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When you are searching for a great new apartment, the last thing on your mind is likely going to be dealing with con artists. No one wants to become the victim of a rental scam, but these things do happen all too often. People like the idea of finding a good place and getting the hunt over with as soon as possible. This can lead them to becoming a victim if they aren’t careful. Those who are overly excited about getting a new place, those who need a place fast, and those who might have some financial issues are generally the ones who are in the greatest danger simply because they don’t take the time to question those deals that seem too good to be true.

Let’s look at some ways that you can be more diligent and avoid these problems before you become a

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Does the county expect you to start paying more in property taxes? Do you feel as though you are paying too much and that the assessment of your home’s value is unfair? If so, then you are not alone

Keep in mind that the actual process might vary based on the state or jurisdiction, but it should likely follow a similar pattern. While you can appeal your tax assessment on your own, as you will see, many find that working with an attorney is faster and easier, even though it does cost a bit. One has to weigh the decision to see whether it is worth the money to work with a professional. If it costs several hundred dollars, and it will only save you several hundred, it might not be worthwhile. As always, do a bit of research first to see what the best

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Years ago, the only way that a potential homebuyer would be able to get an idea of what a home looked like was to drive past the property, or to look in one of the real estate catalogs often found free in grocery stores. People simply had very little way of knowing much about the details of the property, at least visually, until they went to an open house or set up an appointment through the owner or a real estate professional. The first look that someone gets at a house is very important, and today it is easier than it has ever been before. This offers quite a few benefits.

The Internet makes it very easy to put up multiple photos of a property, inside and outside, so the buyers can have a very good idea of what the space offers long before they

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When someone has been searching for the best property to buy and he or she has finally discovered what they feel is the perfect home, it is time to make an offer.  When the time comes to make the offer though, the potential buyers need to know what components actually make up a good offer. They need to have one that the sellers and their agent are most likely to accept. Those who are buying a home need to know what they should offer, and those who are selling the home need to know what actually constitutes a good offer.

Let’s look at the different factors that come into play.

The Price

With the price, there is quite a conundrum. The buyers want the lowest possible price, and the sellers want the highest possible price. To make the deal good, the

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If you are getting ready to sell or buy a new home, then you might be wondering just how and where real estate agents figure out how much a property is worth. They don’t come up with the number from out of thin air, naturally. In fact, quite a few different factors will ultimately determine just how much a home is worth. Depending on the type of property and the location of the home, a number of things can cause the value of the property to be higher or lower than you might expect. Let’s look at some of the things that the agent will use when trying to come up with an accurate value for pricing a home.

Look to the Past

One of the first things the agents will do is look at the prices of homes in the area, as well as the price of homes that recently

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Advice for Buying a Historic Home

Have you always gravitated toward the classic and the historic more than the modern? If you have, then there’s a chance that you might prefer buying and living in a historic home rather than buying a brand new property. If you are thinking about buying one of these properties that have some type of historic value, then you need to realize that there is quite a bit of a difference. Here are some tips that will ensure you make the best decisions when you are buying the property.

Do Your Research

First, you always need to research the home before you buy. This is a smart move with all properties, and it really is essential with historic homes. You can often find quite a bit of information on these homes in places such

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Homeowners associations are organizations (usually non-profit) that are created (usually by a real estate developer) for the purpose of operating a residential community. The developer has legal and financial responsibility within the HOA. When he’s sold a pre-determined quota of lots, he may transfer ownership of the HOA to the development’s homeowners. Most HOAs are incorporated and subject to state law.

HOAs can be a blessing or a curse, depending on your perspective as a homeowner. It’s not unheard of for HOA boards to overstep their authority, and if this happens, you need to be aware of your rights.

What Do HOAs Do?

When you buy into a development, you automatically become a member of the HOA. The HOA board’s main function is to

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In the current economy, lending guidelines have become more restrictive. What this means for you as a consumer and potential homebuyer is that pre-qualifying for a mortgage is even more important than it has been in the past. Not to be confused with pre-approval for a loan, pre-qualification is a process by which you can determine how much house you can actually afford.

How Does Pre-Qualification Work?

Pre-qualification isn’t a commitment. Being pre-qualified doesn’t mean that you’ve agreed to a mortgage with any lending institution. You are under no obligation whatsoever.

All you need to do is find a lender you feel comfortable with. They’ll act as your advisor. Obviously, you want the best advisor you can get, so you’ll want to check out the

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Forbes Magazine recently named Boise as their fifth pick in the top ten cities to live in and raise a family nation-wide. And why not? Boise has a good balance between income and cost of living, great schools, not much crime, and beautiful scenery. Here are some of the reasons people love living in Boise.


Reals estate prices in Boise are reasonable. You can buy more house for less money than you would in many other areas. For that matter, almost everything that you need or want to purchase is less expensive in Boise.


Boise residents are typically courteous, helpful and outgoing. There’s also a great sense of community spirit.


Schools at all levels are very good, and students can earn college credits in high

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A home is more than just a roof and some walls. It’s a place where you relax after a day’s work, unwind, raise your family, entertain, and pursue your hobbies and interests. Choosing a builder for your new home can be one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make. Most people considering new home construction approach the idea by looking at home designs in books or online, and perhaps talking with various builders. There’s no substitute, though, for getting out and looking at how it’s done. That’s where the Spring Parade of Homes comes in.

What Is the Parade of Homes?

The Parade of Homes is an event hosted by The Building Contractors Association of Southwestern Idaho, an organization that was founded for the express purpose of bringing the

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