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Saturday, August 31, 2019   /   by Charlotte Rose

How to NOT sell your House!

Disclaimer:  All examples used in this are fictional.
Any resemblance to you is coincidental. The purpose of this is to inform not insult!


1) Leave the lawn, after all its the house they are buying.  No need to pick up all those little presents Fido has been leaving you all over the yard either.
2) Paint your walls in bright, vivid colors and patterns. After all everyone loves a red and purple room with green dots!
3) Leave out your dirty movies and magazines. No one will see them, its the house they are looking at.
4) What odors?  My house doesn't stink.  So what if I smoke cigars and Fido has an accident every now and then.
5) Leave dirty dishes in the sink and counter tops.  I was in a hurry!
6) No need to fix that hole in the wall where your little ones threw that ball.  After all they only broke the ceiling fan and left a 4 inch hole.  Anyone with kids will understand.
7) No need to fix that leak under the kitchen sink.  As long ...

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Friday, August 30, 2019   /   by Harvey Rosenberg

The Case for Going Solar

We live in the Sunshine State, should we take advantage of the "free" energy it provides? 



Overall Cost

Of course, having solar panels installed, and enough of them to provide sufficient electricity to your home has a large upfront cost. Granted, some of those costs could be deferred with a home improvement loan. 

From Yahoo Finance, estimates from EnergySage in 2019, "the price per watt ranges from $2.67 to $3.43, and the cost of solar panels in a 6-kilowatt system (the average size nationally) runs from $11,214 to $14,406 after the solar tax credit. The average household will recoup the cost of their system in just over seven years." Tax Credits are slated to be phased out by 2022, so now might be the time to start gathering quotes. As with any tax incentive, these could change.

Additionally, go with domestic made solar panels to avoid any imposed tariffs on imports. 

As a starting point, use the EnergySage Solar Calculator. It uses satellite imagery ...

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Friday, August 23, 2019   /   by Harvey Rosenberg

Commercial Property Management - Do you Need one?

In terms of property management, commercial versus property managers are often similar in terms of designing lease agreements, maintenance requests, finding tenants, etc. It does differ however in the day to day requests from commercial resident s and the details in those lease agreements and types of tenants.

The question is if you have a commercial property to rent, do you need a property manager?





Location

Ideally, when it comes to a property management company, you want a manager that's in the location. When it comes to a commercial property, location familiarity and evaluating rent per square foot as compared to other building in the area is important. A property manager that's in a different city will not be familiar with the ever-changing landscape, especially when it comes to commercial buildings. You want someone who can do frequent drive-bys to ensure not only is your building maintained, but to evaluate if rents need to increase based on surrounding improveme ...

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Friday, August 09, 2019   /   by Harvey Rosenberg

Does Your Home Have Mold and How to Deal with it

One of the biggest reasons a buyer may turn down a home is because of mold. Often, however, you may not know you have mold until the inspection happens. With that, how do you know if you have mold and what can you do to eliminate it before you list your home. We'll look at the common mold growth sources, how to prevent it, and how to clean it up.


Sources of Mold

Mold comes from excessive moisture. Living in Florida, we are no strangers to rainy days and high humidity. Common sources of mold include:



Roof Leaks
Indoor plumbing leaks
Poor drainage
Dryer vents
Faulty oven vents
Faulty bathroom vents


These are a few areas to check for mold. Of course, some areas may be difficult or not show obvious black mold signs. 


Detecting Mold

Start by looking for signs of excess moisture and warping in the surrounding areas. Mold may be discolored, slimy patches. It can also appear fuzzy. Often a musty smell accompanies mold. Look for water stains underneath ...

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Friday, August 02, 2019   /   by Harvey Rosenberg

Should You Buy a Home based on School Districts

Back to school is almost here. If you're in the market for a home, you probably hear that you should look to buy a home in the best school districts. But do you need to buy a home based on that? We look at a few things to consider when you're considering where to buy home.



I Don't Have Kids

It may not be at the forefront of your mind about sending your kids to school. Or maybe you're kids have grown and flown the nest. Should a school district still matter? It depends.

Homes in higher-rated school districts do tend to have a better resell value. If you think you'll move in the next ten years, a school district should be one of the factors of your search. Of course, because of the higher resell value, the previous owner gets a higher resell as well. These homes may be more expensive than your target price range.



Kids and Zoning

And what if you have kids, but can't get into that school district. Florida does have zone waivers, but that doesn't guarantee you can get ...

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