Modular vs. Manufactured Homes

Posted in Tips  by: Sherill
July 3rd, 2015

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 Most Expensive Blocks In The U.S.

Posted in USA  by: Marie
June 26th, 2015

Each city has blocks that everyone knows; and not by their street address but by nicknames like “billionaire’s row” or by the number of film and Wall Street stars that live there.

They often are the most expensive block in their respective city.

Usually the block orients around the city’s defining feature. In New York, it’s on Central Park; in San Francisco it has views of the bay; in Seattle it sits on Lake Washington; and in Miami it’s on the water.

In Pictures: The Most Expensive Blocks In The U.S.

For the first time ever has generated a list of the most expensive blocks in 10 cities across the country. To do so, we created an index with California-based data provider Reply! of the 100 most expensive properties in each city, mapped them geographically and then measured home values and the concentration of high-priced home values in each particular cluster.

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Protecting your property

Posted in Information  by: editor
June 19th, 2015


One of the unfortunate risks of having a big house is the threat of burglary. High estate houses are always more attractive targets for both amateur and professional burglars, simply because of the expected wealth to be found inside. Here a few tips to safeguard your house from burglary: Read the rest of this entry »

Florida’s Bust – New Jersey’s Gain

Posted in Information, News, USA  by: editor
June 12th, 2015

newjerseyWith luxury homes in Florida selling like hotcakes at a fraction of their former selves, New Jersey began to take up the challenge as the next luxury development destination of the future. New jersey has always been known for it’s laid back atmosphere far from the high roller status of Florida.
Today, developments like Sea Isle and many more offer the same amenities of Florida but with a more personal touch. Read the rest of this entry »

Manufactured Homes

Posted in Information  by: editor
June 5th, 2015


Manufactured homes are commonly thought of as “trailer homes” or “mobile homes”. Today, however, manufactured homes come in different styles and offer more options than in previous years. Manufactured homes are usually built in a factory according to the standards of the Federal Building Code or the HUD code, as well as local codes. Made out of a non-removable steel chassis, portions of a manufactured home or the entire home itself can be moved to the site from the factory using its own wheels. Once the manufactured home reaches the site, they are assembled and the utilities are connected. An inspector looks at the work that has been done before the structure is approved. While less expensive than modular homes, the value of a manufactured home often decreases with time.

Who are the Usual Condo Buyers?

Posted in Tips  by: Sherill
May 29th, 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.

Paying For A Home Renovation

Posted in Information  by: editor
May 22nd, 2015


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 »

Overseas Properties

Posted in Information, Tips  by: editor
May 22nd, 2015


If you’re looking to buy property overseas, whether for investment or as a second home, and you don’t have the time or the inclination to travel to that country, you can search for it online. There are a lot real estate companies and broker-established sites out there that can offer a variety of property. You can just search for the area you want for you property, and the internet will come up with all the available information it has. You can even go shopping online, comparing prices and properties. You can also get good advice about the particular country’s laws on foreigners acquiring real estate.

You can even buy these properties sight unseen, just by viewing the photos online. Of course, you’ll have to make sure that you’re buying from a reputable broker or company. It’s also best though buy from a well-established real estate company if you’re planning to buy property you won’t be able to visit beforehand.

The Playground for the Rich and Famous

Posted in New York, USA  by: Marie
May 15th, 2015

If you watch Sex and the City, you will notice that Carrie and her friends spend some of their summers and weekends at what they call, “The Hamptons”. It is a three hour drive from New York City. Most New Yorkers retreat to the Hamptons after their chaotic work in the city during weekends.

The Hamptons specifically refers to the towns of East Hampton and Southampton, South Fork, Suffolk County, New York on the east end of Long Island. It is surrounded by the ocean on three sides. Anyone who has a lot financial resources aspires for the Hamptons as a weekend getaway. It has earned its reputation as the playground for the rich and famous especially for the town of East Hampton wherein two first ladies spent their childhood and resided in the area.

Why is it better to Choose Modular Homes?

Posted in Tips  by: Sherill
May 8th, 2015

For builders and real estate investors who are developing big projects, it is better to go for modular homes. First of all, it is faster to develop – the usual 6 months time to complete a 10-unit subdivision will be completed in 10 weeks if you go modular. Also, its quick assembly process will require only less labor needs. In areas where labor quality is limited or expensive, it will definitely be an advantage.

In addition, since modular homes are tested stringently for quality control, you are assured that they are engineered better and will last longer. The only downside is that this option might be a little expensive depending on the location of the site.

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