Time for the 167th annual Logan County Fair!
When: July 10th-16th
Reader Question: My husband and I will be selling our third home soon. In all of our past buying and selling transactions, we have experienced some degree of angst somewhere in the process. After three purchases and two sales, we want everything to go smoothly from start to finish this time. We are looking for a real estate agent who ensures the entire process goes well. Is it unrealistic for us to hold this expectation?
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1. Boost curb appeal. This is something you always hear, and with very good reason. Many people thinking of touring your home will do a quick drive-by first, often deciding on the spot if it is even worth a look inside. Make sure your home is ready to lure in onlookers with these…
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Mortgage lenders tightened their fists after the recession, but it’s still possible for young buyers to get approved for a mortgage. What you need to know.
As the U.S. economy continues to rebuild slowly from the recession eight years ago, lots of people are looking to buy homes after years of renting or staying put in a previous house. As a result, the real estate market is competitive in many parts of the country, requiring buyers to put in aggressive offers and, in some places, compete with deep-pocketed investors paying cash.
What this means is that—now more than ever—you need to be qualified for a mortgage before you shop for real estate.
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There is a rule of thumb that says that if you have the capacity to repay the mortgage, you can afford a single-family house that costs up to two and one-half times your annual gross income. (Annual gross income is the amount you make before taxes are deducted.)
Like other rules of thumb, this is a general idea of how large a mortgage you can afford. But, because it is so simple, it doesn’t consider all the information that will help you feel comfortable with your mortgage payments.
If you are buying a house with someone else (spouse, parent, adult child, partner/companion, brother or sister or other relative), you should consider your co-purchaser’s earnings and existing debts as well.…
When it comes time to prepare a home for sale, there are a number of quick and affordable fixes that can help seal the deal, while some so-called improvements may sink a sale.
When it's time to put your home on the market, there are some definite do's and don'ts.
Give your home a fresh coat of paint. Freshly painted walls are one of the top selling features for potential buyers.
Make minor repairs. Many homeowners see even minor repairs as worry and work.
Kennel pets during showings. Many potential buyers will not purchase a home occupied by a pet.
Consider replacing a roof. Many potential buyers view this as a big ticket item. The fact that your home has a new roof will be a selling…
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July 21st: Disney's BFG
August 4th: CARS
August 19th: Little Giants *at Southview Park*