September 17, 2014

0 Comments

Solar Lighting Landscaping

Add accents to your yard or garden and increase safety outside your house by using solar lighting in the landscape.  What used to be seen as a luxury item is now widely available to most homeowners at a reasonable cost thanks to solar technology. Solar lights contain solar cells that store energy from the sun […]

Continue reading...

September 5, 2014

0 Comments

kitchen upgrade

Are you ready for a kitchen upgrade but lacking an ‘everything but the kitchen sink’ kind of budget? Plenty of low-cost improvements can revive a kitchen without the need to rip out cabinets and rewire appliances. Consider these tips from ‘This Old House and HGTV’. Color Splash: With a new coat of paint and some […]

Continue reading...

August 19, 2014

0 Comments

Thinking of Buying a Utah Foreclosure Home?

Joel Carson

by Joel Carson Utah Real Estate President/Principle Broker I am frequently asked the question, “Can you really get a good deal on foreclosure propertied?” The answer is, “Absolutely!” with one qualification, “If you know where to find them.” Shopping for Salt Lake City foreclosure properties isn’t difficult at all. Purchasing them doesn’t have to be […]

Continue reading...

May 22, 2014

0 Comments

VA Approved Condos for Orange County, CA Veterans

va approved condos

Finding a VA approved condo in Orange County, CA is not always easy when searching for the first time. But with a little help and knowing the process, it can easy. An Orange County Veteran’s Search for a VA Approved Condo Recently, Orange County Veteran Mitch Gray, with VA loan PreApproval in hand, began the […]

Continue reading...

May 9, 2014

0 Comments

Fire Hazard at home Update

Tangled extension cords? Power strips galore?  You home’s wiring system might be working overtime with all the new gadgets you currently have – and might be at risk for igniting a fire.  Straighten out these wiring problems and more with tips from This Old House. Have a licensed electrician walk through your home every five […]

Continue reading...

May 8, 2014

0 Comments

California VA Loan Limits for 2014

2014 california va loan limits

The VA Loan limits for 2014 in California are higher than they were in 2013.  Because of the increase in property values in 2013 the limits were increased in many counties of California to levels higher than they had ever been. Several counties in northern California now have limits of $1,050,000, meaning a Veteran can […]

Continue reading...

May 6, 2014

0 Comments

What To Look For In A Final Walkthrough

You’ve made an offer, you’ve done the inspection and you’re looking forward to closing. The only step left before you buy your dream home is the final walkthrough – your chance to fix last-minute issues and decide if this is truly the house you want. New American Funding has years of experience helping people afford […]

Continue reading...

May 5, 2014

0 Comments

Slideshare: Home Loan Options for Veterans & Soldiers

Home Loan Options for Veterans and Soldiers from New American Funding View on Slideshare

Continue reading...

May 1, 2014

0 Comments

Stop Paying FHA Mortgage Insurance

remove fha mortgage insurance

Over the past few years FHA has been a primary source of financing for Orange County, CA home buyers. The reason is because FHA only requires a 3.5% down payment and loan limits in Orange County have remained fairly high due to higher priced homes compared to the rest of the country. The only downside […]

Continue reading...

April 15, 2014

0 Comments

Honua Kai Update

honua kai sunset

Maui is a very cyclical market, with high season (from mid December to early April) setting the stage for the remainder of the year.  By most accounts, the Maui real estate sector has seen another upward push in the first quarter of 2014. But as conditions can vary widely from one micro-market to the next […]

Continue reading...

April 13, 2014

0 Comments

Is DFW Real Estate a Good Investment?

Many people are turning to real estate as an alternative profitable investment. The income is ongoing in this type of investment. The value of the property appreciates in a long-run. With this in mind, many people are betting their monies in real estate. However, it can be risky sometimes, but it’s worth taking a risk […]

Continue reading...

April 13, 2014

0 Comments

DFW Real Estate Investment – Change Your Finical Situation

We Buy Houses

2014 has been called “the year of the horse”, which means it’s a year of endless opportunities for individuals who are brave enough to go out and seize it. Whether you are a young adult or an older person looking for a way to improve your financial situation in 2014, making sensible investments should be […]

Continue reading...

April 7, 2014

0 Comments

Keeping your energy bill low

Was your last gas bill higher than usual? Cold air might be finding its way into your house.  Conserve energy, save money and stay warm with these tips from the Department of Energy. Let the sun shine in!! During the day, open the curtains & blinds on the south side of the house.  Feel a […]

Continue reading...

February 17, 2014

0 Comments

How to Avoid Deficency Judgments When Short Selling a Home

Deficiency judgements are popular again, especially distressing now that the tax break for distressed owners has expired (as of this post). Short sellers continue to face the possibility of lenders chasing them for the “deficiency”, that difference between the amount owed on the mortgage and the amount approved in the short sale. If that bullet is dodged, short sellers may have […]

Continue reading...

February 17, 2014

0 Comments

Is a Pre-Listing Appraisal Worth Getting?

Does having a home “pre-appraised” make a difference? Is this money well spent by the average seller? Do buyers and buyer agents care; or are pre- listing appraisals not considered credible? Will a seller provided appraisal be accepted as “impartial” by a buyer?  A few things immediately come to mind when a seller provide appraisal is […]

Continue reading...

January 30, 2014

0 Comments

The Demise of the “Local Agent”

Just as walking through a kitchen doesn’t make someone a chef, an agent living in a neighborhood doesn’t make them a neighborhood expert. The information age is firmly ensconced in the real estate world, long gone are the days when agents were the gate keepers of the data. The days of MLS books printed quarterly and […]

Continue reading...

January 30, 2014

0 Comments

Tax Break for Distressed Homeowners Expires

The 2007 measure that exempted borrowers from federal taxes they normally would owe on assistance received from banks has expired. This hits the tax break on short sales and forgiven home loan debt arrangements, and many experts are concerned about the impact this will have. In short, federal taxes are now due on any mortgage […]

Continue reading...

January 30, 2014

0 Comments

About Half of Mortgage Mods End up Redefaulting

Roughly 50% of homeowners with modified mortgages redefault and billions and billions of tax payer dollars continue to go up in smoke. Despite critics calling for a stop or at least a reassessment of the program, money continues to flow. And the FHA just made it much easier for “damaged” buyers to get right back […]

Continue reading...

January 30, 2014

0 Comments

How to Keep an Agent Honest

real estate bobblehead

Listening to a real estate sales pitch makes people reach for poison. Agents droning on about how wonderful they are, how they’re number one, how their company is the best in Atlanta… This is how agents are trained; to use scripts, use talking points and continue to hammer things that however idiotic, are intended to impress […]

Continue reading...

January 19, 2014

0 Comments

Park City, Deer Valley 2013 Home Sales Stats Look Good

Joel Carson

by Joel Carson President/Principal Broker Utah Real Estate SLBR 2012 ‘Salesperson of the Year’ Home sales in the Park City and Deer Valley areas increased 18.44 percent in 2013 compared to the number of homes sold in 2012. We’re seeing these kinds of numbers all over the state and it’s great to see just how much […]

Continue reading...