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Joan’s Real Estate Corner… Moving Advice: Happy Pets

by Joan Byrnes for Real Estate

Transitioning to a new home and routine can be difficult for many pets. The stress and worry can cause out of character behavior, as well as lowered immune responses.

In order to ease your pets into a move, it’s important to consider what makes them feel safe, secure, and stable.

First, if you are moving out of the area, be sure that your pet is current on all of their vaccines and treatments. Refill any prescriptions and consider microchipping your pet, as moves are a common time that pets become lost.
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Joan’s Real Estate Corner… Should I Accept This Offer?

by Joan Byrnes for Real Estate

Today’s market can be a difficult one for many sellers to navigate. And while your real estate agent can advise you, the ultimate decision of what offer to accept is entirely up to you.

This decision can come with quite a bit of pressure. Even in the most favorable of markets this can be a difficult time. How do you know when to accept an offer?

Here are some questions to consider. 
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Keep Your Energy Bill Low While Selling Your Home

by Joan Byrnes for Real Estate

Joan’s Real Estate Corner…

Whether you are moving into a new home, getting ready to sell yours or a vacant home, keeping energy costs down is desirable to both buyers and sellers.  Even though there are many energy-efficient options these days, there are a growing number of energy-suckers.

You might be surprised to learn just how much that beautiful water feature costs to keep it running 24/7 year-round. Depending on where you live and the wattage needed, that fountain could cost an extra $30 per month.
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Value in Homeownership

by Joan Byrnes for Real Estate

Joan’s Real Estate Corner…  Value in Homeownership

Is there value in owning a home? The recently released 2010 National Association of REALTORS® Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers bring us some promising results. Today homeowners are living in their homes longer, and after several years of price declines, are seeing rises in home equity gains.

It was only earlier this decade that so many buyers jumped on the investment bandwagon. They bought and sold within incredibly short time frames, and walked away with profits. But as the booms busted, many sellers found they had bought at the top of the market and as prices corrected, they lost more than just dollars. Foreclosure rates skyrocketed. Historically, however, homeownership is a long term investment, and one that brings many rewards.
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Joan’s Real Estate Corner…

by Joan Byrnes for Real Estate

Seniors Only: Surviving the Economic Crisis with a Reverse Mortgage

In the midst of the current credit crunch, we tend to overlook the financial needs of senior homeowners, especially those who own their homes free and clear or are pretty close to being debt free. However, these homeowners often experience their own credit crisis – having loads of equity locked up in their homes and not being able to get at it. President Obama’s plan is not designed to bail them out, and many don’t qualify for refinancing to cash out some or all of their equity.

Fortunately, homeowners 62 years and older can often bail themselves out of financial trouble with a reverse mortgage. With a reverse mortgage, the homeowners have no monthly mortgage payment. Instead, the “lender” makes payments to the homeowner out of the equity in the home. The payment plan can be in any of the following forms:
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Real Estate Corner…

by Joan Byrnes for Real Estate

Q.  How important is landscaping in buying or selling a house?

A.  Good landscaping can increase your home’s resale value by 14 percent, according to the Associated Landscape Contractors of America.  Better curb appeal may speed up the sale by as much as six weeks. 

Professionals recommend that you invest 10 percent of your home’s value in landscaping.  More than just plantings, this includes structural features such as lighting, outdoor rooms, fences and pools.  Here are some helpful tips:

  • Determine what you need.  Are you landscaping to sell your home or to enjoy the property yourself for the longer term. 

 

  • Get professional guidance.  Depending on the scope of your project and budget, consider hiring an arborist, a landscape designer or a certified landscape architect.  Ask friends for recommendations or search web sites such as the one for The American Society of Landscape Architects.
  • Develop a plan.  Set your priorities ─ what needs to be done (have you solved that drainage problem?) versus what you’d like to do (put in an outdoor entertainment area).  If you take a piecemeal approach, the result will look disorganized and cost you more money in the long run.

 

Q.  What should I know about buying a foreclosed home?   

A.  There are advantages and disadvantages to buying a foreclosed home.  Here are some general tips:

  • See the house in person.   Don’t rely on a low price and internet pictures.

 

  • Conduct a title search.  Find out whether it has a second mortgage or a lien on it. 
  • Get an up-to-date inspection.  Conditions change and older inspections probably no longer apply. 

 

  • Budget for repairs and renovations. Chances are the longer the house has been vacant, the more problems there may be. 
  • Study the neighborhood.  Is the house in a crime area or surrounded by other foreclosures? 

 

  • Get expert help. Work with a real estate agent who is experienced in foreclosures.

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 If you have any questions, or need capable and trustworthy representation,

please call Joan at 480.241.7542

Joan Byrnes, SRES

Realty One Group

joan_byrnesmartin@msn.com

www.SunLakesLiving.com

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