Information about Buying or Selling your home in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, Apache Junction, Queen Creek, Tempe, San Tan Valley, Apache Junction.
Friday, October 5, 2012
Tips and Tricks
Housing Market Continues to Improve
Mortgage rates have reached record lows, making home
ownership more affordable than ever before. Americans considering
buying a home should feel secure about investing in real estate; the
housing market is continuing to improve.
July saw an increase in both the number of homes sold and the number of
contracts signed. The number of total existing home sales rose to a
seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.47... Read
Evolution: Trends to Try for an Instant Update
Gone are the days when a stylish home and a busy
family have to be mutually exclusive. Home decorating is hotter than
ever and everyone is getting in on the trend.
With an ever-increasing focus on DIY design projects, resources such as
shelter magazines, design blogs, TV shows and online home decor
retailers are making high design accessible to any homeowner. If your
budget doesn't include hiring an interior decorator to update your
5 Ways to
Make Real Estate Affordable
With rents rising rapidly, the appeal of leasing is
waning. Meanwhile, ultra-low interest rates and deeply discounted
properties make buying an appealing option. Here are some ways you can
buy property, even if your income is low or your credit isn't perfect.
Consider a duplex or triplex.
Duplexes usually cost less per square foot than single-family homes,
and the rent from the extra unit can make monthly... Read
When it was revealed that Facebook founder Mark
Zuckerberg had refinanced his home with an adjustable-rate mortgage,
many people could not figure out what was more shocking: a
multibillionaire taking out a loan on a $7 million house or the 1.05
percent interest rate that Zuckerberg received on the loan.
With interest rates at historic lows, adjustable-rate mortgages do not
seem to offer much of an advantage for potential home buyers. Of
course, for someone as rich as Zuckerberg, the risks are essentially nonexistent.
If interest rates suddenly spiked, he could easily pay off the
mortgage; alternatively, he would benefit from significantly
below-market interest payments if rates... Read
Fresh Scents Make Your Home Seem
Test your home's aroma by going outside for at least
ten minutes, and then re-enter with your olfactory senses on high
alert. What strikes your nose first? Visitors make snap judgments,
sometimes subliminally, based on what they smell as they walk through your
front door. Any effort to improve the visual greeting will crumble a
bit in the face of unpleasant odors. Read on for the best way to create
a welcoming aromatic atmosphere.
Identify, Eradicate, Cleanse
Once you've received a bad odor diagnosis in your home, search for the
source. Common culprits for a stinky atmosphere include fetid garbage,
cigarette smoke... Read