Whether you are moving to a new town to experience something different or transferring for a job, the experience can be exciting, expensive and lonely all at the same time.
With the growing popularity of Zillow.com, Trulia.com and Realtor.com, I felt that it was important to discuss something you should look out for when you are visiting these sites. According to most real estate statistics, the majority of people are going online if they are in the market to purchase a new home, so there is a strong possibility that you will land on one of those sites. Let’s take Zillow as an example. On Zillow’s homepage, there is an opportunity to search for a property by town, here’s an example of this search feature from Zillow’s site.
You have decided to take the plunge and buy a new home…congratulations! What most people focus on when looking for a new home is if the cost of the home itself, the listing price, fits their budget. They start doing google searches and watching the realty sites to narrow the search down to homes within a certain price range. While this is certainly a logical place to start, the price alone should not be the be-all and end-all factor when considering your new home. Many other factors need to be considered in order to see the full picture of your potential new home. Here we will take a look at additional expenses that need to be considered as well as location, land, size and age.
As more and more people are opting to live off the grid and become more environmentally cautious, the idea of living in a tiny home becomes more appealing… to some. The trend is more popular with those trying to downsize after their children have grown and also with millennials who have just graduated from college and are looking to reduce their carbon footprint and save money at the same time.
As a landlord, it is important to know whom you are renting your property to. Having the wrong tenant costs time and money, neither of which you want to waste. While there are no guarantees that you’ll find a person that will respect and take care of your property, running a landlord background check and taking the time to check your prospective tenants’ history will likely save you from unnecessary trouble down the road.