How to Hire a Contractor

Saturday, 27 April 2013 by

Over the time you own your home, it’s very likely that you’re going to need to have some work done. If you’re an avid DIYer, that’s great, but many of us don’t have the skills or the time to undertake complex projects. The natural choice, then, is to hire a contractor. This always isn’t as

Today’s real estate climate presents many opportunities for buyers. But what if your budget is strictly limited? There still is a great way to get into a home of your own without causing financial hardship. Have you considered buying what’s called a “fixer upper?” These homes are in need of some work and plenty of

As we discussed in Part 1 of this article, many home buyers, especially first-timers, don’t always consider the extra expenses related to purchasing a home, fixer upper or not. You need to study and be aware of both the costs and savings you might experience if you buy the property. For a fixer upper, that

If you’ve been on the fence about buying a home in 2013, there are more than a few reasons why you should. Read on to learn more. Reason #1: Low Interest Rates Mortgage loan rates are exceptionally low. In December 2012, the rate for a 30-year fixed loan averaged just 3.35%, which is startlingly lower

Reason #7: Improved Social Life When you rent, giving a party can create problems with neighbors complaining about noise. People in neighboring apartments are close enough to be bothered by the noise and music associated with a lively party. When you own a home, you have more privacy and more space to host any type of

The 2013 outlook for the real estate market in the Raleigh-Durham region is very positive. So, if you’re thinking about buying a home, there couldn’t be a better time to get started. Are you a bit apprehensive? Relax! The more you know about buying a home, the less nervous you’ll be. In that spirit, we’d

Here are 5 more important reasons to own a home rather than rent. Reason #6 – Preferential Tax Treatment If you make a greater profit than the allowable exclusion when you sell your home, that profit is considered to be a capital asset, provided you’ve owned the home for more than one year. Capital assets

Are you planning on buying your first home? If so then it’s an exciting time for you that’s fraught with concerns. This is likely to be the largest single financial transaction you’ll ever make, so it’s important to get it right.  Working with a real estate agent is essential, but you need to do plenty of work

Here are a few more items and issues to consider when buying your first home. Estimate Your Insurance Costs To do this locate a property in the area where you want to live and call a local insurance agent for an estimate. This doesn’t obligate you, and will give you a good idea of what you’ll be

There’s never a shortage of things to do in the Raleigh area. One thing many people enjoy is exploring the city’s many districts. Downtown Raleigh has a number of interdependent districts. Here’s some information about a few of them. The Fayetteville Street District This district is considered by many to be the central business district