The Very Best of Real Estate Posts For January 2020

Extra! Extra! The cream of the crop Real Estate articles. Hot off the presses when it comes to published Real Estate articles. They’ve risen to the top. You get it…they’re pretty darn good at educating and entertaining home sellers, home buyers and in fact, anyone seeking out Real Estate knowledge.

In his monthly publication of such articles, Bill Gassett has awarded me the opportunity to be involved in the selection process this month. Here is what I’ve picked from the crop of Real Estate articles – never an easy job with all the Real Estate bloggers out there. These bloggers do a fantastic job when it comes to pumping out quality material month after month. Enjoy.

The Best Real Estate Articles Jan 2020 Self Storage Options

When the time comes to move your personal belongings into storage, you’re going to have many options in which to choose from based on your individual needs. To know what you need, you’re going to have to complete a thorough inventory of what it is you’ll be storing, such as how much space you’ll need, does the storage has to be air-conditioned, and what is your pricing budget, to name just a few. Here Bill Gassett’s featured article covers the bases of your need for a storage unit and how they’ll be priced.

Lots of people will do a Google search for something like storage companies near me. Now you don’t need to anymore searching as this is the most comprehensive guide you will find out choosing a storage facility.

You’ve got questions on self-storage, and Bill has the answers for you.

The Magic of Buying a Home

You’re in a trance, under a spell, all wrapped up in your thoughts of buying a home. It’s as if you can’t think of anything else. Does this sound like you? Home buying can do this to us. After all, our homes are the most treasured places that we spend an awful lot of time thinking about it until we finally become a homeowner.

When you’re under such a spell to buy a home, it’s entirely possible that you won’t always be thinking clearly. And, because of this, my featured article (Lynn Pineda) I’ve included, goes over the essential don’ts to click yourself out of that spell.

Home Staging and the Benefits of Keeping it to a Minimum

In this featured article artfully written by Karen Highland, she expresses how practicing minimalism in the staging of one’s home, will significantly benefit any home Seller. So much about selling a home involves taking out the emotions that home Sellers have lingered on in their homes. Any Seller who can achieve this is setting up their home to appeal to more home buyers.

When home Buyers see staged minimalism it leaves room for them to fill all the space in with their lifestyle, thus making it easier for them to envision them living in the home seller’s property; ultimately, leading to a home buyer wanting to present an offer to buy the seller’s home.

What to Know About Reverse Mortgages

Have you heard the advertisements on televisions and wondered what the scoop was with a reverse mortgage. These types of loans are perfect for older folks who don’t have a strong income anymore. By having a reverse mortgage you are able to tap the equity in your home. In order to be eligible for a reverse mortgage, you must be at least sixty-two years old and have substantial equity.

In the article at Realty Times, see a detailed overview of what you should know about reverse mortgages. Above all else, make sure you don’t get scammed, as this is prevalent in the reverse mortgage industry.

Inspections When Buying a Home

Home inspections are such an integral part of the home buying process, and knowing what really matters is critically important for any home buyers. Michelle Gibson highlights 15 things that you’ll want to be sure you get inspected by your home inspector.

In her featured article, she lists just what the inspector will look at during his/her inspection. She covers all of the things that will make a world of difference for a home buyer.

Some buyers go out of their way to pick the cheapest inspector possible. This is a significant mistake. The adage of you pay for what you get is so true when it comes to inspections. Here is what you can expect to pay for a home inspection, as well as other important points you should know.

What to Know About Purchasing a Fixer-Upper Property

Are you considering buying a home that needs a significant amount of work? Before buying a fixer-upper, there are a series of questions you should ask yourself before getting involved in such an extensive renovation project. It is easy to get in over your head when you don’t know what you’re doing. In the article at RISMedia, you will get some helpful guidance on some of the most vital things to think about before putting down your deposit on this kind of property.

How to Make Buyers Love your Home

Isn’t that what it is all about when selling a home? You want buyers to love your home, so they’ll buy your home right away and for the most money. Well, just how can you do it? Don’t fret, as Xavier De Buck’s featured article provides some amazing tips to put love in the air for all prospective home buyers.

In his article, Xavier talks tips, with 5 in fact, that include; “Potential buyers love a home that is bathed in natural sunlight instead of homes that are lightened with bulbs.”

Inherent Risk with Investing in Real Estate

Understanding all the moving parts is critical when venturing into Real Estate. Paul Sian discusses what you need to be aware of when you’re considering Real Estate as an investment. Setting the stage for profit begins with upfront preparation, funds to complete, and maintenance of your property, along with having the right people on your team.

Always remember to avoid potential problems and understand your risks, as Paul suggests in his featured article. Look forward to Real Estate, indeed being the right avenue for creating long term wealth.

Selling a Home Could be a Great Idea

Is now the time to sell your home? Here in her recent article featured here, Devon Thorsby covers up to date reasons behind why you should sell your home now, in 2020.

Devon writes on reports that are indicating 2020 may just be an excellent time to sell a home with the market being set up ideally for such a home sale. She discusses the low-interest-rate environment and the entry of new home buyers to the Real Estate market.

Is Buying the Worst House in the Neighborhood a good idea?

It’s all about extremes, and extremes do not seem to work out the best in the long run, whether you’re the best or worst in the neighborhood. Here Luke Skar highlights the problems you’ll face when buying the worst house in the neighborhood.

The glaring most obvious as Luke’s featured article points out is that the home is the WORST house – how good can that be?! And, if history is any indication of future performance, beware.

Will a Dirty House Affect My Appraisal

Lots of home sellers wonder what an appraiser is going to be looking at when they come to visit their house. It is essential for sellers to do what they can to be in the best condition possible before an appraiser arrives for their visit.

In his informative article, Geoff Southworth provides some excellent tips on what the appraiser will be doing and whether or not the cleanliness makes a difference. Do you know the answer? Find out here.

A Home Buying Road Map

Imagine a map to guide you on your home buying experience – that would be helpful, don’t you think?! Jeff Nelson has created such a home buying guide in his featured article here that’s all things home buying.

It will most likely be the same whether you’re a first time home buyer or a repeat buyer, and as a repeat home buyer, the steps will ring more vital as you’ve already experienced a home purchase.

And, as Jeff explains, there are a lot of spokes in the wheel to home buying, so when you’re ready, get with your Realtor on the road to homeownership.

Remodeling Bathrooms for Maximum Appeal

What can you do to your bathroom(s) to make home buyers fall in love? Here Anita Clark shares some advice about remodeling bathrooms that Buyers find most appealing. She uncovers what will be most worth your effort to remodel along with what items will provide you with the most return on your investment.

And her featured article doesn’t stop there, as she also includes some smart staging ideas for a bathroom.

Earnest Money and How it Differs from a Down Payment

You’ve probably heard these terms float around and wonder how they differ. Here in her featured article, Sharon Paxson lays out the differences of earnest money and down payments.

Earnest money is signaling to the home Seller that you are interested in buying their home. Sharon discusses typical earnest money deposits when going under contract to buy a home.

A down payment is set aside towards your purchase price and can vary depending upon whether you’re financing your home purchase or paying cash. Be sure to read as Sharon discusses down payments also. The National Association also published an excellent refresher for real estate agents this month on what to know about earnest money as well.

Reasons Behind an Offer to Purchase a Home is Declined?

Oh, the reasons behind a rejected purchase offer. There can be many, and here in his featured article, Kevin Vitali examines the many reasons, highlighting the most common. Understanding the causes will better prepare you for setting up your offer to purchase a seller’s home, lessening the possibility of rejection.

You’ll find that commonly, declined offers are due to a low price, financing, good faith deposits, closing dates, contingencies, and more. Be sure to read Kevin’s entire article to learn all you can about offer are being declined. By understanding what causes of rejecting, you can learn how to craft an offer that won’t be!

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Lynn Pineda


About the author: The above article on the top real estate articles for January 2020 was written by Lynn Pineda. Lynn has been a licensed Southeast Florida Real Estate agent for 14 years and currently works for eXp Realty in Coral Springs, Florida.