Tips on Getting Your Rental Ready for New Tenants

The cleaner the better. I agree!!

Beyond Home Buying

Tips on getting your rental ready for new tenants

Prep for Listing and Photos

  Use incandescent light bulbs, all lights working and fixtures clean and bright
  De-clutter and de-personalize
  The cleaner the better
  Make any needed cosmetic repairs (can wait to do other repairs after you move out)
  Clean windows — sunshine makes all the difference!

Before a Tenant Moves In

  Deep clean the house (if not already complete) — the standard of clean YOU SET is the standard we hold the tenant to
  Have the carpets professionally cleaned — we require the tenant to do the same on move-out
  Inspect/clean any wood-burning fireplaces
  Clean gutters (tenants clean gutters after their move-in)
  Fresh caulk in all bathrooms, and kitchen if needed
  All toilets working well — replace flappers if needed
  Fresh furnace filter — leave…

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This Indonesian House Is For Sale and Comes With a Pond, a Backyard and … a Wife

TIME

A homeowner in Indonesia has put her house on the market, and herself with it.

The two-bedroom, two-bathroom home in Sleman — a sleepy district near the Javanese city of Yogyakarta — comes with a fish pond, spacious backyard and a chance to ask 40-year-old owner Wina Lia for her hand in marriage.

The asking price is the rough equivalent of $76,500 dollars. “Buyers who don’t negotiate the price,” the sales literature says, “can ask the owner to marry (terms and conditions apply).”

Wina’s online ad went viral, prompting a local news outlet to track her down and confirm that the offer was genuine. “Indeed it’s true, Wina is ready to be married by a house buyer,” the tweet says.

Dian Purna Dirgantara, the realtor who concocted the plan, told…

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The ‘Starbucks effect’: Higher home prices

The power of coffee!

Mortgage Broker Las Vegas

Living near a Starbucks has its benefits for homeowners, whether you’re a coffee drinker or not.

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With tens of thousands of Starbucks locations in the U.S., that’s good news for a lot of homeowners.

Between 1997 and 2013, home closer to the coffee shop increased in value by 96%, compared to 65% for all U.S. homes.

The biggest “Starbucks effect” was in Boston, where nearby home values went up 171% in the same time period. That’s 45 percentage points more than all homes in the city.

Starbucks is usually a harbinger of good times for a locality. A new Starbucks gives a sense to developers that the neighborhood is on the rise, wrote Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff and chief economist Stan Humphries in their new book “Zillow Talk.”

But dig a little deeper and it’s kind of a chicken and egg situation — it’s not like Starbucks can take credit…

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Tips for Living in Your Home While it’s on the Market

SIRVA Mortgage, NMLS #2240

Couple Buying HouseMost of us will not have the luxury of moving out of our home, while it’s on the market. Even though, marketing your home can be very disruptive to your life – keeping these tips in mind will help you make the best of a difficult situation.

Organize and Disregard

Before you put your home on the market, you should start organizing for your move. Not only will you get a head start on move day, having an organized home will help keep your house in order for showings. Do some of the heavy lifting now and disregard things you don’t think you’ll be moving. Remember that people are going to try to envision what their lives will be like in your home, so the less clutter and personal items – the better.

Store

Think about renting a storage unit in order to clear out some of the clutter from…

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5 Tips to Manage Your Credit Before You Buy

JD Slabaugh & Company

By: Craig Donofrio via http://www.realtor.com/advice/5-tips-manage-credit-buy/

Lenders don’t like surprises when it comes to mortgage applicants. And when it comes to applying for a mortgage or looking to refinance, you don’t want any, either.

Yet many people forget to pull their credit report before they go house hunting—or they do it at the last minute—and they don’t know how to handle a poor credit score or a pockmarked report.

If there are any problems on your report, you’ll want to fix them beforehand and be prepared to explain the ones that stick around. Here are five tips on how to handle your credit and your credit report when it’s time to buy a home.

1. Don’t lie or hide the truth

Most people instinctively try to hide or shy away from bad news. Don’t do this with your lender. It’s basically impossible to hide bad news from lenders forever, and when they…

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