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5 Easy Ways to Improve Your Home’s Exterior

Posted on: March 13, 2017 11:19 am - in Articles, Renovation, Renovation Tips

From: DIY Chatroom The exterior of your home is not only the first, but often the only aspect of your home that your neighbors and passersby see each day. It is why “curb appeal” is a buzzed-about phrase that excites homeowners. Your home’s exterior makes a large statement about how well you maintain your home, […]

Renovation: DIY or Hire a Pro?

Posted on: March 6, 2017 11:22 am - in Articles, Renovation, Renovation Mistakes, Renovation Tips

From: CHBA Many homeowners enjoy do-it-yourself home renovation and repair projects. If you’re planning a project and considering the do-it-myself route, here’s some advice that may help with your plans. Do you have the necessary skills? Consider your own skills and abilities carefully. While many of today’s home improvement products are designed to make it easy […]

FHA 203k Renovation Mortgages – The Pros and Cons

Posted on: March 6, 2017 11:06 am - in Articles, FHA 203 (k), Renovation

Everybody who’s looking to buy a home should at least consider a FHA 203k renovation mortgage. But I’m not going to lie — it isn’t for everyone. As with just about anything else, there are advantages and disadvantages. For borrowers with certain needs, it’s a godsend. But you need to weigh the pros and cons […]

4 Things to Consider Before Building a Deck

Posted on: February 21, 2017 1:17 pm - in Articles, Construction, Renovation

From: Timber Tech What You Should Think About Prior to Getting Started Not all new decks have a solid plan behind their construction, and many homeowners will decide to install a new deck without considering potential issues. They choose instead to rely on their own experience, their understanding of regulations and codes, and home improvement […]

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Home Renovations

Posted on: February 21, 2017 1:05 pm - in Articles, FHA 203 (k), Renovation, Renovation Tips

From: Zillow Porchlight Ready to remodel? Add these facts to your toolkit first. Home renovations are so shiny and attractive on the surface that it’s hard to imagine the ways they can go terribly wrong. But before you can enjoy the finished result, you’re likely to hit a few bumps in the road. Here are five […]

Costs Associated with a 203K

Posted on: February 21, 2017 12:37 pm - in Articles, FHA 203 (k), FHA loans, Renovation

I write a lot about the many advantages of the FHA 203k program. How it helps borrowers create instant equity, and ultimately save money. How it also helps communities by sprucing up and getting occupants for aging housing stock, thus revitalizing the housing market. But some people have a negative attitude toward this type of […]

5 Trends in New Home Construction

Posted on: February 20, 2017 1:14 pm - in Articles, Construction

From: Zillow Porchlight What’s on the runway for home-building fashions? Experts predict 5 big “ins.” In the world of apparel fashion, trends go in and out in a matter of months. For interior design, trends may change year to year. But home construction changes much more slowly — on the scale of decades. Home fashions […]

Questions to Ask When Buying New Construction

Posted on: February 20, 2017 12:07 pm - in Articles, Construction

  From: Maximum Real Estate Exposure The possibility of owning a brand new home has obvious appeal. Many new home buyers have the option of getting the home customized, making the property even more desirable. Additionally, with a new home, you don’t have to worry about all the problems that come with older homes – […]

The FHA 203K and Competing with Cash Offers

Posted on: February 16, 2017 3:32 pm - in Articles, FHA 203 (k), Renovation

When we work with homebuyers who are trying to purchase REO or foreclosure properties, they often find themselves competing against cash buyers and cash investors. Banks or foreclosure representatives typically sell properties for more money when they’re dealing with end-customers rather than cash investors, which tends to make end-customers more desirable for them. I’m a […]

Joanna and Chip Gaines Gave This Houseboat One Heck of a Makeover

Posted on: February 15, 2017 1:07 pm - in Articles, Renovation

From: Country Living Joanna and Chip Gaines really are the best home flippers around—and now they’ve proven their skills with homes on both land and water. On this week’s episode of HGTV’s Fixer Upper, Joanna and Chip Gaines remodeled a Waco houseboat for Brett Swartz, a father of four, and the renovation was seriously amazing. […]