How To Turn A Profit Flipping Land Into Residential Property

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Reality TV shows have inspired people to flip houses for profit. They make it look fun, easy and the type of business anyone with some capital can get into. Every once in a while, house-flipping episodes show an underperforming sale and a financial loss. That is why people in the flipping business need a cushion in case things don’t pan out. This brings us to a slightly different approach. Some speculators start out flipping land. Yes, that’s right. Land. Flipping Land Can Be Less Risky Than Homes Rough land can be far less expensive to invest in than blighted homes.…
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Five Reasons Why Spring Is The Perfect Time To Sell

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Spring is many people's favorite season of the year. Obviously, there are many valid reasons why this is so. One of the best things about spring is that it is an ideal time to sell your home. If you have considered putting your home on the market any time in the next year or so, check out these five reasons which make spring the ideal time. Buyers are searching - A huge majority of home buyers want to move during summer. Many families have school or work vacations that make the moving process a little easier during this time. If…
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Solar Roof Panels: A Mainstream Option For Homeowners?

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Do rooftop solar panels add value to a home, and are they cost-effective in terms of energy savings? The short answer is yes, say the experts. Although more than a million U.S. homes boasted solar panels in 2016, the percentage of solar-equipped households is still miniscule.  That may change, however, as domestic prices for solar installations continue to decrease and property values rise. The Pros And Cons Of Solar While there is global agreement on the need to encourage cost-effective, non-polluting renewable energy sources, it is also acknowledged that solar effectiveness is not equal in all locations or situations.  Several Southwestern states…
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Your Guide To Aging In Place Home Modifications

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If you've had to watch your parents transition into assisted living, you may have no desire to call such a place home. You are not alone. According to the Aging in Place Housing Survey conducted by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), more than 90 percent of seniors want to remain in their home. Many survey respondents said that they would rather use nursing home funds towards purchasing a home that is suited for aging in place or making accessible home modifications.   You’ve probably heard the buzzwords — aging in place, non-assisted living, universal design — these phrases…
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Best Tax Deductible Home Improvements for Homeowners

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Before delving into tax-deductible home improvements, it's important to understand that these tax deductions won't be applied immediately. In most cases, homeowners can only benefit, tax-wise, from their home renovations later, when they sell their home. It's important for homeowners to keep receipts for their improvements, though so they have proof of the improvements they made, even if it's years later when they sell their residence. Typical Renovations/ Home Improvements That Can Yield Eventual Tax Benefits A home improvement is any project that substantially adds value to a home. It can include adapting it to be more useful or be…
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6 Money Making Tips For The First Time Home Seller

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Today's homebuyers can have specific ideas and personal preferences that influence their decision on what attracts them to a particular property. While some prefer a fixer-upper, many desire a home that’s as close to turn-key as possible. First time home sellers may help expedite the process with these six home selling tips.  Determine Right Listing Price A home priced competitively in its market typically sells faster. Professional REALTORS® know the area and look at comparative listings to help determine the right listing price. First time home sellers often think their home should list higher, and this can turn away buyers.…
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7 Tips To Plan A Spring Yard ‘Tune-Up’ Before Listing A Home For Sale

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The oft-repeated maxim that there is never a second chance to make a great first impression is especially true when it comes to real estate. Street appeal may focus on a dramatic approach to the front door, but prospective buyers will be especially "wowed" by an appealing back yard. Early spring is the perfect time to add some new plants, set out pots of blooming flowers and focus on one memorable feature. A little work now will pay big dividends later, in terms of buyer interest, increased showings, quick offers, and even a higher price. Here are 7 ideas that are…
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5 Tips For Prospective Buyers To Submit A Winning Offer

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In a hot real estate market, agents often tell buyers they must expect to make multiple offers before one is accepted. Disappointment may be the new normal rather than an exception. The stress of repeated rejections isn't easy, so be prepared. Significant numbers of first-time buyers find the process difficult, and recent research indicates that about 60 percent of Millennials choose to rent rather than own, delaying other important life decisions, including marriage and family.  There are, however, at least 5 ways to strengthen your buyer profile and give yourself an advantage:  Check Your Credit Take advantage of the free credit checks offered by…
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6 Top Trending Green Features To Consider When Remodeling

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Sustainable materials, energy savings and smart home technology are high on the list of buyer wants in a home. But there are some other architectural and design trends that will change the way Americans live this year and beyond. When planning a remodel, it pays to pay attention to green features, as well as to improved floor plans that will make a home more comfortable, more appealing and more functional.  Here's a list of what's hot right now: Natural and Sustainable Materials Eco-consciousness and concerns about individual health and wellness prompted a return to natural woods and stone, as well as organic forms…
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7 Excellent Ideas For Building An Eco-Friendly Home

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In recent years, building an environmentally friendly home or updating an existing home to be more energy efficient has become much more mainstream. While building an entirely green residence isn't always fiscally possible, simple eco-friendly building techniques and upgrades will ultimately lower your water and electricity bills. These green home improvements will save you money in the long run, while also saving the planet. The following are some of the easiest ways to lower your carbon footprint when building or updating a home.  Build or Purchase a Smaller Home Smaller homes naturally have a lower impact on the environment. There is less square footage…
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