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3 Words You Must Learn And Understand Before You Buy A Home

  • Posted by: Adrian La Fosse
  • Category: Uncategorized
When you’re shopping for homes you’ll be introduced to an entirely new vocabulary and I’ll be the first to agree with you that some of it seems downright boring. Take encroachments and easements, for instance. Though they sound ho-hum, they are both important concepts so today I thought I’d try to put them in plain English for you. What’s an encroachment? Encroachment describes the violation of a homeowner’s property rights.…

Fall Is Here! Time to get to those home maintenance chores

  • Posted by: Adrian La Fosse
  • Category: Uncategorized
Fall fell on us on September 22 and if you haven’t yet begun your fall home maintenance tasks, it’s time to get started. And, to help, we’ve gathered some tips. Smoke alarms save lives Fall and winter see an increase in home fires, according to the American Red Cross, and faulty smoke alarms were to blame for more than 20 percent of home fire deaths. Sadly, nearly 40 percent of…

Scary Home Inspection Report? It Doesn’t Have To Be A Deal Breaker

  • Posted by: Adrian La Fosse
  • Category: Uncategorized
It’s a toss-up whether the home inspection or the appraisal induces more nail-biting. Homebuyers, sellers and the agents involved await the results of both with a mixture of anticipation and fear. The latter, at least statistically, is unfounded. “Nationally, [only] 3.9 percent of sales failed in 2016,” according to Forbes staff writer Samantha Sharf. She doesn’t mention the reason for the failures, although it’s a safe bet that not all…

What Does A Title Company Do?

  • Posted by: Adrian La Fosse
  • Category: Uncategorized
Whether it’s your first time buying or selling a home, one of the most confusing aspects of either process is learning the lingo. Fixtures, encumbrances, contingencies – real estate jargon starts flying fast and furiously. The various players in the process, their roles and responsibilities, seem to confuse consumers the most and the title company sits at numero uno. In property law, Black’s Law Dictionary defines title as “. .…

Stage Your Kitchen To Sell

  • Posted by: Adrian La Fosse
  • Category: Uncategorized
You don’t have to be an impeccable housekeeper when selling a home – you just need to look like one. That’s the beauty of staging a home for sale – it gives buyers the perception of “impeccable,” and perceptions sell. In fact, staging has been shown to increase a home’s perceived value. “A consumer’s perceived value of a good or service affects the price he is willing to pay,” claim…

Autumn: The Deadliest Season For Pedestrians

  • Posted by: Adrian La Fosse
  • Category: Uncategorized
Across the country, leaves turn crimson, the air gets crisper and thoughts turn to the end-of-the-year holidays. It can be downright distracting which is why, perhaps, that fall is when the country experiences the largest number of pedestrian fatalities, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NTSA). While adults older than 64 account for the largest number of pedestrian fatalities, children under the age of 16 make up the…

What You Don’t Know About Adjustable Rate Mortgages May Cost You

  • Posted by: Adrian La Fosse
  • Category: Uncategorized
When shopping for a mortgage, have you noticed how much lower the rates are for a variable mortgage than a fixed? For example, as of this writing, the average 30-year fixed-mortgage rate is 3.69 percent, while the average rate for a 5/1 adjustable rate mortgage, or ARM, is 3.09 percent, according to BankRate.com. Despite this, many borrowers shy away from ARMs, based on the horror stories they read in the…

Columbia SC New Home Builder Buyer Service Offers A Video Diary, Called Build Watch, Of Home Being Built From Ground Up

  • Posted by: Adrian La Fosse
  • Category: Blog
It’s no shock many people having a new home built would love to see the details of how their home’s progress is coming along. For Columbia, SC new homes this dream is a reality thanks to the innovators at the Columbia New Home Builder Team – and their exciting free Build Watch video service. The team recently celebrated the success of their breakthrough program. There’s no doubt having a new…

Inside America’s Most Expensive Home For Sale

  • Posted by: Adrian La Fosse
  • Category: Uncategorized
Sure, Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Aniston, and hubby Justin Theroux and Jay-Z and Beyonce own drop-dead gorgeous homes in Los Angeles’ swanky Bel Air community. But, theirs don’t hold a candle to the newly-crowned priciest home in the U.S. right now. History Back in the 1960s, there was barely an adolescent girl in the country that didn’t want to be Elly May Clampett, the animal-loving, Ozark-to-Beverly Hills transplant on TV’s “Beverly…