If you’re considering a major relocation, then it makes sense to investigate the cost of housing and living in a number of urban and suburban areas. As most people know, renting can be expensive and owning your own home has a number of important benefits, including those related to taxes and cost of living. Harvard

With the coming of spring, the real estate market can be quite lively. Although it may seem that it doesn’t take much to buy or sell a home, the fact is that such a transaction can be very complex and expensive. Would you trust your health to someone who’s not a physician? Why, then, do

When you’re buying or selling a home, there’s a lot to consider. Here are a few more reasons why a real estate agent can be immensely useful. Reason #5: Confidentiality and Negotiating Skills The best real estate professionals are trained in the important skill of negotiation. They focus unemotionally on the process and strive to

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

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

Raleigh is most decidedly a city of neighborhoods and districts. If you’re planning to visit, here are a few locales not to be missed. The Glenwood South District Glenwood South comprises the last several blocks of Glenwood Avenue, just west of downtown. It once was a warehouse and industrial neighborhood but now is transforming into