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Owning a Home the Easy Way

<strong>Owning a Home the Easy Way</strong>
Realizing the American dream Metro ServiceHome ownership is a major goal that many Americans desire to acquire in their lifetime of achievements. ■ Anthony G Moya / Contributed Among the most desired things a person wants is to own a property they can call their very own. Home ownership is a major goal that many Americans desire to acquire in their lifetime of achievements. For the most part, we all grew up in a home or shelter without receiving any background as to how to best prepare for this major investment that is before us. Our focus in our educational system is to learn certain subjects to become a contributing member (more…)
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Which renovations are worth an investment?

<strong>Which renovations are worth an investment?</strong>
Metro ServiceDeciding on which renovations in your home are worth the investment requires a lot of research. ■ Metro Service The cost of remodeling a home is easier to stomach when homeowners can expect to recoup a sizable percentage of the costs from the renovation. While basing renovations on their potential impact on resale value may be risky, return on investment is something homeowners must consider when mulling renovation projects. Many homeowners wonder which renovations will resonate most strongly with potential buyers when a home is put up for sale. According to Remodeling magazine, homeowners are less likely to recoup their investment in a major kitchen or bathroom remodel than they (more…)
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How to employ staging to impress buyers

<strong>How to employ staging to impress buyers</strong>
Metro ServiceOne of the more important things to remember is the benefits of making a strong first impression on prospective buyers. That’s why many homeowners rely on staging when selling their homes. ■ Metro Service Homeowners must consider a variety of factors when putting their homes on the market. One of the more important things to remember is the benefits of making a strong first impression on prospective buyers. That’s why many homeowners rely on staging when selling their homes. Staging requires more than just clearing out clutter or baking a batch of cookies to create a welcoming aroma. Staging helps potential buyers visualize the potential of a home and see (more…)
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Proactive home improvement projects for your to-do list

<strong>Proactive home improvement projects for your to-do list</strong>
Metro ServiceInspecting patios that might endure some wear and tear during the heavy usage seasons of spring and summer can be very helpful to the average homeowner. ■ Metro Service Homeowners know that maintaining a home can be a year-round job. No home is immune to wear and tear, and homeowners who want to protect their real estate investments should try to stay two steps ahead to ensure their homes do not succumb to the elements or become outdated and unappealing to prospective buyers. Fall has become a season that’s synonymous with home improvement, but homeowners need not wait until the leaves begin changing colors to start planning their next projects. (more…)
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How to save enough for a down payment on a house

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Metro ServicePrequalifying for a mortgage can make the home buying process a lot easier, and it also can give first-time buyers an idea of how much they can spend. ■ Metro Service A home is the most costly thing many people will ever buy. The process of buying a home can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. One way to make the process of buying a home go more smoothly is to save enough money to put down a substantial down payment. Saving for a down payment on a home is similar to saving for other items, only on a far grander scale. Many financial planners and real estate professionals recommend prospective (more…)
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Rental rate increases slowing, but still headed upward

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Rent growth over last two years far exceeds growth in salaries ApartmentList.comThis graph tracks the real estate rental rates in Hemet between 2015 and 2018. ■ By Chris Salviati / Contributed In a new report, rent growth rates from 2015 to 2018 in Hemet have increased, but the rate of increase has slowed recently. When searching for a new place to call home, it’s important to know what’s happening with rent prices in your city. Year-over-year rent growth in Hemet currently stands at 3.6 percent, down from 8.2 percent in 2017. For comparison, Hemet experienced year-over-year growth of 7.5 percent in 2016 and 5.1 percent in 2015. Nationally, year-over-year rent growth (more…)
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Tips for first-time real estate investors

<strong>Tips for first-time real estate investors</strong>
Investing in real estate is vastly different from investing in a home for oneself Photo by Metro ServiceSuch figures may seem too good to ignore for many prospective real estate investors. But investing in real estate can be risky, and it’s important that first-time investors consider a host of factors before deciding to delve into the real estate market. ■ Metro Service Real estate can be a good investment that helps build wealth and secure a financial future. According to Investopedia, average 20-year returns in commercial real estate hover around 9.5 percent, while residential and diversified real estate average returns of 10.6 percent. Such figures may seem too good to ignore (more…)
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Create a good first impression when selling your home

<strong>Create a good first impression when selling your home</strong>
Photo by Metro ServiceKeep areas like the kitchen clutter free and decorate the interior of your home with a common theme. ■ Metro Service The sentiment “don’t judge a book by its cover” is common knowledge, but isn’t always heeded. Sometimes first impressions do matter. When it comes to selling their homes, homeowners should remember this adage as they prepare their homes for prospective buyers. Homeowners who want to make their properties stand out can take the following steps: De-personalize the home Homeowners fill their spaces with family photos, heirlooms, personal interests, and other conversation pieces. Prospective buyers may not be able to see past personal belongings and may even be (more…)
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When that dream job forces you to relocate

<strong>When that dream job forces you to relocate</strong>
Photo by Metro ServiceWhile working professionals with no children may find it easier to move than men and women with families, it’s fair to say that anyone who is moving in the near future has some significant work ahead. ■ Metro Service Moving can be a considerable undertaking. While working professionals who are single or married with no children may find it easier to move than men and women with families, it’s fair to say that anyone who is moving in the near future has some significant work ahead of them. In its Job Relocation Survey, the moving company Allied Van Lines found that people move for a variety of reasons. (more…)
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Five tips to make moving easier

<strong>Five tips to make moving easier</strong>
Photo by Metro ServiceIt can help to put some belongings into a storage center prior to moving and then gradually take items from the storage unit to your new home. ■ Metro Service It should come as no surprise that spring kicks off one of the busiest times of year in the housing market. Warm weather makes it more comfortable to see and display homes, leading to more listings and open houses. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average person in the United States changes residences more than 11 times in his or her lifetime. With each move, the process of moving may become more familiar. But even the most (more…)