7 Inexpensive Ways to Increase the Value of Your Home

If you’re thinking of selling your home, you’re probably thinking about what you can do to get it in shape to show. But if you’re working on a tight budget, you’re probably wondering what the most inexpensive home improvements are that will still ensure you’ll get the most from the sale of your home. The good news is there are a number of projects that can be done quickly, even by the homeowner, that can give your home a fresh look without breaking the bank.A Fresh Coat of PaintOne of the quickest and least expensive improvements you can make to your home is to paint it. A fresh coat of paint can make walls look new and clean, while giving them a modern color can transform your space and catch a buyer’s eye. Painting is the kind of project that most homeowners can complete on their own, and a gallon of paint costs as little as $25. Add a few rollers and brushes, and this cost-effective update can brighten and update any room in your home. It’s easy to learn or hire out, according to the professionals at AMAX Painting. If you are going to impress potential buyers, a fresh coat of paint is an easy win.Coordinate the KitchenThe kitchen is the gathering spot a focal point of many homes. If your kitchen is a patchwork of styles and colors, it can be quick and cheap to pull it all together into a cohesive look. Start with your appliances – they don’t need to be all the same brand, but are they at least the same color? If not, it’s fairly inexpensive to buy new doors or fronts for appliances like dishwashers. Check with your dishwasher’s manufacturer – some doors, for instance, are white on one side, black on the other. You may be able to update the color by simply loosening a few screws. Add InsulationOne of the most surprising updates that pops up repeatedly on high ROI home projects is adding insulation. Added insulation will keep your home at a more stable temperature, making it an improvement that not only increases the value, but can pay you back while you’re still living in your home. Adding insulation can be less expensive than you think. Depending on the size of your attic, it could cost as little as $1500 to have this bottom-line booster added to your home.Get an InspectionHome inspections aren’t limited to those buying a home. For a few hundred dollars, you can hire a home inspector to give your home a once over, giving you a clear picture of what needs to be fixed, and what can wait. With the inspector’s list in hand, you can focus your repair efforts where it will count the most.Update Your LightingDated light fixtures, like fluorescents and recessed lighting can detract from the real benefits of your home. Purchasing a few new lights and ceiling fans won’t break the bank, and can transform your rooms into the current century. Even if you’re not skilled at home electrical work, installing a light doesn’t take long, and a few hours of a qualified electrician’s time is worth a few hundred dollars.Clean Up the CarpetsTake a long look down at your floor. If you have carpet, and it’s gotten dingy, have a cleaning company come in and give it a good shampoo. The whole house will feel fresher with clean carpets. Cleaning is a better option than replacing. Most experts agree that home buyers may want to replace the carpets themselves, in which case new carpeting is just money down the drain.Give Your Curb Appeal Some PopIf your yard is looking a little worn, a little landscaping can grab the attention of a buyer. Trimming shrubs and getting your lawn looking healthy and green will make a huge difference. To go beyond those few simple steps, add some flowering bushes and plants to brighten up your landscaping. Also be sure to spend some time on the garage, where many people like to store their posessions, create a work space, or park their brand new car. Don’t leave it cluttered and disorganized without a solution such as Space Solutions.

 

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Online Marketing Challenges and Getting a Job as a Realtor

Real estate can be a fulfilling career. Helping people find their perfect home can be extraordinarily satisfying, while at the same time having control over your income can be financially rewarding. But how does someone get started in real estate sales? The process is straightforward and involves learning the laws and regulations of the business and finding the right team to work with. You can also try to find a local career online if you search through the right websites.Determine if Real Estate Sales is Right for YouThe first thing to think about when considering a career in real estate is the lifestyle that comes along with selling real estate. On the plus side, it’s not the typical hourly job, or even office work, with regulated hours and a boss making sure that you’re assigned tasks and getting them done. Being a real estate agent provides you with a great deal of flexibility in your schedule, and you can work as much or as little as you like. You are your own boss. On the other hand, there aren’t regulated hours, and there is no boss to assign you tasks and keep you on track. Your hours are largely defined by your clients, and when they are available. Remember, most home buyers are looking at homes in the evenings and on the weekends. And without someone managing you, you need to be a self-starter. No one will force you to work. You also won’t have someone watching out for you, ensuring that tasks are getting completed. You’ll have to outline and schedule your own tasks to make sure you’re able to reach your goals. Do you think you have a firm grasp on home valuation? You’ll need to stufy up to remain competitive in some areas. The New Challenge of Online Marketing 

 Creating a presence online can be extremely difficult if you are a first timer to real estate. Setting up your own website, using proper social media and search optimization techniques can be very overwhelming. “Getting yourself in front of sellers and buyers can be very difficult in the real estate niche,” says SEO company WitBlade. “There are a lot of massive authority websites that tend to knock down the smaller guy.” Other up and coming agents wonder if it is even worth creating their own website, or if it’s better to simply create a presence on sites that have already been established. “To remain competitive, your website needs to be technically up-to-date, mobile-friendly, and properly maintained,” says Curotec, a web development company specializing in enterprise level software and mobile apps. “Most realtors don’t have the ability or budget to create a truly dazzling web presence that will get noticed.”Take a Pre-licensing ClassWhile requirements can be different in each state, one thing is consistent no matter where you are. Those looking to become real estate agents must take a pre-licensing class. What is different from state to state is the number of hours of training that must happen before you can take your state’s licensing exam. For instance, in Alaska, you must take 40 hours of training before being eligible to take the exam. But in Colorado, the requirement is 162 hours. The classes are offered in both online and classroom formats and typically cost a few hundred dollars. You’ll be taught both state and federal laws as well as the ins and outs of being a real estate agent.Take Your State Real Estate Licensing ExamAfter completing your classroom requirement, you’re eligible to take your state’s licensing exam. Don’t worry, if you don’t pass it the first time you’re allowed to retake the exam. In some states, you’d be in good company. Florida, for example, the first-time pass rate is 50%. Once you’ve passed, you may consider also joining the National Realtors Association. While becoming a member of the NRA isn’t required, most real estate agents opt to do so for the designation of Realtor. Education is always at the top of the list.Join a BrokerageAcquiring your license is an accomplishment, but as you’ll learn in your class, a licensed agent must work under a real estate broker. To give your career the best start, spend some time while you’re in the process of licensing to review brokerages in your area and find one where you’ll be comfortable and can learn the most. As you’re looking for and interviewing potential brokers to work under, be sure to ask them the following questions:
What is the commission split for agents?
Are administrative services offered?
Are there benefits?
Will I be working on commission only?
Is there a mentorship program?
Upon becoming a licensed real estate agent, an exciting a rewarding career awaits you. Completing your state required exam is only the first step. Working under a qualified broker, setting your business goals, and working hard you’ll be on the road to success. The employment market has been fluctuating, but there is always a need for a smart real estate agent! 

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BUTLER AVENUE E DOYLESTOWN, Pennsylvania, 18901

Listing #: 6910620
Price: $199,000
Bedrooms:
Bathrooms: 0
Partial Baths: 0
Square Feet: 23,217
Status: ACTIVE
Acres: 0.530

Street Address: E BUTLER AVENUE
Unit Number:
City Name: DOYLESTOWN
Zipcode: 18901
State: Pennsylvania
County Name: BUCKS

longitude: -75.166529
latitude: 40.30035
Year Built:
property Type: Lots and Land

Agent Name: Vince Bevivino
Agent Phone:
Agent Email: vincebev@gmail.com
Office Name: Coldwell Banker Preferred-Blue Bell
Office Contacts: 2156412727
Office Email: info@cbprem.com

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Description: Half Acre vacant lot (.53 acres)– across from Delaware Valley University and just minutes from Historic Doylestown Borough,and Doylestown Hospital. Property is zoned C3. This property is also part of the New Britain Borough new mixed use overlay district. Ideal commercial or residential use. Public Sewer available at the street. The changing seasons are a delight to experience in Bucks County with so much to see and do. Close to train in Chalfont or Doylestown to Center City Philadelphia. Close to shopping and major routes. This is a great and much sought after location in the Central Bucks Area.

The home BUTLER AVENUE E DOYLESTOWN, Pennsylvania, 18901 was originally listed on The Premier Properties Group

240 HONEY HOLLOW LANE CHALFONT, Pennsylvania, 18914

Listing #: 6998652
Price: $2,449
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Partial Baths: 1
Square Feet: 2,174
Status: ACTIVE
Acres: 0.140

Street Address: 240 HONEY HOLLOW LANE
Unit Number:
City Name: CHALFONT
Zipcode: 18914
State: Pennsylvania
County Name: BUCKS

longitude: -75.214751
latitude: 40.289603
Year Built:
property Type: Rentals

Agent Name: Mark Caracausa
Agent Phone:
Agent Email: markc@cbpremierproperties.com
Office Name: Coldwell Banker Preferred-Blue Bell
Office Contacts: 2156412727
Office Email: info@cbprem.com

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Description: Dramatic & Spectacular 2-Story, 2 Car Garage, Priv Side Entry, Luxurious END UNIT Town Home located in Sought – After & Historic Chalfont Borough, Bucks County with-in close proximity of the Train Stain, shops, & dinning and Doylestown. Loaded w/ Upgrades many of which are found onlyin this unit, deep dark hardwood flooring, 2 walkout bays, 2 Gas Fireplaces, granite counter tops in the kit accented by 42"cherry cabinetry & stainless steel appliances, off the kit. the elevated wrap around deck with panoramic vistas the maintenance free deck is the largest in the development perfect4 entertaining, or relaxing. A gas FP provides warmth & atmosphere in the large familyrm which is open to the dinning area & parlor. The Owner's Suite features the 2nd Gas fireplace, walk in closet and built in entertainment center. There is a sumptuous priv bath, complete with ceramic tile, soaking tub and stall shower. For all ofyour storage needs there is a full walk out basement. Ten. responsible for water, sewer, gas, electric and any personal utilities, like phone and cable. Owner to pay monthly home owner's associationfee, & real estate taxes. From the ten., First Months Rent, Last Months Rent, SecurityRequired, For your added convenience a Full Sized Washer/Dryer and Refrigerator are provided. Won't last.

The home 240 HONEY HOLLOW LANE CHALFONT, Pennsylvania, 18914 was originally listed on The Premier Properties Group

5 RAMSGATE COURT BLUE BELL, Pennsylvania, 19422

Listing #: 6998850
Price: $325,000
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Partial Baths: 2
Square Feet: 2,202
Status: ACTIVE
Acres: 0.040

Street Address: 5 RAMSGATE COURT
Unit Number:
City Name: BLUE BELL
Zipcode: 19422
State: Pennsylvania
County Name: MONTGOMERY

longitude: -75.265347
latitude: 40.128793
Year Built:
property Type: Residential

Agent Name: Sheila Salvitti
Agent Phone:
Agent Email: sheila@cbpremierproperties.com
Office Name: Coldwell Banker Preferred-Blue Bell
Office Contacts: 2156412727
Office Email: info@cbprem.com

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Description: Live the maintenance-free lifestyle you crave in this stunning 3 bedroom, 4 bath townhouse with a walk out finished basement and lake views in highly desirable and ultra-convenient Oxford of Blue Bell and its award-winning school district, Wissahickon. Surrounded by mature trees, this home has close parking and is loaded with upgrades at every turn, including a completely remodeled Master Bathroom. Fall in love with the custom entryway with wall of hooks, sparkling wood floors throughout the entire house, NEW sliding glass doors, and NEW deck and new patio. Bright and open kitchen has recessed lights, pantry, breakfast bar, granite countertops, and stainless steel appliances. Upstairs is an abundance of closet space, a full hall bath with tub shower, and three spacious bedrooms, including a Master Bedroom with walk-in closet and the Pinterest-worthy full bath with new vanity, subway tile shower. Enjoy the extra living space of a beautiful walk-out FINISHED basement that has recessed lights, wood floors, a half bath, sliders to the new patio, and loads of storage room on its unfinished side. Oxford of Blue Bell has 47 acres of lush grounds and amenities, including a salt water pool, tennis courts, 24 hour gym, playground with picnic tables, bike storage, basketball court, dog park, and walking trail around a beautiful lake. Plenty of parking and so close to Whole Foods, Plymouth Meeting's restaurants, downtown Ambler, Conshohocken nightlife, charming Chestnut Hill, shopping in King of Prussia, and all major highways!

The home 5 RAMSGATE COURT BLUE BELL, Pennsylvania, 19422 was originally listed on The Premier Properties Group

58 GARFIELD AVENUE HATFIELD, Pennsylvania, 19440

Listing #: 6996854
Price: $279,000
Bedrooms:
Bathrooms: 0
Partial Baths: 0
Square Feet: 2,736
Status: ACTIVE
Acres: 0.140

Street Address: 58 GARFIELD AVENUE
Unit Number:
City Name: HATFIELD
Zipcode: 19440
State: Pennsylvania
County Name: MONTGOMERY

longitude: -75.295226
latitude: 40.285893
Year Built:
property Type: Multi-Family

Agent Name: Vince Bevivino
Agent Phone:
Agent Email: vincebev@gmail.com
Office Name: Coldwell Banker Preferred-Blue Bell
Office Contacts: 2156412727
Office Email: info@cbprem.com

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Description: Opportunity Knocks. Solid duplex with all separate utilities including separate water and sewer! Terrific investment property. Ideal for investor. Or why rent? Live in one and rent the other. The 2nd floor unit was never rented out and was always owner occupied!. Maintenance free exterior! Market rent projected at $995 to $1195/month for vacant unit. Second floor apt. is vacant. 2nd floor unit was just painted and new carpet was just installed throughout Separate utility meters. Both units have Large living room, dining area has sliding doors to balcony. Master bedroom has 2 large closets. Second bedroom has large closet. Both units have their own separate basements! Central Air! Nice rear yard, Laundry hook-up and storage in basement for each unit. Each apt has 2 space off-street private lot parking. Long term tenant on first floor. Both apts. have same floor plan. Second floor vacant, show immediately. 24 hour notice for first floor showings. Only a couple miles to PA turnpike. Listing agent related to the sellers. Close to shopping

The home 58 GARFIELD AVENUE HATFIELD, Pennsylvania, 19440 was originally listed on The Premier Properties Group

The 8 Most Important Tips Every First Time Home Buyer Needs

Buying a home is a big deal, whether you’ve purchased five homes or this is your first one. But the big difference for first-time home buyers is not knowing all of the details and processes involved in making this first, big purchase. From purchase financing to house inspections, here are the eight most important things that first time home buyers need to know to make the right decision. Understanding “How Much House Can I Afford” – Before You LookPaying for a home may seem as straightforward as renting, but nothing could be further from the truth. There are a number of factors that you should consider when thinking about your price range for a home. First, keep in mind that you may qualify for a much larger mortgage than you can realistically afford. Depending on your lifestyle, other bills, and so forth, your income may indicate you qualify for a large mortgage, but your budget may not agree. A mortgage calculator, like this one, can help you understand what you can afford. Also, keep in mind that a rent payment is all inclusive with the (occasional) exception of utilities. However, mortgage payments against your home loan are only part of your monthly payment. You may also have to add in escrow payments for property taxes and homeowner’s insurance as well as other expenses like home owner’s association (HOA) fees. Know the Difference Between Pre-Qualified and Pre-ApprovedVisiting a mortgage lender before beginning house hunting is a wise move. But be cautious. A home lender may tell you that you are pre-qualified for a mortgage, but that is completely different than being pre-approved for one. Pre-qualification takes the bare minimum of your financial information into consideration and is more or less a suggested amount. A mortgage pre-approval, on the other hand, uses your income and credit score, along with other financial information, to provide you with a more concrete number. Comparing Home Mortgage LoansThe kind of mortgage you get can have significant consequences on your payments later on. For instance, a fixed rate mortgage means that the interest you pay won’t change over time. Your monthly payments may be more than another type, but if interest rates go up later, you won’t have to deal with an increased payment amount. Variable rate mortgages, however, are exactly that – the interest rate associated with your mortgage can fluctuate over time. This might be a good option if interest rates are currently high and you anticipate they will drop. In addition to these, there are 0 down loans, loans through various organizations like the VA or FHA, conventional loans, government loans, and so forth. Getting a handle on these different types can help you navigate the mortgage landscape when you’re ready to buy. Gather Your Financial DocumentsYour home lender will want to look closely at your financial situation and credit score before agreeing to underwrite a mortgage loan for your new home. When you’re ready to apply for your mortgage, make sure you have the following documents at hand: ·       W-2s·       Pay stubs·       Bank and/or other asset statements Purchase Agreements and Earnest MoneyWhen you finally find the home you want, you’ll place a bid on that home, most likely with the assistance of a Realtor. At that time you’ll also fill out a purchase agreement, stating what you’re offering to pay and including details such as household items you’d like included with the home, such as curtains or appliances. In addition, you’ll leave with the agent what is called earnest money. This is money that you set out to show you are serious about purchasing the home. The money is held in escrow by the agent, and is either applied toward the down payment at closing or refunded to you at that time. If you decide to pull out of the agreement without a qualifying reason as outlined in the purchase agreement, you lose your earnest money. However, the purchase agreement generally has several reasonable opportunities for the buyer to leave the deal and still retain their earnest money. Yes, You Need a Home InspectionSome lenders require a home inspection, but whether yours does or not, you should get one. A home inspection can tell you the systems that are in good condition in the home, and those that either need immediate repair, or ones that may need to be addressed in the near future. While no house is perfect, you may find after an inspection that a home’s systems are in worse shape than you suspected when you offered to buy it. In many purchase agreements the buyer has an opportunity to pull out of the purchase and have their earnest money returned to them after the inspection. Read your agreement carefully to be sure you have this option. Closing Costs are ExtraFirst time home buyers are often surprised that closing costs are not only required to be paid at the closing, but that they are an additional expense over and above the down payment, appraisal, and home inspection. In some cases, the seller may agree to pay a portion of the closing costs, but this must be negotiated at the outset of the purchase agreement. Your lender will provide you with an estimate of your closing costs early in the process, and a more concrete amount closer to the closing date, so you know how much to bring with to cover these costs. Take that Final Walk ThruHome buyers are offered a final walk thru immediately before closing and taking possession of the home, usually the day before closing. While some people waive the walk thru, it’s a right you should exercise. The final walk thru ensures that you are receiving the home in the condition you’re expecting to, and that no significant damage has been done when the previous owners moved out.  It also gives you the opportunity to ensure that all items that were contracted to be included with the home – such as appliances – are still there. Once the paperwork is signed, the home is yours, whether damage was done or not.  https://storage.googleapis.com/first-time-home-buyer/moreirateam.html


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