Archives for July 2013

Tips for Constructing a Gazebo



A gazebo not only adds a bit of elegance to your home—it also helps to increase its curb appeal. Whether it’s a small structure that you put together from a kit or it’s a huge addition that you have custom built, a gazebo can provide a homeowner with a covered outdoor space to have a barbecue, host special events or just a place to sit back and relax after a hard day’s work.

Medical Office Space for Commercial Investors



Most serious commercial property investors are well aware that multifamily apartment buildings are leading the commercial sector recovery, but with prices on the rise another sector that might be worth taking a close look at is medical offices.

House Price Growth in Central London Shows No Signs of Slowing



A new report in Propertywire has revealed that prices of prime central London property are still increasing. Prices in the UK capital rose by 0.5% in July compared to the previous month, and prices of top London homes have risen by 4.2% so far this year.

How To ‘Upsize’ or ‘Downsize’ in Seven Easy Steps



With interest rates still low some homeowners are considering selling their current home and upsizing to a bigger residence as their needs grow. For others, they’re in a reverse situation, looking to downsize and cash in on whatever equity they may have.

Creating a Memorable Entryway with Victorian Brackets



Using architectural details, like Victorian Brackets, makes it possible for homeowners to express their personalities and to emphasize the best qualities of their homes.

Buying Land in BC: A Province Fraught With Rising Land Costs



British Columbia offers a geographical multiplicity of incredible proportions with a wide array of prospective activities and wonderful sights to see, and as such is the perfect place for anyone looking to invest in land.

Cross Collateralization – A Zero Down Financing Method



When negotiating a real estate purchase, the most important attribute is determining how much equity the seller has in the property, or rather, the amount the seller walks away with after closing the deal.

Fannie Mae Report Finds Higher Mortgage Rates Won’t Affect Recovery



According to a new report from Fannie Mae, the recent rise in mortgage rates is unlikely to have any significant impact on home prices. Researchers for Fannie Mae looked at mortgage rates going back more than 20 years, and found that although rising mortgage rates may affect the number of sales, they were unlikely to impact house prices.

Weekend Project: Tile Backsplash



For even the greenest of weekend workers, tackling a tile backsplash in your kitchen can be one of the most manageable and rewarding home improvement projects. A tile backsplash adds color, character, and eases clean-up in any kitchen.

Word is Out About Investing in Memphis Real Estate



The Wall Street Journal recently ranked Memphis as the number one city in the country for investing in single family residential homes. The rating is based on Memphis’ cap rate, currently at 10.38%, which slightly topped the second ranked city of Saginaw.