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How to Choose the Perfect City for Your Vacation Home
By Tim Anderson and Harry Chandler, RIS Media
Purchasing a vacation home is a great way to ensure that you always have a place to escape, without worrying about crammed hotel rooms and the inconvenience of living out of a suitcase for a week. When you own a vacation home, you can pack and leave at your convenience, because you always have a home away from home ready for you to utilize. If buying a vacation home appeals to you, you will need to choose the right location to ensure that the home remains a valuable, welcome part of your family. Here are some factors to consider as
you make the decision.
Convenience to Your Home First, determine if the location is convenient enough to make a vacation home appealing. How close is the vacation destination to your home? While it is great
to “get away,” the reality is that you may not wish to fly every time the opportunity to go on vacation arises. Especially with the rising cost of airline tickets, you may wish to choose a
location within a short drive of your home.
New Study Shows Homeowners Reap Remodeling Benefits Whether Selling or Staying
By RIS Media
Homeowners preparing to sell often make improvements, both big and small, to their homes that can help yield positive results and garner top dollar from buyers. According to a new report from the National Association of REALTORS®, remodeling projects can also bring major benefits to homeowners who choose to remain in their homes.
According to NAR’s 2015 Remodeling Impact Report, which uncovers the reasons homeowners choose a remodel and the increased happiness certain projects bring once completed, 64 percent have experienced increased enjoyment in their home after completing a remodeling project. Additionally, 75 percent of respondents says they felt a major sense of accomplishment when thinking of their completed project. Fiftyfour percent of respondents felt happy about the changes to their home, and 40 percent felt satisfied. As for their reasons to complete a remodeling project, 38 percent of homeowners says they wanted to upgrade wornout surfaces, finishes and materials; 17 percent wanted to add features and improve livability; and 13
percent believed it was time for a change.
16 Signs It’s Time To Move To A New House
By Jen Juneau, Trulia
Take a deep breath and ask yourself: Has the time come to relocate?
Moving isn’t anyone’s favorite thing to do. Aside from the physical process of shifting everything you own into a new space and/or paying people to do so, there are many other factors to consider, such as budget, location, and (perhaps most importantly) your sanity. But the challenges are worth the struggle if you’ve reached the point where relocation truly is best for you.
If you’re on the fence about moving, start 2016 off right by perusing these 16 signs that it’s time to take the plunge and start a new house search. Then get started by searching for homes
for sale in Santa Fe, NM, or wherever you call home!
4 Numbers That Determine Your Buying Power
By Kayla Albert, Trulia
Make sure you have a sense of how you measure up in these four key ways before you start the house hunt.
When it comes to deciding on a home to purchase, the list of things to consider can be lengthy. But while you might be comparing square footage, finishes, and neighborhoods,
mortgage lenders are looking at the specific numbers that make up your financial picture with the same discerning eye. These numbers will not only impact your ability to buy that
home for sale in Santa Fe, NM, but they will also measure your buying power.
What makes a great first home? Check out these points.
By Blake Miller, Trulia
For many, buying a house can be a big leap into adulthood, especially if you’re transitioning from renting a downtown studio to owning a four-bedroom Colonial on a cul-de-sac. Enter
the idea of a starter home. Starter homes are bought with the intention of making them a transitional home: not your “forever home” but a comfortable spot to set down roots for a while, maybe until you start a family or your career takes off.
You don’t have to pretend the holidays don’t exist if your home is on the market this time of year.
By Blake Miller, Trulia
Selling a home during the holidays can be tricky. Decorations could turn off potential buyers, who may have been interested in buying that home for sale in Sioux Falls, SD — if they hadn’t
been distracted by the huge collection of inflatable decor in the front yard.
“Curb appeal is an important element of real estate at any time of the year,” says professional home stager Krisztina M. Bell of Virtually Staging Properties Inc. in Atlanta. “During the holiday season, curb appeal often takes on a new meaning as people decorate their homes and landscapes to reflect the joy [of the season]. There is a fine line between attractive outdoor
decorating and pushing the limits, especially when staging a home during the holidays.”
7 Reasons You Shouldn’t Wait Until Spring To List Your Home For Sale
By Meaghan Agnew, Trulia
Winter offers some unique opportunities for sellers, so ignore your instincts to let your home hibernate. It’s one of real estate’s most enduring mantras: If you want to list your house, you should sit out the winter season and let it hit the market in the spring instead. But like so many things in life, finding the best time to sell a house or list is more complicated.