Month: February 2010

Historical Real Estate

All throughout the world, history has been made at the home.  That is where the world’s greatest influences have done most of their thinking.  That is where the world’s leaders have relaxed and let their guard down.  That is where the world changes, at the home.  These historical sites are often protected by the government that they helped to change…

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Extreme Homes

There are some very luxury and very extreme homes around the world.  These extreme pieces of real estate often express their owner’s sense of style and vision.  They may be energy efficient, being able to put electricity into the electrical grid rather than take it out.  They may simply be quirky and radical in design.  Some have become museums and…

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Choosing the Best Home Improvement Strategy

There are many additions that people can do to their home to personalize it or to simply increase the value of the home.  Some of these additions or changes to the piece of real estate are obvious.  Some of these changes are more subtle.  Avoiding an increase in taxes for these improvements has also been a subject of great interest…

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Do Pets Help Pick the Real Estate?

Pets are the key to many people’s hearts.  While cats are exceptionally versatile and do not necessarily need to go outside, dogs need to be outside on a regular basis.  The size of the home lived in can also greatly impact on the health and happiness of the dog, where a cat is only concerned if the home is dry…

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Home Improvement Strategy

There are many additions that people can do to their home to personalize it or to simply increase the value of the home.  Some of these additions or changes to the piece of real estate are obvious.  Some of these changes are more subtle.  Avoiding an increase in taxes for these improvements has also been a subject of great interest…

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Are You Keeping Up With the Joneses

People have been competing for the best homes and the best stuff for their homes since people quit living in caves, although it may been going on as far back as that.  This process is frequently known as keeping up with the Jones’s.  This wanting to have something that another has or wanting better than what that individual has is…

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What is a Buyer’s Agent?

In real estate, there are certain agents who are known as buyer’s agents. These agents are just like any other real estate agent in that they have to sell houses and they have to pass a test to qualify for a realtor’s license. However, a buyer’s agent is a bit different in that their main goal is to represent buyers…

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What is an Assumable Mortgage?

What is an assumable mortgage? In this economy, with buying and selling houses being so difficult, many people are starting to ask this question as they gradually hear about different ways they can get (or get rid of) a house. In many cases, an assumable mortgage can be a lifesaver for both buyer and seller, as it allows the seller…

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What is Considered a First Time Home Buyer for Mortgage Purposes?

You’ve probably heard a lot about special mortgage programs for first time home buyers. These programs provide some really good deals for people who fall into this category, such as lower down payments, looser credit requirements, and lower interest rates in some cases. You can also often qualify for down payment assistance grants if you are a first time home…

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When a Dream Home Needs Work

That dream home that you searched for is now yours, but there are changes and upgrades that need to be made. Choosing a home contractor is the first step is refurbing that home, but how can you ensure the home contractor you find is the best one for the job? Step 1 – Meet with the contractor. The first step…

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