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Buy a House, Not a Home!

Buying a house versus a home.

  

 

 

 

    guest contributor: Del Taylor

Although the words House and Home are highly interchangeable, it is necessary to stay focused on which word is dealt with first. When buying one, a “House” should always be in the forefront, not the opposite. The word House implies a structure with doors, windows, and rooms. This is what is being sold, it is up to you to transform that House into a “Home.”

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What Affects Property Values?

Does my neighborhood affect my home's value?

Some the features that increase property values are obvious-like a remodeled bathroom, a modern kitchen, or a sought-after neighborhood. But here are a few features and circumstances you have not have realized can affect property values.

  1. The neighbors: Not every neighborhood or community has an HOA that can keep the neighbors from going overboard with decorations or neglecting to care for their home. Homes adjacent to eccentric neighbors can potentially be undervalued.
  2. Trendy groceries and coffee: Recent statistics suggest that if your home is a short walk from popular grocery stores like Whole Foods or coffee chains like Starbucks, it can actually appreciate faster than the national average.
  3. Mature trees: A big beautiful tree in the front yard is enviable, and it’s not something that can be easily added to any home. Homes with mature trees tend to get a little boost in value.
  4. Parking: This isn’t too much of an issue if you live in the suburbs or in a rural area, but residents in dense cities can have real problems with parking, and homeowners might need to rent a spot just to guarantee a place to park each night. That’s why having guaranteed parking in urban areas will raise property values.
  5. The front entrance: First impressions matter to buyers-many will cross a home off their list within 10 seconds of stepping through the front door. An appealing front door, a friendly entryway, and a functioning doorbell are all necessities for getting top dollar.

Hats Off, City of Columbus!

Anders Team giving a cheer for real estate promotion.

We are giving a “Hats Off” to the City of Columbus for the promotion of home ownership in Columbus.

This program, American Dream Downpayment Initiative (ADDI) Program, assists low and moderate income households to finance the acquisition of a first home in the City of Columbus, Columbus City School District.

“The ADDI program is a five-year deferred forgivable loan.  The buyer(s) must reside in the property for five years after closing or the funds must be repaid to the City.  The property is unable to be sold, rented, or transferred during these five years and must remain as the sole residence of the buyer(s).  After the five years, the mortgage and restrictive covenant are released on the property and the loan is forgiven.”

What an opportunity for the citizens of Columbus! We thank you, Columbus, and The Anders Team will continue our support of your efforts on behalf of all potential homeowners.

Here is the link that provides a description of this program along with contact information and eligibility requirements. We encourage everyone to check this out; A tenant today, and a homeowner tomorrow!

Plan a Home Downsizing Coup!

Article repost: http://www.homevestors.com/10-smart-downsizing-tips-empty-nesters/

downsizing home items into boxes

 

I really liked and understood these tips from this post. It could save a lot of time and encourages one to begin before a deadline!

 

After the kids head off to college, it doesn’t take long to realize how much extra space you have in your home. And most of that space is probably filled up with stuff. Now is the perfect time to downsize, simplify your life, and put some cash in your pocket. Free up your space with these top 10 downsizing tips. Your current home may have been perfect while the kids were growing up, but times change. Spend time thinking about what you want the future to hold for you. Downtown living? Less yard work? More travel? It’s up to you. (more…)

Your Home’s Value

stacks of coins next to a wooden house

 

How would you place a value on your current home; What a homebuyer is willing to pay, what a professional appraiser would say, or your personal opinion of what it is worth, there will always be a difference as there are ways of perceiving a home’s value. Trying to price your home, before putting it on the market, often is a blending of multiple theories to place a value. We will try here, to present how these three opinions differ and how they are mostly  in line with today’s selling and buying of Columbus homes for sale. (more…)

Basic Home Preservation

an inspector and couple looking at a home exterior

Image by (Bent Nail)

Should you currently own a home, you no doubt consciously stay aware of the apparent day-to-day normal wear and tear of your home. Updating and modernizing is of importance to maintaining the home’s value, but I am going to start with the basics of easy and cost-effective measures that help save before the major disasters occur. There is so much valuable information as to the maintenance and upkeep of a house available online; online is a great source to stay above water and on schedule with preserving your investment. I was lucky enough to get my awareness growing up.

I gained great insight about home caretaker-ship from my parents who included the children for the care of the family home. As any prepared team, here were their three main objectives our parents explained to us, in keeping the home in good condition: “A good roof,” “A dry foundation,” and “Early detection of the small problems.”

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About The Anders Team

It is our pleasure to help you with your real estate transaction, whether you are purchasing or selling any type of real estate property.  Team member of The Anders Team We understand that buying a new home, maybe even in a new area, certainly involves the “whole” family. We are a retired U.S. military family that has experienced any and all difficulties of moving/relocating; finding desirable homes, making sure of the new school district, the logistics of transferring our belongings, finding the most information about our new community and most certainly, depending on professionals who identify with our transition event(s).  We can help you to analyze every step of the transaction so that you do not find yourself in stressful situations, which comes along with the sale or purchase of a new or another home.  It is our goal to see to it that you get where you want to go and as such, we will oversee all the necessary aspects of making a real estate transaction flow with the least amount of stress to you and your family. (more…)

Who wants to live in Hilliard OH?

    the view of downtown hilliard ohio

I have a guess you might, or this article would not have attracted your attention. Well, join the club. Great numbers of Columbus Metropolitan residents have an eye on this need, or dream, of having a home located in the City of Hilliard; The Hilliard Schools System; convenient commuter distance to their workplace; the abundance of parks and recreational facilities; reasonable cost of home ownership, and the diverse selection of neighborhoods all, feed that drive. (more…)

Celebrating Our Work Ethic.

the United States flag as a symbol of Labor DayLabor Day is fast approaching, September 4, 2017. For many of us in the United States, it symbolizes the unofficial end of summer; a return to school and a digging in at work. (more…)

Oh No, I Forgot; Renter’s Insurance!

 

cartoon apartment buildings covered by Renters Insurance

As a reminder to those who are renting before buying a home, Renter Insurance is a must! (more…)