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Wednesday, April 4, 2018   /   by Bret Johnson

The Myths and Facts of Buying a Fixer-Upper Property

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Here are five myths people often assume about buying fixer-upper properties and the facts behind those myths. 


Myth #1: You’ll make a killing by buying a home tens of thousands of dollars below its market value, administering a little TLC to it, and then selling it. 

Fact: Home sellers price fixer-upper homes at a value that’s roughly equivalent to the amount of work that’s needed to make the necessary repairs. This means that adjusting the style of a fixer-upper or making some higher-end updates might make it difficult for you to recoup the money you put into it, because you may go overboard for what the market will bear. Sellers aren’t dumb—they won’t accept less money for their home so that you can make some updates to it. They’ll only price the home for however much it will take to make necessary repairs and bring the home ba ...

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Thursday, March 22, 2018   /   by Bret Johnson

The Top 6 Most Expensive Mistakes Homeowners Can Make

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Here are the six most expensive mistakes you can make while owning a home: 



1. Using incandescent light bulbs. Using incandescent light bulbs costs you about $180 for the lifespan of each bulb, whereas a CTL light bulb will only cost you $40 throughout its lifespan, and an LTE bulb will only cost you $30. Updating your light bulbs early in your homeownership tenure can definitely save you money over time. 


2. Ignoring leaky faucets. One drop per second from a leaky faucet over the course of a year equals 30,000 gallons of water wasted—the equivalent of 180 showers. Get your leaky faucets fixed, and you’d be surprised how much money you can save on water. 


3. Using incorrect or dirty air filters. A dirty or incorrectly sized air filter forces your HVAC system and/or furnace to work much harder during its lifespan. Buy some cheap air filters and jus ...

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Friday, July 8, 2016   /   by Bret Johnson

Saving To Buy A Home? What Would You Sacrifice? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights:


95% of first-time homebuyers are willing to sacrifice to make homeownership a reality.




The top thing that buyers sacrifice are new clothes at 54%.




Even repeat or experienced buyers say they sacrificed taking a vacation or buying a new car to buy their last home.



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