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7 Reasons to Own Your Home

1. Tax breaks. The U.S. Tax Code lets you deduct the interest you pay on your mortgage, your property taxes, as well as some of the costs involved in buying your home.

2. Appreciation. Real estate has long-term, stable growth in value. While year-to-year fluctuations are normal, median existing-home sale prices have increased on average 6.5 percent each year from 1972 through 2005, and increased 88.5 percent over the last 10 years, according to the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. In addition, the number of U.S. households is expected to rise 15 percent over the next decade, creating continued high demand for housing.

3. Equity. Money paid for rent is money that you’ll never see again, but mortgage payments let you build equity ownership interest in your home.

4. Savings. Building equity in your home is a ready-made savings plan. And when you sell, you can generally take up to $250,000 ($500,000 for a married couple) as gain without owing any federal income tax.

5. Predictability. Unlike rent, your fixed-mortgage payments don’t rise over the years so your housing costs may actually decline as you own the home longer. However, keep in mind that property taxes and insurance costs will increase.

6. Freedom. The home is yours. You can decorate any way you want and benefit from your investment for as long as you own the home.

7. Stability. Remaining in one neighborhood for several years gives you a chance to participate in community activities, lets you and your family establish lasting friendships, and offers your children the benefit of educational continuity.

 

5 Things to do Before Putting Your Home on the Market

1. Have a pre-sale home inspection. Be proactive by arranging for a pre-sale home inspection. An inspector will be able to give you a good indication of the trouble areas that will stand out to potential buyers, and you’ll be able to make repairs before open houses begin.

2. Organize and clean. Pare down clutter and pack up your least-used items, such as large blenders and other kitchen tools, out-of-season clothes, toys, and exercise equipment. Store items off-site or in boxes neatly arranged in the garage or basement. Clean the windows, carpets, walls, lighting fixtures, and baseboards to make the house shine.

3. Get replacement estimates. Do you have big-ticket items that are worn our or will need to be replaced soon, such your roof or carpeting? Get estimates on how much it would cost to replace them, even if you don’t plan to do it yourself. The figures will help buyers determine if they can afford the home, and will be handy when negotiations begin.

4. Find your warranties. Gather up the warranties, guarantees, and user manuals for the furnace, washer and dryer, dishwasher, and any other items that will remain with the house.

5. Spruce up the curb appeal. Pretend you’re a buyer and stand outside of your home. As you approach the front door, what is your impression of the property? Do the lawn and bushes look neatly manicured? Is the address clearly visible? Are pretty flowers or plants framing the entrance? Is the walkway free from cracks and impediments?

 

5 Feng Shui Concepts to Help a Home Sell


To put the best face on a listing and appeal to buyers who follow feng shui principles, keep these tips in mind.

  1. Pay special attention to the front door, which is considered the "mouth of chi" (chi is the "life force" of all things) and one of the most powerful aspects of the entire property. Abundance, blessings, opportunities, and good fortune enter through the front door. It's also the first impression buyers have of how well the sellers have taken care of the rest of the property. Make sure the area around the front door is swept clean, free of cobwebs and clutter. Make sure all lighting is straight and properly hung. Better yet, light the path leading up to the front door to create an inviting atmosphere.
  2. Chi energy can be flushed away wherever there are drains in the home. To keep the good forces of a home in, always keep the toilet seats down and close the doors to bathrooms.
  3. The master bed should be in a place of honor, power, and protection, which is farthest from and facing toward the entryway of the room. It's even better if you can place the bed diagonally in the farthest corner. Paint the room in colors that promote serenity, relaxation, and romance, such as soft tones of green, blue, and lavender.
  4. The dining room symbolizes the energy and power of family togetherness. Make sure the table is clear and uncluttered during showings. Use an attractive tablecloth to enhance the look of the table while also softening sharp corners.
  5. The windows are considered to be the eyes of the home. Getting the windows professionally cleaned will make the home sparkle and ensure that the view will be optimally displayed.

 

5 Common First Time Home Buyer Mistakes

 

  1. They don't ask enough questions of their lender and end up missing out on the best deal. 
  2. They don't act quickly enough to make a decision and someone else buys the house. 
  3. They don't find the right agent who's willing to help them through the home buying process. 
  4. They don't do enough to make their offer look appealing to a seller. 
  5. They don't think about resale before they buy. The average first-time buyer only stays in a home for four years.

Kit

09-09-2013

Than you for all your time and energy put forth to help me find a new home!

 

Kit

Don and Linda

09-09-2013

Thank you so much for all you've done this entire year. It has meant a lot to us.

 

We hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your family.

 

Don and Linda

Thank you so much for all of your time and effort in trying to find us a home. It was so great working with you. Than you, too, for helping my dad list his house.

 

You will be highly recommended to our family and friends and we llok forward to working with you again.

 

Thanks again.

 

Josh and Jackie

Glenda and Ron

09-09-2013

We wanted to express our deep, sincere gratitude for helping us get the home that will ease our burdens and hopefully make life a little easier for us. I know we will be very happy and comfortable there. You understood and supported my vision and goal of keeping within our budget in working to become debt free. You were so kind and patient and we felt like we were your most important clients, even though we knew we were just "small potatoes."

 

You took the time to answer all our questions and address all our fears and concerns throughout our journey. You were understanding of our special needs, and patient with us if we had to cancel some appointments when Ron was not well. It meant so much to me that you helped with the utility appointments and stayed for the whole duration of the inspection as well as being there at the closing. We could feel that you were really in our corner.

 

I'm so thankful that my sister happend to find you randomly. In the end however, I don't believe that finding you was random or coincidence. I feel that God lead us to you and will always consider that you were a blessing in our time of need. We will be forever grateful. You can believe that my entire family will highly recommend you to all our friends (which number literally in the hundreds) for their real estate needs.

 

Glenda and Ron 

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