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Buying homes in Henderson

Articles September 14, 2018

Henderson is the 2nd largest city in Nevada and was incorporated in 1953. It is located just 7 miles from the famous Las Vegas strip and minutes from Lake Mead and Boulder City.

The US Census stated that Henderson was the fastest growing large city in the United States. Henderson is home to the first large master planned community in southern Nevada, Green Valley.

The city of Henderson land use is currently 51% residential. Following the success of Green Valley, Henderson has 25 master planned communities with more planned. For families with school age children, Henderson boasts several private schools.

Here are some excellent reasons why buying homes in Henderson is a good choice.

Henderson has over 40 parks and provides more recreational facilities per capita than any other community in southern Nevada.

Henderson’s parks and recreations department also won the gold medal for excellence in Parks and Recreation administration in 1999 and is accredited by the National Park and Recreation Association in 2001. With over 11 miles of walking trails, 7 outdoor swimming pools, 50 tennis courts, 42 baseball fields and 3 indoor swimming pools, there is always something to do in Henderson.

The Henderson real estate market is booming. Appreciation in some parts of the Henderson housing market is over 23% for 2004!

Henderson single family homes can be found throughout the city. Single family homes range in price from $90,000 into the millions, with $250,000 as average. When buying a new home in Nevada there are many housing types to choose from that is available in Henderson.

When buying homes in Henderson, it is important to consider what you can afford and how much home you need. Each housing option has advantages and disadvantages and it is important to understand the options available to you in Henderson, when buying a new home. One way of bettering your understanding of these options in Henderson, is to contact a Henderson, Nevada real estate agent.

As with a house, a qualified home inspector should be hired before buying your homes in Henderson. The inspector will determine the structural and mechanical soundness of the cottage as well as existing and potential problem areas.

By commissioning a home inspection prior to purchase, you’re protecting both yourself and your investment, as well as buying a little peace-of-mind.

Your real estate sales representative can recommend a reputable home inspection service or arrange for a home inspector to visit your property, but there are areas that you can first examine on your own.

Check along the foundation, under eves, around windows, doors, vents and chimneys for signs that animals or insects have entered the cottage. Small piles of sawdust, unsecured holes, nests, signs of chewing and animal droppings are good indicators.

Look for loose or missing shingles. A sagging roof means that a costly replacement is imminent. Check for rotten timber, missing nails, warping and peeled paint. If the deck is listing or sagging it may not be safe.

Check caulking and weather stripping around all doors and windows. Check for signs of rot on frames and sills.

Is the driveway full of potholes, puddles or trenches? Is the access road private or publicly owned? If it is privately owned who maintains it and are there any special conditions concerning its use?

Note the general state of the cottage. Is it clean and well kept? Walls in need of paint, loose banisters etc. can be an indication that larger problems have also been ignored.

Check fuse box for signs of water damage. Test all light switches and outlets.
If any appliances are included ensure they are in good working order.

Examine ceilings and walls for stains and bulges. Excessive mildew can be a sign of a leak or poor ventilation.

Turn on all faucets to test water pressure and hot water. Flush toilets to ensure proper drainage. Examine the base of faucets, bathtubs and under sinks for signs of water damage.

Ask about water quality. Is the water drinkable or will you have to boil it or bring your own for drinking and cooking?

Henderson cottage is your escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life – a place to relax and enjoy nature with family and friends. But nothing can spoil your summer fun like a cottage plagued with costly and time consuming maintenance problems.

The best way to avoid these headaches is to know how to spot common problems and pitfalls before you buy.

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Benefits of Flipping Real Estate

Articles September 14, 2018

The obvious benefit and sought after benefit of flipping real estate is the profit. This is one incredibly tangible benefit, particularly when the profits are large and quick to come your way. Of course there are risks. Most ventures that offer high profit also come with a high degree of risk. Money, however, is not the only benefit that can be associated with flipping real estate though it is certainly the one on most investors’ minds when they get into this line of work.

Let’s talk profit first. Profit is the one reason that most people get into this business. The days are long and the work is hard. This is definitely not the type of work one would ordinarily undertake for the simple love of getting one’s hands dirty. This is real work that leaves you bone weary at the end of the day. However, when all the work is done and you get around to making the sell, you will find that the profit involved in a successful flip is well worth the effort you’ve put into the process.

The good news is that the savvy investor can still manage to make money even when the situation may not work out quite as planned. This is yet another benefit to flipping real estate. If the flip doesn’t work out, there is always the option of leasing to own the property or renting the property out. The profits in these situations are considerable less than a straight out flip but it can prevent financial ruin that is often the risk of a flip gone wrong. The fact that there are options and that you aren’t necessarily left ruined at the end of a bad flip is definitely a benefit. There aren’t many types of investments that allow you the option to save yourself the way real estate does.

One of the intangible benefits of flipping houses is that you are in essence working for yourself. In other words you do not have to punch a time clock or worry about overtime (at least not on your part). This can be a bad thing too if you lack the discipline required to get the job done. However, most of us will view this is a huge check in the pros column when deciding whether or not to take the plunge into the wonderful and frightening world of real estate investing.

Even though this is a business that requires a lot of work in order to turn an attractive profit there is some satisfaction at the end of the day involved in knowing that you are working for yourself and not to make someone else wealthy or in order to punch a time clock. That feeling of satisfaction is one that you should hang onto when the brand new toilet you’ve just installed becomes a geyser. Of course there are mistakes along the way, what other job keeps you on your toes quite like this one?

Real estate investing, house flipping in particular, can be one of the most frustrating types of investments a soul can pursue. At the same time it can also be one of the most rewarding mentally, spiritually, and financially. This is something you should keep in mind when deciding whether or not this is the right path for you.

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Beginners Guide to Flipping Houses

Articles September 14, 2018

Flipping houses is becoming big business in the world of real estate investment. Unfortunately it takes all kinds of ‘flippers’ to make the world go around and some of them aren’t nearly as conscientious as others. If you are going to get into the business of flipping houses and want to make a living, and build a good reputation, for producing quality results you need to see to a few details throughout the process.

1) Do what needs to be done. Don’t cut corners and create situations that will put the family that purchases your home in personal or financial risk. You want to create a safe home for the family or person that ultimately makes the purchase. You do not accomplish this by taking shortcuts and using shoddy workmanship.
2) Avoid spending money that doesn’t need to be spent. By this I mean don’t spend money creating more work. Many people do this by deciding to tackle additions, rip out walls, or changing floor plans. These kinds of changes are best left to the buyer unless they will significantly improve the asking price you can bring in on the house. Otherwise spend the bulk of your money in kitchens and baths where they are best known for bringing in bigger profits.
3) If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. There is a lot of wisdom in this age-old saying. There is no reason to go in and fix something that doesn’t need to be fixed unless doing so will improve the value of the house to its buyers.
4) Always work within a budget. Most people set a budget when planning to flip houses but very few manage to work within that budget. This is the difference in making the profits you anticipated and putting the entire project at risk.
5) Create a home that the buyer will want to live in not the home that you will want to live in. You should never flip a house or design a flip according to your tastes; it is a recipe for disasters in more ways than one. First of all, it is unlikely that buyers will be able to afford it. Second, it sets you up for hurt feelings if a potential buyer rejects any small details. Third, it often raises the price you must seek for the property in order to cover the increased costs of decorating and designing according to your taste. Finally, it often leads to unnecessary expenses, which defeats the purpose of a quick flip type of project.
6) Time is money. Remember this in all things. The more time it takes to do the flip the more money it’s going to cost and the less money you are going to make. Plan small changes that have a big impact and can be done quickly to get the most out of your flip.
7) Never attempt a champagne flip unless you have a champagne budget to back it up. Just as flipping above the market is an unwise move it is equally unwise to flip a property beneath your target market as well. Do not attempt to flip a house in an upscale neighborhood if you can’t manage the upscale building supplies and appliances that will be needed in order to make it a success.

While these aren’t guarantees for success they are solid advice that will minimize the risks you face when flipping properties.

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Acting Into Appraisals

Articles September 14, 2018

Investments, terms for loans, processes, and other parts of real estate can often be overwhelming to someone who hasn’t received a degree in real estate. If you are looking for definitions and actions behind those definitions, then don’t forget about getting the right appraisals. This will help you if you are looking for the right market for your home.

An appraisal consists of a professional opinion that is made about a property. Included in this opinion are several factors that allow for this statement to be made. Overall, the appraisal will lead to the conclusion of what the market value is. If the market price can not be defined easily, then someone can look at the different parts of the property and determine what they believe the market price should be. Usually, this will be done by an inspector looking at the various mechanics that may have been swept underneath the rug.

An appraisal is a necessary requirement when one is looking into selling a home or having the property insured or financed. It may use several external resources and definitions of what market value may include in relation to the opinion being made in order to determine the price value of a home. When getting an appraisal, you can expect that the estimates will be based around the various factors that are related to the market at the time. Instead of just examining the parts of the property, an appraiser will also examine the neighborhood and see what everything else is worth in relation to the property.

By appraising a property, you will know how much the home is worth in relation to your own needs on the property and in relation to everything around it. By observing the standards that are set both inside and outside, you will have the ability to know when the timing is right to get involved with your piece of real estate.

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5 House Flipping Do’s

Articles September 14, 2018

While many people have very specific dreams of enjoying the bountiful profits that can be made from flipping houses very few people put too terribly much thought into the process or any formulas that might be pertinent to success when it comes to flipping houses as a real estate investment venture or for the sake of building a nice comfortable lifestyle or retirement. You will hear a lot about the things not to do when it comes to flipping houses but very few people take the time to mention the things you absolutely must do in order to successfully flip a house and thus begin your ride on the road to real estate investment riches.

1) Do put everything to pen and paper and plan it out carefully before you begin. If you are going to enter into this to make money you need to treat it like a business. This means you need to have a plan of action and make every effort to work towards carrying out that plan.
2) Do establish a budget for the entire project. You need to have a plan for how much money you are willing to invest in the property itself, how much for renovations, and how much money you need to make in order to be a worthy investment for your time and labor. A house flip is a lot of work in order to pull it off successfully. You want to have a good idea of how much homes in the neighborhood are worth, the value of your property as is and the estimated value of the property once improvements are made. In addition you should also have a pretty firm grasp of the costs involved in making the repairs in order to create a realistic budget for the entire project.
3) Do have an inspection. This is the single most important detail that can save you a great deal of time, money, and heartache when everything is said and done. Be prepared to walk away if the inspection determines that there is more work needing to be done than simple cosmetic repairs. You want to make changes that people can see because those are generally the changes that drive up the cost of the house. You want to avoid needing to make changes and improvements that aren’t visible but are very necessary. If you need to invest a lot of money and labor into the house you need to seriously consider the realistic profit potential the property offers. If it isn’t significant then you need to walk away before the property becomes a real estate investment money pit.
4) Do know the neighborhood and plan your flip according to the needs of the area rather than your personal tastes and needs in a home. This is another thing that many first time flippers forget. This is not a personal project it is a business project and you need to treat it as such. Keep costs down and feelings out.
5) Do remember that you are in the market to make money not waste money when it comes to establishing an asking price for the property. You’ve poured blood, sweat, and probably more than a few tears into your flip but you cannot set the value of the property by the effort you’ve placed into it. Have realistic expectations of how much you stand to earn from your efforts and how much you are willing to go down on the price in order to walk away with some profit in your pocket.

You should also take a moment to reflect upon the fact that many first time flippers actually lose money on their first flip. If you turn a profit at all, even a small profit you have learned many valuable lessons that you can carry with you into future flips and make more money. More importantly the lessons you learn from your first flip are lessons that money really cannot buy so it is worth a lower profit or even taking a slight hit if your experience makes you even more money in the future as you continue along your real estate investment path.

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Buying A Home After Bankruptcy

Articles September 14, 2018

Experienced bankruptcy lately? You may wonder if you will still will be able to get a home loan. You may also be wondering if buying home after bankruptcy is a good idea for you.

While bankruptcy can make your mortgage loan approval difficult, it is still possible to get approved. In fact there have been more and more, bad credit loans coming out all the time.

They are called the Subprime lenders; they are focusing more on helping individuals with poor credit in buying home after bankruptcy.

This is happening mostly because bankruptcies are still on the rise and there is an increasing number of people with bad credit who are looking for home financing.

Just to give you a bit of an overview here are some very good reasons to consider after bankruptcy buying home:

Increase your credit rating. When you make your payments on a regular basis, you will be able to develop your credit rating. Once your pre-payment penalty is done, you should be able to refinance your credit loan for a much lesser interest rate.

After your bankruptcy has been for ended 2-3 years, you ought to have a much easier time qualifying for a lesser interest rate mortgage loan.

You will be able to own an asset. If you are just renting a home then you are absolutely throwing your monthly payments away. Why not just buy a home, over time, its value will increase and you are working you way towards owing an asset.

Once you have bought your house, as soon as 6 months or so later, you might be able to take out an equity loan on your home and consolidate any other debt that you might have since your bankruptcy or debt that could not be included in your bankruptcy.

Taxes and student loans will not be discharged in a bankruptcy. You may also want to use the extra cash to invest in a business venture or for needed home improvement.

It is very tempting to buy an new home, new car, do some renovations, etc., after bankruptcy discharge you have no debt left. You will probably feel like you can afford a larger house payment due to the financial experience that you have.

But it is not that easy so here are some factors to consider before committing yourself to a new house payment.

The Pre-payment penalty. This penalty is usually about 6 months worth of house payments. And usually lasts from 2-3years. Once you sign those mortgage papers you absolutely have to make those payments. If you don’t have the amount of the pre-payment penalty in savings, you are locked into making the payments or losing the house.

The Two Year Mark. Keep in mind that after 2-3 years from the date of the bankruptcy discharge, mortgage loans will be much easier to get. With a small down payment, you might even be able to get a mortgage loan without a pre-payment penalty.

So, if you are within 6 months or so from the 2 year mark. It would be smart to wait it out and have more mortgage loan options.

Borrowing Too Much. This is the most common mistake that we usually get into. If you do decide to buy a house, buy one that you know you will be able to afford. Don’t max yourself out on credit, living right up to the edge of your income.

If your income suddenly drops, you’ll want to make sure that you can still afford your house payment. Be conservative with how much home you need to buy.

Most of us always think that bankruptcy is the end of our credit life. But don not despair because I know some people that have been in to bankruptcy but has been able to get up again and rebuild there credit quickly most of them has even been able to buy a new house.

Bankruptcy will show up on your credit report for 10 years. That means that every mortgage lender will certainly see that fact when evaluating your mortgage application.

Although it may be difficult to find a bank to give you a mortgage it’s certainly not impossible. Banks want to make money and you may find one that’s willing to take the risk.

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