Tax Returns Are Not Sacred

July 28th, 2014

Today, lenders insist that borrowers sign IRS Form 4506, entitled ‘Request for Copy of Tax Return’. In my opinion, this is the most objectionable documents required at settlement. By signing this form, you are giving a blank check to the holder of the document to have complete access to your Federal Income tax return(s). It is a virtual invitation to pry into what you thought are your private tax returns.

Decrease In Break-ins Lowers Canada’s Crime Rate

July 28th, 2014

It may be bad news for home alarm companies, but Statistics Canada says a 12-per-cent decrease in break-ins helped lower the crime rate in 2013.

California Agents Need Not Keep Ephemeral Documents. WOW!

July 28th, 2014

It is good news that there is not a requirement to keep all electronic communications. Moreover, it was a thoughtful gesture of the Real Estate Commissioner, Wayne Bell, to let it be known that, even though the law is not effective until January 1, 2015, as of now, the Bureau will not be requiring the retention of the ephemeral records referred to in the bill.

Make A Video That Sells Your Home: Follow These Tips

July 24th, 2014

We all know that a picture is worth a thousand words and, in my opinion, a video is priceless! A real estate listing video can be a valuable tool to get your home sold quickly.

How to Sell Your Home Without Dropping Your Price

July 24th, 2014

If you’re really ready to sell your home, don’t test the market. The best thing for you to do is to price it right in the first place and then sell as close to the original asking price as possible. For the best results, price your home at current fair market value — not where prices were in 2005, or where they might be in 2015.

How To Punch Up Your Home’s Personality

July 23rd, 2014

Your home is boring. Drab. Blah. Snoozeville. Which is weird, because you’re bubbly, fun, and full of life. Right? Isn’t it time your home matched your verve? Your vigor? Your joie de vivre? Lucky for you, there are some easy ways to punch up your home’s personality. Follow the tips below and your house will soon be the life of the party

Go Green With The Wink Home Automation Ecosystem

July 23rd, 2014

The idea of ‘going green’ has come a long way in recent decades. In the 1950s, some kinds of energy efficiency weren’t really a choice. From drying your clothes on a clothesline, to cutting your grass with a mechanical push mower, people often lived green without ever consciously considering their carbon footprint. These days, the story is a little different

When It Comes To Residential Care Facilities, Agents Need To Be Careful About What They Say

July 22nd, 2014

The term residential care facility covers a variety of uses, ranging from foster family homes to adult care to facilities providing rehabilitative services to those recovering from mental illness. Regrettably, there is frequently a great deal of “not in my back yard” sentiment expressed when the issue of residential care facilities arises.

The Designers’ Guide For Your New Bathroom

July 22nd, 2014

The bathroom is likely the smallest room in your house, yet it requires the most plumbing, fixtures, and lights per square foot. Bathroom remodels can be expensive, so you don’t want to make any mistakes.

Homeowner Associations Restrictions on Signage

July 22nd, 2014

In election years, political debates are not just limited to the candidates. Debates often arise within homeowner associations over restrictions on signage that may limit an owner’s ability to place signs within the community.