Angie’s List Tips To Avoid Home Buying Heartache

CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Buying a home is an exciting adventure, but it can quickly turn to heartache.

Our partners at Angie’s List warn, before you fall in love with a home, line up a team of reputable professionals that will work for you.

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“It’s been an emotional roller coaster. I’ve had days of crying and then days of today they put up a rock fireplace and it was elation you know you start to see it come back together. Okay, we’re going to get there,” Brenda Payne said.

Payne says contractors have done tens of thousands of dollars of repair work for problems that surfaced after she closed on her home.

“We found electrical code problems, plumbing code problems not vented right, not angled right, wires that were in the walls that were just black taped and not wired right and stuff like that. Then…

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Make Time For a Short Sale

Victoria Simons - Las Vegas & Henderson Real Estate

Topic #4 of our 10 Point Home Buying Series: Make Time for a Short Sale

ImageIt always happens. You find a beautiful home in the neighborhood you want, and it’s a short sale. What’s a short sale, you ask? It is a the sale of a home where the seller owes more on the mortgage than the home is worth. Therefore, the proceeds to pay off the mortgage is “short” and the sale requires approval from the mortgage holder (bank) to proceed.

I have sold many short sales by representing both buyers and sellers, and there are some key things you should know before making an offer on a short sale.

  1. It’s not a “short” process – plan to wait 90 days for approval from the bank. This can be a REALLY long 90 days if you are not prepared for it. As a buyer, you will get occasional updates…

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Preparing Your Yard for the Spring Growing Season



The temperatures have been quite cool lately so most of us aren’t thinking about our yards, but when the sun peaks out and we have those warmer days there are a few things you can do to get your yard ready for performing its best.

1. Clean out gutters and clean out drainage/runoff areas – get ready for those April Showers
2. Trim dead limbs on trees and shrubs
3. Trim to the ground all dead perennial foliage
4. Cut back at least by a third all perennials with foliage (ie. Sage, Salvia)
5. Repair edging around beds and trellises
6. Feel free to pull any young weeds that are growing – if you see bare spots in beds, cover with 3-4 inches of mulch to help prevent upcoming weed growth
7. Rake the yard and mix grass seed with soil and spread in bare spots
8. Apply pre-emergent herbicides…

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What is an Appraisal?

What is “appraisal”?
by Scott Robinson/ Robinson Realty/ Broker Lic # 00862076

Appraisal is the process where an individual appraiser/appraisal company  is hired by the bank, paid for by the borrower/buyer to come up with an accurate value for the subject property. This is done so that the lender can come to an agreed loan amount. Usually you will ask for a loan for say 80% of value. This appraisal will give them an exact amount that 80% is. It’s very hard to overpay for house nowadays due to the more difficult appraisal regulations developed in the last few years.

The appraiser looks at the property, measures and draws a plan of the house and property. He takes extensive notes on the amenities and issues adding and subtracting value to the property(Pool, what condition.. ) Each factor being important and make adjustments so they can come to a value. He/she…

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