Wednesday, May 15, 2019 / by Nicole Solari
What to Repair Before You List
When you’re getting ready to list your home, it’s of the upmost importance to ensure you are showing it in the best light. Taking time to highlight its strengths and fix up some of its possible weaknesses can make a big difference in how fast it sells. Here are our top five recommended repairs to make before selling your home.
Giving your home a fresh coat of paint is one of the most cost-effective ways to spruce it up, and generally, it can be a do-it-yourself project. Make sure to cover any walls with scratches and chips and consider updating any accent walls with a more neutral coat.
Hardwood floors are a very desirable feature in a home, so you want to ensure they look their best by fixing scratches or dull areas. If your carpet is worn or stained, consider replacing them. And don’t forget the tile in your kitchen or bathrooms. Re-grouting can go a long way in making ding ...
Monday, May 06, 2019 / by Nicole Solari
THE COST OF RENTING VS. BUYING THIS SPRING [INFOGRAPHIC]
Historically, the choice between renting or buying a home has been a tough decision.
Looking at the percentage of income needed to rent a median-priced home today (27.7%) vs. the percentage needed to buy a median-priced home (17.5%), the choice becomes obvious.
Every market is different. Before you renew your lease again, find out if you can put your housing costs to work by buying this year!
Thursday, April 25, 2019 / by Nicole Solari
SANDRA BULLOCK’S BEACH HOUSE ON TYBEE ISLAND IN GEORGIA
Sandra Bullock bought this beach house on Tybee Island in Georgia in 2001, but now she’s ready to let it go. She’s selling the oceanfront home fully furnished for $6.5 million.
The listing says, “If you’re looking for your very own private retreat, then look no further than this stunning low country estate. For the serious-minded, this compound, made up of 9 parcels, provides privacy unlike any other on this barrier island. Tucked away on almost 3 acres of fenced, beachfront real estate, you can escape it all in style.”
Take a look!
Sandra Bullock’s Beach House on Tybee Island
The front porch is wide and long and connects to a screened section on each side:
The listing says:
The spacious main house has 3,360 square feet of luxury living including a gourmet kitchen, expansive screened porches, a private home gym, a basketball court, a pool ...
Monday, April 22, 2019 / by Nicole Solari
Homeowners: Now Is A Good Time To Sell Your House
Every month, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) releases their Seller Traffic Index as a part of their Realtors Confidence Index. In the latest release, NAR reported that homeowners have been reluctant to sell their houses. This is reflected when broken down by state. Only 11 states have a stable level of seller traffic compared to the remainder of the country, which came in with a weak rating.
As we can see in the following table, the number of people who moved last year is half of what the rate was in the 1980s.
This does not come as a surprise, as tenure length (the number of years someone owns a home before moving again) among existing homeowners has increased. It has risen from an average of 6 years from 1985 to 2008, up to 9.5 years over the last few years. This is shown in the graph below:
As we can see, there is a pent-up seller demand!
What led to this change in beh ...
Friday, April 12, 2019 / by Nicole Solari
Federal and California Withholding- What You Need To Know
When a person sells real property in CA, the buyer of that property is generally obligated to deduct and withhold 10 percent of the sales price and transmit it to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) under the Foreign Investment In Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA) and 3 1/3 percent of the sales price to the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) under CA Revenue and Taxation Code section 18662 and 18668, unless an exemption applies.
Federal Withholding and Nonforeign Affidavit
There are 3 major exemptions to FIRPTA:
Seller furnishes buyer a “nonforeign status affidavit” containing the seller’s tax identification number or social security number (CAR form AS or equivalent);
The property sales price is no more than $300,000, and the buyer or a member of buyer’s family intends to use the property as a personal residence for at least 50% of the time during the first two years; or
IRS issues a withholding cer ...