Taxes Are A Killer When House Hunting
Written by Steve Dowling on 2013-10-23
It is a shame how much taxes can affect the cost of a house in certain areas. A monthly mortgage payment can be much higher than in some regions because of taxes making up 40% of the mortgage payment. If property taxes were similar in all areas of the country, it would be much easier to see how the real estate market goes across the country.
Someone that can afford a $250,000 house in Atlanta may...(Read More)
Buying The Right House
Written by Steve Dowling on 2012-11-21
It is so difficult to find the right house to buy. There so many factors to take into account. These include price, look, structure, neighborhood, updates, size, lot size, schools and taxes.
Most times, the house that is the right house to buy is the house that feels right. I know that I am still looking for it....(Read More)
Most Important Things In A House
Written by Steve Dowling on 2012-11-12
The most important rooms in a house are generally having a nice kitchen, nice family room, and a nice master bedroom. If these are already in place and the structure of the house is good, the house is probably worth looking at.
If not, potential buyers most look as to how much it would cost to update these rooms compared to another house which has them updated. This should be the final solution...(Read More)
How To Find Storage In A Small House
Written by Steve Dowling on 2012-09-29
It can be very difficult to find space for clothes, accessories and other stuff in a small, cramped house or apartment. There are several ways that people can make sure that everything is put away, while still maintaining a lot of space throughout your living area.
The best way of obtaining space is getting rid of things that you do not need anymore. While this can be surprisingly difficult, it...(Read More)
Houzz Is A Great Site But No Android App
Written by Steve Dowling on 2012-09-24
There is a website called Houzz which has great photos and ideas for decorating and remodeling your home. It is a very fun site to be on. If they only had an Android app, the site would be so much better....(Read More)
How Much Will A Kitchen Remodel Cost
Written by Steve Dowling on 2012-09-09
I am curious how much the remodeling of a kitchen will cost. This will include knocking down walls, putting in new countertops, cabinets, and backsplashes. This is key as it could be the difference as to whether it is worth it to buy a fixer-upper house or a house that has an updated kitchen. Time to start doing research....(Read More)
The Need For A Sidewalk
Written by Steve Dowling on 2012-08-26
Sidewalks can be a very important thing when a family is looking for a home in the suburbs. Some houses, generally in a more rural area, may have just a street. This will make it much more difficult for a family to teach their child to ride a bike, rollerblade, or even pull them to the park in a little wagon.
In my opinion, if a house does not have a sidewalk and you either have a family, plan...(Read More)
Great Show to Watch
Written by Steve Dowling on 2012-08-26
One of the great shows to watch for those interested in looking at buying or renting a new house is House Hunters on HGTV. House Hunters generally takes a couple through 3 different houses and show them different things about the houses until they decide what fits best for them. It helps people to see what is most important and how much give and take there should be when deciding on a house to buy...(Read More)
Thoughts On An Inground Swimming Pool
Written by Steve Dowling on 2012-08-23
Should you or should you not buy a house with an inground swimming pool? Swimming pools can be a great way to relax and really add to the appeal of a home. However, swimming pools, especially in cooler climates, can be a negative attraction to a house. Despite there many positives, there may be even more negatives.
First, swimming pools require a great deal of maintainence. They require near daily...(Read More)