownership that you will be happy with. Call me today. I am the Key To Your Home!™ I look forward to helping you become a homeowner. Darren Orshoff of WSR Real Estate at 951-468-8326
Homeowners are sitting on goldmines. Think about it. Many are equity rich. Years after the worst housing crisis in American history, homeowners who managed to buy low and hold are now in a enviable position, depending on their location.
Knowing that location is key, the hottest housing markets — San Francisco, San Jose, Manhattan — have all seen home prices soar. The downside, there are too few properties for sale. Low inventory is starting to stymie the housing market. The most recent pending home sales report was lower than expected as buyers fail to find suitable homes to purchase. The lack of new construction housing hasn’t helped.
That said, now is the time to sell. If you’re a homeowner who has outgrown your current home, list now. January is the perfect time to introduce your house to potential buyers. Not convinced? Here’s why: [Read more…]
Sometimes when planning to sell a house, in the name of renovating interior living spaces, updating bathrooms, replacing appliances and adding decorative touches throughout the bedrooms, homeowners leave outdoor curb appeal as a last priority. While of course the inside of a home is important, sellers make a big mistake when they neglect the exterior. Why is a home’s exterior so important? Consider this: Curb appeal is often a potential buyer’s first impression of a home, the very thing that helps him/her decide whether or not to come inside. Whether they’re shopping online or by cruising through neighborhoods, the outside of your property is the first thing they’ll notice. If you’re selling your home or about to, how can you quickly and effectively tackle the outdoor appeal? Here are some key tips for boosting the curb appeal in a way that means quick turnaround and increased home value: [Read more…]
Thanks to increasingly accessible and affordable home automation systems, your house will soon be able to do a lot of neat tricks.
But before you turn your dwelling into the home of the future, you’ll have to make sure you have a well-matched set of devices.
Recently released or soon-to-hit-the-market devices and services will allow you to configure your air conditioner so that it starts cooling your house as you return from work, no matter what time that may be. They’ll also turn off all your lights and lock all your doors as soon as your head hits your pillow at night. While at work, you’ll be able to unlock the door for a child who forgot her key by simply telling your phone to let her in. Sounds cool, right?
But there’s one big hitch. In order for any of these scenarios to work, you’ll have to have devices that can actually talk to each other. Many will only be able to perform these functions if you have compatible equipment in your house. If you purchase one smart home device you may find that your choices for other gadgets could be circumscribed if you want them to all work together. [Read more…]
Some tips from the article include:
Combine hard surface flooring with carpet in the entry way. By placing tile just inside the front door will encourage visitors to wipe feet or even remove their shoes before stepping on the carpeting.
Fully clean carpets at least once per year. Regular carpet cleaning prolongs the life of the carpet. Encourage tenants to clean their carpets regularly, but if all else fails perhaps a carpet cleaning paid by the owner might be an inexpensive incentive to sign a new lease.
Regular Vacuuming also prolongs the life of carpets. Perhaps a house warming gift of a vacuum will help tenants take care of your carpet.
Lastly, maybe carpet isn’t the best flooring choice. Tile in high traffic areas may cost more to put in, but will last considerably longer than carpet. Consider using tile in halls, dining rooms, and other locations that have heavy wear.
Existing-home sales in June are expected to rise sharply over last year’s total, according to Auction.com’s June Real Estate Nowcast, which combines industry data, proprietary company transactional data and Google search activity to predict market trends as they are occurring.
According to Auction.com’s report, existing-home sales are projected to fall between seasonally adjusted annual rates of 5.4 and 5.74 million annual sales, with a targeted number of 5.57 million.
Those figures would represent a 4.1% increase from May and an 11.2% rise from last year at the same time.
Auction.com’s data also predicts that sales prices for existing homes will fall between $217,482 and $240,375 during the month of June, with a targeted price of $228,929. That represents a 3.1% year-over-year increase for the month.
Two new surveys about what homebuyers' wants have me feeling pretty smug about my own home choices. Maybe you'll feel the same. [Read more…]
When you factor in return on investment, you’d be nuts not to DIY.
You’re going to save money with DIY home improvement projects. Sure, everybody knows that.
But did you know how much? Cut professionals out of the equation and you can save half the cost of a project — or more. On a minor bathroom refresh, that could be up to $10,000.
What’s more, you get a great return on your investment. Meaning, the financial value you get out of a DIY project is much more than what you put in. [Read more…]