Real estate in the USA: what experts predict

2014 real estateExperts say 2014 will be a year of continued growth and stabilisation in the housing market.  Home prices will slowly rise, foreclosures will probably be fewer and getting a loan will become easier.

How much the housing market bounces back in 2014 is highly dependable on the construction activity. Builders are still fiscally cautious and are facing the same tough lending standards as buyers. Despite this fact, a small increase is expected in the number of new homes on the market.

The hottest markets for 2014, according to a study done by PwC and the Urban Land Institute, will be dominated by smaller secondary markets. The best choices include Houston, San Jose, Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin, Salt Lake City, Raleigh N.Y, Jacksonville, Portland, San Diego.

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How to handle an annoying landlord or get out of the lease

that landlordIt can happen. Landlords are people too and sometimes they can have strange or funny requests, be overly controlling or just making unreasonable demands that aren’t spelled out in the lease. In these cases you have to protect your rights though without offending the person who can throw you out on the street.

Sometimes the landlord can starts acting strangely and stop by unannounced, ask too many questions, suddenly wants to share the internet, wants to hookup with one of your friends, wants you to do property maintenance which is not your responsibility under the terms of the lease, he knows when you come and go, he knows when you leave the lights on. These are all signs which shouldn’t be overlooked.

If you decide that the landlord’s behavior is too much and want to take actions, here is a short guideline of what should you do. Continue reading “How to handle an annoying landlord or get out of the lease” »

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What not to do when you want to buy your first home

There are a lot of reasons to want to own your own home. You are tired of throwing  out your money on the monthly rent; the monthly rent might be rising  too often; or you just want your own place with your own rules.

An important point of view is also the fact that as a homeowner your mortgage payment will always remain the same, as long as you get a fixed rate mortgage of course.

Buying property is probably the biggest investment you will ever make, but you have to know that there can be a lot of catches. Here are a few things you should be aware of and would be best to avoid doing.
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Save on Energy Costs: Things Homeowners Can and Should Do

Many homeowners are looking for ways to save on rising utility bills. The most common reasons are either to save money or to live a greener lifestyle. No matter which category you fall into, making smart changes to your house, no matter if they are small or larger ones, will decrease your expenses. Here are some ideas:

  • Install a programmable thermostat to keep the house temperature to your desired level when you are home. When you’re not home, it can be programmed to a lower (or higher) temperature.
  • In summer, use drapes, curtains or apply tinted film to insulate south and west facing windows to decrease room temperatures. Make sure drapes and furniture do not block the air flow from the air registers.
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Car Safety Tips

Whether you’re going for a long trip or just around the corner, here are a few car safety tips to be of help.

1. Wear your seat belt properly.

2. Never leave your vehicle running while unattended.

3.Keep all personal items, such as checkbook, personal identification, credit cards, purses, wallet and CD’s out of view.

4. Ensure that car seats and boosters are properly installed. Unoccupied child booster seats can become projectiles in a car accident. When not in use, store them in the trunk or buckle them in with a seatbelt to make sure they are secure.

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