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If you chose mostly A's, you are a ...
Perhaps you are a "Chrissy Tiegen" vibe. Imagine her vibrant energy bottled up into the colors of your curtains, sofa and more.
You crave bold contrasts and vibrant colors because they give you energy and match the bouncy vibe of your spirit.
But if you chose mostly B answers, you are a...
1. HVAC systems should be checked and possibly cleaned if needed. Dust and debris collects as the systems pull air in from outside and also as they circulate interior dust.
2. Check for pipe leaks and perhaps have a video plumbing inspaction once a year or once every other year to prevent soil being weakened due to water.
3. Wrapping exterior pipes prevents breaks in pipes when temperatures drop. Also, leave water dripping softly when temperatures are below freezing to prevent pipes from busting with ice.
4. Get a good deep clean of your windows, walls and dusting furniture and also under and behind furniture.
These are my top picks for each area: New Orleans, Westbank, Northsore and Jefferson Parish.
Text or Email to schedule a phone call or make an offer:
337-371-0037 or 504-535-4353
3 Months or 2 years is really up to you in most cases but...
Sometimes it will be determiend by these factors below.
Before we go over the factors, when will be best for you personally? Here's how to know if you are personally ready to buy.
Factors of Readiness
Tip 1. Get Your Tax Documents In Sexy Shape
Do you have your income documents ready?
One of the most frequent issues is that some people have not filed their taxes or have not reported all of their income. In my circle, a lot of us have small businesses, do freelance work, or have online businesses. As a result, it's up to us how much of that income we actually report.
Banks, federal and state government bodies... no one is helping so, what can you do?
While eviction moratoriums and forbearances for homeowners prevented a major increase in homelessness, property owners have been left to risk foreclosure on their investments. For some, this has even meant loss of primary income.
With that being said, here are some options for property owners.
My top suggestion is this:
The best option is to apply for Section 8 voucher approval. Most states provide rental assistance and it is possible that your tenants could secure all or part of their rent and remain in the unit.
You and the property also have to meet certain requirments, but it is worth the effort if it means securing your income and property ownership.
Here are other suggestions from outside sources.
Leverage the full range of solutions available to landlord
(Excerpt of "The Right Way to Handle Tenant Relief Requests")
Here are a few options to avoid complete loss of rental income:
This post applies to anyone of the following:
1. Someone who owns more than one property
2. Someone who inherited a property and doesn't need the space
3. Someone who owns a property they are no longer using maybe because of its condition
Here are the suggestions in order of appearance:
1. Make minor updates and rent out the space
2. Make a total renovation and sell for top dollar
3. Make minor updates and resell, using the funds as follows below
(#3 is actually the best option in my opinion)
Strategy 1: Make minor updates and rent out the space
Buying a home for the first time can feel overwhelming. But …
the more you know about the homebuying process and the mortgage you'll likely need to purchase your house, the more prepared you'll be to make educated decisions. These tips should give you a good idea of what to expect in terms of mortgages and valuable insight that can help you through the process of buying your first home.
Know what mortgages are available to you.
There are a few types of loans that are especially attractive to first-time homebuyers.
Important information for Buyers and Sellers.
Let's start first with The Buyers:
1. Some banks have raised the credit score requirements. The range is 640 - 700 depending on the bank. I most often refer to Gulf Coast if you are looking for a trustworthy lender who is also knowledgeable.
2. Next, banks now want you to have a savings account with a minimum balance that could pay at least 2 months of the mortgage.
The reason for this is banks don't want to give a new mortgage to someone who might immediately go into forbearance. It makes sense considering that most mortgages are currently in forbearance.
3. State-level grant programs are temporarily suspended.
Most parishes and counties have funds available for first time buyers, but the state's are holding the home buying grants for now until quarantine passes and the economy gets moving again.
Who does this impact?
Mostly people buying multi-family properties (2 or more units). The parish/county level grants can still be used for single-family homes.
Here's some good news though:
You are allowed to get a "gift" to assist with downpayment on a multi-family property. If you don't have someone who'll just give the money, consider a business agreement with someone you trust (Get a contract though.) In exchange for their assistance with the downpayment, agree to give them part of your rental income for a set duration of time.
Once that duration of time has ended, you can keep all of the rental income in perpetuity. I have 3 contacts (at least) who are willing to assist. Let me know if you are interested.
Yes people are still buying properties.
So if you are interested in selling, go for it! The worst thing that can happen is you don't get an offer. But chances are you will.
I offer FREE property value estimates. (the real kind, not the pseudo ones on Zillow) So if you're curious about what your property is worth, text me at 337-371-0037.
For ALL Buyers (1st timers and experienced): Here's a guiding principal to consider:
Will this purchase lower your cost of living and/or boost your income?
If you can find a property that will cost the same or less than you currently pay in rent, BUY. You can lock in these historically low interest rates and INVEST in your future.
On the other hand, if you already own a home,, would a new place lower your current cost of living?
Some of you have enough equity in your home, that selling and buying something new is a great move. While others may not be in that situation.
You also have to consider that selling your current place means opening it up to others. As your agent, I advise creating a video tour of the place so potential buyers can clearly see your home during Quarantine without coming into your space.
Staying vigilant while navigating through COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
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