Police under siege as stoning attacks at high-rise estates continue

Posted in News  by: Marie
January 22nd, 2015


POLICE must have back-up before answering calls for help on the Flemington and North Melbourne high-rise estates.The directive was issued last week after a series of attacks on officers and police vehicles by youths armed with rocks, bricks and makeshift spears.

One in five calls to Flemington police were from the housing estate, Divisional Superintendent Brett Guerin said.

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Buy a Home in DeWitt Michigan

Posted in USA  by: Sherill
January 15th, 2015


Just north of Lansing Michigan, there is a town called DeWitt named after Clinton DeWitt, who is the former governor of New York. This happened because many New Yorkers have settled in mid-Michigan prior to 1833. The town is very quaint, with family friendly restaurants and shops in downtown area. It was actually recognized by CNN/Money Magazine’s “Best Places to Live 2005.” It is also known for its 5 scenic parks and quality schools. If you want to live pretty close to a large city, and yet want the warmth of a small town, DeWitt can be a great choice.

Who are the Usual Condo Buyers?

Posted in Tips  by: Sherill
January 8th, 2015

The single largest purchase that you can make in your life is to buy a home. But in the housing market of today, the price of a home is often times exorbitant and so first time home-buyers are considering owning a condo instead.

A condo is not only purchased by young people or first time home-buyers. In fact, many seniors find that maintaining a big empty home may be too much for them because they can no longer perform and maintain the day-to-day work in their home. Another group of people that are willing to buy condos are working people that are always busy. They have no time for maintenance so they would rather pay the association dues.

Buying a Second Home

Posted in Information  by: editor
January 1st, 2015


When shopping around for financing options for your second home, realize that oyu need to make a bigger down payment on your second home than if you were buying yout first home. The reason behind this is that lenders consider second home investments as having bigger risks than primary properties. Second home investments are usually more volatile, and borrowers are more likely to take advantage of different investment opportunities instead of following through with owning a second home. When lenders ask for a higher down payment, they compensate for the bigger risk. You will also have to pay higher interest rates, but by getting adjustable rate mortgages or interest only mortgages, you can go on a sort term strategy to make lower monthly mortgage payments.

Expensive US Blocks

Posted in USA  by: Marie
December 25th, 2014


Forbes.com released a list of the most expensive blocks in the country. This was derived by getting the 100 most expensive properties in the city, mapping them geographically, and then measuring the concentration of high priced home values in each area. They used tax records, property records, and an algorithm to calculate the market value. They also took into consideration the homes that have not been recently appraised or sold. They even confirmed the data findings with the city’s luxury brokers to make sure.

Some of the cities who made it to the list are: Central Park in New York, views of the bay in San Francisco, Lake Washington in Seattle, and water homes in Miami.

Low Home Appraisals Affect Pending Sales

Posted in Information  by: Marie
December 18th, 2014

There is a lot of talk regarding the slow pace at which appraisals are now being done, the figures they are also giving are way too low. Much to the dislike of the many real estate agents and sellers alike. The process of appraising a home tends to come as part of the buying process where a buyer or the agent acting on behalf of the buyer, contacts an authorized appraisal representative who is hired to make an estimation of the true value of a specific property. They are licensed to carry out their jobs at par with industry standards yet realtors disprove of their results which they say are way lower than the true value of properties they are selling. There is a lot of controversy as to the figures they are using in their estimation and calls for a revamp of these very tables are called for by the many realtors out in the ailing housing market.

Preparing for Wet Season

Posted in Tips  by: Kitch
December 11th, 2014

It’s that time of the year again when you need to wear those rain boots and take your umbrella along with you everywhere you go. As ready as you are to take on the rainy season, have you ever considered getting your home prepared as well?

Here are some tips on how to prepare for the wet season.

1. Get your roof ready for a lot of rain. – Look for cracks or holes on your roof that might cause water to enter your home. The roof should be on a tip top condition.

2. Clear any debris or dry leaf that can cause clogging of the rain gutters. Your gutters should drain well.

3. Make sure that both your door and windows close properly. Not being able to properly shut both is one of the major causes of having unwated rain water to enter your home and ruin your furniture.

4. If you live in a home that is prone to flooding, have enough sandbags to counter the flood.

Paying For A Home Renovation

Posted in Information  by: editor
December 3rd, 2014


Home renovations are very flexible but before you can even hammer a single nail, you’re going to need money to pay for it.
You can turn to cash and liquid assets to fund your home renovation – your savings and checking accounts, as well as saving bonds. This way you don’t have to deal with interest rates, extra charges, nor do you have to be dependent on anyone else. On the downside, this could deplete your savings. This option is only good if you have lots of cash to spare. Read the rest of this entry »

Modular vs. Manufactured Homes

Posted in Tips  by: Sherill
November 26th, 2014

Both modular and manufactured homes are built in the factory but modular homes have more advantages.
Manufactured homes are also called mobile homes, and are built only to HUD, or federal building code. They are not required to meet code requirements in the specific destination where the homes will be erected. Also, it is not required for the inspectors to approve the structure.
Modular homes on the other hand, have to pass a stricter set of guidelines. It is held to the same IRC code requirements as site built homes, and must adhere to the local and state codes. It will therefore appreciate better as investments.

The Best of Palm Beach County

Posted in USA  by: Marie
November 19th, 2014

Palm Beach is considered as one of the most affluent and popular county in the southern state of America, specifically in Florida. Its natural beauty is unparalleled with rows of palm trees, which is where it got its name.

Education is always a priority in this county, where the fourth largest school in Florida (which is also the 11th largest in the whole America) is located, as well as three of the top 50 schools in America. People want to live here, because out of 250,000 homes, only about 16,000 homes are now available for sale. Great infrastructure facilities have also made Palm Beach a very desirable place to reside permanently.

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