New Orleans: your dreams of buying a house might include the sound of jazz wafting from French Quarter streets along with wrought iron balconies and the glint of the mighty Mississippi. Then there’s also great food — gumbo, Cajun and beignets for breakfast — and Mardi Gras to brighten the winter. Once spring has sprung, magnolias and dogwoods grace the parks. Buying a home in New Orleans’s historic districts might be a dream that makes all these site-specific fantasies come true. The Big Easy has some of the most beautiful historic districts in the United States and a lively preservation community. Well-maintained historic homes generally keep their property values well, [...]
Florida is a beautiful place to live with hundreds of miles of lovely beaches, dozens of fun attractions for the whole family, warm winters, rich cultural experiences, and friendly locals ready to welcome new homeowners to the area. Unfortunately, one other group is also ready to welcome new visitors and residents – individuals of the genus Aedes, the ever pesky mosquito. There are currently around 80 different species of mosquito that have been identified in Florida, and while less than half of them bother humans or domestic animals, none of them are a wanted guest around your garden and picnics.
The good news is that mosquito problems, no matter where you live, are [...]
Deciding on where to live can be one of the most important and stressful decisions you and your family will make. So many aspects of your life is linked to where you live, including where you work, what schools your family will go to, the friends everyone will meet, the types of activities that will fill your days, and the opportunities to enjoy the world around you. But like any other daunting task, the decision of where to live can be best accomplished by breaking it down it smaller choices, then narrowing the field from there. Take into consideration a place’s climate, arts and culture, history, economic strength, schools, and more. It’s important to not only weigh and [...]
Moving across town, across the state, and even across the country can be exciting. Whether you’ve lived in the same place your whole life or have bounced around, new scenery keeps things interesting. But if you’re a diehard for your hometown’s baseball team, NFL team, or even the local university’s field hockey team, moving away can have a negative impact. How will you make it to those hometown games? You can’t miss playoffs! Knowing what you can get in terms of television, tickets and finding like-minded fans are part of the big move just as much as transferring the cable and electric!Cable and TV
Watching the games from the comfort of your [...]
The worst part of moving is packing. Not only does it get expensive—that bubble wrap adds up quickly—but packing is time consuming and downright stressful. Instead of using the grin-and-bear-it tactics for your next move, use these quoted professional tips to make your life easier and less stressful during the process.1. Organize Before You Pack
“Organize belongings prior to packing into three categories:Move – all items that you are planning to keep Sell – items in good condition that you can make a little bit of extra cash from Discard – items that should just be thrown away
Then start packing items you don’t currently need first [...]
Just six years ago, more than a third of all the houses sold in America were “distressed sales,” homes lost by families that could no longer make their monthly mortgage payments and who had lost their homes to foreclosure or short sales.
Foreclosures no longer make headlines, and many people may think they have fallen to negligible levels or disappeared altogether. In fact, distressed sales are still around, but account for only 6 percent of all home sales compared to about 40 percent in 2011.
The “foreclosure flood” created extraordinary opportunities for real estate investors to buy distress sales, fix them up, and either “flip” [...]
As the majority of buyers in the housing market are aware, the lack of inventory is putting a damper on a buyer’s home search. As stated in the previous blog Housing Forecast for 2017, the issue will only continue throughout the year. Low interest rates and the unleashing of pent up demand has gobbled up a large portion of active listings. The purchaser’s who were not on the front end of this surge and left feeling frustrated and exhausted. If you are ready to throw in the towel, here’s a few options to explore.
Fortunately, the new construction industry isn’t halting any time soon. They are working to build new homes as quickly [...]