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Revamping a Home with a Bad BackyardSometimes, the home that is right for you comes with an exterior property that is all wrong. If the home is perfect but the backyard is completely out of control, you may still be able to turn it into an excellent place you will love for years to come. These tips will help you prepare.

Consider Safety

There is a reason that families with vulnerable members prefer homes with an enclosed backyard: It is easier to keep them safe. The first item to consider in the landscape is the safety hazards that are posed to you and any family. Make a list of the worst problems, with water features at the top of the list. Any old structures on the property may become a climbing risk for any children present, especially if they won't be fixed up and put to use.

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Buying a New Home to Downsize When it comes to buying a home, there are plenty of options available. Most current home-owners purchase a home that is similar in size or larger larger than what they already have. They want to move up either because they need or want more space, or because they are expanding their family. But not everyone wants a larger home. Some buyers are interested in downsizing and getting a smaller house, either because all of their children are grown, they are getting divorced, they want to live a more minimalist lifestyle, or for a myriad of other reasons. With that in mind, there are several things to consider when downsizing.

How Small is Too Small?

When downsizing, it's very important to think about the size of the home that's really needed. Not

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How to Manage a Home Sale While Moving at the Same Time Selling a house is a busy process with multiple steps from cleaning to listing to closing, and it can be an extended process that takes up a lot of time. Moving, too, can be an extended process that involves purging, packing and getting all belongings from Point A to Point B. Doing them simultaneously? That's a balancing act. Staying organized, simplifying household chores, getting help from experts and packing early in the process can help make these events more manageable. 

Purge, Purge, Purge

Clutter is the enemy during a move and when selling a home. Clutter can make a home look small and messy, which may turn off home buyers. Clutter also makes moving more difficult and expensive. One of the best ways to simplify the moving process and get

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house hunt choices A home purchase is a major decision, and a lot of influencing factors should be taken into consideration. In addition to how long the work commute might be or how close restaurants and shopping are, it pays to think about what type of home to buy.

Some people tend to like the independence of a single-family home, which allows them to do as they please with the property. They can landscape how they choose or add on another room down the line. Others opt for the condo lifestyle, appreciating that the bulk of home and yard maintenance will be done for them. When it comes time for a new roof, it won’t be coming solely out of their pocket. How do you know which to choose?

Benefits Of A Single-Family Home

Owning your own home is synonymous with the

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Summer Real Estate Sales A lot of homeowners like to sell their homes in summer, when the buyers are flocking to their doors. If a seller has plans to make upgrades and fixes to the home before listing it, it's important to start without delay. Here’s what sellers need to be doing in the spring for summer home selling.

Schedule a Home Inspection

Most buyers will require a home inspection at the beginning of the process to confirm that the house is in good condition. This is not a good time to discover that there are serious issues requiring thousands of dollars in repairs. Rather than leave it up to chance, invest in a home inspection: The cost of an inspection is often only a few hundred dollars, so, if possible, schedule one a few months before it's time to list the

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Buying a Home in a Location Known for Earthquakes There’s a lot to know about buying a home in an earthquake-prone area. Knowing which homes and communities are safest can help buyers pick the right property for their needs. 

Get a Good Inspection

If the home that a buyer is considering has been around for a few decades or more, it’s probably been through a number of earthquakes already. This may give an indication to how well built the property is, but it also may hold hidden structural issues. Damage from earthquakes isn’t always obvious. Chimneys and foundations can sustain serious damage that is invisible to the untrained eye, which means a house that looks fine on the surface may have actually sustained heavy damage.

This risk can be mitigated by a thorough home inspection. Talk to a real

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How to do a final walkthrough to ensure home buyer peace of mind Just before a buyer closes on a home, they will go to a final walk-through to confirm that any repairs were completed and that the house is ready for move-in. This guide can help show what to expect from the walk-through process.

Follow-Up From the Home Inspection

The final walk-through should not be confused with a home inspection. The home inspection is usually conducted very early into the home buying process, to examine various structures and systems on the property to identify any problems. After the home inspection, buyers and sellers negotiate who will be responsible for any upgrades or repairs. This is the buyer's opportunity to check that any fixes on the seller’s to-do list have been performed according to the inspection. Take a copy of

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tips for spring cleaning to help a home sell fast Spring is here and it’s time to clean your house! For homeowners who are planning to sell their home soon, spring cleaning is more important than ever, because it’s a part of the staging process. Home staging can help you sell your home more quickly and may encourage better offers.

Remove Clutter

Clutter can make a home seem dark and dirty, even if it’s recently been cleaned. Before removing the clutter in your home, conduct a walk through and identify all the different hot spots for clutter on your property.

Clutter can take different forms in different parts of the house. In the closet, clutter is anything that’s been stored for a long time and is no longer needed. On the countertops, clutter takes the form of old mail, unused appliances, cups

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The Veteran Affairs (VA) Loan Program is a mortgage loan program guaranteed by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), issued through approved lenders, including banks, credit unions, loan companies, and mortgage brokers throughout the United States for veterans of the United States Navy, Army, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Air Force.

The VA home loan program was created in 1944 as a way to help the massive numbers of soldiers returning from World War II, as well as spouses of those killed in action, to purchase homes without requiring perfect credit or a down payment. Since its inception, the VA loan program has assisted millions of veterans, active and retired duty members of the military, and their dependents purchase a home or

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Going over real estate purchase contracts is not just an overwhelming experience, but it can also be a difficult one due to the dry, legal nature of contract writing. Nonetheless, real estate contracts are meant to help to protect all parties involved, and thus, it is very important that buyers take the time to carefully read and understand all documents used in their real estate transaction. One specific point of confusion often mentioned by buyers as they read through these contracts involves the various buyer contingency forms, especially those used for a contingency on the sale of a current home, financing and appraisal, and buyer inspections. 

Purchase Offers Contingent on Sale of Currently-Owned Home

It can be a real juggling act for buyers

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