Monday, August 28, 2017 / by Nicole Solari
The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently released their latest Quarterly Home Price Index report.
In the report, home prices are compared both regionally and by state.
Based on the latest numbers, if you plan on relocating to another state, waiting to move may end up costing you more!
Alaska & West Virginia were the only states where home prices are lower than they were last year.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 / by Nicole Solari
After working hard for so many years, you might have purchased a home you are proud of. However, you might have heard about folks whose families were unable to get the family home after a parent’s death because it was tied up in court with probate issues.
As a parent and spouse, you probably want to spare your children from the expense and burden of probate court. Here are 3 ways to protect your home from probate so that it goes to the person or people you wish it to with as little delay as possible.
1. Use a Living Trust
While you're alive, you might be adamant about managing your personal affairs. However, if you want to be sure that you're legally protecting your estate, you ought to look into a living trust.
With a trustee, usually a trusted friend or family member, you can continue managing all the assets you transfer to the trust while you’re alive. When you finally pass on, the people or person listed as your beneficiari ...
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 / by Nicole Solari
Summer's one of the hottest home buying and selling seasons in most real estate markets. It's the favorite season for families with children in school to buy and sell. Summer of 2015 is finding low inventory of homes for sale in many areas. The limited inventory can give seller's an advantage. You still need to prepare your home for the market if you want top dollar. These simple tips will get you off to the right start.
Curb Appeal is Sexy
This is true when selling your home at any time of year. Having an inviting, attractive front yard with an alluring home is your first step to success.
In the Summer it's important to check all sprinkler heads and irrigation systems. Make sure they're keeping things from drying out in the Summer heat. Replace any dead or dying plants. If you have desert landscaping, add tinted rocks as accents and as replacement for any barren spots. In "10 Steps to Great Curb Ap ...
Monday, June 12, 2017 / by Nicole Solari
As with many other aspects of life – the real estate business can be a real jungle to maneuver. For many of us, it's exceedingly easy to lose focus, make bad decisions and get sidetracked along the way (often times, without even knowing it).
This past week, I've been asking some of my friends in the industry for their input on this issue. My goal was to compile a list of the most important recommendations these experts had to offer from their years of experience in the real estate business. What I got was a healthy collection of insights that I think you'll find quite enlightening.
Specifically, my question was this:
If you could only give 3 recommendations to a new real estate investor (based on your own experience in the business), what would be your Top 3 most important pieces of advice?
Not surprisingly – there were a few common themes that seemed to come up again and again throughout this list… can you spot what they are?
Let's dive in. ...
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 / by Nicole Solari
You would be hard pressed to find anyone with more of an inclination toward DIY home staging than me. In fact, I can think of no better way to present a property for sale. There is evidence to suggest that a properly staged home can sell for more money and in a shorter period.
The only question is: Are you doing it right?
It’s relatively easy to find advice on how to become a better home stager, but sometimes the most effectively staged homes are founded on the things you didn’t do. Remember, it’s just as important to appeal to prospective buyers, as it is not to scare them away. The trick is to eliminate the mistakes so that the highlights shine even brighter. In other words, sometimes it isn’t about what you have done that resonates the most with potential buyers, but rather what you refrain from doing.
There is a right and a wrong way to stage a home. Instead of focusing on what you should do, I want to take a minute and shed some ...