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Archive for April, 2010
Thinking of selling your home? Before you consider showings, get the basic checklist done. Home inspectors check theses same types of items. Once this list is complete, you are ready to stage your home for showings and open houses. Patch all holes and cracks in walls and ceilings. Fix all broken appliances and HVAC systems. Repair leaky faucets. Replace worn carpeting. [...]
Information regarding development funds that are available to provide a portion of the minimum down payment and closing costs is below. If you need assistance or have questions about these programs, please contact me. Rick Lauschke Madison County Community Development Homebuyer Program Many homebuyers are not aware of the existence of community development funds that [...]
Thinking About Remodeling your Home For the second year in a row, Realtors® report that exterior remodeling projects return the most money as a percentage of cost, as detailed in the 2008 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report. On a national level wood decks and siding replacements returned more that 80 percent of the project costs [...]
If you have pets and cherish them the way we do ours, you will want to be aware of holiday hazards that could cause your pets to be very sick or even die. Check out this link, http://rismedia.com/wp/2008-12-14/tips-for-protecting-your-pets-during-the-holidays from RISMedia for tips on protecting your pets during the holidays.
Many individuals may look at moving to a new house or apartment as a huge undertaking, especially the first time. Having moved four times in 20 years, I think the following article from Rismedia(http://rismedia.com/wp/2008-08-08/5-big-mistakes-consumers-make-when-moving/) could prove helpful. The 5 big mistakes include: - Getting a quote over the phone or internet - Waiting too long [...]
In today’s economic environment many homeowners are facing the real threat of losing their homes and out of desperation may grasp at any solution to remedy their problems. Beware of potential mortgage rescue scams. These companies will claim they can save your credit rating and home by working as an intermediary and collect upfront fees [...]
Spring is a great time to sell your house. It is important to get your house in tip top shape to sell in this historically slow housing market. Selling in this environment requires the house be priced right and sellers pay attention to detail so that their house competes best in the market. A recent [...]
Not much time left on this. Originally posted 11/10/2009… The Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009 has extended the tax credit of up to $8,000 for qualified first-time home buyers purchasing a principal residence. The tax credit now applies to sales occurring on or after January 1, 2009 and on or before April [...]
Here are our latest listings for open houses this weekend.
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