You have put your home up for sale and done everything your agent has advised you to do to prepare your property for sale, but still no offers have come in. If you suspect your neighbor’s property is preventing your home from appealing to potential buyers, there are a few things you can do to remedy this situation. Here are some tips for dealing with problem neighbors while selling your home. Are Your Neighbors The Problem? Before banging down the neighbor’s door and blaming them for your home’s lack of appeal, you’ll first want to make sure that is really the problem. Ask your agent what they think the problem is, and whether they agree that the neighbors may be preventing the sale. Also ask other homeowners in the area what they think of any problem neighbors to get perspective before making that visit. Use Tact When Approaching Neighbors If you have determined that a particular neighbor is creating a problem that is affecting your home’s value and marketability, your best bet in getting them to agree to make the required changes is to be nice about it. Offer to help them with the cleanup and explain that it is […]
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Finding the right house for your family is important, but so is finding the right neighborhood. A kid-friendly neighborhood goes beyond simple safety issues and good schools. It should offer plenty of opportunities for your kids to meet other kids and engage in fun, safe activities. Here are a few ways to spot a kid-friendly area. Look At The Parks Just having a local park nearby isn’t quite enough. Different play structures work for different age groups, and some parks may be run-down or better for different activities. Take a drive past the local parks and look for well-kept play structures and grounds. Also check that the parks offer play structures that are appropriate for your kids’ age group. Many now offer a range of structures for varying ages, allowing kids to enjoy them for many years to come. Keep an eye out for graffiti or litter that may indicate the park is a hangout for people you might not want around your kids. Check For Recreation Beyond parks, a neighborhood that offers recreational opportunities for kids is important. Look for recreation centers, local swimming pools, libraries. and more to indicate that you will be able to keep your kids […]
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As you look at potential neighborhoods for your new home, you may come across the term “revitalization.” This usually refers to a neighborhood that was once in decline but is on the upswing again due to buyers renovating homes and increasing the property values. This type of neighborhood offers both risks and benefits to buyers. Take a look at both sides of the story before you decide to buy. Potential For Profit Neighborhoods that are undergoing revitalization offer a great deal of potential for a profit. Because home values are generally still low in the area, buyers can get into a home at a good price. As the property values in the area rise, those who bought early in the process will find their home worth a lot more than the purchase price, often within a few years. The profit can sometimes be a bit slower in coming, however, since it takes time for the reputation of a neighborhood to change, and renovations that increase value take time as well. Still, as long as the upswing continues, these homes can really mean good equity in the future. Hard Work Is Needed Many of the homes in these types of areas […]
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There is a reason the term “location, location, location” is used so commonly within the real estate industry. The location of a property is one of the most important considerations when selecting a home, as it will affect the value of your home, your day-to-day life, and even your own and your family’s safety. So what can you do to find out a little about the area in which you are considering a home purchase, and what in particular should you be looking for? Know Your Needs The biggest obstacle to finding a home in an area that can meet all of your needs is not knowing clearly what those needs are. While it may be nice to live near the lake, or by your favorite restaurant, what is it that you and your family will need and want in order to have an enjoyable and functional lifestyle? Facilities such as grocery stores, good schools, and community centers may be necessary for families, whereas access to theaters, good restaurants, and a vibrant nightlife may be important to young professionals. Get The Info When searching for your dream home, knowing where to look before starting out can help make the task […]
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If you have children, or even if you don’t yet but plan to in the future, schools are something you will need to take into consideration when you search for a new home. In most areas, certain boundaries define which schools your children will go to, and switching to a different school can be complicated and expensive in many cases. Fortunately, finding a great neighborhood with good quality schools is not difficult, thanks to the internet. Online ratings and reviews of schools can help you to make the right call when it comes to finding a home that will offer your children a quality education. Start With The District The first thing you should look into is which school district you are considering moving into. Find out if the schools in that district tend to be highly rated, and what kind of test scores are generally seen among students in the district schools. All of this information is readily available online. The school district Web site will be able to tell you which school your children would go to if you were to buy a particular house. There is usually a boundary map you can check, or you can enter […]
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You want to live in a neighborhood where you and your family will feel safe and secure. It’s one of the top considerations for people in the house-hunting process. Crime statistics can tell you a lot about a neighborhood, and tell you the story of the potential risks that area encompasses. Violent Crimes The worst crimes in any area are of course violent crimes. While a violent crime can occur in any area, those with a higher rate of murders, rapes, assaults, and other violent crimes are the ones most buyers want to avoid. These statistics are the scariest because the threat of a violent crime against you or your family is one of the most serious. It’s important to remember when looking at statistics that many violent crimes happen within families and are often not random acts of strangers. However, any area with a higher than normal rate of such crimes is one you will want to avoid. Property Crimes This common category of crime includes such things as vandalism, theft, and other property damage. These crimes, like violent ones, can occur in any neighborhood, but there are some areas that carry a much higher risk. The statistics can […]
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