Saturday, June 23, 2012

Home Inspection Steps

Newcastle Australia Zine Issue 3
Newcastle Australia Zine Issue 3 (Photo credit: Trevor Dickinson)

Most common repairs made to a house prior to it being sold include roof repairs, plumbing systems, and heating and cooling systems. These repairs often bring good return on investment, as they attract more home buyers, and the receipts are often included in the recent home repairs.
If you are a home buyer, a home inspection should be a critical step in the home purchase. Beware of structural damage coming from water damage, poor construction. Home inspectors will meticulously inspect every little thing they find, and the list can be quite long. Don’t be deterred if they find a large number of things. It’s just their job to spot every tiny flaw, and most of them can be fixed quite easily.
Once it passes inspection, buying a homeowners insurance plan is a great way to have some sort of cover for large cost bills or structural damage. It is especially important if you live in an area prone to natural disasters or in an area where structural damage is a common occurrence. Lastly, many issues come up once you purchase a home. Most of them are just a part of being a home owner, and you shouldn’t sweat the small stuff like leaky faucets and peeling wallpaper. Unless there is something serious, it is almost always cheaper to fix it yourself than to have the real estate broker come in to look at it and see if it is liable for the previous owners. Best of luck whether you are buying or selling!

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Markham WOods Rd Scenic Real Estate Tour

Markham Woods Road spans north and south through Sanford, Lake Mary, Heathrow, Longwood and is considered by many the most desirable address to own. Markham Woods Rd is home to several Luxury Real Estate Communities and four championship golf courses.

While driving south on Longwood Markham Rd from SR46 you pass River Crest a Guarded Luxury Waterfront Community offering Sanford Homes for Sale. A little further down on your left will be Lake Markham Preserve then on your right you will come across Luxury Homes in Carisbrooke. After you make a right on Markham Woods Rd you are now in Lake Mary and will see some of the most breathtaking communities including Magnolia Plantation and Heathrow Woods offering Lake Mary Homes for Sale. On the left is Heathrow Golf Club a 1,900 home master planned Guard Gated Community offering Heathrow Homes for sale.

Just South of Lake Mary Blvd you will pass Alaqua and Alaqua Lakes both of these are 24hour Guard Gated Golf Course Communities offering Longwood Homes for Sale. Just across from Alaqua Lakes is a small 6 home site development called The Lake Club and is home to Orlando Magic's Superstar Dwight Howard.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Community Spotlight: Kalamazoo MI

The Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites in Kalamazoo...Image via WikipediaKalamazoo, the largest city in Southwestern Michigan, offers its residents more than a funny name. It is one of the oldest and unique towns in Michigan and in the Midwest.  Find out why:

University life:
Kalamazoo is home to both Western Michigan University, a large public university, and Kalamazoo College, a small liberal arts college.  The campuses literally border each other, and the huge mass of young students gives Kalamazoo a fresh and active community.

Unlike popular belief, many regions in Michigan have had booming businesses, including Kalamazoo.  It is home to two large and well hospitals Bronson and Borgess, and one of the fastest growing medical companies in the world, Stryker.

Songs: One of the most popular songs written by Glenn Miller, is I've got a Gal in Kalamazoo.  If you are unfamiliar with the song, you may know of a more recent artist, Ben Folds Five who wrote the song "Kalamazoo".
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Monday, December 19, 2011

12.19.11 Real Estate News

Hi visitors,

Here are some of the most recent and most popular real estate stories of this month:

Real Estate Outlook
A bit of real estate good news?
Rates Fall To Record Lows
Expiring Tax Deductions

From what I've read, no one has any solid clue as to how the market will fare in the coming months and years.  Also regional real estate markets will be quite different from each other, which will simply add to the unpredictability and confusion of the market.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Community Spotlight: Corvallis Oregon

Corvallis is located in central western Oregon in the Benton County.  It is one of the larger cities in Oregon with a current population of 54,462.  The name Corvallis comes from the latin phrase cor vallis meaning "heart of the valley".  This makes perfect sense because it is situated right in the middle of the Willamette Valley, an area known for its natural beauty and its wine production.

The community of Corvallis mostly revolves around Oregon State University, which is the largest local employer and brings in over 20,000 students every year.  Other major employers include Samaritan Health Services and Hewlett-Packard.

The largest local event is da Vinci Days, which is a summer celebration of art, science and technology.  Some of the events include a film festival, live musical performances a kinetic sculpture race, and activities put on by Oregon State's science and engineering departments.

Corvallis has been ranked among the top 20 towns to live in the US by Outside magazine, so if you're ever thinking of living in Corvallis, check out these Corvallis homes for sale.