What Is Earnest Money – The Definitive Guide

What Is Earnest Money - The Definitive Guide 1

If any of you have bought or sold a house before, or are currently going through the home selling or buying process, you have probably heard about earnest money. But what is earnest money?  Is it a handful of money just thrown at the seller to keep?  How much should the Seller ask for?  Earnest […]

Are Real Estate Taxes The Same As Property Taxes?

Are Real Estate Taxes The Same As Property Taxes

There are several different types of Real Estate Taxes. However, I do think when someone asks the question “Are Real Estate Taxes the same as Property Taxes?” They are correct in what they are assuming. It is better answered this way….Property Taxes are Real Estate Taxes.

Building Permits – FAQ

[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][fusion_toggle title=”How do building codes work?”] Building codes are established by local authorities to set out minimum public-safety standards for building design, construction, quality, use and occupancy, location and maintenance. There are […]

Homeowner Associations – FAQ

[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][fusion_toggle title=”Do condos have to be made accessible to the disabled?”] The 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act does not require strictly residential apartments and single-family homes to be made accessible. But all […]

Neighbor Disputes – FAQ

Can a condo association ban pets? A homeowners association can both enact and enforce such pet restrictions. As the following case illustrates, it is important to read a development’s covenants, conditions and restrictions (CC&Rs) before you buy into it. Pet restrictions sometimes appear there. Also, if you have talked to other owners, you will know […]

Hiring a Contractor – FAQ

[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][fusion_toggle title=”What are some guidelines to follow when trying to find a contractor?”] While hiring contractors recommended by friends is usually a safe route, never hire a construction professional without first checking […]

Avoid Foreclosure – FAQ

[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][fusion_toggle title=”Can a home seller sell a home for less than its mortgage?”] This situation is known as a “short sale.” Sometimes home owners can negotiate with lenders and have them split […]

Insurance – FAQ

[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][fusion_toggle title=”What kind of home insurance should I get?”] A standard homeowners policy protects against fire, lightning, wind, storms, hail, explosions, riots, aircraft wrecks, vehicle crashes, smoke, vandalism, theft, breaking glass, falling […]

Improving Your Real Estate – FAQ

[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][fusion_toggle title=”How can I improve the value of my property?”] The biggest factor outside of a homeowner’s control is market conditions. But other issues — including the condition of the property, specific […]

mortgage Lock-ins – FAQ

[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][fusion_toggle title=”How do you lock in an interest rate?”] Locking in a mortgage rate with a lender is one way to ensure that same rate still will be available when you need […]