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September 24th, 2014

Two tips to save on home insurance premiums

Posted by editor in Home Insurance, Tips

If you find your home insurance a bit high, these tips may help you out:

1. If you’re a smoker, stop.
Insurance companies tend to give higher insurance premiums to smokers because of the fire hazard posed by smoking. You may consider yourself careful, but you never know with fire and cigarettes – all it takes is a little, seemingly insignificant accident, a little spark, and the you may suddenly be faced with losing all you own.

2. Invest in security and home protection systems.
You can try to avail lower premiums if you install things like a security system, floodlights, smoke detectors sprinklers, sturdy, durable locks, or any other sort of device aimed at preserving your home. Homeowners with homes that are well taken care of pay a lot in maintenance, but save on insurance premiums. Not to mention that they also enjoy a safer life in their home.

September 17th, 2014

Real Estate Finance & Investments II

Posted by Lei in Information

1.jpgReal Estate Finance and Investment II is the second of the two-course sequence. The latest course is focused on advanced topics in their macro level. The topics include decisions to be made when it comes to collections of individual assets in real estate like the portfolio which is actually the decisions in the firm level and the considerations in the investment management. The course offers a few of the key concepts, principles, analytical methods and tools that ca be used when deciding to make a decision in investing and financing commercial real estate assets. Some main public capital market real estate vehicles, REITs and MBS will be introduced and surveyed in this course.

September 10th, 2014

How Much is a Wise Property Investment?

Posted by editor in Financing, Real Estate

Each time we walk along the streets of our town, we are bound to bump into various people who are handing out leaflets of properties and estates where we may be interested in investing. One thing you would be looking at is the cost and then the location of course. The first one is only normal but the latter is something that plays a vital role in setting the investment price for getting one.

It all depends on how much you are willing to invest. Many may be wary of it but at some point in time you will invest in them since you are looking for that final destination in your life called home sweet home.

September 3rd, 2014

It’s Part of the Cycle

Posted by Robert in News, Real Estate, Real Estate Agent, Sales, Tips, Views

It’s pretty obvious by now that the US is suffering on the real estate market. However, like a proverbial silver lining, California Real Estate Commissioner Jeff Davi said:

“The market is cyclical, you know that,” he said. “There’s no quick fix. There’s no silver bullet.”

This was the strongest message he said yesterday in front of 300 members and guests of the San Diego Association of Realtors. As we reported last time, the city was one of the hardest hit by the market.

The commissioner also advises the vets to pair up with the greenhorn agents and that they should focus on the rising number of foreclosure properties because that is an opportunity for all.


August 27th, 2014

House for Sale?

Posted by Lei in Information

Its been months since you listed your property for sale, you tried everything already like; getting a listing agent, posting your ad through the Internet, by word of mouth, etc. But still you haven’t received any calls yet, you tried to call your agent and asked why then you were not satisfied by his reply.There are some factors that might have affected selling your house, and these are:
A.)Price-due to recent problems encountered by the Real Estate Industry, prices of homes nowadays are less than the price you actually bought it few years back.Maybe, the price you posted is too high for any buyer to consider.
B.)location-check if your house is located conveniently than poorly. Buyers will try to find properties that will bring comfort to them and their families.
C.)condition of your house-is your house on tip-top shape?have you thought of repainting it before putting it on sale?I think you should do it now if ever you haven’t done so.
D.)And lastly you may want to change your listing agent-when you called your agent and asked for answers, you didn’t liked what he said. Basically, if your agent isn’t cooperative and not that interested anymore in selling your house it’s high time you find another agent who can help you with your dilemma.

August 20th, 2014

Loft or Studio: What is your Pick

Posted by Brian in Estate Planning Advice, Real Estate

When we go into the urban living lifestyle, we have two choices as far as homes are concerned, lofts or studio types. People often look for ordinary types of available accommodations and these two are sure to be among the places to be shown.

Much of this has to do with gaining access to a home that has just the right size for small independent living. Not all people may find it feasible to live in such places with large size considering what would they do with it. Also, why should you pay for something large when you only have yourself to live there and perhaps find yourself going to your ancestral homes on vacations and weekends?

August 20th, 2014

Year End Buying

Posted by Victoria in Estate, Information

Buying a house is a big deal any way you look at it so this is an activity that deserves more than a cursory look. You really need to delve deep and think hard before you dive into the pool of home ownership. Owning a home requires a lot of work in general. Given the way the economy is still in recovery mode at the moment, the smart thing to do is to always look at big investments. That in mind, when is a good time to buy a house if, indeed, this is the direction you are set on going?

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There is no rule about when to buy a house although it is wise to look at trends. Buying when the market is flexible and accommodating is smart too. If you look at calendar months, some say December is a good time to buy as there are fewer house hunters and brokers eager to sell. Whatever trend you follow, make sure that you look at the house, the price, and your budget well before buying.

August 11th, 2013

Renovations That Would Increase Your House’s Real Estate Value

Posted by Marie in Information

Planning to sell your house and want to increase its value? You’ll be surprise how easy it is to increase your house price by doing some renovations. Here are some ideas for renovations.

Tip #1: If you love to barbecue and have the space outdoors, consider an outdoor kitchen for your next home improvement project. The space requirements for this can be fairly large, but it will add significant value to your home and make your backyard a much more enjoyable place to relax and entertain guests.

Tip #2: If you have a big backyard, then you should turn a part of it to a beautiful garden. A flower garden can make the yard more beautiful. A vegetable or a fruit garden can provide tasty treats for one to it. Add up some shaped bushes and a time-set sprinkler to make it stand out more. If you can’t afford the expense of professional landscaping, you can buy a timer at your local home improvement store to attach to a hose and sprinkler.

Tip #3: A basketball court on a portion of one’s property can give it an edge on the real estate market. It will also provide a safe, close, and always open area for any of the people living in the house to play on. Friends and family will always have something to do when visiting as well!

Definitely consider the suggested renovations to make your house stand out. When it comes time to sell, you will be glad that your house stands out above the rest with the right improvements that will ensure a quick and profitable sale.

June 28th, 2013

Painting Could be the Answer

Posted by Victoria in Information

You have been wondering what you can do to make your house look better. There are, of course, a whole host of things to choose from if you have an unlimited budget. But if you have a specific, decent-sized budget to work with, the list gets whittled down somewhat. Here is one popular advice that you can take and that will not cost you too much to get done but will add a lot of value and beauty to your house.


Paint; A good paint job goes a long way and this is not an understatement. If you take the time to choose the good quality paints, get a professional to do it (if your budget will allow, otherwise you can do this yourself too), and get this done on a regular interval of maybe every two years, you are sure to have a house that looks not only brand new but that is aging slowly and well.

May 30th, 2013

Basics Before You Invest

Posted by Victoria in Tips

Before you invest in anything, there is a way to know if you are at least on the right track towards a good decision. There are basics to consider when investing that are easy to find out with a little bit of effort.


Take the time to research on how schools are doing in the area you are considering. Positive school feedback is always an indicator of a good place to live in. Another indicator is how low taxes are. Tax changes per area so looking into this can be a guideline before buying. Finally, looking at price is important. It is essential to stick to your budget. Comparing two areas that are bedside each other an looking at one with lower home selling prices is one way to go when making decisions.
These are very basic tips and not the only things you should consider but these can surely help you narrow your areas of interest.

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