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Posted by Lea Nabipour on 12/11/2017

Every child grows up either with a dog or dreaming of the day they will have a dog. And if itís not a dog, itís a cat, a hamster, or even a goldfish. But sometimes having a pet is just not an option. Here are a few things to consider before getting a pet. Allergies: Itís important to know whether or not you or anyone living in your home has any allergies to animals. And itís best to know before you adopt or buyó there are tests that your doctors can run. Itís never a good situation for the pet owner(s) and animal if the animal has to either be given back or given to someone else due to an allergy. This will put a lot of stress on the animal being moved around too much and it can also cause harm to the people involved, as it is always difficult letting go of a pet. If someone in the home has an allergy you may have to stick with goldfish and hermit crabs. However, there are certain types of dogs that are considered hypoallergenic. Travel: Do you work long hours? Do you travel often for work? Will there be anyone home when you arenít? These are all important questions to consider before adopting a pet. These questions donít apply as much to pets such as goldfish and hamsters (even though they still require care), but are extremely important if you want a cat or dog. Time: Do you have the time for a pet? Consider the questions above such as work hours and traveling, but also if you have the time between having a social life, taking care of your children, bringing them to soccer practice or dance class, etc. If you think you have the time then you must also consider that there are different breeds of dogs that require more attention and work than others. The same goes for different types of cats. Be sure you are completely aware of the work that goes into the type of dog or cat you want. Cost: The cost of a pet goes well beyond the initial adoption or breeder fee. Itís important that you consider the lifetime cost of owning a pet and whether or not you can afford an animal. Again this more pertains to dogs and cats rather than hamster and fish. Thereís the cost of food, grooming, veterinary care, toys and walkers. And the costs will vary depending on the breeds of cats and dogs. Itís also important that you save for emergency vet visits, as they can be completely unpredictable and very trying at the time. Having money saved up will take a small bit of the stress away. A pet is a large responsibility and one that should not be taken lightly. You are caring for another life and the adoption or purchase of any animal should be well thought out and something you are prepared for. If that sounds like you then go out and find the pet thatís perfect for you and your family.




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Posted by Lea Nabipour on 12/4/2017

Ready to sell your condo? Ultimately, listing a condo can be simple, particularly for condo sellers who plan ahead.

Now, let's take a look at three questions that condo owners need to consider before listing their properties.

1. What do I need to do to sell my condo?

Condo rules and regulations vary. As such, you should consult with your homeowners' association (HOA) to find out if there are any requirements related to selling your condo.

For example, an HOA may require a new property buyer to receive HOA board approval to purchase a condo in a particular community. Or, if you have outstanding condo fees, you probably will need to pay off these charges before you can sell your property.

2. How much is my condo worth?

Although your condo community likely hires landscapers to help keep your property looking great, it is important to understand that a condo's interior plays an important role in the property's value. Thus, you should allocate the necessary time and resources to upgrade your condo's interior. This will enable you to improve your condo's interior and help it stand out to property buyers, thereby increasing the likelihood of a quick condo sale.

In addition, completing a property appraisal usually is an excellent idea. A property appraiser will inspect your condo and evaluate various housing market data to help you pinpoint the value of your residence. Then, you can obtain a property valuation that can help you establish a competitive price for your condo.

3. Do I need to hire a real estate agent?

When it comes to selling a condo, it often pays to hire a real estate agent. However, it is important to note that no two real estate agents are identical, and you should try to find a real estate agent who possesses extensive condo selling expertise.

Let's face it Ė a condo is very different from a house. A condo owner does not have to worry about property exterior maintenance in the same way that a homeowner does. Conversely, a condo owner must follow HOA requirements; otherwise, this property owner may face steep penalties.

A real estate agent with condo selling expertise understands the pros and cons of owning a condo. Therefore, this housing market professional knows how to work with condo sellers and ensure these individuals can achieve their desired results.

Typically, a real estate agent will meet with a condo owner and learn about his or her property selling goals. After the meeting, a real estate agent will help a condo owner map out a successful condo selling journey.

Perhaps best of all, a real estate agent with condo selling expertise is ready to respond to a property seller's concerns and questions. This housing market professional also will go above and beyond the call of duty to exceed a condo seller's expectations.

Take the guesswork out of selling your condo Ė consider the aforementioned questions, and you can speed up the property selling process.





Posted by Lea Nabipour on 11/27/2017

The home selling journey can be long and time-consuming, particularly for those who are listing a residence for the first time. Lucky for you, there are many quick, easy ways to avoid the danger of becoming a "typical" home seller, i.e. someone who lacks the skills and know-how to generate plenty of interest in his or her property.

Now, let's take a look at three tips that you can use to become an expert home seller.

1. Review the Current State of the Housing Market

The housing market often fluctuates. As such, a buyer's market today may quickly morph into a seller's market tomorrow.

Ultimately, an expert home seller will allocate the necessary time and resources to learn about the current state of the real estate market. He or she will be able to identify housing market patterns and trends and collect extensive real estate market data to map out the home selling journey accordingly.

To learn about the housing market, take a look at some of the houses that are currently available in your city or town. Evaluating available houses in your area will allow you to find out how your residence stacks up against the competition.

Also, assess the prices of recently sold residences in your region. This may help you differentiate between a buyer's market and a seller's market.

2. Analyze Your House's Interior and Exterior

For a home seller, it is paramount that his or her residence makes a positive first impression on potential homebuyers. And if you enhance your house's interior and exterior, you may be able to boost your chances of a quick, seamless home sale.

A property appraisal usually represents a great starting point for home sellers. This appraisal involves a full evaluation of your house by a property inspector. Then, you'll receive a report that outlines your home's strengths and weaknesses and will help you plan any home improvement projects.

Also, it is important to remember that there are many simple ways to upgrade your home's exterior and interior.

Home exterior improvements like mowing the front lawn and clearing dirt and debris from walkways can make a world of difference in the eyes of homebuyers.

Removing clutter from your home offers multiple benefits as well. De-cluttering allows you to free up space inside your residence as well as get rid of unwanted items.

3. Collaborate with a Real Estate Agent

There is no need to navigate the home selling process on your own. Fortunately, you can hire a real estate agent to help you remove the guesswork as you proceed along the home selling journey.

A real estate agent understands what it takes to promote your residence to large groups of potential property buyers. In fact, he or she will set up property showings and open houses, offer honest, unbiased home selling suggestions and respond to your home selling queries at any time.

Don't settle for an "average" home selling experience. Instead, use the aforementioned tips, and you can become an expert home seller in no time at all.




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Posted by Lea Nabipour on 11/20/2017

Most homes have some sort of an office space set up. Whether you work from home 100% of the time, use your office space from time to time, or just need a space to pay your bills and do a bit of paperwork, your home office space should be comfortable. Youíll need a bit more than a table and chair that is shoved into a corner somewhere in your home. Here are some tips to help you create the perfect home office:


Find The Perfect Space


Youíll need to find a good space for your home office. You should choose a space that doesnít have too many distractions and is fairly quiet so that you can work. If the nature of your work requires you to have clients stop by, youíll want to set up the office much differently than if youíre a writer who just enjoys a bit of activity around them. 


Everything That You need Should Be In The Space


While home office furniture should complement furniture in other rooms of the home, you need to be sure that itís functional. Donít forget comfortable chairs, a good sized desk and a comfortable desk chair for the office. You can even add some of your favorite decorative pieces in the apace that make you happy and feel peaceful while working. 


Keep The Color Theme One That You Love


Forget bland colors. Paint the walls of your home office a color that you love. If the walls feel vibrant, so too wonít your work feel that way. The color of a room really sets the tone and the mood for a room. You can match your decor around the color that you choose. While you donít want your office to be sleepy, you also want to choose a color that will keep you calm and focused while working.


Organize The Room Both Ways


If you use your space in the home office both across and upward, youíll have much more space to store whatever you need in the room. Everything thatís important will also be within an armís reach of you. 


Decorate How You Like


Donít forget that while this is an office, itís yours right in your home. Just as if you were going to work and would put a picture of your family on your desk, youíll want to add personal decorative touches to your home office space. These items could include kidsí artwork, vacation pictures, or pictures of places that make you feel happy and peaceful.  

 

Your home office space should be a place of productivity and inspiration. Create it as a separate space, yet an equally stylish part of your own home.




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Posted by Lea Nabipour on 11/13/2017

When you buy a new sofa or chair, itís a big investment. You want to know that whatever kind of fabric that you choose will be a good color and texture for a long time to come. When youíre shopping for upholstery, the most important thing is practicality. You may not want to buy a leather sofa with a toddler running around, for example. Any kind of fabric that could get dirty easily, or rip and stain, may not be the best choice when you have kids around the house. There are plenty of durable fabrics available.  


You also need to worry about any pets that you have in the home. Cats and dogs tend to scratch things, rip them, or relieve themselves where they arenít supposed to. This can cause beautiful, expensive furniture to be ruined in minutes. Youíll want to choose something that is easy to clean the pet hair off of and even easier to clean. 


Choose A Durable Fabric


Even if you donít have kids, since the majority of people donít live in a bubble, youíll want to choose a fabric that is both comfortable and versatile. Adults spill things too! Donít forget that slipcovers are always an option as well.  This allows you to change your fabric anytime that you wish easily and inexpensively.


If Youíre Free Flaunt It


If pets and kids arenít arenít a worry for you, you should flaunt your freedom! You can go a bit more elaborate in your choice of fabric and materials. You wonít need the same types of fabrics and colors that a household with kids would need if youíre on your own. Go for that white sofa and own it! 


Consider How The Material Will Age


When shopping for furniture, ask a lot of questions about the lifetime outlook for certain fabrics. Youíll also want to understand how difficult maintaining certain types of fabrics will be. Leather, for example, is a bit more high maintenance than other types of fabric. If the sofa will be near windows, the sun can easily wear through the color of a material. You should have all of these things in mind while youíre shopping for the perfect sofa or chair. 


Take A Look At Everything In Person


While online shopping can be great for many things, you probably donít want to choose your fabrics for furniture solely based on an internet search. You should be able to see and feel the material to help you decide how it will fit into your home. Itís also important to know how sitting on a certain material feels to you. A material may look nice in a picture, but may not work at all for your needs when you see it in person. Ask for advice from the associates at the furniture store as well. They can help you to find the right material to suit your needs and wants.




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