Stay informed on the latest happenings in real estate and how such changes impact your new home purchase.
Subscribe NOW



Warning: implode() [function.implode]: Invalid arguments passed in /home1/dhonline/public_html/www.NeilGortler.com/wp-content/themes/rttheme15/page.php on line 76

6 Near-Genius Ways to Fool Burglars Into Thinking You’re Home

You love it, but sometimes you have to leave it. Whether it’s the eight hours a day or eight days on a dreamy beach, allowing your biggest investment to fend for itself can be stressful. And it’s a legit concern; when your home looks empty, break-ins happen. A lot. Ugh. You could deter burglars by.. read more →

7 Credit Score Myths Even Shrewd Home Buyers Fall For

Myth #1: Always carry a small balance on your credit card. Reality: The credit score gods want to know two main things: that you pay your bills on time, and that you don’t constantly max out the credit you have. And yes, one of the items they like to see you pay is your credit.. read more →

When is the Right Time to Cancel Your Private Mortgage Insurance?

Private mortgage insurance is unavoidable for some homeowners, but don’t pay PMI premiums a day longer than required by your lender. Private mortgage insurance provides protection to a lender in case you default on your home loan. Unless you make a 20% downpayment on a house, you’ll most likely be required to purchase PMI. PMI.. read more →

Keep Your Home Purchase on Track

A home purchase isn’t complete until you make it to the closing. Until then, the transaction can fall apart for many reasons. Here are five tips for avoiding mistakes that cause a home sale to crater. 1. Be truthful on your mortgage application. You may think fudging your income a little or omitting debts when.. read more →

How to Choose a Neighborhood

What to consider: What is the crime rate in this particular neighborhood? How about the neighborhood next door? What level of crime do I feel comfortable with? Topography and Geography Land geography can play a role in costs — especially if you’re overlooking a scenic vista or you’re right by the water. On the flipside,.. read more →

Study: FSBOs Net ‘Significantly’ Lower Profits

For-sale-by-owners tend to sell their homes for lower prices than homes sold through traditional agents via the MLS, and in many cases below the average differential represented by the prevailing commission rate, according to a new study by Collateral Analytics. The study examined the price differences between homes sold through traditional agents versus those sold by FSBOs.. read more →

Hackers Are After Your Down Payment. How NOT to Get Scammed

You finally found it: the two-story bungalow in the trendy part of town you’ve been eyeing for years – the one with the best coffee shop (hello, foamy latte) and favorite farmer’s market. You made your best offer (they accepted!) and now you’re about to close on your dream home. Then just before closing, an.. read more →

5 Bathroom Things You’ll Hate If You Install Them

There is one paint color you must avoid at all costs (see #5). A clean, well-planned, and stunning bathroom is every homeowner’s goal. But creating it can be a bit of a sticky wicket. All that water, humidity, and artificial lighting, and those tight corners make the space a real challenge. Don’t make it worse.. read more →

How to Pick Paint Colors to Fix Any Room’s Quirks

Paint colors can do a ton to fix a room’s flaws for not much money Every home suffers a few negatives, but not every solution requires pricey structural changes. Paint is a frugal remodeler’s go-to solution to perk up a problem room. Here’s how to pick paint colors to give any room a facelift: Choosing.. read more →

10 Clever Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide

Non-toxic. Low-cost. Hydrogen peroxide is your cleaning arsenal’s secret weapon. In Your Kitchen 1. Clean your cutting board and countertop. Hydrogen peroxide bubbles away any nasties left after preparing meat or fish for dinner. Add hydrogen peroxide to an opaque spray bottle — exposure to light kills its effectiveness — and spray on your surfaces… read more →

X

B L O G          LISTINGS/SOLD PROPERTIES       TESTIMONIALS       SEARCH MLS      T&C-DCMA         CONTACT

¤