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Home: An Appreciating Asset Filled With Depreciating Stuff

Home: An Appreciating Asset Filled With Depreciating Stuff

I believe I could make the argument that home ownership, in its current form, is making us poorer because of the depreciating consumer goods we choose to fill it with. While at its very heart, a home is a magnificent kernel of responsible living and financial well-being, over the years it has become something more…and certainly more destructive. We have come to believe it is obviously the wise financial choice for anyone in a position to buy a home to simply do so. It does not take much more thought than that. Of course, this is not the nature of investing. Rarely is there a financial choice that we can all make that simply produces profit without risk…but more on that in another post.

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13 Sale-Killing Mistakes to Avoid With Real Estate Listing Photos

| Nov 14, 2016

We’re fond of the analogy that shopping for real estate is a lot like online dating. The similarities are seemingly endless—you should never be too eager, and you have to remember that looks can be deceiving.

That’s never more true than when it comes to presenting your home in real estate listing photos. You can have the most sought-after home on the block, but if you don’t take the right pictures, your house might attract more squatters than buyers.

Don’t believe us? Check out these cringe-worthy photos we found while scouring the multiple listing service. Learn from them, young Padawan.

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Going Green 2016

Going Green 2016

Green and energy-efficient home features are more popular than ever with recent home buyers.

Below are a few green real estate-related tidbits from NAR’s Research division to enjoy this St. Patrick’s Day.

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What elements affect the lifespan of my roof?

What elements affect the lifespan of my roof?

Several questions need to be answered when determining the approximate lifespan of a roof that has been correctly installed. To start, one must examine the type of a roof. Whether the roof is sloped or flat, it has two basic elements: the roof deck and the wood planks, plywood, or oriented strand board, otherwise known as particle board. These elements are usually used in residential construction and have a weather-resistance or waterproof finish. A sloped roof can be finished with asphalt composite shingles, wood shingles/shakes, clay tiles, metal, or slate tiles.

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I want my home to be heated by a wood-burning fireplace, but there isn't one in my home.

I want my home to be heated by a wood-burning fireplace, but there isn't one in my home.

A wood-burning fireplace is a great way to warm your home during the cold winter months. But if your home doesn't have a fireplace already built-in, there are several options available for wood-burning systems that can be installed.

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What is radon and should I be concerned?

What is radon and should I be concerned?

So What is Radon?

Radon is a gas that is formed by the breakdown of uranium in the soil. Uranium is a natural radioactive material found in rock and soil throughout the United States. The reason that radon is of concern is that it is a cancer-causing natural gas that you can't see, smell or taste.

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11 Overlooked Upgrades That Will Sell Your Home Faster

11 Overlooked Upgrades That Will Sell Your Home Faster

The average number of days a home stays on the market can vary, but a few subtle improvements can make your home more attractive to potential buyers.

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Tips for Holding a Safe Open House

Tips for Holding a Safe Open House

Open houses can be a great sales tool—but hosting one also exposes you to numerous unfamiliar people for the first time. Take these steps to stay safe:

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Ask the Inspector: Chimney

Ask the Inspector: Chimney

A chimney is designed to exhaust products of combustion from a fuel burning appliance to the exterior of the building. A masonry chimney is typically built on its own footing and foundation with brick or concrete block on the exterior. Flaking sometimes occurs on a masonry chimney due to the moisture in the exhaust gases that are a product of combustion. The moisture gets absorbed into the brick and freezes in the winter when the warm exhaust gases stop flowing out the chimney. When water freezes, it expands, and over time this freeze-thaw cycle leads to deterioration of the brick, clay tile, and mortar. The damage is usually located at the top portion of the chimney for many reasons. The top portion of the chimney is the most exposed area and therefore the most vulnerable to weather. Moisture may also enter the top portion of the chimney from the exterior if the cap is cracked or missing. Once the exhaust gases reach the top of the chimney, they may have cooled sufficiently for the moisture to condense, making the concentration of moisture higher.

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"Walkability?!"

WHAT HOMEBUYERS WANT NOW: WALKABLE NEIGHBORHOODS

Everyone knows the three main rules when it comes to real estate: location, location, location. But analysts say that old adage needs a new word for the selling points that make homes valuable to consumers: "walkability." That's for living in walkable areas.

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 The Top 5 Do’s and Don’ts in Home Staging

The Top 5 Do’s and Don’ts in Home Staging

The early spring home selling-season is kicking off. There’s no time like the present to start decluttering and transforming your lived-in home into a show-worthy property to make a positive impression on potential buyers. That means attending to the most important details that will create mass buyer appeal and increase your home’s value.

“A seller has to try to be objective by looking at their home as a product or some other commodity that one would purchase,” says Lisa Gallagher, a real estate professional with William Raveis, Newtown, Conn. “You have only one chance to get it right so present your home in the best possible light.”

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