What would you (not) give up to save for a home down payment?

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Aspiring home owners often need to cough up tens of thousands of dollars for a down payment — all while paying for rent, utilities, car insurance, and what seems like a thousand other bills. Some people look for ways to increase their income by finding a higher paying job or even taking a second job. Others delay replacing an older car or foregoing their annual cruise in favor of a much more modest camping trip. But what sacrifices are just too big? Trulia surveyed 500 Americans in May 2014 to find out.


Giving up on a car just to save money for a down payment is a hugely unpopular choice, understandably so. A whopping 42.2% of the respondents felt that giving up their smartphones is also not worth saving money for a house. The survey also reveals differences in the way sacrifices are perceived in the short-term versus the long-term…

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Selling The Lifestyle: Home Staging

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Before you present your listing to any potential buyers, it’s of the utmost significance to make sure it has been staged perfectly.  Stage smart to highlight each of the home’s strengths while playing down any potential weaknesses.  By following these simple tips and tricks, the property will appeal to the greatest possible pool of prospective buyers while showing them how fabulous the property has the potential to be, making it be on the market for as little time as possible and the selling price high!


The most important thing you can do to prepare the home is to rid of any and all clutter. For every new item that comes in, an old one must leave. Clear all unneeded items including any unwanted or too old furniture throughout the house, and rearrange some of the furniture if necessary. Reposition sofas and chairs into conversational groupings, and place the…

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The New Dolce Vita: A Reinvented Medieval Village in Tuscany

Sarah Sitar Remodeling and Interior Design

When American lawyer Michael Cioffi happened upon the all-but-vacated hilltop town of Castiglioncello del Trinoro, he gave it a new life as a hotel and cultural enclave—without steamrolling its soul. Read more

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Why You Should Sell Now!

Gainesville Florida Real Estate

Why You Should Sell Now! | Keeping Current Matters

As the temperature rises, buyers are coming out ready to purchase their dream home. Inventory is still below historic numbers and demand is strong. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity for you and your family.

Here are five reasons to list your home now.

1. Demand is Strong

Foot traffic refers to the number of people out actually physically looking at homes right now. The latest foot traffic numbers show that there are more prospective purchasers currently looking at homes than at any other time in the last 12 months which includes last spring’s buyers’ market. These buyers are ready, willing and able to purchase… and are in the market right now!

Take advantage of the buyer activity currently in the market.

2. There Is Less Competition Now

Housing supply just dropped to 4.6 months, which is under the 6 months’ supply that is needed for a normal housing…

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Low-ball offers don’t have a snowball’s chance in spring

kathy mccarthy homes

Undoubtedly, you’ve heard all the hubbub about the Orange County real estate market picking up, the pace of sales picking up, prices trending up, and a slight lack of inventory creating a sellers’ market today.

But what does that mean to you as a well qualified, hopeful buyer today?

That’s a great question. As it turns out, it really depends on your unique situation. What’s your price range? Where are you looking? What type of financing are you using? How quickly are you responding to each opportunity?

Make sure you have your game face on these days and be ready to go into battle to land the home of your dreams. Here are the top three things buyers need to do to be successful in the spring market.

— Make your first offer your best offer on price. Today’s market is not the time to make a low-ball offer.


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