Archive for July, 2014

Seven Reasons to Own Your Home

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Tax breaks. The U.S. Tax Code lets you deduct the interest you pay on your mortgage, your property taxes, as well as some of the costs involved in buying your home. Appreciation. Real estate has long-term, stable growth in value. While year-to-year fluctuations are normal, median existing-home sale prices have increased on average 6.5 percent […]

3 Innovative Ways to Age In Place

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

Living at home for as long as you can is the hope of most Seniors. Here are 3 Innovative Ways To Age In Place   If 90% of adults over 65 want to remain in their homes as long as possible, as a 2011 AARP study suggests, why do so many wind up in retirement communities, […]

Five Things to do Before You Buy a Home

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

I Want to be Your Partner in Real Estate Building Wealth Through Residential Investments & Property Management Services.  Here are five things you need to do before buying a home for your self or investment. You may think that you are ready to buy a home, but are you equipped with the knowledge of the […]

13 Simple DIY Home Maintenance Tips & Ideas

Friday, July 11th, 2014

DIY Home Maintenance Tips & Ideas It’s tempting to disregard the steep price tag and hire a professional contractor for home improvement repairs rather than doing them yourself. Home repairs can seem complex and intimidating to the uninitiated, and fear that your own attempts at fixing that leaky faucet or drafty window will cause further damage […]

6 Luxury Features Buyers Love

Friday, July 11th, 2014

6 Luxury Features Buyers Love 1. Automation For a home to automatically anticipate your preferences and living habits, and conduct itself accordingly, is a serious luxury that no longer requires a serious investment. Easily programmable thermostats and smart home systems are now available at very low prices. Check out the Nest Learning Thermostat for one […]

Economic Advisor

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Last Week’s Economic News in Review First-time unemployment claims continued to decline, while consumer prices notched up. New home construction offered mixed news as permits dipped while completions posted solid gains.Initial Jobless Claims First-time claims for unemployment insurance filed by the newly unemployed hit a new seven-year low, according to last week’s report from the […]

Pending Sales See Largest Gain in 4 Years

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Pending Sales See Largest Gain in 4 Years Gino Blefari Senior Vice President of HSF Affiliates HomeServices of America, Inc The number of pending home sales was up substantially in May from April, but remained below average for the same month a year ago. What this means is the housing market is gaining steam as […]