Monthly Archives: May 2015

Before Buying, Know What You Want In Your New HOME!

Since, for most Americans, their house, represents their single, biggest, financial asset. Therefore, doesn’t it seem, to make very little sense, that, when people are ready to purchase their first HOME, or upgrade to a new one, they appear to often, do so, in a rather, haphazard manner. Wouldn’t it make more sense, if, before buying any specific home, we took the time, and fully considers, what we, personally, sought, and hoped for, in the place, where we will hang our hat? Obviously, we need to consider, economic and financial considerations, so we avoid the so – called, Money Pit, where we become house – rich, but overwhelmed by the obstacles and challenges. However, unless, we, also, fully consider, what we are looking for, and might make us happy/ satisfied, it doesn’t make sense, to proceed. With that in mind, this article will attempt to, briefly, consider, examine, review, and discuss, using the mnemonic approach, what this means, and represents, and makes sense, to consider, from the beginning of the house hunting.

1. Happiness/ healing/ heart; heating: Living, where you do, should bring you happiness, and self – fulfillment! It should bring you, a healing heart, and spirit! However, major systems of a house, must function effectively, and easily, such as heating, air conditioning, and other major and minor systems, which might impact, your enjoyment of the particular home!

2. Objectives; option; organized; opportunities: Before you begin, take an introspective, objective look. and fully consider your personal objectives, needs, goals and priorities. Which home options, might be most useful, in making you more fulfilled, and happy, living in a specific home? Observe how it is organized, and consider, if, it serves your needs, as is, or, might be easily adaptable (in a somewhat, inexpensive way), to do so! Consider, your immediate, as well as longer – terms needs, and purposes, and whether, you desire, to live there, for a temporary, or a longer period. Recognize those opportunities, this house might present, to serve your needs, in terms of the interior, exterior, neighborhood, school system, and other conveniences.

3. Motivating; meaningful; manageable: Is this house, manageable, or, would it overwhelm you? Is it worth, the effort? What is most meaningful to you, when you consider making this type of significant commitment? Your home must be motivating and inspiring, to your life, as a whole!

4. Energy/ energize; efforts; emphasis; excellence: Be realistic, but seek a degree of excellence, rather than settling, merely for, good – enough! What do you consider, your major emphasis? Is this prospective place, worth your efforts? Will it energize you, and meet your needs, goals, and aspirations, providing you with extra energy?

A house may not be a HOME. When it’s time to purchase one, seek a house, which you’ll make, a home, of your own!


Considering A Home?: Start With The Basement

After well over a decade, as a Real Estate Licensed Salesperson, in the State of New York, I have observed, that the vast number of individuals, pay, far too little attention, to one of the most significant parts of a house. While it may be, more fun, and more enjoyable, looking at the kitchen, bedrooms, and beautiful bathrooms, a wise, educated, house – hunter, begins by taking a close look, at the basement. It’s amazing how much, might be learned, when one looks there, including: some major core components; any existing, or previous structural damage; whether there is a water issue; and what, is often, referred to, as the, bones of the house. With that in mind, this article will attempt to briefly, consider, examine, review, and discuss. some of the reason, a house’s basement, often, indicates so much about the home, itself.

1. Heating System: In the overwhelming number of instances, the major core, of a house’s heating system, is located in the basement. First, is the system, electrical, oil, or gas, or any combination, including alternatives, such as solar and geo – thermal? What is the age, and condition, of the burner, and boiler? How noisy or quiet is it? How often has it be serviced? Are there any odors, etc? How is it vented, etc?

2. Electrical: Look at the electric box. What level of service is in the house, 100 amp, or 220 amp? How neat, organized, and clearly labeled, is the box? If there is any need, to address future electrical issues, how easily might, an electrician, be able to locate, the root/ cause, of the problem?

3. Water: How old is the hot water tank? What condition is it in?

4. Finished legally: Are the finished parts of the basement, legally done, with proper permits, inspections, etc? Are there any indications of excessive moisture, or a concerning odor?

5. Water Damage: Does there appear to be, any indication of past water damage? Look at the walls, floors, and ask, pointing questions, to discover, whether there has ever been damage, etc! Is there any built – in, dehumidifier, etc?

6. Structural: Inspect the beams, and other structural supports, especially in exposed areas (usually unfinished areas, such as near the burner/ boiler, utility room, laundry room (false ceiling), and consider, whether there are any signs of termites, carpenter ants, etc. Although, you may not notice any issues, before purchasing, have a professional, inspect, to be certain, you know, before you buy!

7. Neatness: The condition, and whether it’s neat and clean, is often, a clear indicator, of how well, the house, has been cared for.

You can generally change a kitchen, bathroom, and renovate/ upgrade, various parts of a house, but, unless, it’s got the bones, you aren’t using a common sense approach, to buying a home! Will you follow this logical approach, or merely, an emotional one?

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A Home Buyer’s Caveat: KNOW What You Want!

There are a number of reasons, individuals begin to search for a home, of their own, or a new home. While some, are focused on their needs, goals, and priorities, others become absorbed by the concepts of the so – called, American Dream, of owning a home, of your own! Smart home buyers must be ready, and prepared, to proceed, with their eyes – wide – open, so they clearly, KNOW, what they seek, and what they might afford, as well as what will serve their needs, both today, and into the future. With that in mind, this article will attempt to briefly, consider, examine, review, and discuss, using the mnemonic approach, what this means and represents, and why it matters.

1. Knowledge; keep it; kitchen: How will you decide, if a particular house, is best for you, and your true needs? Will you take the time, and make the effort, to learn, as much as possible, about the options and alternatives, as well as relevant aspects, and use your knowledge, to make you, a smarter, better prepared consumer? Are you considering, using this house, as a starter home, or will you keep it, into the foreseeable future? Why do you believe you will be happy, and well – served, living there?

2. Needs; nuances; niche; necessities: How will you determine your needs, goals, priorities, etc? How will a particular house, make you happier, and satisfy your need? Are there, specific nuances, which you believe, are most essential, to being happy, in your home? Would you identify, with some specific niche, and why? If you considered things carefully, can you differentiate between necessities/ priorities, and your personal, wish list?

3. Objectives; options; organized; optimize: Begin your house hunting, process, by clearing understanding and knowing your personal objectives! What specific options, are most important, for your present, and anticipated future, life style? Is the specific house, capable of being organized, to address your priorities, and is it possible to optimize your living experiences?

4. When; why; where; what; wonderful: When do you want to move in, and when do you need to? Why are you looking for a home, and this specific one? Is it located, where you will be best – served? What is needed, and necessary, to make your living experience, more wonderful?

Before you commit to buying, the best home, for you, KNOW what you need to know, and be prepared, as well as what, you seek, to be happy there! Will you commit to the process?