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How To Estimate the Real Cost of a Property Rehab

How To Estimate the Real Cost of a Property Rehab

Whether you’re buying a property to flip, to keep as a rental or as your next home - an accurate estimate of the total rehab cost is an essential part of any sound real estate decision. In this post, we’ll walk you through some of the steps you can take to make sure you’re estimating your rehab cost as accurately as possible.

Ways to Winterize Your Property

Ways to Winterize Your Property

As the weather is starting to turn cool in Northeast Ohio, we over at Re/Max Haven have started to winterize the properties we manage. If you’ve never thought about winterizing before, now is the time. To help you out, we’ve put together a guide full of ways to winterize and prevent damage during the cold months.

Five Tips To Improve Your Credit To Help In Buying Your Next Home

Five Tips To Improve Your Credit To Help In Buying Your Next Home

Buying a home is a very important part of your life and can have many challenges.  The first obstacle you will face, before even looking at homes, will be determining what you can afford and what a bank is willing to help you with.  Banks will loan money to an individual, however, they charge interest, and the better your credit score the better that interest rate can be.  The big question many people have once they check their credit, "What can I do to improve my score?" Below are five tips on how you can help improve your credit score and get a lower interest rate to make your home buying dream come true!

Five Tips if You’re Looking to Buy a Historical Home

Five Tips if You’re Looking to Buy a Historical Home

The aesthetic beauty of a historic home is a magnet for many home buyers. These homes are a piece of history that can literally tell a story as the architecture is unlike anything else, and has withstood the test of time.  Some historically registered homes do come with restrictions so it is important to be aware of this when you purchase. These restrictions do however help keep the property value stable and ensure that all homes are equal. Historic districts tend to have a steady property value and an active neighborhood association invested in the quality of the area. Before committing to a historic home make sure to do research on the property and the area. Below are some tips that can help you when beginning your historical home journey.

Top 10 Factors That Influence Home Buying

Top 10 Factors That Influence Home Buying

These days, buying a home can seem more like solving a Rubik's cube than making a purchase. Negotiating the price, calculating the resale value, planning for repairs or renovations – it’s enough to make your head spin! There are several factors that influence a buyer’s decision when they’re house-shopping; here are the top 10 shoppers will consider as they’re on the hunt for their next home.

Fixer-upper or All Fixed-up: Which is the better option for you?

When buying a home whether you are a first time home buyer or just looking for something more suitable for your lifestyle, buyers always have to confront the question of buying a home that needs fixed up or a home that is move in ready.  A fixer-upper and a move in ready home both come with equal amounts of advantages and disadvantages. Doing your research for both types of homes is the best way to see what will not only suite your lifestyle best, but also what is best for you financially. Here are just a few of the pro’s and cons for both fixer-uppers and homes that are ready to move right in.  

What to Consider When Deciding if You Can Afford a New Home

What to Consider When Deciding if You Can Afford a New Home

Buying a new home is one of the biggest costs a person can take on over the course of his or her life. If you’ve been in your current home for a while, it’s normal to be tempted by the additional space, new layout or updated design a new one can bring – but before you take the plunge and decide to start seriously searching for a new place, you’ll want to consider the many financial facets of this decision.

How a Roof Helps Improve Resale Value

Have you been considering getting a new roof (or really need a new one?), but you aren’t sure if the investment is worth it since you’re planning on moving soon?  It may seem counterintuitive to make a large investment on a home right before selling it, but the fact is, putting a new roof on your home is top on the list of upgrades and repairs that improve resale value.  So, you actually will be able to sell your home for more by making the investment (and often, homes with old roofs won’t sell at all).

How to Calculate Moving Costs

How to Calculate Moving Costs

Moving is a part of life for most Americans. The days of buying a house in your hometown and spending the next few decades there are largely over.  In fact, on average, someone in the United States will move about 11 times in their lifetime.  Moving can be a tough undertaking that’s neither easy nor cheap—the organizing, packing, transport, and manual labor involved to pull off a successful move can be overwhelming.