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Terry’s Blog: When You Really Want To Sell Your Real Estate You Need To Read This!

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When You Really Want To Sell Your Real Estate You Need To Read This!
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Today’s economy is a stressful one, and selling your home can be difficult. Finding ways to get yourself ahead in the current market can not only be helpful, but essential. In this article we will discuss some tips recommended by the experts to help you sell your home fast.

When you are selling your home and working on the outside to add nice curb appeal take a look at your front door. A nice front door can go a long way in making the outside of your house look nice. Choose a bright or contrasting color so that it doesn’t match your house. Red looks good with green hues and blue goes well with orange hues.

Be prepared to negotiate and make counteroffers when selling a home in the fall. Many buyers that are in the market during these months are likely looking for a great bargain. Do not get offended by their offer, instead counteroffer with a price that you are willing to let the home go for.

When selling, keep your house staged in a ready state to attract buyers. People want to be able to imagine themselves in a home when they are considering buying. A warm home still filled with pictures, and furnishings will allow the prospective buyer a chance to see their items in place of yours. A cold, empty sterile property is not an inviting place to live.

An important tip to remember with real estate is the fact that declines in the market not only historically last longer, but also feel like a longer amount of time than the recovery period. This is important to know because you do not want to be caught unexpectedly when the market has changed and you are not prepared to sell.

In today’s tough economy you have to remain competitive if you want to sell your home fast. In this article, we have provided you with some of the most recommended tips that will help you get your house sold. The path to success is not an impossible one, just follow our advice.fbcoverTerryBornitz

Terry’s Blog: Tips On Getting The Most Out Of Your Home Mortgage

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Tips On Getting The Most Out Of Your Home Mortgage
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Have you been searching for a home mortgage but feel overwhelmed at all the information that is out there? Don’t worry, the following article will get you caught up on all the necessary information you must know when applying for a home mortgage. Even if you aren’t looking for a mortgage now, anyone can get valuable information by continuing to the article below.

If a 20% down payment is out of your league, do some shopping around. Different banks will have different offers for you to consider. Terms and rates will vary at each, some will give a lower downpayment, but a slightly higher interest rate. Look for the best mix for your current situation.

Try getting pre-approved for your mortgage. It helps you know what you’re able to spend before you bid on properties. It also helps you avoid getting attached to a home that is out of your price range. The process is generally simple: you contact a mortgage lender, submit the personal and financial information, and then wait for their response. Some information in this process will include the amount you can afford and your loan’s interest rate. You will receive a pre-approval letter from your lender, and then you’ll have the funds as soon as the seller accepts the bid. Your pre-approval process may not be this simple, but it could be.

Hire an attorney to help you understand your mortgage terms. Even those with degrees in accounting can find it difficult to fully understand the terms of a mortgage loan, and just trusting someone’s word on what everything means can cause you problems down the line. Get an attorney to look it over and make everything clear.

Now you can see how simple it is to understand everything there is to know about home mortgage. Although you won’t be an expert right away, with these tips here there is no reason why you can’t feel confident when searching for a home mortgage. Stick to what you read here to help make this home mortgage search an easy one.fbcoverTerryBornitz

Manhattan Hotelier Ian Reisner Buys Fire Island Property

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Fire Island Pines Pavilion

The owner of the Out NYC hotel has purchased an iconic Fire Island Pines property.

Joe.My.God reports:

A strip of commercial real estate along the harbor in Fire Island Pines sold for $10.1 million at auction on Thursday to developers with plans to continue the revival of a former mecca for closeted gay men. The sale price was well below the $25 million the previous owners sought when they placed it on the market last fall, and below the $17 million they paid for it in 2010. In a deal hammered out over more than six hours, the property was bought by Ian Reisner, who also owns the Out NYC, a hotel on West 42nd Street in Manhattan that focuses on a gay clientele. The deal is expected to close in February.

In a telephone interview, Mr. Reisner said he, his business partner and a small team of investors planned to spend $4 million over the next 18 months to “renovate and rejuvenate” the property, which includes a hotel, a nightclub, a restaurant, a bar and retail space. The Pavilion nightclub in Fire Island Pines was rebuilt after a 2011 fire and reopened, but in the interim the crowd moved on. “My idea for the Out was to have a place for L.G.B.T., because we didn’t have that at the time,” said Mr. Reisner, who said he has been visiting Fire Island Pines since he came out as gay in 1989. “The Pines is the Out.”

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Why Have Interest Rates Dropped?

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The headlines agree mortgage interest rates have dropped substantially below initial projections. Many who are considering purchasing a home, or moving up to their dream home, might think that they should wait to buy, because rates may continue to fall.

A recent article on the Economists’ Outlook blog by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) provides insight into one major factor in the decline in interest rates, the crude oil price.

“As of January 5, 2015, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported that the price of regular gasoline was $2.20/gallon, the lowest since gas prices peaked to about $ 4/gallon in May 2011.”

You may have noticed that filling your gas tank has become substantially less expensive in recent months. A welcome change from the close to $5 a gallon that many Americans were paying this time last year. The average US household is projected to save around $550 in 2015.

So what does that have to do with Interest Rates?

NAR explains the correlation like this:

“Lower oil prices mean lower inflation rate, which pushes down mortgage rates.”

Based on Freddie Mac’s weekly mortgage survey as of January 22, 2015, the 30-year fixed rate averaged 3.63% and the 15-year fixed rate averaged 2.93%.

“The decline in oil prices is generally positive to households by way of the gas savings and lower mortgage payments. That savings will boost consumer spending in other areas. But there may be some layoffs in oil-producing states.”

How long will rates stay low?

No one really knows how long oil prices will continue to support low mortgage rates. In a New York Times article, the author points to the fact that “adding hundreds of billions of dollars to consumer spending” could start to have a “counter effect” on rates as the economy continues to strengthen.

“If firms start hiring again, and wages increase — that’s when the level of all interest rates in the U.S. would increase.” 

Don’t wait too long

The low interest rates we are currently experiencing are not going to stay around forever. The current projections from Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, NAR and the Mortgage Bankers Association all agree that interest rates will increase to between 4.3-5.4% by the end of 2015.

BOTTOM LINE

NAR reports: “At the median home price of $205,300, a 0.75 percentage point drop in mortgage rates will yield savings of about $1,000 annually.”

If you are in a position to buy a home make sure that you meet with a local real estate professional with their finger on the pulse of what’s going on in the market. Don’t let a delay in purchasing impact your family’s financial future.

courtesy of: keepingcurrentmatters.com

Terry’s Blog: A Guide To Purchasing The Right Home For You

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A Guide To Purchasing The Right Home For You
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Suppose you are moving to a new town because you have just gotten a job there. How do you decide on the area where you want to live? The Chamber of Commerce can be a good place to start. They can give you information about a much wider area and put you in touch with accredited real estate agents.

Private or hard money loans from real estate investors may be your only option if you are planning on flipping a house in today’s real estate market. While they are costly, they are much more lenient in their terms and easier to obtain on short notice, keeping you from having to pass up on a good deal.

One of the biggest mistakes people make when buying home when buying a home, is falling in love with the decor that was there during the showing or open house. You are buying a home for it’s structure, layout and design, not the furnishings. Try to remove these images from your mind and look past them when touring a home.

House hunters looking for a bargain ought to focus their efforts on sellers likely to be particularly motivated. Homeowners who have a specific need to make a sale in a hurry are invariably the ones most willing to drop their asking price. In order to identify such sellers, try to find properties that have been listed for a significant amount of time, or have already undergone one or more reductions in price.

You begin your search by broadly and gradually narroweing its focus. When you find a nice-looking neighborhood close to your new job, take a moment to walk around and get to know the area. Don’t hesitate to strike up conversations with neighbors asking about schools and so on. Once decided, you’ll just need to go to a real estate agent to check out listings in your chosen neighborhood so that you can find the best home for you with the best location!fbcoverTerryBornitz

Terry’s Blog: From Novice To Pro With These Home Selling Tips

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From Novice To Pro With These Home Selling Tips
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The majority of people who find themselves in the position of needing to sell real estate are novices. If you need to sell your property, but are unsure of where to begin and how to improve your chances, keep reading.

If you are trying to sell your home, keep personal items minimally visible. Potential buyers who visit your home are hoping to picture themselves living there. Having personal photos and mementos everywhere only serves to remind them that it is someone else’s home. You can bring out and proudly display everything once you are in your new home.

To sell your home at a fair price, ask several real estate agent to estimate its value and ask them how much their agencies will charge you for listing and selling your home. If you cannot find a quick agency, you can list your home yourself very easily on the internet.

When selling a home, spring is the ideal time to do it. Many families do not want to uproot their children during the school year. Get your home ready for the market during the winter months and list it by late February. This will give you five months to sell during the peak months of the year.

If issues come up during the house inspection, when you are trying to sell a house, you have a few options. You can agree to do any work and be done with it or you can have the selling prices adjusted to reflect the fix and have the buyer take care of it. You can adjust the selling price for half the amount, if you feel the buyer should also help in paying for the fix. Finally, you can do nothing and accept that the buyer may walk. Most people are only aware of the first and last option, so it is good to know there are other choices, especially if you do not have time to deal with it, prior to the sale. Offering to adjust the price can help keep the buyer from walking.

Regardless if you’re selling out of want or need, the tips you just read in this article can help you move your property in a timely fashion without having to suffer any big losses. The market can be tricky, but this does not mean that a skilled, informed person cannot sell quickly and easily and get top dollar.fbcoverTerryBornitz

Top 20 Terms to Know for Real Estate Transactions

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Realtor Hedy Goldman

Realtor Hedy Goldman

The process of buying or selling a home can be complicated. With the multiple state, city, and local regulations, as well as legal contracts to consider, many buyers and sellers find the process fraught with confusing and difficult to understand industry jargon.

In order to cover all the bases and to ensure a smooth, stress-free experience where the interests of all parties are protected, all prospective buyers and sellers are advised to consult with an experienced professional on every transaction.

Even with the help of a professional, informed consumers are in the best position to protect their interests and get the most value for their investments. General knowledge of the basic elements of real estate contracts and terms is a great tool for buyers and sellers of all degrees and experience levels.

Buyers and sellers – terms you need to know

1. Amendments – Any change, addition, or correction to parts of a contract that does not alter the principal of the overall contract.

2. Appraisal – An estimate of the value of property after an inspection or evaluation.

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Authored By Hedy Goodman – See the Full Story at SDGLN

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Terry’s Blog: Thinking About Buying Real Estate? Read These Tips First

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Thinking About Buying Real Estate? Read These Tips First
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You cannot go anywhere without somebody giving you their advice about buying real estate. You do not know if they are telling you good information or just what they might have picked up on from unknown sources. If you want the real information and want to be your own expert on the subject, this article is for you.

When buying a home, get pre-approved. Don’t think that being pre-qualified means the same as pre-approved. If you have been pre-approved, it means that a lender has taken a look at your credit history and financial information and is prepared to offer you a loan. They will let you know exactly what you can afford to buy and how much they are prepared to loan you. Pre-qualified, simply means that you are qualified to go through the pre-approval process.

If you don’t want to regret your new home purchase, you should pay careful attention to the neighborhood where the home is located. Check the immediate area and see if there are a large number of homes for sale. Check for closed businesses, closed schools or a large number of available rentals. Any of these things could point to a decline in the neighborhood.

If you’re not finding an ideal home in your price range within desirable neighborhoods, considering fixer-uppers will open options for you. The neighborhood is such an important factor in being happy in your home, you may want to lower the standards of the house enough to make it affordable to stay in the better neighborhood. Fixing up a house is a great way to make it truly your home!

In conclusion, it can be trying to listen to so-called experts give you their opinion on buying real estate. The tips and tricks in this article have been widely proven time and time again. Hopefully this article will help to either clear up what you were unsure about, or give you some new information.fbcoverTerryBornitz

“Looking” Treats All of San Francisco as a Gayborhood

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LookingThis week’s red carpet premier for the second season of “Looking” used the kind of backdrop that might have seemed fitting for a show about gay men digging through lust, love and angst in San Francisco. The stars stood underneath the Castro Theatre’s neon sign with a drag queen on the sidewalk nearby and several gay dance clubs across the street.

But on the show, the Castro doesn’t see as much screentime as you might expect for a district considered San Francisco’s “gayborhood” for a half-century. (You can see the proof in this nifty map that Curbed SF compiled.) Instead, characters jump from SoMa restaurants to Mission clubs to Oakland basement apartments to raves in Muir Woods in scenes filmed on site instead of on a soundstage.

“That’s the truth of any big city like San Francisco. In New York, not all the gays live in Chelsea,” said lead actor Jonathan Groff, who is gay and said his favorite San Francisco bar was Zeitgeist in the Mission District, not the Castro.

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Authored By Cory Weinberg – See the Full Story at BizJournals.com

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Terry’s Blog: Tactics That Will Help You Get What You Want Out Of Your Next Real Estate Sale

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Tactics That Will Help You Get What You Want Out Of Your Next Real Estate Sale
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Is your home currently on the market? Or are you getting ready to put in the market? Either way, being given crucial information about home selling can not hurt you, it can only help you. The following article is going to provide you with vital tips on selling your home.

The Internet can be a godsend to the homeowner looking to sell a house. Online house listings put tons of information in front of the potential buyer, and they update much faster than other listings. Making use of real estate websites can save the buyer or seller plenty of footwork and let him or her devote more time to the other aspects of home buying.

Many people forget that keeping your home neat and tidy for open houses and showings is very important. A dirty or messy house can convey to buyers that you have not done a good job of keeping up with the property or taking good care of it while you owned it.

If you’re looking to improve your house to improve its value and increase your chances of selling it, start with the floors. If you have linoleum in your kitchen, hallway, bathroom, wherever, get rid of it. Instead, replace it with tile. It looks a lot better, and will increase your chances of selling your house.

When planning a renovation in order to sell your home, it’s important not to over-do the property. If you renovate a home to the point where it is worth significantly more than other properties in the neighborhood, you are unlikely to see a return on your investment. If the renovation won’t increase the selling price of the home, skip it.

As stated at the beginning of this article, no matter if your home is already on the market or if you are going to be putting it there soon, being provided with helpful information can only help ease the process. Take the tips given to you in this article and use it toward the goal of selling your home.fbcoverTerryBornitz