• Consider Your Pets When Buying a Home Consider Your Pets When Buying a Home

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    Consider Your Pets When Buying a Home

     

    If you have dogs, cats, or other pets in your family, you'll want to take their needs into account when you're looking to buy a house. Yes,really. Your furry friends might seem easygoing, but certain homes—and neighborhoods—are more pet-friendly than others.

    Here are some things to consider that often get overlooked; keep them in mind when looking for place where you and your pets can live in peace.

     

    1.  Consider the local pet laws.

    Even if you own a piece of property, it's not guaranteed that your pets will be welcomed there.  Depending on the number and the breed, there may be restrictions especially within an HOA condo development.  

    Some considerations

    • Some HOAs or condo developments restrict the number or type of pets you can have, or spell out how your pet must be restrained in common areas
    • In condo developments, there is often a limit on the number of pets per unit.
    • If you have a breed that tends to bark a lot, find out if your HOA enforces any noise ordinances.

     

    2. Check out the yard and fencing.

    Having a yard where pets can roam is amazing, of course, but keep in mind that if you want to keep your pets in (or other critters out), you'll have to have a fence—or build one.

    There may be zoning laws that only allow underground electric fencing, restrictions on the size or materials allowed for outdoor kennels or dog runs, and most neighborhood zoning will not allow animals to run free, so if you’re looking for a country setting, always...

     

    If you have dogs, cats, or other pets in your family, you'll want to take their needs into account when you're looking to buy a house. Yes,really. Your furry friends might seem easygoing, but certain homes—and neighborhoods—are more pet-friendly than others.

    Here are some things to consider that often get overlooked; keep them in mind when looking for place where you and your pets can live in peace.

     

    1.  Consider the local pet laws.

    Even if you own a piece of property, it's not guaranteed that your pets will be welcomed there.  Depending on the number and the breed, there may be restrictions especially within an HOA condo development.  

    Some considerations

    • Some HOAs or condo developments restrict the number or type of pets you can have, or spell out how your pet must be restrained in common areas
    • In condo developments, there is often a limit on the number of pets per unit.
    • If you have a breed that tends to bark a lot, find out if your HOA enforces any noise ordinances.

     

    2. Check out the yard and fencing.

    Having a yard where pets can roam is amazing, of course, but keep in mind that if you want to keep your pets in (or other critters out), you'll have to have a fence—or build one.

    There may be zoning laws that only allow underground electric fencing, restrictions on the size or materials allowed for outdoor kennels or dog runs, and most neighborhood zoning will not allow animals to run free, so if you’re looking for a country setting, always...

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  • How to Become a Jedi Master in the Search For Your Dream Home How to Become a Jedi Master in the Search For Your Dream Home

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    How to Become a Jedi Master in the Search For Your Dream Home

    Be Prepared to Act Quickly

    Today’s market is a seller’s market. Inventory is low and we are seeing bidding wars, where the seller ends up selling for a higher price than the initial listing price. Following a few rules of thumb for this competitive market will help you to become a Jedi Master in the search for your dream home. It is advised that agents and homebuyers should be available as quickly as possible, so they can act quickly.  Buyers should be prepared to lose a few before they purchase the home they truly want.

    Be Logical in your approach

    Too often, first-time homebuyers are emotional and become attached to a less than desirable property. Spending the time to research the local market trends without reacting too quickly will surely help you to become savvy in the market and in turn actually become a Jedi Master in the search for your dream home. Purchasing a property should never be a rushed process. First time homebuyers should diligently research and utilize the advice from real estate professionals which can set the foundation for future real estate investments.

    Communicate Clearly with your Agent

    Tell your Realtor exactly what you are looking for, in the neighborhood you are looking in, so they can best help you find your dream home. The more specific you can be, the more your Realtor can be helpful. Remember, when they’re working for you in the market talking to other Realtors, they need to filter their search and...

    Be Prepared to Act Quickly

    Today’s market is a seller’s market. Inventory is low and we are seeing bidding wars, where the seller ends up selling for a higher price than the initial listing price. Following a few rules of thumb for this competitive market will help you to become a Jedi Master in the search for your dream home. It is advised that agents and homebuyers should be available as quickly as possible, so they can act quickly.  Buyers should be prepared to lose a few before they purchase the home they truly want.

    Be Logical in your approach

    Too often, first-time homebuyers are emotional and become attached to a less than desirable property. Spending the time to research the local market trends without reacting too quickly will surely help you to become savvy in the market and in turn actually become a Jedi Master in the search for your dream home. Purchasing a property should never be a rushed process. First time homebuyers should diligently research and utilize the advice from real estate professionals which can set the foundation for future real estate investments.

    Communicate Clearly with your Agent

    Tell your Realtor exactly what you are looking for, in the neighborhood you are looking in, so they can best help you find your dream home. The more specific you can be, the more your Realtor can be helpful. Remember, when they’re working for you in the market talking to other Realtors, they need to filter their search and...

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  • Outgrown your home? Outgrown your home?

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    Outgrown your home?

    Have you outgrown your home? Unfortunately, our homes don’t always grow with us. You may have outgrown your home quicker than expected. What may have worked for a single person, a starter home, or a family with a newborn can soon become too small as families expand and multiple generations live under one roof.


    When you have outgrown your home, remodeling and adding to your home is one option for creating more space, but it can be costly, and the size of your property may not allow you to do so. Selling, and moving on to bigger and better may be the solution.


    The first thought when upsizing your home is to simply consider square footage, bedrooms, and bathrooms. When thinking about upsizing, it’s important to consider how your space will actually be used. If you have younger children (or possibly more on the way), then focusing on bedrooms and bathrooms makes sense. But if your children are closer to heading off to college or starting their own families, it may be better to prioritize group spaces like the kitchen, dining room, living room, and outdoor space—it’ll pay off during the holidays or summer vacations, when everyone is coming to visit
    for big gatherings.


    If you have outgrown your home and need more space, but don’t necessarily want a more expensive home, you can probably get a lot more house for your money if you move a little further from the city into the suburbs. While the walkability and short commutes...

    Have you outgrown your home? Unfortunately, our homes don’t always grow with us. You may have outgrown your home quicker than expected. What may have worked for a single person, a starter home, or a family with a newborn can soon become too small as families expand and multiple generations live under one roof.


    When you have outgrown your home, remodeling and adding to your home is one option for creating more space, but it can be costly, and the size of your property may not allow you to do so. Selling, and moving on to bigger and better may be the solution.


    The first thought when upsizing your home is to simply consider square footage, bedrooms, and bathrooms. When thinking about upsizing, it’s important to consider how your space will actually be used. If you have younger children (or possibly more on the way), then focusing on bedrooms and bathrooms makes sense. But if your children are closer to heading off to college or starting their own families, it may be better to prioritize group spaces like the kitchen, dining room, living room, and outdoor space—it’ll pay off during the holidays or summer vacations, when everyone is coming to visit
    for big gatherings.


    If you have outgrown your home and need more space, but don’t necessarily want a more expensive home, you can probably get a lot more house for your money if you move a little further from the city into the suburbs. While the walkability and short commutes...

    Read more