Real Estate

  • Pre-purchase Home Inspection Using a Home Inspection Checklist - Whenever you run across a home that you really like and you're thinking about buying, it wouldn't be a bad idea to ask the homeowners if they've had the house inspected. If they have had the house inspected, ask to see the home inspection report.
  • Unlicensed Home Repairs Are Creating Big Problems for Homeowners - If you’re in the real estate business, you understand home inspections and the repair problems that unlicensed or inexperienced construction workers can create for you. I would like to point something out to anyone who buys and sells homes.
  • Remodeling for a Profit - Making Money Buying and Selling Homes - I would like to share a story with you that actually happened to a home that we were living in. In 2007 our house burned down and we needed to get into a rental house as soon as possible. A real estate friend of our found us a rental home that was in the process of being sold.
  • Can Home Selling Books Save You Money - I was talking to a friend of mine, who had just purchased a new home about two months ago and he was practically yelling at me as he was talking about all the problems that he had with his realtor and previous homeowner.
  • Finding a Good Home Buying Checklist - There are so many fees involved when it comes to buying a new home, often homeowners are overwhelmed and don't even know what these fees are for. They simply pay them and hope to get through the ridiculous amount of paperwork that is necessary to acquire at their new house.
  • Buying a Functional House - Most homes are built so people can function in them effortlessly and with very little thought. The word simplicity comes to mind as I walk through most homes and observe the layout and design of the house.
  • Is Your Real Estate Agent Is in a Hurry? - If any of these statements sound familiar to you, it could mean that your real estate agent is either in hurry or doesn't have an answer to your question. Either way, this could lead to an unpleasant relationship.
  • Potential Homebuyer Walks Into a Glass Door - In the real estate business, you wouldn't think that there would be very many accidents, showing houses. It's rare, but every once in a while when a real estate professional isn't paying attention or in a hurry, safety takes a backseat.
  • Do You Ask Others to Cut Their Sales Commission but Won't Cut Yours? - This is one of those stories that you really don't hear that often. A woman called me up the other day to ask me if I would patch a small hole in her exterior stucco wall. I explained to her that I had a $300 minimum for any home repairs and then she shared this with me.
  • You Must Read This Story - Water Damage Nightmare -
    As a building contractor, I see a lot of stuff and hear a lot of stories. I would like to share something that I heard from my plumbing contractor about one of the worst water damage nightmares in history.
  • Bathroom Remodel Investment When Selling - When you're planning any bathroom remodel, consider the costs of the bathroom remodeling versus the return on the actual investment. According to one of the popular remodeling magazines, the average bathroom remodel throughout the country cost around $16,000.
  • Five Excellent Tips to Prepare Your House for the Coming Winter - There is an old saying in the construction business,” You can pay me now or pay me later.” I love to work and make money, but feel sorry for those people who don't take the time to prepare themselves for the coming winters, year after year.
  • I'm Tired of the Problems in My Old House - Home Repairs - I really can't tell you, how many people I've worked for in the past, who are tired of the problems with their old homes. Most of them purchased these homes, because they love the area or that these homes were simply cheaper than newer ones.
  • 10 Home Emergency Questions You Need to Know About - One of the biggest problems with homeowners today is that they're not prepared for household emergencies like, plumbing leaks, electrical problems, kitchen fires, bathtubs and sinks overflowing, roof leaks while it's raining and last but not least medical emergencies.
  • Is the Housing Boom about Ready to Bust? - Anyone that knows anything about the construction business can tell you one thing, if they're not building houses, there is a good chance that there’s a building boom coming.
  • How Important Is a Nice Driveway? - Try to imagine driving up to a house without noticing the driveway. Subconsciously our mind seems to focus on the first thing that we see as we enter any house that were looking at. It's very important that you have a nice driveway in your home.
  • How to Avoid Some New Home Construction Defects -
    If you have a problem with something that you purchase in a store, you can simply return the item most of the time and get a refund or another item that isn't damaged. In the new home building construction business, this isn't exactly how it works, all of the time.
  • Paying $200 for a Construction Lead - It's hard to imagine, someone paying lots of money, simply to get a phone number for someone who is interested in getting some work done on their property. But this has been going on for quite a few years now in the construction business.
  • Should I Hire the Cheapest Contractor? - Pay Attention All Homeowners - When you go to the grocery store and you're looking at bananas, you can buy the cheapest bananas and usually get away with it. If you see bananas at one store for $.49 a pound and go to another store in their $.89 a pound, and they don't look any different. I would buy the cheaper bananas.
  • Unclogging Sink Drains the Easy Way - Here's something that most plumbers don't want you to know, there is an easier way to unclog sink drains than you might have ever imagined. It's called using a shop vacuum and a little common sense.
  • Home Purchase Planning - I know, you probably never heard of home purchase planning before, well it's about time we start doing some planning before we purchased the home. Instead of after we purchased the home. By the time you've purchased the house, it's usually too late to check for problems. You're stuck with it, the home is now yours, along with all the problems.
  • Do I Need a Home Inspection - Most home inspections today run between $300 to over $1000 and sometimes you don't really get your moneys worth. There are home inspection companies that guarantee, any problems that they miss will be repaired at their expense over a desired period of time, usually a year. It seems like, most home inspection companies are just inspecting the property and have no guarantees or liability from their inspection.
  • Slow Market Home Pricing Advice - Homes are going to be sold in good markets and bad. When times are good, people often forget that bad times will be coming eventually. During good times, people often get caught up in the hype of the real estate boom.
  • Home Selling Tips - One of the most important things to remember when selling your home is to keep it as clean as possible. If you need help or don't have the time to organize your stuff, you can hire a home staging professional in your area. Ask your real estate professional for more information.
  • Searching for Your Dream Home - First things first when looking for your dream home. Make a list of all the things you're looking for. With today's computers and search engines on the Internet it makes home shopping by keywords very simple.
  • Finding Homes Using the Internet - You can simply type the words real estate or home buying into any search engine on the World Wide Web and you will come up with hundreds, maybe even thousands of websites that are extremely helpful and full of great information. Like the one you're on right now.