June 2017

There are 4 blog entries for June 2017.

How to Paint Your Home's InteriorA lot of homeowners don't have a lot of experience painting interiors. However, it's a great skill to learn whether you just want to spruce things up for fun or improve the home before selling. Using the right tools and following best practices can help you achieve a professional finish. These tips make it easier to paint an interior room with good results.

Paint Samples Before Picking the Color

It’s hard to tell what a paint will look like by looking at a small swatch. Applying the paint to the wall is the only way to judge whether or not a color is right for a room. Paint stores sell samples for this very purpose. To get the best idea of what a color will look like in a room, paint a large square on the wall. View the square at different

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How to Realistically Save for a Down PaymentDown payments can be scary, especially for first time home buyers. 20 percent of the home’s total value is the standard for a down payment, with some variations, but even on a $200,000 home, that still comes to a $40,000 down payment. A down payment can seem like a lofty goal, but here are some strategies for buyers to start saving that don’t involve giving up coffee and avocado toast.

Buy Generic and Store Brands

Many large chain stores offer their own store brands as alternatives to name brands. These store brand products are often very similar to their name-brand counterparts, and they’re often far less expensive.

This doesn’t just apply to cookies and paper towels, though. Many over-the-counter medicines, like pain killers and eyedrops,

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Selling a House with a Reverse MortgageAlthough recent television ads might make it seem like reverse mortgages are something new, they actually came into being more than five decades ago – way back in 1961. After some initial problems with the way they were structured, reverse mortgages were systemized by the federal government in 1987 as part of the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) Program by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development Housing and Community Development Act. But even though reverse mortgages have now been around for more than half a century, they are not as well-known or widely used as other types of home financing, such as conventional mortgages. Because of this, homeowners who have reverse mortgages, or those who find themselves inheriting a

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Reasons Sellers Can Benefit from a Home InspectionBuyers commonly insist on a home inspection. Most real estate agents strongly recommend them. It protects the buyer from ugly surprises in the form of problems they were unaware of at the time of sale. Of course, a home inspection could find a deal killer, a problem so egregious the buyer backs out entirely. Or perhaps it finds something requiring an expensive fix. Still, there are many reasons why sellers should not fear and should actually welcome a home inspection.

It Puts Buyer and Seller on Equal Footing

Licensed inspectors are impartial. Their job is to identify problem areas and suggest solutions. By having a detailed report lay out the issues, buyers and sellers negotiate from the same starting point. A buyer cannot insist a problem is

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