Seniors and Real Estate – Some Thoughts

We all age, mature, and eventually get to the point where we either do not chose to do certain things or are not able to do the activities that our minds think that we can do. So, it is a question that needs to be answered when we get to this point of wondering – do we sell the house and downsize, or what should we do ?

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What is ICF Construction – Why Use It ?

Strange as it may seem, there are some people in this world who do not know what ICF means. Let me help change that. ICF is an acronym that stands for Insulated Concrete Forms. Basically these are stacking styrofoam panels with webs spreading them apart. When the blocks are stacked up according to design, they create a hollow wall with styrofoam on the inside and the outside. This has reinforcing rod placed in it, then is pumped full of concrete to create a solid, insulated, concrete wall.

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Why Use a Realtor to Buy a House?

Why People Use Realtors (Well, Some of the Reasons)



The contracts are created to protect you and to make sure that you can safely collapse  the offer if some conditions are not met. For instance, if you want to buy a house and need to finance the purchase, the Realtor will ensure that there is a financing condition included in the offer, for your protection.  Then should the bank decline your financing application, you can collapse the offer with no penalty and have the initial (good faith) deposit returned.  Without this condition, you are purchasing this house. So if you don’t have the financing, you are in Breach of Contract and face the possibility of legal action. You would also forfeit the Initial Deposit. Realtors will guide you throughout the process. They know how to deal with different conditions and contracts. They know how to structure the contract for your protection.

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Tips to Prepare your Home for a Fast Maximum Priced Sale

When deciding to sell your home, one question that will come up is – Are you going to Stage your House ?

Staging is not a new concept, it has been around since the 70’s.  The fact that it is still used is proof that it works.  Often the results show that staging gets the most possible money for your house in the shortest amount of time.   This is good, right ?

Another thought to consider is the First Impression. As it has been said, you only get one chance to make a First Impression. So seeing your house for the first time does need to be a positive experience.

Staging is not to be confused with decorating. Decorating is a personal thing, and may or may not suit the buyer, as everyone has different tastes. Staging needs to appeal to the buyer’s imagination of how this home would work for them. [Read more…]