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Short Term Rentals: What Hosts and Guests Need to Know Websites like Airbnb, and Homeaway have made it easier than ever to rent out your home or apartment to guests. For travelers, these websites make booking a stay easy and offer competitive rates. There are some important legal considerations for both the hosts and guests who use these websites. These include local regulations, liability insurance coverage and protecting yourself from scams. The following tips will help you avoid common problems and make informed decisions. If you have any legal questions contact your LegalShield provider law firm.
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Selling a home can be a very stressful process and if a homeowner is attempting to prepare and sell their home with a small budget, the stress is magnified.  There are many homeowners who simply do not have the capital to spend on preparing their home for the market. It’s pretty obvious that a homeowner who has the ability to remodel their kitchen with granite counters, update their bathrooms, and install a new roof prior to listing their home has a much better chance to sell their home quicker.  This does not mean that the seller is going to end up with more money in their pocket after you consider the amount of money they’ve spent on updates and improvements. If you’re looking to prepare and sell your home but don’t have boatloads of money, take a deep breath, it can be done.  By following some simple tips for selling a home on a budget, you’ll be on your way to a successful home sale without having to break your piggy bank. Below you’ll find out what some of the low cost and poten…

Mistakes sellers make in a sellers market

When you’re looking for a home in a seller’s market, you need a plan in place to avoid making mistakes.The real estate market often fluctuates, making it tough to predict whether the market will favor buyers or sellers when it’s your turn to buy. Buyers in a seller’s market can get what they want, but they need to bring their “A” game and be decisive. Here are six common mistakes and how to avoid them.Not making your best offerThe motivation to buy what we want for as little money as possible is deeply engrained in us. So when most people see the listing price of a home, they naturally wonder what they can really get the house for. Offering lower than asking price is a reasonable strategy, especially if the house is overpriced compared with other similar homes in the area, or if it’s a buyer’s market with lots of available inventory. But trying to get a deal when you’re in a seller’s market might not be the best tactic. “In a seller’s market, many buyers do not step up with a strong e…

Spring sellers market

Spring housing: 'Strongest seller's market ever'Even as more homes come on the market for this popular sales season, they're flying off fast.Home prices have now surpassed their last peak, and at the entry level, where demand is highest, sellers are in the driver's seat.Story by : Diana OlickSpring homebuyers are pounding the pavement at a furious pace, but the pickings are getting ever slimmer.Even as more homes come on the market for this traditionally popular sales season, they're flying off fast, with bidding wars par for the course. Home prices have now surpassed their last peak, and at the entry level, where demand is highest, sellers are firmly in the driver's seat."I've been selling real estate for 25 years and this is the strongest seller's market I have ever seen in my entire real estate career," said David Fogg, a real estate agent with Keller Williams in Burbank, California. "A lot of our sellers are optimistically pricing…

Warm season planting

Favorite warm- and cool-season vegetables at a glance plus growing season basicsVegetables are designated "warm-season" or "cool-season," depending on the weather they need for best growth.Warm-season vegetables, such as peppers and tomatoes, are summer crops; they require both warm soil and high temperatures to grow and produce fruit. They are killed by frost. Plant them after the last frost in spring.Cool-season vegetables grow steadily at average temperatures 10° to 15°F/6° to 8°C below those needed by warm-season types. They can be planted in very early spring for early summer harvest or in late summer for harvest in fall and (in mild regions) winter. Many will endure short spells of frost ― but in hot weather, they become bitter tasting and often bolt to seed rather than producing edible parts. In areas with short growing seasons (fewer than 100 days) or cool, foggy summers, cool-season vegetables can be grown in summer.A few vegetables are perennials: you pla…

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DO YOU LIKE "ROLLER COASTERS"?The career of a Realtor can sometimes be described as a "roller coaster". Anticipation of having a client, then working with your client diligently, then don't find the "just right" place. OR anticipation of having a client, then working diligently with them & HOORAY we find the "just right" place, then financing falls through. OR anticipation of having a client, then working diligently with them, HOORAY find the "just right" place, waiting the 45 days for the paycheck on closing day and all is GREAT!!! 
Ups and downs of our industry are mind boggling. Commission based careers are tough. Emotions are high & low. Always have to have your sights on the master for guidance, so that the lows don't do you in or the highs give you the expectation for every day to be the same high! Balance, how do we find that on a Roller Coaster?
 My first and only roller coaster ride happened on my 60th birthday. M…