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Selling a Home Without an Agent

You do not have to pay a commission to an agent

Agents usually demand a percentage of the total sale amount as their commission. This is quite a substantial amount. Selling a property without an agent implies saving a good amount of money.

You can market the property as per your ideas

You can upload pictures, videos on property portals to entice seekers. Since you know your property best, you are the best person to describe it online.

You can add a personal touch to the sale

When you interact directly with prospects, it is easier for you to highlight the features of your home rather than an agent. This is because you are familiar with your property and you need not take efforts to remember anything. On the other hand, when the agent interacts, there is a likelihood of him missing out key details.

A property can be sold faster when sold without an agent

When you are selling a property yourself, you will dedicate your time and efforts towards it. However, for an agent, no single property is a priority. This could delay the sale. Hence, if you are

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Finding Green Housing

One of the main things to consider is where the house is located. Part of being green is cutting back on your carbon footprint. Is your house close to shopping, schools, and work? If not, you’re spending a lot on fossil fuels getting to where you need to be.

You also should plan for a home that takes advantage of natural light where possible, so you can keep your electricity bill down. A green home will have landscaping that blots out the hot summer sun. The plants then lose their leaves in the winter to let in the winter light.

You should also find a home that has the ability to create cross-drafts to be able to take advantage of the cool night air. Few things are more refreshing after a hot day than that lovely evening breeze.

Choose a smaller home when you can. You’ll save resources since there is not as much material to go into construction. Plus, you’ll not have to heat as much in the winter or cool as much in the summer. This also means you should consider the floor plan. Does a two-story make sense, or should you go

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Steps To Effectively Market A House

  1. Determine niche: What might be the ideal buyer, for your house? Is it better suited, for a bigger family, or would it be considered, a starter – home, or step – down type? Are the schools in the area, a positive, selling point? How convenient are factors, such as transportation, shopping, entertainment, etc? Doesn’t it make sense, to consider this, first, to proceed, with a focused marketing plan?
  2. Marketing Plan: Once you have determined, who, and what, you are marketing, agent and homeowner, should come, to a meeting – of – the – minds, and determine a quality, detailed, marketing plan, so they can proceed, with teamwork, and, on, the same page. How will the house, be marketed? Where will it be promoted and advertised. and why? What will be the agent’s responsibilities, and which will be the homeowners? Working together, understanding their joint strategy, and focusing, on the best way, to have the home presented, are key, early steps.
  3. Teamwork: When agent and client, understand what they seek, and work together, towards a goal, the potential of effectively marketing it, is exponentially enhanced. From the onset, create and develop a working timeline, schedule, price adjustment
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Energy Off the Grid

With solar power being such a new idea, many states have not yet got around to regulating the specifics for a ‘solar’ contractor. However, there is a renewable energy incentive program for every state and this would be a good place to start. There is also a web site for solar energy trade groups, which lists contractors.

Licensed solar contractors in your area will have been educated and trained in installing PV panels. This training will have been followed by field experience, so if you spot some solar paneling installed in your neighborhood, ask who did the work.

Solar contractors need to know more about their job than just installing the panels on the roof tops. He or she should be able to advise you on the size of panel that will work for your home as well as how it works. Hopefully you will know a little about solar energy before you go into it.

You will also need to negotiate some help if you are filling in any forms for grants etc. These must be discussed with the contractor prior to starting an order to make sure that everything will be up to

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Low Property Prices

Hence, investors with a futuristic approach in their investments would certainly find this to be a great time to make an investment in a property in the city. The many home planners and developers in the city have also taken advantage of the situation, and have commenced the construction of luxury condominiums and flats in large numbers. Over 30,000 luxury condominiums, and another 50,000+ HDB flats and apartments have been developed in the past decade with thousands of others on their way up. The government of Singapore has also realized the need to offer homes to the people of the city, and have reduced the regulations on property ownership for internal citizens and foreigners alike.

This has opened the gates for widespread property investment in the city, with large sums of money flowing in from all corners of the world. Citizens of the city, as well as foreigners from all parts of the globe are spending millions in their attempts to acquire homes in condominium complexes for their own use or for putting them up for rent. The current interest rates and property prices have, however, put strategy analysts in the industry in a spot of bother.

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Green Home Renovation Tips

Add plants inside out.

The garden is not the only part of your property where plants are supposed to be planted. Even inside your house, you can add some greens in potted forms. Choose those that grow minimal heights. They can be placed in the middle of a center table or a side table. It is better to choose plants that have light menthol scent in order to bring an aroma that mosquitoes and other insects avoid. You can hang ornamental plants in your terrace using empty plastic bottles. Decorate them if you wish.

Use tables made of wood or bamboo.

Wood and bamboo are two materials that will never be out of top lists when it comes to tables. Aside from being cheaper than steel and glass counterparts, they are more eco-friendly too. Their sources are renewable. They can also lessen the carbon foot print of your household.

Colorize your walls with zero-VOC paints.

Paints have long been used to transform the looks and give new life to idle spaces. If you are tired with how your wall appears, this is the perfect time to splat it with new colors and hues

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Farms and Ranch for Sale

Finding those signs that say, “Farms and Ranch for Sale” is not difficult. You can find many purchase opportunities from a variety of sources. The quickest route is to use a real estate agent. An agent will be familiar with all the properties for sale in the area you are interested in farming or ranching. Even if you desire to purchase outside your current home state or area, a real estate agent can locate properties around the world if necessary.

But before deciding to make a major move by purchasing any one of the farms and ranch for sale, make sure you understand the ramifications of your decision. Farms and ranches are in the country. It is often a long drive to the grocery store. Both require hard work and dedication. Sometimes you will be unable to leave the property during bad weather. The property must be regularly maintained. There will be problems you have not even thought were possible. There are outbuildings to maintain, roads to clear, fences to mend, and livestock to feed. Often wild animals will cause damage to your property that will have to be repaired. In other words, there are actually many

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Get Your Solar Energy Tax Credit

The solar energy tax credit allows a homeowner to reduce the amount of income tax that they would otherwise have to pay the federal government. This credit is good for 30 percent of homeowner’s investment in their solar system, including solar panels, a charge converter, battery, and inverter, but only for the next three years. The credit will drop to 26 percent in 2020, and 22 percent in 2021. After 2021, the solar energy tax credit for residential customers will be eliminated entirely. While there is a chance the credit could be extended, many homeowners considering solar are planning to install their systems within the next few years to take advantage of the credit.

For commercial businesses looking to go more green, they can qualify for up to 70% off with solar tax incentives. Not only will you qualify for a 30% Federal Tax Credit but you can accelerate the depreciation of your solar system over 5 short years. These tax incentives are equivalent to 60%-70% of the system cost, leaving you needing only 3-4 years of energy savings to recover your entire investment.

In addition to the financial benefits of the solar energy tax credit,

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Real Estate Sales Presentation

Have a winning image.

Power grooming is one of the best ways to achieve a wining image. Your appearance is the first thing, your client will see. This will give him or her, an idea of who or what kind of professional he or she is dealing with. Personal image is also a way of communication, without having to say anything. It shows your clients your work ethics, and how much importance you give in the sales transaction.

Punctuality holds a very strong factor as well. Not just being on time, but being ahead of time will put your image two notches higher. This communicates respect and value not just with your client’s time, but also your own.

And of course, flash a big smile when dealing with your clients. A salesperson’s aura matters a lot, that’s why a lot of agents who can make their clients smile and those who have a good sense of humour tend to sell more than those of their less engaging and energetic counterparts. Studies have shown that building good rapport is a prerogative before, during, and after the real estate sales transaction; therefore it is obligatory to establish

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Commercial Real Estate Financing

One of these issues is cognovits. The odds are pretty good that you will encounter these at some point during your investment career, but you may not be aware of what they are and their function in a real estate transaction.

It is important to note that cognovits will only ever become an issue in commercial transactions, so those of you who are dealing with private and personal properties will likely never have to worry about them or what they could mean for a transaction.

The cognovit provision basically allows a loan creditor to take a judgement, whatever that may be, against a borrower. It usually arises if the borrower has failed to pay back the money they owe to a creditor in some form.

Upon the borrower’s default, cognovits allow the judgement to be made without the creditor having to spend time and money on other legal proceedings to claim back the property they provided the loan for. It also means that the creditor is able to take away the risk of a lawsuit for taking back a property that they are owed money for that the borrower is unable to pay.


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