5 tips to predict home values in any neighborhood

                How do you predict the value of a neighborhood? While no one can say for sure how home values in a neighborhood will rise or decline over time, there are big-picture economic factors that you can look for to help get handle on where they may be going. Major regional employers. If a community depends upon one or two large companies for a high percentage of local employment, you can bet that as the company fares, so will the neighborhoods. While “company towns” are hardly the norm these days, don’t overlook the

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What it Means to Sell a House “As Is”

    Sometimes people inherit a home they simply need to unload and other times they don’t want to make the effort to make repairs or tune up the home’s curb appeal. For these home owners looking for a quick sale, they often think selling a home “as is” is the way to go. If you’re like most folks, you might think the “as is” sale means “take it or leave it” and “what you see is what you get.” But an “as is” sale isn’t necessarily a cakewalk. It doesn’t mean you’re completely exonerated from taking some responsibility for

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Building a new home in Central Ohio?

Thinking  of building a new home? Not sure how to start? Put my new home expertise to work for you by allowing me to guide you through the process. I have had vast experience with new home building throughout my 34 years in real estate. Whether custom or production, I can help make the journey easier.   Browse communities, floorplans and builders in the Central Ohio area on my new home site. Find out prices, availability, home sites and special deals. Save your favorites. This is your one stop shop for new homes in Central Ohio: http://showingnew.com/teresabutler

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How to Buy a Home with Bad Credit

  Do you believe your negative credit history disqualifies you from buying a home? That might not be the case. And even if you’re not in the position to buy today, there are some simple, effective actions you can take to boost your future prospects. If you’re like most people, buying a home means securing a mortgage. To secure that mortgage, you need to convince banks you’re a good bet. Here’s how to start on the path to making your dream home a real home:   Work towards a 10% down payment: Down payment assistance is very difficult to get

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5 steps that can improve your credit score in 100 days or less

(BPT) – Low interest rates, a strong economy and the turn of the seasons are all causing the real estate market to heat up. More homes on the market bring more competition to buy the inventory that is out there. And one way to stand apart from other buyers who are vying for their dream home is to take steps to improve your credit score now. “Preparing your finances is a must before the busy real estate season,” says Barrett Burns, president and CEO of credit score model developer VantageScore Solutions. “Knowing your credit scores and making improvements is essential

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Are You Really Ready to Sell?

  I love to sell homes. It’s a privilege and an honor to be a part of the process. I get great satisfaction from making my living helping people move on to the next phase of their life, whether it’s upsizing, downsizing, or simply relocating to a new neighborhood. But there is one sort of home seller I can’t really help: The seller who’s not really ready to sell. If you’re thinking about selling your home, don’t enter into the process lightly. It’s a big deal. There’s some stress and there’s a great opportunity for joy. There’s a big investment

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These Affordable Home Remodeling Ideas can Add to Your Home’s Resale Value

If you’re on a budget, that doesn’t mean that you can’t improve your home. While it’s true that home remodeling can be expensive in general, there are affordable home remodeling ideas that you can implement. Don’t underestimate these affordable home remodeling ideas. They will do a great job of improving how your home looks. They can also improve your quality of life. With these things in mind, it’s easy to see why they add to your home’s resale value. This is why they’re a good investment. They can benefit you now with a better home and later on with a

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Prepare for Your Move

  Moving is shown to be one of the most stressful situations a person can be put through and things can get even more stressful if you wait until the last minute to plan and organize your move. It is important to hire a Columbus real estate agent and movers, or at least ask for help from your family and friends ahead of time. You can also prepare for your move by renting from a Columbus self storage facility in your area. Be sure to get all of these things out of the way early so you aren’t scrambling at

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Up Your Home’s Curb Appeal with a New Fence

One common outdoor project? A new fence. Whether you’re looking to install a decorative wooden garden fence, a chain link border for your pets, or a substantial privacy fence, there are some things you’ll want to keep in mind before you begin: A permit may be required for fence construction. These may be issued by your county or your city, depending on where you live. The size of fence may dictate need for permit. Some communities do not require permits for smaller fences. If your fence shares a border with your neighbor, certain permits may require proof of your neighbor’s

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