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It's time to get cracking if you didn't exhaust your full allotment of residential energy tax credits during 2009. Although tax credits for big projects like residential wind turbines and solar energy systems have no upper limit and are good through 2016, energy tax credits capped at $1,500 expire at the end of 2010. Eligible capped projects include new windows and doors, insulation, roofing, water heaters, HVAC, and biomass stoves.
Here's how it works with capped federal credits: You can earn energy tax credits wor...
Okay...I know you are thinking why is there a blog on a Real Estate website about where to find the best deal on a Christmas Tree in Charleston, South Carolina. Well...it is because I spent 3 hours hunting one down the other night with my wife, son, and dog Jasper and I thought it may save someone else a little bit of time.
Not only will this possibly help you with where to find the best deal but also some things I became educated on during our journey!!
We made 5 stops...here ya go...
Stop 1: A friend of ours told us about a GREAT place to buy a tree near Fiery Ron's Home Team BBQ off of Highway 61 so we headed that way and agreed that if we came across any other places on the...
There are over 4,000 Real Estate Agents in Charleston, SC...
Through November of this year there are only 435 agents that have sold at least one home per month in 2010...
Less than 10% of Real Estate agents are making a living in Real Estate...be sure you find one that is!!! You do not want a new or part time agent...there are too many things that can go wrong in transactions these days...not to mention you need...
First, of course, you should find a Realtor that is experienced and knowledgeable in buying and selling general real estate IN ADDITION to being experienced in REO's. I would highly suggest an agent that has worked both sides of these transactions...buying from banks and selling for banks. There are not many of these agents out there and always be sure to make sure they can back up what they say!! What banks have they listed and sold...
Before you can worry about where to place furniture and which wall hanging should go where, each room in your home must be spotless. Do a thorough cleaning right down to the nitpicky details like wiping down light switch covers. Deep clean and deodorize carpets and window coverings.
It’s harder for buyers to picture themselves in your home when they’re looking at your family photos, collectibles, and knickknacks. Pack up all your personal decorations. However, don’t make spaces like mantles and coffee and end tables barren. Leave three it...
After a short sale, you may qualify for a loan again in two years--quicker than you could with a foreclosure in your past.
Facing foreclosure and tempted to stay in your home until the bank pulls it out from under you? Bad idea. Don’t do it. A much more graceful exit is a short sale, an agreement between you and your lender to sell your home for less than you owe. Although there’s no guaran...
Having pet odors inside your home can turn off potential home buyers and keep your home from selling. Ask your real estate agent for an honest opinion about whether your home has a pet smell.
Air your house out. While you’re cleaning, throw open all the windows in your home to allow fresh air to circulate and sweep out unpleasant scents....
In today’s economy, many factors influence the decision to buy a home – job status, financial ability, and family considerations among them. But one of the main reasons to consider becoming a homeowner in the current market is the affordability factor, which will benefit today’s buyers for many years to come. Some experts say that "NOW" is the best time to buy a home in our history due to low interest rates coupled with the over supply of housing inventory.
To put this into perspective, a buyer who purchased a median-priced home five years ago with an FHA mortgage and a 3 percent downpayment would have a monthly mortgage payment of $1,650.00. With today’s interest rates and median home ...
30-Year Mortgage Rates Plumb New Depths
Freddie Mac reports that the average interest on 30-year fixed mortgages slipped to an all-time low, for the third consecutive week, to 4.19 percent.
At the same time, 15-year fixed-rate loans and the five-year adjustable-mortgage rate both also hit record lows. Rates on the former were 3.62 percent, while the latter averaged just 3.47 percent.
Source: The Wall Street Journal, Nathan Becker (10/15/10)
Here is an excerpt from an email sent to a prospective listing client regarding the value of her home now and in years to come:
Hey XXXX...It is really easy to pull comps for your place. There are others for sale and some that have sold that are almost identical to yours.
(These are all 3 beds and 2 baths built in 2003-2004)
Currently for sale:
Square ft Price
5043 Westview 1240 133,900
5052 Westview 1182 135,000
5047 Westview 1240 130,000
5097 Westview 1269 135,500
4093 Napoleon 1260 130,000
5054 Westview 1240 130,500
A portion of this email has been deleted for blog use
Please check out a list of short sale homes for sale in the Charleston area that we now have active on our website. Visit www.chucktownhomes.com and click on the short sale tab at the top then select the area you are interested in.
Chucktown Homes offers our clients a complete range of services including:
Residential Sales on New or Resale Homes, and Vacant Lots
Short Sales and Bank Owned Properties
We have teams that specialize in Buyers and Sellers so you can be assured that you have a highly trained dedicated sales professional with very high standards, trust and integrity every step of the way.
We promote your home every chance we get by using an 888# on the sign, print advertising in The Real Estate Book and Homes and Land as well as listing your property on over 13 different websites and the Charleston Trident Multiple Listing Service.
We take great pride in providing the most reliable, up-to-date info...
While government continues to make the tax code seemingly impossible for the average citizen to understand, homeowners continue to discover how to manipulate exemptions and deductions to leverage their home investment. One 2007 tax law change, that I’ll bet few take advantage of is the catastrophe savings account deduction.
Kiawah and Seabrook residents are all too familiar with the outrageous expense of homeowners insurance (sometimes not even available), earthquake insurance, flood insurance, and wind and hail insurance. Many of my neighbors on Seabrook are surely “flying naked”, (no insurance) as a result of this enormous expense and diffic...
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