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Posted by Empire Real Estate Group on 7/19/2019

Putting an offer on a home is an exciting event. You donít want to get so excited that you overlook the important factors that go into buying a home. Follow the tips below before you put an offer on a property.  


Research


In order to come up with a price to offer on a home, you need to do some research. You should have a general understanding of the local market. Although your realtor will have a good grasp on this, itís always a good idea to be an informed buyer. You can work with your realtor to find the right price. You donít want to blurt out a number that is completely out of line for the neighborhood or market conditions. 


A good place to start is by taking a look at what the homes in the the neighborhood are selling for. You can also look at what homes in the area have recently sold for. The advantage to hiring a realtor is that they have easy access to all of this research and information. Be sure that the properties that you look at are comparable to the one that you hope to put an offer on. You can even do this ahead of time if you have an idea of what kind of property youíre looking to buy. 


Another useful tool in the research part of making a offer is the history of the property. When did the seller purchase the property? At what price? If the seller has moved in more recently, you may have some wiggle room for negotiations.


Get Pre-approved


Getting pre-approved gives you some buying power. First, youíll know how much house you can afford. Next, youíll know that a lender is dedicated to lending you that amount to buy a home. Your offer will be taken more seriously if you have been pre-approved because the seller will know that you can get the funds to purchase the home. 


Get The Help Of A Realtor


When you hire a realtor, youíre getting the agent along with the team of people that they work with. Realtors can recommend you to everyone from home inspectors real estate attorneys. An attorney is an especially helpful advocate in the process of buying a home because they can check to be sure that your offer meets the legal requirements within your state and protect your interests as a buyer. 


The attorney will also look at the purchase agreement for the home. This will include all of the details of the property transaction:


  • The date of the offer
  • The address and property description
  • Amount offered for the home
  • Loan details including the down payment amount
  • The closing date
  • Any contingencies

These will all be very important to you as a buyer and a lawyer make sure that everything is legally sound will be a great protection for you.


Now, youíll be ready to seal the deal!       


 





Posted by Empire Real Estate Group on 7/12/2019

Moving can be fun, exciting, and stressful all at the same time. With so many things happening and so much to keep track of, it can be easy to get overwhelmed.

 When youíre stressed and trying to multitask, thereís also an increased risk of personal injury and damaged belongings.

 While it may seem worth it to overlook safety in order to save time or money on moving day, itís important to remember that you and your familyís health and well-being is much more important than saving a few minutes or dollars.

 In this article, weíre going to give you a few simple moving day tips that will help keep you and your belongings safe so you can rest easy on the first night in your new home.

 Ask for help

Many moving day injuries result from one person attempting to lift, carry, or move items that really require more hands. Itís easy to see how this mistake is made. Everyone is busy with their own tasks, whether theyíre packing boxes or cleaning.

To avoid injury when lifting items, know your limits and always ask for help. If you donít feel comfortable moving heavy items, now is no time to push yourself--youíll be needed throughout the day, so depend on your family or hired movers.

Plan your route

Many damages and injuries occur when we havenít properly prepared. Know the terrain of the place youíll be carrying your items to. Plan ahead for the size of staircases, dangerous hills, or ruts in the ground. Put safety cones down in dangerous areas so no one is hurt or drops fragile items.

Load your truck wisely

Whether youíre moving far away or just a few blocks, a lot can go wrong once the truck starts moving. However, even if you donít have many fragile items inside, thereís the risk of boxes toppling on you and your family when unloading the truck if the boxes havenít been stacked wisely.

First, try to keep boxes lighter than what youíre comfortable carrying. Itís easier to move more boxes than to struggle with one particularly heavy one.

For heavier items, utilize equipment like dollies, hand trucks, and furniture sliders to protect you and your belongings.

Finally, practice smart loading and unloading techniques in your moving truck. Load the heaviest items (like appliances) first, and put lighter boxes on top of them. Think of loading like a game of Tetris--always aim for a strong foundation to stack on top of to avoid boxes falling on you or each other.

Take breaks

On moving day you may be on various deadlines, whether itís moving trucks or getting things unloaded before sunset. However, itís important that you take several breaks while loading and unloading, especially if youíre moving on a hot day.

First aid

Sometimes, even if you do everything right, mistakes can happen. Itís important to be prepared for when they do. Make sure you have a first aid kit in your moving truck that contains unexpired first aid supplies.

Be sure to have your cell phone handy and know the location of the nearest hospital in case of an emergency.

If you follow these tips, you should be on your way to having a successful, injury-free moving day.




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Posted by Empire Real Estate Group on 7/5/2019

With rising energy costs and temperature extremes, fans are a great investment for your home. They help lower energy costs in both the summer and winter by helping move the air you want to the right locations in your house. More than that, fans can be a lovely decorative addition to any room and can increase the value of your home.

Built-in Fans
Ceiling fans are a great addition to any room. Usually combined with lights, these double-duty fixtures add beauty and temperature control to any room in your home. For best results, go for ceiling fans that are reversible, so you can push warm air down towards the floor in the winter, and pull cold air up through the room in the summer. The latest iteration of ceiling fans is ďSmart FansĒ. These fans have motion sensors, temperature detection, scheduling timers for both fans and lights and more. Many of them will connect to their own app or your smart home devices like Google Home or Alexa. These fans have the added benefit of using the lowest amount of energy for the greatest benefit and can pay for themselves rather quickly, at least according to the latest test and advertising.

If your home doesnít have central air-conditioning, or even if it does, a whole house fan can help reduce your cooling costs and make your house more comfortable year-round. Better for the environment than air conditioning systems, the latest designs are quiet and can lower skin temperatures by as much as 10 degrees. These fans, located in hallways or stairwells and venting into the attic, pull air through open windows to reduce the temperature of the whole house. Just want the fan in the attic? Both whole-house and attic-only fans vent warm air out to help protect your roof from heat warping damage. The main difference is that an attic fan doesnít draw air through the living spaces. It can be a great augmentation to a whole house H-VAC system.

Moveable Fans
Box fans, tower, pedestal, and other free-standing fans can be moved from room to room in your house and just used when needed. Newer high-end bladeless fans are quieter and safer for children and can even include remote controls, multiple speed options, and scheduling features. Like window air conditioners, window fans fit into the window frame of an open window and draw air in from outside. They work the best overnight when the air is cooler and can offset air conditioning costs considerably when used correctly.

Fans in the Winter
You might think fans are only for summer, but you would be wrong. Fans can move air in multiple directions, that means they can pull warm air down in the winter just as easily as they push cool air up in the summer. In addition to reversing your ceiling fans with the built-in switch, reversing window box fans on your lower level can bring warm air down from the upper floors and push cold air outside. Bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans are especially useful in the winter since they can reduce the mold and mildew caused by moisture build up.

Next time you go to an open house, make sure to note existing fans and take pictures of areas that would benefit from new fan installation.





Posted by Empire Real Estate Group on 6/28/2019

When it comes to interior decorating, there are many great ideas out there for you to try out at home. With some simple and affordable plans, you can give your home an instant refresh. Try out the following home decor ideas for your home: 

Wallpaper

If you have a work-space and you own some floating shelves, you can easily give this area a breath of fresh air just by installing wallpaper. Cover the shelves with colorful wallpaper and your work-space will look brand new.

Potted plants

Place little pots of houseplants, herbs, and even grass to make your window areas more attractive. This simple idea needs some small pots and basic plants that you may already have in your garden. Just review at what you already own and adapt your plans from there. 

Home-made Shelves

How about creating shelves where you can display some of your favorite things? You can stack a few sturdy wooden boxes to get instant shelves. You can purchase these plain crates and stack them up wherever you need them. 

Framed artworks

Another idea is to use the sheltered enclosure of the shelves as a backdrop to small works of art. Frame little postcards or small reproductions in inexpensive frames and place them on your shelves. Interesting scenes will surprise your guests and serve as conversation starters.

Glass mirrors

How about dressing up your coffee tables? Placing a glass mirror on the surface of the tabletop creates a dazzling effect. It hides any imperfections of the tabletop, like gouges or scratches, and reflects light which will give your living room an upscale look. 

DIY picture frames

Did you know that those colorful little-dried seeds can look good on your photo frames? Get some dried seeds and glue them tightly together onto wooden frames. Random frames look like they belong in a designer set with these seeds around them.

More frame ideas

Speaking of walls and frames, consider another way to make your decorative works of art. Use this simple technique for your home: Cut out some snowflakes or whatever lacy design you fancy from colored paper, then glue this design into a neat arrangement onto a contrasting colored paper. Frame it for an instant work of art. 

Decorating your home and giving it a new look is simple and enjoyable to do. Try out some of the above home decoration ideas, and you will soon find your creativity soar.




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Posted by Empire Real Estate Group on 6/21/2019

Everyone is looking for something different when it comes to finding the ideal home. While some people prioritize architectural styles and curb appeal, other house hunters place the most value on the quality of the school district and proximity to jobs.

Neighborhood quality is also a significant factor in house-buying decisions. What exactly does "neighborhood quality" mean, though? Although definitions may vary, the characteristics that are typically considered to be desirable include a low crime rate, relatively light street traffic, a minimal amount of "noise pollution," and neighborhoods in which houses and properties are consistently well cared for and in good condition.

If peace, quiet, and tranquility are high on your list of house-buying requirements, here are a few other items you might consider adding to your "wish list."

Space between neighbors: While it's generally a good thing to get to know your neighbors on a first-name basis, you don't necessarily want to get to know them too well -- or vise versa! In other words, it's nice when you can sit out on your back porch without having to be too concerned about being overheard or needing to edit your conversations. If privacy is a top priority for you, then you might want to limit your search to properties that provide a comfortable buffer zone between houses.

Greenery and privacy hedges: A residential street with green, well-tended lawns and mature, leafy trees is not only visually appealing, but it's also a sign that people take pride in their property and care about the neighborhood. Homes for sale that offer a "park-like setting" on a nice street can be the ideal environment for creating a private, backyard refuge.

Fireplaces: Even if a fireplace is not on your "must have" list, it's a relatively inexpensive luxury to have and enjoy during the holidays and when the temperature drops. Regardless of the climate in which you live, there are going to be plenty of wet, cloudy, or snowy days during the winter months. When the weather turns chilly, there's nothing like a crackling fire in the fireplace to infuse your home with a cozy, relaxing atmosphere!

Large windows: Large bay windows, picture windows, and floor-to-ceiling windows not only let in a lot of natural light, but they also help you enjoy views of your neighborhood and backyard. That combination of sunshine, green foliage, a well-landscaped property, and the smell of freshly cut grass can set the tone for a relaxing home environment -- both indoors and out! Along those same lines, a sunroom can also be a highly desirable feature in a new home you're considering buying.

Although there are a ton of things you can do to enhance the beauty and relaxation value of your next home, the starting point is to find a peaceful neighborhood and a spacious, nicely landscaped property on which to add your own personal touches.