Monthly Archives: October 2011

4 Ways to Reduce Your Home Loan Interest Rate

Posted by JD Esajian // October 31, 2011

A mortgage’s interest rate is the most important variable to consider when financing a new home. The percentage of your loan that you pay in interest could mean the difference between spending a thousand and tens of thousands more than your real estate investment’s sale price. As a result, you should take every step you can to get a low interest rate. Here are four ways to get started:

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4 (Weird) Threats to Your Property Value

Posted by JD Esajian // October 30, 2011

Every homeowner likes making their house unique, but it’s not always good to stand out. Sometimes what you think gives your home character will actually drive down your property value when you list your house on the market. Here are four odd threats to your sticker price you should be aware of:

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5 Ways to Make Your Home Greener

Posted by JD Esajian // October 28, 2011

Environmental awareness isn’t just a major talking point these days – it’s also a major selling point. If you’re listing your real estate investment on the market, taking some steps to make your home eco-friendly could wind up earning you a lot more green when it comes time to close the sale. Here are five ways you can start making your home more environmentally responsible.

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Flipping Houses: Those Leaky Pipes

Posted by JD Esajian // October 27, 2011

If you’re into rehabbing properties, you’ll eventually come across a real estate investment whose plumbing needs a little TLC. While major work should be left to the professionals, fixing a few leaky pipes yourself is easier than it looks, and it’s a great way to pull your property value out of the basement. Here are a few tips to get you started:

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Buying a Home in Connecticut: Vernon

Posted by JD Esajian // October 26, 2011

Located in northern Tolland County, Vernon is a mid-sized town with a few big attractions for anyone buying a house in Connecticut. Its strong economy, great downtown and proximity to the state’s best colleges are only a handful of reasons why you should come and see it for yourself.

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How to Make Your Old Home Feel New (For Less)

Posted by JD Esajian // October 25, 2011

Does your house feel more cramped than cozy? Are those mauve walls driving you mad? Then it’s time to give your real estate investment a much-needed facelift. Although renovating or rehabbing properties can be expensive, especially in this economy, there are a few tricks you can use to make that old house look new without breaking the bank. Here are a few to try:

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Buying a Home in San Diego: Mission Valley

Posted by JD Esajian // October 24, 2011

Mission Valley might not be the biggest neighborhood in America’s Finest City, but it’s the best choice for budget-conscious families who are buying a home in San Diego. Its excellent public transportation, proximity to downtown and family-friendly atmosphere make it a must-see for anyone moving into the area.

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4 Things You Should Know Before Signing a Mortgage.

Posted by JD Esajian // October 23, 2011

So you’ve found the home of your dreams, and now the only thing keeping you from your new life is signing for a mortgage to finance it. Simple enough, right? Not quite. Mortgages are complex legal documents that are easy to misread or misinterpret, so there are a few things you should know about your home loan before putting the pen to the paper. Here are a few:

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The Dos and Don’ts of Hosting an Open House

Posted by JD Esajian // October 21, 2011

If you’re selling a home this fall, hosting an open house should be high on your priority list. These public showings are a great way to get exposure for your real estate investment and lure in dozens of potential buyers. But a poorly managed open house can also condemn your home to months on the market. Here are some things you should keep in mind before hosting yours:

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Rehabbing Properties: Updating Historic Houses

Posted by JD Esajian // October 20, 2011

If you’re rehabbing properties in areas like Connecticut or San Diego, you’ll often come across historic homes that could be quick sells with a little remodeling. While these old houses aren’t exactly known for their creature comforts, spending some money here and there to bring their technology into the 21st century can net you big returns on signing day. Here are some things you should definitely consider upgrading when rehabbing historic properties:

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