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Month: December 2019

How to Negotiate Home Prices Better For the Home Buyer

While most people think that there is a lot at stake in negotiating home prices, being a smooth talker is just one of the contributing factors that help in negotiating deals. But being a smooth talker is definitely not enough. You must have a keen understanding of dealing home prices in order for sellers and buyers to negotiate costs in agreement. As a buyer, you can decide on how much price to offer when purchasing a home. However, there are a myriad of factors that you should take into account. Firstly, find out the market value of the house you are going to buy. It is essential for you to know simple details like home appreciation values ​​so that you can invest in a house property with no future worries. Note that when you seek a home's property values, you should also determine if the asking price is realistic in a sense that other properties similar to the one you are going to purchase have the same price range. You can find out more information about price comparisons through the Internet or if you want to filter your search, you can consult your real estate agent. Real estate agents fill you in regarding a Comparative Market Analysis or CMA about the house that you are eyeing. A CMA is like a report that reviews costs among similar homes that...

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"Hard-Nosed" Landlording – What Does it Really Mean?

"Hard-nosed" lanlording can have negative connotations, but what does it really mean? It is what YOU make of it. Landlord tenant relationships can be difficult or easy – it is totally up to you, the landlord. One way to make it easy on yourself is to set expectations up front, and to ensure that your tenants understand and follow them. Some call it "hard-nosed" landlording, but to me it is common sense property management, and money in my pocket. I personally manage my own single family homes and condos within a 400 mile radius. Yes, you heard it right – within a 400-mile radius! I live in Orange County (Southern California), and manage my own properties as far east as Phoenix, Arizona. Because of my "hard-nosed" landlording techniques I rarely have trouble with my tenants, and many times I don't hear from them for years at a time. I also don't necessarily trust other property managers to screen my tenants as thoroughly as I do, since nobody has more at stake than I do when it comes to selecting the right tenants. So what does "hard-nosed" landlording entail? First, I thoroughly screen the prospective renters' applications and call them on any discrepancies I encounter, so they know right up front there's no messing around. I explain how to screen tenant applications in a separate article, called " Tenant Screening...

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How Can We Use Dragons in Feng Shui?

The tendency of Western culture is to represent dragons as fierce demons out to destroy everything in their path, but in the Orient, a feng shui dragon is considered an extremely powerful protector, it represents success, wealth, prosperity, power, good luck in love , and spiritual growth. The dragon is a very important symbol in feng shui because it is believed to create precious celestial Chi and bring good fortune into our homes and workplaces. We should use the figure of the dragon to encourage balance in our lives and the space that surrounds us. How can we use dragons in feng shui? Dragons are considered the most powerful gift you can give to a loved one, since they are symbols of power and love and exude positive energy and power. A dragon figurine or a dragon statue is a powerful enhancer for luck in business. They bring wisdom to the elderly. They bring honor to the family, and they save children from harm. Dragons are a very powerful 'Yang' symbol which can manifest itself as fearlessness and courage. Dragons guard your home, they bring strength and fortune, and surround you with protective energy. Place a dragon figurine in the Career Area, or the East of your home's Bagua, to attract success and wealth. Although dragons provide very auspicious energy wherever you place them because they can embody any...

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Are Homeowners Really Getting Help?

With so many banks and other media saying that homeowners can get assistance on saving their homes and our government boasting about these options you may be wondering if anyone is really getting the help that they need. This varies depending on many factors including which bank you are working with and your own personal situation. The first thing to think about is the fact that there are many homeowners out there that are really contributing to the loss of value in all of our homes by purchasing a home and then either walking away from their current home or short selling it. These same people are not in an unfortunate situation, they simply know that the value of their home has decreased and they can buy a bigger better home for far less than they could years ago and honestly have no integrity about the fact that when they bought their home and took out a loan, that it was truly a loan, not an investment and if their value goes down they can just bail and not pay back the money they borrowed. This kind of thinking is hurting us all. Now, for those that have had an unfortunate situation like a loss of a job, major medical bills or injury that has caused them not to be able to pay their mortgage and other bills, deserve...

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American Bungalow Style Homes

An American Bungalow Style home is a perfect blend of beauty and functionality. These homes have a characteristic main porch and are usually single floor constructions that have a warm and cozy atmosphere. The American Bungalow Style is one of the popular options of architectural designed homes in the Hollywood Hills. This style of home has its origins and influences in several different styles from over the world as well as many variations. The word Bungalow itself is derived from the state of Bengal in India, where the word bangla was used to describe a low roofed dwelling with a central room having many adjoining rooms leading off it – a place of rest for travellers. When you view some architectural designed homes in the Hollywood Hills you will realize that although a few of them are described under the head of a bungalow style home, some have the craftsmen influence, others have traces of the colonial Spanish haciendas, and some other have the look of a Japanese tea house or a Swiss chalet. However, even though there are many variations within this style of American homes, there are certain distinct characteristics that set it apart from other styles. Of the architectural designed homes in the Hollywood Hills that are of the Bungalow style, a common feature is always a covered porch or verandah, that links the outdoors to...

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