Real Estate Housing

3 Housing Options for Lower Income Buyers

Do you have a smaller budget but want to own a home and start building equity?When you are looking at housing options for a lower income, it can seem like an uphill struggle. But if you are willing to look at less traditional property types, you might have more options than you realize.Some types of houses for low-income buyers allow you to build a home on a budget that will last for decades. We look at three options for people on a lower income.Shipping container homesIf you like the idea of recycling as much as possible, using a shipping container for...

Home Inspection

Routine Inspections are Important, Even If Your Roof Is New

Roofing problems are sometimes obvious, but they often go unnoticed for years. Then, when a homeowner realizes there’s an issue, the situation is so serious that the roof requires significant repairs or replacement. Routine roof inspections can prevent this type of scenario. You should have your roof inspected once a year, plus after a major storm or any time you suspect there may be a problem. Regular Inspections Can Detect Problems Before They Get Worse Often, a roof leak occurs because a minor problem wasn’t found and addressed. Roof issues can be hard to spot from the ground. Even if...

Tips to Properly Clean an Oven

Tips to Properly Clean an Oven

From day-to-day cooking to baking your show stopping dessert that everyone requests at potlucks, it’s no wonder that your oven gets its fair share of grime and buildup. While cleaning your oven might be a chore that everyone loathes, modern ovens make it more simple than ever before. With a few key tips, you can keep your oven looking great for years to come. Clean It Regularly Like any other cleaning task, the longer you wait to complete it, the more difficult the job. For this reason, experts recommend that ovens should be cleaned every 3-6 months. Just like any...

Real Estate Agent

Staying Connected With Your Agents

As a broker, you’re probably thinking: do I really want to add more to my list of responsibilities? But keeping in touch with your agents is an area where you should always make the effort, because it’ll pay off handsomely. You need your agents, and they need you. If you’re consistently connected with them, you’ll both have a more positive business experience and they’ll be more likely to remain at your brokerage for years to come. Here are five ways brokers can stay connected with their agents. Offer support  The best way to make a good impression with your agents...

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How Much Down Payment Is Enough to Buy a Home?

One of the great mysteries for first time home buyers is their down payment amount. For years there has been a prevailing myth that you need to have 20% down in order to purchase a home. It’s not true! In fact, the average down payment on a home for a first-time home buyer is around 6% of the purchase price. For buyers who have bought before it moves up to around 12%. Both figures are a far cry from needing 20%. Keep in mind the minimum down payment depends on the type of loan, the lender you choose, and your current finances....

Kitchen Remodeling

6 Trending Colors for Kitchens

As everyone’s favorite gathering spot, the kitchen gets more traffic than any other room of the house. That’s why it’s one of the most important rooms for homebuyers and why it’s a perennial favorite of interior designers. If you’re looking to update your kitchen without breaking the bank, one of the quickest and most affordable ways to give it a facelift is with color. According to Real Simple, design experts are pointing to these six shades as some of the most fashion-forward colors for kitchens. Warm white. While soft, creamy white may seem like a very unexciting choice, it brings a...

Kitchen Remodeling

4 Stylish and Functional Kitchen Floor Options

Kitchen design is always a favorite topic among luxury homeowners. While we often pay close attention to materials used throughout, from appliances to cabinets to countertops, the floors tend to get overlooked. If you want a surface that boasts the perfect combination of durability and style in your kitchen, here are several excellent flooring options for any cooking space. Porcelain Tile Porcelain tile is a hard wearing material that holds up well in high-traffic areas like the kitchen. Perhaps even more important, however, is the fact that it’s nonporous and won’t absorb liquids, making it easy to clean up the...

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How to Find a Home in a Seller’s Market

In a seller’s market, there are more buyers looking for a home than there are houses available. That means sellers may have an advantage, since multiple buyers may be interested in purchasing their home. If you’re looking to buy a house in a seller’s market, it’s important to know what to expect and to be prepared so you can avoid common pitfalls. Get Pre-Approved  Before you start shopping for a house, you should get pre-approved for a mortgage. That means you will submit your financial information and supporting documents to a lender, and it will review them to decide how...

Home Projects

What You Need to Know About a Condemned House

Every now and then you may be driving through a particular neighborhood and see a home that is all boarded up. There are likely to be multiple no trespassing signs posted on the lawn and house. What you are likely seeing is a condemned house. Condemned houses are usually not found in affluent areas. They are more commonly found in lower income areas. If you are like many others, you’re probably wondering how the home got to the point where it needed to be condemned. If you are an investor or a contractor, you may also be wondering if the property will...

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7 Strategies to Follow to Build Client Loyalty in Real Estate

Building a loyal customer base can help a real estate agent’s success. In any successful real estate company, the top 20% of its most loyal customers account for 80% of total revenue. However, only a few real estate brokers attempt to establish real estate customer loyalty, which boosts their chances of success. A B2B customer loyalty program is how a company acquires, engages, and retains a customer. It is critical for B2B enterprises to invest in a client loyalty program. It enables them to form long-term relationships with their clients while also providing additional chances and perks. A business-to-business consumer...