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If you have moved into a new home and your old home is still on the market, it may be vacant. Vacant homes can be an easy target for vandals and thieves who keep track of the status of neighborhoods. Homeowners insurance policies only cover homes that are occupied, so they will not cover your home while it is vacant and waiting to be sold. Consider these simple tips to help protect your home while it is empty.

  • Let a friend stay over. Allow a close friend or family member to stay in the vacant home to deter burglars.
  • Furnish the home. Keeping some old furniture in the vacant house will make it look like there are people living in the home. If you do not have any old furniture, there are many home staging companies that will bring in furniture.
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The front yard of your house is the first thing that potential buyers see, which is why it is so important to make sure that your landscaping looks its best. Keep these tips in mind to ensure that your landscaping attracts buyers to your home.

  • Remove any dead plants from your yard. Not only will this brighten up your yard, but it will give you the extra space needed to add extra foliage to your garden.
  • Rake up fallen leaves every day. When your home is on the market, you never know when potential buyers might come to look at your home, so you want to make sure that your yard is always looking its best.
  • Add a splash of color. Something as simple as changing the color of your front door can create a focal point, and can distract buyers if the
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Moving into your home can be expensive. To help keep the costs low and save some money, keep these simple tips in mind.

  • Do not take everything. If you do not want old appliances or furniture, do not waste your time moving them. You may even be able to include it in the sale of your home to make a little extra money.
  • Barter. If your new home needs a little bit of work, you may be able to trade some of your furniture for the work, which will not only save you money, but can save you the hassle of moving extra items.
  • Move smart. Hiring a moving company or renting a moving van can be expensive. While it may be extra work to do yourself, you will save hundreds of dollars. You could also do a “hybrid move” by loading and unloading the moving truck
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When you are buying a home, you may need a large sum of money as fast as possible to pay for big ticket items. If you are planning on getting a loan to help you cover the cost, it is important to keep in mind that you may not qualify, and if you do, it will be very expensive to pay back. Make sure to ask yourself these questions to ensure that you do not get locked into a loan that you do not actually need.

  • How much money do you need? Make sure to seriously think about what you want to buy, and make sure that you actually need it.
  • Do you really need cash? If you are buying something that could be paid for with a credit card, reconsider the loan. Credit card companies typically have lower interest rates and no time limit to pay off the purchase.
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When you are selling your home, it usually means that you have to buy a new home, which can be a delicate balance. To make sure that the buying and selling process is as smooth as possible, keep these tips in mind:

  • Plan early. Planning the entire experience as early as possible can help ensure that you do not miss any important steps. Choose a real estate agency that has experience in your local area, as well as being experienced in both buying and selling homes.
  • If you buy first, you will have to prove to your lender that you have enough money saved up to cover the down payment as well as the closing cost of your new home. You may also have to prove that your finances are stable enough to afford mortgage payments for both your new and old home.
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Making an offer is one of the last steps in the home buying process. It lets the seller know that you are interested in the house and can start the negotiation process.

There is no standard percentage below the asking price to make an offer, making it more of a guessing game. Working with a real estate agent can help ensure that you make the best offer and increase your chances of getting the house. It is important that you do not make on offer that is too low, since you can risk insulting the seller who may decline to work with you.

If you are very serious about buying a particular house, hire an appraiser. They will be able to give you a better estimation of the home’s value. You can also do this after making an offer, but make sure to stipulate

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When buying a home, it is easy to get confused with all of the tricky real estate wording that is involved in the process. Making sure that you understand each part of the real estate process can help to ensure that you are buying the right house for your lifestyle and budget.

One of the most important steps in the real estate process is making sure that you have the right loan. The Federal Housing Administration was created to provide insurance to banks to cover approved loans, allowing more people to qualify for a loan. If you meet certain loan standards but do not have enough money for a down payment, you will be required to pay mortgage insurance premiums, or MIPs. You will be required to pay MIP until the loan is refinanced or satisfied in

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The current real estate market trend in San Diego has been seeing improvements in the past months. This is not only good for current homeowners, but also for those who are looking to invest in the market.

The median sales price of homes in the San Diego area was $460,000, which shows an increase 7 percent from April 2014 to July 2014, or a median increase of $30,000 for each house. This increase is much better than the just 3.3 percent increase of median home sales in the same time frame of the year before.

The week ending in July 23 had an average listing price for homes in the area of $763,891, which was an increase of 4 percent compared to the week before, and an increase of 4.1 percent compared to the week that ended on July 2.

For all of

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Getting a home inspection is one of the most important steps of buying a home. It can help you find out about any problems in the home, and can allow you to request that the seller fixes the problems in order to complete the real estate deal. To make sure that you use the best home inspector, keep these 3 tips in mind.

  1. Hire an inspector that is associated with a professional inspection organization. Some of the most reputable inspector associations include the NAHI and National Institute of Building Inspectors. Ask for proof that the inspector is part of one of these associates before allowing them to inspect your home.
  2. Do not just take the advice of your agent. While most real estate agents will recommend a good inspector, some will not. Use
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Droughts are one of the most devastating disasters that can happen. With California in one of the worst droughts in history, it is important to make sure that you do your part to help conserve water. Keep these water conservation tips in mind in your home.

  • Cut your showers down from 10 minutes to 5 minutes to save up to 25 gallons of water with a standard shower head.
  • Turn off the faucet when you are brushing your teeth to save 10 gallons of water a day.
  • Fill the sink basin with a small amount of water when shaving to rinse the razor instead of using running water.
  • Use a broom to clean sidewalks, driveways, and patios instead of hosing them down to save up to 18 gallons of water per minute.
  • Replace all of your toilets and shower heads
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