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Is the room 20x20 or 10x10? If you advertise a room to be 20x20 and it is only 10x10 the buyer will know something is not right! The same with over pricing your home when you list. If you overprice your home it "WILL" take longer to sell. When looking at reasons for overpricing it usually is the owner saying I think it is worth more, let's test the market. Did you notice not one of the reaso...
Read Post [Posted on 10/23/2014 By Debra Nowaski]
The newspapers are awash with accounts of booming sales, records being set and commentary from area agents to support it all. The market is "hot"!! It seems that home sellers can name their price. Buyer's, on the other hand, better act quickly or be left behind. True? What to do? Well, the market may be very good but there is always more than a little hype in the reported stories. So, cal...
Read Post [Posted on 10/22/2014 By Christian Flakes]
Lighting's a vital part of homes and consumes 20 percent of the electricity used in the United States. But a new technology — LEDs that come in sheets — promises to give both agents and home owners unprecedented flexibility when showing and using homes."Organic LEDs" — technology already used in many smartphones and televisions — use half as much energy as equivalent fluorescent lightbul...
Read Post [Posted on 10/22/2014 By John Askins]
With another tax filing deadline passing, some people never throw tax records away. Others do not keep them long enough.Knowing what to hang on to, why certain records are needed and how long they should be saved can save storage space and prevent problems should you be audited by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).“There are tax and nontax reasons for keeping records,” says Dr. Jerrold Stern, pro...
Read Post [Posted on 10/22/2014 By John Askins]
The population is getting older, and those who are 65 and up now make up the biggest part of the nation’s population in size and percentage, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Older residents comprise over 40.3 million people.  The older adult population has increased by 15.1 percent since 2000, while the combined remaining age groups saw 9.7 percent growth.  The state...
Read Post [Posted on 10/20/2014 By John Askins]
You might want to avoid talking to Siri while in your car. The iPhone voice assistant was found to be one of the most dangerous among various voice-controlled car systems recently studied by AAA’s Foundation for Traffic Safety.In the study, 45 participant drivers were asked to use hands-free commands while driving in vehicle simulators on residential streets. Researchers monitored response times, ...
Read Post [Posted on 10/19/2014 By John Askins]
A series of mid-September rainstorms added about 20,000 acre-feet to the combined storage of lakes Buchanan and Travis, the region's water reservoirs. Lake Travis rose more than 2 feet, while Lake Buchanan rose a little more than half an inch. The increase was welcome but relatively small, and it was not enough to make much difference in the severe drought gripping the region around the ...
Read Post [Posted on 10/18/2014 By John Askins]
Buyers needing financing for their home purchase often struggle to compete with other buyers willing to pay all cash to close the sale. All-cash buyers make up an large part of sales.Some lenders are helping buyers better compete. Known as “pre-underwriting,” they’re putting loan applications through a more thorough venting process before the buyer even enters into a contract for a home,...
Read Post [Posted on 10/18/2014 By John Askins]
More women are starting real estate companies than ever before. Since 2002, the number of women-owned real estate firms has exceeded overall growth in the industry by an 11-point gap, bringing the total female-owned real estate companies from 504,014 in 2002 to 712,800 in 2014, according to the Womenable’s 2014 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, commissioned by American Express OPE...
Read Post [Posted on 10/17/2014 By John Askins]
A report by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy reveals that transit quality ranks third in predicting the success of transit-oriented development. Government intervention is the most important factor, according to the report, which showed that TOD was successful when local governments rezoned a corridor to promote mixed-use development, created a comprehensive plan for the ar...
Read Post [Posted on 10/17/2014 By John Askins]
Rising rents are forcing renters to outspend home owners on housing costs, according to a study.  Since 2005, home owners’ housing expenses have climbed from 31.9 percent of their household budget to 33.2 percent. On the other hand, in that same time period, renters’ expenses have jumped from 35.6 percent to 38.4 percent, according to CoreLogic U.S. Housing and Mortgage Trends. In the last ...
Read Post [Posted on 10/16/2014 By John Askins]
(BPT) - One of the questions most often asked about credit cards is how they can impact your credit score. With so many different types of credit cards now available, it's no wonder consumers have lots of questions.Here are five credit card best practices from VantageScore Solutions, the company behind the VantageScore credit scoring model, to help you pay down your outstanding debt and improve yo...
Read Post [Posted on 10/14/2014 By Susan Roddy]
Home buyer counseling leads to significantly lower mortgage default rates, according to a study by NeighborWorks America.  The study found that borrowers who went through a prepurchase counseling program were nearly a third less likely than non-counseled borrowers to fall behind on their mortgage payments by 90 days or more in the first two years following closing. NeighborWorks evalua...
Read Post [Posted on 10/13/2014 By John Askins]
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