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8 Factors that Enhance a Home’s Value

Text Version: Looking for the best return on investment on the home you're buying? Consider these factors, which Realtor.com identified by analyzing millions of sales nationwide: 1. Small Size. Over the last five years, homes under 1,200 s.f. are favorites of retiring boomers and first-time buyers' and have appreciated by an average of 7.5% per year - While homes 2,400 s.f. or larger have risen just...

How to Protect Your Identity When Buying a Home

Text Version: Thieves are using ever-more sophisticated scams to steal your identity and ultimately, your down payment. To help protect yourself, consider these suggestions: * Install malware protection software on your computer to help block online attacks. * Create strong passwords for your computer and smart devices and change them regularly. * Add lock-out software that blocks access to your...

The Hidden Value of Homeownership

Text Version: Owning a home doesn't just help you build wealth. It also impacts your life and your children's lives. Here are some of the specific benefits homeowners may enjoy over renters: 1. Homeowners are healthier and live longer. 2. Owning a home reduces the likelihood of divorce. 3. Homeowners are less likely to suffer from depression. 4. City homeowners are less likely to be victims of...

Tips to Prepare a Budget Before Buying a New Home

Most buyers start the process having no idea what they can afford. A good general tip is to calculate ownership costs and live within that budget while still renting. ST. LOUIS – It’s virtually impossible to know what size home you can afford if you aren’t fully aware of how much money you are earning and how much you are spending each month. Start with your income: How much do you bring home...

The 10 Commandments When Applying for a Home Mortgage

When you're in the process of applying for a home loan, or if you think you'll begin the process in the near future, there are some things you should avoid doing to prevent any impacts to your credit. Here they are: Thou SHALT NOT change jobs, become self-employed or quit your job. Thou SHALT NOT buy a car, truck or van (or you may be living in it)! Thou SHALT NOT use charge cards excessively...

9 Tips for Buying a Vacation Home

Text Version: 1. Consider how you'll use the home. Will it just be for family and friends, or do you plan to rent it as well? And realistically, how many times will you use it per year? 2. Evaluate locations. Are there enough amenities and attractions to keep you and renters coming back year after year? 3. Talk to the locals. What do they love about the area? What's changing? And what's it like...

10 Most Common Flaws Found During Home Inspection

Text Version: In a study of more than 50,000 residences, here are the top 10 defects found during home inspections. 54.9% Doors need adjusting/servicing 54.8% Faucets and shower heads need servicing 54.5% Exterior caulking/sealant missing 53.7% Outlet or light switch problems 48% No circuit breaker (GFCI) protection 45.1% Missing or defective smoke alarms 45% Cosmetic or sheetrock...

New to JasonTaubRealtor.com: Mortgage Calculator

When you're ready to begin searching for a home to purchase, it's important to determine the maximum monthly mortgage payment that fits within your budget. Using an online mortgage calculator, such as the one now available on JasonTaubRealtor.com, can help with this. By inputting just a few items such as price, downpayment, interest rate and mortgage term (often 30 years), you'll get an estimated...

How to Save for Your First Home

Text Version: Want to buy your first home but need help coming up with the down payment? Consider these tips to set you on the right path. 1. Figure out what you can afford.  Be realistic and factor in the monthly costs for repairs, property taxes and more you'll face as a homeowner. 2. Talk to your Realtor about special financing programs.  Many programs for first-timers offer lower down...

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