Home Buying Guides

UK Home Prices Continue To Rise As US Prices Fall June 2010

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    A larger then expected number of homes were available in the UK  in May and June however prices continue to rise slightly.  With only a .1% increase in the cost of a home the UK market is still far ahead of US home sales which are now commonly short sales or foreclosures.

    However since the beginning of the year the overall price of homes in the UK  has risen 3% and this is without incentive …

    Think You Are Having Trouble? Suburban Chicago Home Won’t Sell For $1

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      The village of Barrington, Illinois put three homes up for sale for just $1 each, but wasn’t able to get a buyer.

      “Even if you’re offering a house for a dollar, sometimes all those logistics can make it difficult, especially in this market,” says Lisa DiChiera of the Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois.

      Yes its hard to go into a local bank and fill out all the paper work for a 30 year loan on a …

      How To – The Home Sale Game Understanding Listing Price And Counter Offers

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        Selling or buying a home seems to be wrapped up in a mystical unknown art that only highly trained Realtors taking 6% of the Sales Price or more seem to understand.

        Honestly this is not true and the fact that Realtors haven’t been forced to offer their services at fixed rates vs a percentage of the sale price is probably one of the most egregious acts in all business transactions.

        The fact is many people go …

        Home Buyers Backing Out Of Contracts Homes Not Matching Appraisal Values

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          Everyone knows that sales of new and current homes have hit an all time low and even though this is true some people still need to purchase homes today.

          This is what you would call a buyers market but in fact buyers are unable to complete deals due to homes they contracted for losing value before closing. This happens when a prior contract for a new home is delayed significantly but it is occurring …

          How To – Getting Rid Of Pet Urine Odors

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            One of the worst things you can deal with is pet odors and stains.

            How often have you woke up to that unpleasant chore of cleaning up after your pet and still for some reason we keep on letting them stay in our homes… heh

            Its a problem that all pet owners have to deal with urine odors.

            Pet handlers will tell you that your animals urinate in your home for three reasons: They can’t get out …

            How To – Selecting The Right Moving Company

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              Moving can be great or it can be traumatic and one of the hardest things to forget about changing homes is dealing with a bad moving company.

              So, how do you select a company that will not only transport your stuff but get them there on time and in their original condition.

              This is a difficult task but by doing a little research and planning ahead if you can most of your problems can disappear. Planing …

              Buying Guide – Air Purifiers Options And Types

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                In this Guide we will look at how different models of Air Purifiers work and what you should  look for when making your purchase.

                Before you invest in an expensive Air Purification system whether it is a whole home or single room device it should be noted that when possible the most effective way of getting clean air into your living space is by opening a window or by use of an air exchanger on …

                How To – Foreclosed Home Auctions A Good Deal Or Not?

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                  If you are looking to buy a home and have cash for a down payment then checking out a foreclosure auction is definitely worth your time.

                  How do these Auctions work?

                  Rules for Auctions are different based on your state and the entity that you are buying from.

                  Most Tax Sales will be held by the city or county sheriff and could be on the site of the home or at your court house.

                  Sales by the Federal …

                  How To – 3 Season Vacation House Upgrade Considerations

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                    Recently we had a conversation with a new home owner that purchased a 1950’s built Victorian styled three season vacation home in upstate New York who wanted to convert it for use as their primary residence.  They were wondering how they could improve the home to make it livable year round.

                    The home is located near a lake with electric, well water and phone service but with no access to natural gas. The structure of …

                    How To – Steps To Hiring A Contractor

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                      Every project is different and the skills that a contractor needs to complete yours will vary. Unfortunately there is no perfect way to pick the right contractor especially when you haven’t worked with them before but lets go over a few tips that may help you reduce your headaches.

                      The first thing you need to realize is that nothing is ever perfect and every job will have its mistakes. This also means that every contractor will have a bad day or project …