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downsizing a home

7 Tips When Downsizing Your Home

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Downsizing can be extremely tough. Whether you have already downsized or preparing to do so, there are some key important steps you can take to make the process a smooth transition.  Like most people, your home is probably filled with items that you have accumulated over time.  Follow these seven steps and I promise it will make the experience a much more positive one.

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backyard renovations by roi

Backyard Renovations by ROI

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For many, backyards can be a place of comfort and peace, a place to retreat to when the hectic energy of your house gets to be too much. And as important as the front and curb appeal is, the back exterior plays an important role in the value of your home. As top Realtor Holly Henbest adds, “Your backyard can essentially add square footage to your home and draw in buyers envisioning a lifestyle.” Depending on the project you had in mind, some backyard renovations can bring in a return as high as 200%. We ranked the list of backyard renovations from highest to lowest return.

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Foreclosure

Flipping a Home on a Budget

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Flipping homes can be a risky venture but it can also be rewarding if done correctly.  It’s important as a buyer that you know your market, do your research and understand the renovations needed to add value to your home.  Generally, house flippers aim for at least 10 to 15 profit margin from their flipped properties.  Dependent upon the shape of the house you are planning on flipping, you can still renovate on a reasonable budget.

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questions to ask yourself before moving

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Moving

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Whether it’s for work, school, adventure, or simply because of wanderlust, odds are you are going to move at some point. In fact, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, most people in the United States move 11.7 times in their lifetime. With all of this mobility, you could pick a place and hope for the best or, with a bit of forethought and planning, you can significantly increase your chances at picking a place you’ll love. Here are some questions to ask yourself before you move:

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save money when moving to a new place

7 Ways to Save Money When Moving to a New Place

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Let’s face it, moving-  whether it’s down the street or across the country, is one of the most stressful events people face. It alters not only your physical location but your daily routine, your immediate support network, and your social environment.  Even more so, it can take a toll on your finances with the little expenses adding up. Still, 35 million Americans relocate every year, however there are many ways to minimize the impact on your finances. Here are 7 ways to save your hard earned cash when making a move.

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seller's market

Is it a buyer’s market or seller’s market?

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As a full-time Realtor in Scottsdale, I get asked this question several times a day. Unlike many agents in the Valley, I typically ask the seller, “Tell me more about the house.” The reason for this is based on my observation that if the “pool of buyers” was like a pizza, 6 out of 8 slices (3/4’s of all retail buyers) cannot afford a “renovation project” from either a time or money standpoint. In other words, most interested home buyers either have just enough money for the down payment and closing costs or they simply don’t have the heart (or the stomach) for a long-enduring remodeling job or make-over project to sell their home. Depending on the area in which you live, you may be in the midst of dichotomy market which offers opportunities to both buyers and sellers.

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real estate expectations

Dealing with Unrealistic Expectations in Real Estate

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To almost quote Dionne Warwick, ‘Wishing, Hoping, Needing, & Praying’ are words that make real estate agents crazy. When buyers and sellers apply fantasy wishes to the real estate process it is a recipe for frustration and ultimately, failure.  Not only is it “fool hardy”, it can be incredibly costly to the buyer and seller.  Listed below are scenarios where wishful thinking and not dealing with reality make for an unpleasant and unsuccessful real estate experience.

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