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We specialize in full service property management and real estate services to fit your needs as a home owner or investor and tailor our solutions to ensure that you have the highest level of service for your home. Focusing on developing long-term relationships is our way of doing business along with listening to our prospects and clients to assess their needs and desires before recommending solutions. We trust that this is the reason our clients continue to come back to us for their real estate needs and recommend others to our team.

Whether you are looking for a home or have a home to sell, fast dependable service is most important. Having a wide variety of homes to choose from, working with a company with experience that you trust, and realtors who listen to your needs, is the right combination to help you make the right choice.

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Finding a New Home after Downsizing

Web Admin - Friday, August 19, 2016

Once you’ve made the decision to downsize, the next step you need to make is to decide where you want to go and what kind of home you want.

The location you choose will depend on several factors.

  • Do you want to be near family?
  • Do you want to reduce your work commute?
  • Do you prefer a city, a suburb, or a rural environment?
  • Do you want to move to a location that has a lower cost of living?

Depending on where you choose to live, you might not actually be saving money. A large house in an area with a lower cost of living might actually be a better financial position for you than a small house in an area with a higher cost of living. Working out a budget at this point is pretty critical.

Very often, downsizers want a smaller home but with no less luxury. For example, if your larger home has granite countertops, most downsizers choose to have granite in their next home, and sometimes even use some of the extra cash they have to upgrade the kitchen appliances as well. Larger master suites are also a common feature downsizers want, and often are willing to sacrifice larger guest suites.

The type of home you choose will also depend on several factors. Some of your options are:

  • Smaller house - The benefits of choosing to move to a house are many. Choosing a house means you’ll still have to do the maintenance and upkeep, however, even though it will likely be less time consuming and costly than in a larger home. A house will probably have more space than any other option, so if a guest bedroom or two is important to you, or if you want a formal dining room, this may be your best bet.
  • Condominium - Many downsizers choose condos not only because they are significantly less costly than a house but also because maintenance will be done for you. In many cases, condos are only one story so you can eliminate stairs if that’s an issue. Condo living sometimes comes with sweet amenities like clubhouses, pools, tennis courts, and so on. If you choose a condo, however, don’t forget that you’ll have to pay HOA fees which vary dramatically from place to place.
  • Rent - If you want to free up some cash, or move to temporary digs while your dream home is being built or while you’re waiting for retirement, renting might be a great option for you. The best part about it is that you are responsible for no upkeep or maintenance - even a clogged drain is fixed for you. Another benefit of renting is that you can stay in the same town without all of the expense associated with owning. The downside, of course, is that you aren’t building equity so it might not make sense financially.
  • Active Adult community - Sometimes known as “55+ Communities,” active adult communities are a great option if at least one person is 55 years of age or older. Active adult communities can be condominiums, cooperatives, single family homes, or even mobile home parks. The benefit of an active adult community is the opportunity to choose a community of people in the same stage of life. Many also offer amenities such as community swimming pools, clubhouses, tennis courts, and so on.
  • Continuing Care Retirement Community - A CCRC offers lifetime housing with advanced levels of care available as needs change. CCRCs also offer planned activities such as luncheons and parties for residents to get to know each other and socialize. Many offer bus trips to grocery stores and destinations such as the Jersey shore. CCRCs require an entrance fee and a monthly charge for care which is dependent on the level of support required.

When you decide where you want to live and the type of housing that appeals to you, it’s time to consider getting your current home on the market. At this point, you should contact a real estate professional who can help you determine what you need to do to prepare your home for sale as well as help guide you to finding your new dream home!

By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl

Here’s What Can Go Wrong When You Don’t Get Renters Insurance

Web Admin - Wednesday, August 03, 2016

“You don’t really know what you’ve got until it’s gone.”

Wise words, certainly, but not something I took to heart until I found myself evacuating New Orleans because of an oncoming hurricane. Eight hours of gridlocked traffic gave me plenty of time to reflect on the value of my belongings.

But I will say this: My panic would have been way worse had I not taken safeguards to protect my possessions with renters insurance.

I got lucky that time and came through unscathed, but every day other renters aren’t so fortunate. Hurricanes, wildfires, robberies, tornadoes—you never know when something could go horribly wrong. And if you’re not covered (or don’t have enough coverage), the results can be simply devastating.

Chance of rain—inside your apartment

Imagine waking up to a downpour from your ceiling. That’s what happened in May to Danny D’Apuzzo in South Florida, who ended up soaked and feeling like he was caught in an “indoor hurricane,” D’Apuzzo told 7 News Miami.

The culprit? His overhead sprinklers had gone off accidentally, drenching his belongings. The good news? D’Apuzzo had renters insurance. The bad? His limit was $10,000, and the damage totaled $15,000.

Lesson learned: Even if you have insurance, make sure you have enough.

“Being underinsured is a big problem,” says Loretta Worters at the Insurance Information Institute. “We recommend people do a home inventory to make sure they have the right amount of insurance.”

The fire was the least of their problems

When a fire broke out in the second floor of an apartment complex in Kalamazoo, MI, in May, Wiley Gates and his girlfriend considered themselves lucky: Everyone got out safely, the fire was put out, and they were even able to go back inside their first-floor apartment to grab a few pieces of clothing before leaving for the night. However, the next day when they returned to get the rest of their stuff, they found nothing but a pile of rubble. According to WWMT, the fire marshal decided to bulldoze the building without notifying the inhabitants. Hey, couldn’t they have called first?

Lesson learned: Even if someone else’s wrongdoing destroys your stuff, no one is responsible for it but you—so it’s no use pointing fingers at the fire department or your landlord, either.

“Unless there was negligence, the landlord isn’t responsible for covering a renter’s belongings,” says Worters.

Teenage shenanigans gone wrong

In May, a group of teenagers in Tucson, AZ, stole an SUV and led police on a high-speed chase—then ended up crashing into a house that was being rented by the Burwell family. According to KVOA, the homeowners insurance covered repairs to the home, but it did not cover anything inside—and the Burwells didn’t have renters insurance. That left the family with the costly recourse of suing the offending teenagers’ families in the courts.

Lesson learned: If you’re renting someone’s home, don’t assume the homeowner’s insurance covers you. Renters need their own separate policy, and should take heart that teenage shenanigans are covered as well as tornadoes. Without it, “the injured party would have to seek damages against the thief in court, since it was the thief’s negligence that caused the accident,” says Worters.

‘We figured federal aid would be all we’d need’

A family in The Colony, TX, lost their rental home and belongings to a tornado in May, but that turned out to be just the start of their struggles. After the twister passed through, the family called the Red Cross, which paid to put them up in a hotel for a few days. But after that? Nada.

Erica Whited contacted a total of 275 organizations looking for help, including FEMA, Health and Human Services, the IRS, CCA, and the governor’s office. Their response? The storm didn’t do enough damage to qualify as a disaster, and as such her family did not qualify for relief.

“There wasn’t enough widespread damage or financial loss,” Whited told The Colony Courier-Leader.

Lesson learned: Typically, in large-scale natural disasters, federal programs can step in and provide aid. But it’s by no means guaranteed and likely won’t provide everything you need. To be fully protected, start an emergency fund and insulate yourself with insurance.

By Angela Colley

What Does a Home Inspector Look For? A Whole Lot

Web Admin - Wednesday, June 29, 2016

After you’ve made an offer on a home and it’s accepted, you might want to start packing your bags. But hang on—you’re not home free yet. Before you close the deal, it’s wise to hire a home inspector to check out the house for major flaws that might need to be fixed. After all, even if a house looks like it’s in great condition, appearances can be deceiving.

So what does a home inspector look for, anyway?

In short: a whole lot. “We’ve got 1,600 different items on our list that home inspectors are supposed to look at,” says Claude McGavic, executive director of the National Association of Home Inspectors, which trains and certifies home inspectors throughout the country.

And their discoveries can help home buyers big-time: Provided you have a home inspection contingency in your offer, you can renegotiate with the seller to fix certain problems or to lower the price. Or, if the problem is more than you want to handle (think faulty foundation or roof on the verge of caving in), you can walk away from the deal with your deposit in hand. Either way, it’s a win-win for the buyer.

This home inspector spotted a problem with a home’s blown insulation.

What does a home inspector look for?

Inspectors run down a checklist of potential problems. While we won’t list all 1,600, here’s the boiled-down version:

  • Grounds: Inspectors are looking for current or future water issues such as standing puddles and faulty grading or downspouts. They check out landscaping to see if trees and shrubs are in good condition (an arborist will give you a more detailed assessment); and evaluate pathways, retaining walls, sheds, and railings.
  • Structure: Is the house foundation solid? Are the sides straight? Are the window and door frames square? This part of the inspection is particularly important when you’re considering buying an older home.
  • Roof: The inspector’s looking for defects in shingles, flashing, and fascia, all of which can cause ceiling drips; loose gutters; and defects in chimneys and skylights.
  • Exterior: The inspector will look for siding cracks, rot, or decay; cracking or flaking masonry; cracks in stucco; dents or bowing in vinyl; blistering or flaking paint; and adequate clearing between siding and earth, which should be a minimum of 6 inches to avoid damage from moisture (although dirt can be in contact with the cement foundation).
  • Window, doors, trim: If you want to keep heat in, cold out, and energy bills low, windows and doors must be in good working condition. The inspector will see if frames are secure and without rot, caulking is solid and secure, and glass is undamaged.
  • Interior rooms: Inspectors are concerned about leaning walls that indicate faulty framing; stained ceilings that could point to water problems; adequate insulation behind the walls; and insufficient heating vents that could make a room cold and drafty.
  • Kitchen: Inspectors make sure range hood fans vent to the outside; ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protection exists for electrical outlets within 6 feet of the sink; no leaks occur under the sink; and cabinet doors and drawers operate properly.
  • Bathrooms: Inspectors want to see toilets flushing, drains draining, showers spraying, and tubs securely fastened.
  • Plumbing: Inspectors are evaluating pipes, drains, water heaters, and water pressure and temperature.
  • Electrical: Inspectors will check if the visible wiring and electrical panels are in good shape, light switches work correctly, and there are enough outlets in each room.

How you can help the inspector

Bring any and all concerns about the property to your inspector before he begins, so he’ll keep a sharp lookout for possible problems. If the seller has disclosed damage, give your inspector a heads up about that, too.

Another smart move is to accompany the inspector during his rounds. It’s in your best interest to understand the home, its systems, and potential problems. For instance, an inspector can introduce you to electrical panels and shut-off water valves (which the seller may not know how to operate or forget to show you), and if he spots a problem, he can show you exactly how a system is malfunctioning and what it means. And this info will serve you well not only before you buy, but afterward as well.

By:Lisa Kaplan Gordon

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