Property Selling: Tips on writing a listing description

Selling real estate is a lot easier today with the help of the internet, even without hiring an agent. A lot of homeowners are more curious on how they can sell their property online. For this post, we focus on how you can make a good description when you list your property online:

Be honest

What is most important is that you should be honest when you put your property up for sale. You need to put only the correct details about your home. Any misleading information may disappoint potential buyers, make them cancel the transaction, and you will waste people’s time. Of course, any untruthful disclosure about your home may also push someone to file a lawsuit against you.

Be concise

The internet reaches to a lot of people but you need to remember that people also have shorter attention spans when looking at online ads. There are millions of choices so a long description may turn off a potential buyer. Your information should be very accurate, detailed, but not too flowery.

Be positive

If you feel that your home is a great property for other families, then by all means say what you feel. Showcase the beautiful landscape or the staircase or any other good traits of your home.

Highlight the best features

Make sure that the description of your property is eye-friendly. The reader must be able to scan through it and see the wonderful features of your home. Avoid making a big block of prose since people will not read them.

Be creative

Make a catchy headline that will make people checkout your home. You can say 365 days of sunshine and perfect weather instead of just saying where it is located. These creative punches will make your potential buyers read on through your description and maybe decide to check it out and purchase it.…

How You Can Sell Your House Alone — Without A Real Estate Agent!

In this day and age, with everyone in the world trying to sell their house for the most amount of money, who really wants to pay a real estate agent commission fees?  There are many different ways that you can sell your house without a real estate agent; you really just need to know how to do it and that is what we are going to go over in these two blogs!  Firstly, you need to understand how you are going to sell your house – what strategies you need to put into place.

Advertising is honestly going to be the most important thing and that is why real estate agents have so much luck, because they have access to all sorts of different databases to get your home out there for you.  While you might not have access to all of those databases, there are a couple different things that you can do to make sure that your house gets out there.

Setting up a website for your house is a great way to ensure that people can take a look at your house without having to swing buy – make sure that you include a virtual tour.  More in the next blog!…

6 Steps to Avoid Foreclosure: 1-3

Foreclosure is a very real risk for a long of homeowners right now. Avoiding Real Estate Foreclosure is important! If you have ever gone through it yourself, even if you have ever known someone who has gone through it, you know that it is devastating and emotionally draining. As such, it is imperative that you do everything you possibly can to avoid this — at all costs. Fortunately, that is not as difficult as it may seem to be right now. There are six essential steps you can follow to make sure that you never have to go through a foreclosure. Here are the first three.

Step 1: You need to begin by analyzing your entire financial situation — honestly. You need to calculate exactly how much money you can afford to pay on your home.

Step 2: You need to talk to your lender. If you have to, talk to someone in your lender’s customer service department. Be honest here as well, and tell the complete truth about your entire financial situation. Believe you me, your lender does not really want to take your house from you.

Step 3: See if you can negotiate some kind of compromise with your lender. Try to work out a payment plan.…

A Leaky Toilet Can Cause Way More Than Just Water Damage


While you might not think that a leaky toilet is a real estate issue, if one of the houses that you are trying to sell or your own house that you are thinking about putting on the market has a leaky toilet, you should read below to ensure that you know exactly what type of damage leaky toilets can truly cause in the long run.  Everyday, leaking toilets result in about six billion gallons of water loss; that is one heck of a number from just a bunch of leaky toilets right?

What you may not realize is that everyday, toilets can lose anywhere from 30 up to 500 gallons of water just form a small and silent leak that is as little as a staple.  Now that you know all of the figures regarding leaky toilets, the damage is probably something that you are more interested in right?  For one, leaky toilets can cause black mold to form along with injuries, if someone slips and falls.

The solution?  Fix the leaky toilet as soon as you notice water on the floor that was not from a shower.…

Protect Your Personal Property Via Renting Insurance!

Renting is something that many, many people do – heck, I do it and one thing that I got when I first started to rent was renters insurance.  Renters insurance is actually insurance that protects your stuff.  Let’s say that your apartment has a fire or even is flooded out – you have lost everything and you will probably have to pay to get it back.

Renter’s insurance is definitely one of the most important things that any renter should get and really, you can get it from any insurance company and the price is not even that bad – only about $100.00 a year or a little more and it covers the cost of your stuff.

So if you are renting and currently do not have renter’s insurance, you should definitely invest in it.…

Real Estate basics: Understanding home refinancing

Your mortgage will most likely be the biggest debt you have ever to deal with your in your life. It is also quite long-term with home loans stretching between fifteen to thirty years. Along the course of this investment, as a homeowner you need to find means to maximize your equity and lower your debt. Here refinancing comes into the picture.

Reasons to do home refinancing

  1. Get a better interest rate – This is among the top reasons why homeowners wants to refinance. You basically swap a higher interest rate for a lower interest rate loan. This makes you monthly mortgage lower compared to your old one.
  2. Different type of mortgage – If you opted for an ARM or adjustable rate mortgage when you started the loan, you can expect the monthly payments to go up after some time. You can refinance and go for a fixed-rate loan so you can lock the interest rate and not be subjected to market fluctuations.
  3. Home equity – If you have improved your finances through the years, you might be more comfortable paying your mortgage. You can refinance and get a loan with a shorter term. If you do not want to refinance, you can also make additional payment every month to build the value of your home faster.
  4. Taking out cash – You can also refinance your mortgage and tap into the value that you have in your home. You can practically use this extra funds for other purposes like a home improvement, paying off other debt, or for your vacation.

You have to consider a lot of things when thinking of refinancing. Make sure that you consider potential penalties, how long will you still be staying in your current home, taxes, monthly payments, and equity among others.…


Now that we have talked about how you can advertise via the standard open house sign and where you need to put that sign, it is now time to talk about other means that you can advertise your open house.

The internet is a fantastic thing that you can use to truly get the word out there that you are having an open house and where.  Places like and even the classifieds are fantastic to truly let the public know that you are having an open house.

You want to make sure that you use the free means of internet, that way you can make sure that you are not going over your budget on your advertising – that is something that every single real estate agent worries about, I know that.… I'LL TRADE YOU A QUARTERBACK FOR A DEFENSIVE BACK

Well, it’s that time again.  Pro sports franchises are trading players left and right.  In Miami, our NFL pro football team is in search of a quarterback.  You do realize that the Miami Dolphins should be doing a Section 1031 exchange don’t you??  Ah, you don’t understand what I mean?  If you have been reading my blog, then you are aware that under I.R.C. Section 1031, a taxpayer can exchange (sell) an investment property or property used in a trade or business, for another “like kind” investment property or property used in a trade or business, and defer paying any tax on the profit.  Of course they should use an independent Qualified Intermediary to handle the paperwork and monies being transferred, as the taxpayer and its agents should not hold the money.

So what does that have to do with the Miami Dolphins or any other sports franchise?  Most 1031 exchanges involve real estate exchanges. Personal property exchanges are also allowed, but the standard of what is “like kind” is narrower on personal property exchanges.  Yes, you can exchange an automobile for an automobile.  Likewise, you can also exchange (trade) a major league sports contract for another major league sports contract.  Hmm–I certainly hope these sports franchises are aware of this wonderful tax deferral technique.… Three Optimization Strategies For Your 1031 Exchange

I frequently get asked how many properties one can sell, or for that matter replace (purchase), when doing a Section 1031 tax deferred exchange.  You are going to love this answer–the investor can sell (relinquish) ANY number of properties and then purchase (replace) a smaller number of properties. Many investors take this path because it generally leads to the reduction of management headaches. Alternatively, that same investor can diversify their holdings by selling one or more properties and purchase numerous properties. I have seen many investors purchase a number of properties as their replacement because they wish to spread their risk over a lot properties. Another neat idea for the investor is to spread their risk over several different states or geographic regions by utilizing §1031. This can be accomplished by replacing (purchasing) properties in different geographic areas, thus avoiding holding all of their properties in areas that have substantially appreciated and where prices have reached their peak.
/Plans for Rebuilding City after Christchurch Earthquake 2011/

The Press newspaper in Christchurch reported on the morning of the 30 March 2011 that ‘A new standalone government department with wide powers has been created to manage the rebuilding of Canterbury.’ The front page news stated that Cera is to be headed up by Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Browlee and will have similar powers to those granted to Civil Defence in a state of emergency. The department has been set up for a period of five years. New Zealand is currently in a national state of emergency that has been extended until the 31st March 2011.

Update on Life in Christchurch after Earthquake 2011

Life in Christchurch is slowly falling into a pattern of the new normal. As of 30 March 2011, authorities were advising that all water still needed to be boiled until further notice. This is in spite of some of the water being chlorinated. Water tankers are still supplying water to a large number of areas and watering of gardens is prohibited. Estimates are that it will take two years to rebuild the sewerage system and in the meantime, thousands of homes have been supplied with a chemical toilet. Portaloos are also seen on street corners in many areas. The electricity network is still fragile and people in the eastern suburbs have been asked to use as little electricity as possible.

The northwest of Christchurch was less affected by the earthquake as it is built on rocky soil. This has meant …

The Remains of the Roman City of Pollentia, Northern Majorca

Spain became part of the Roman Empire in around 120BC and the Balearics, strategically located between the mainland of the Iberian peninsula and Italy, were a significant part of the Roman occupation. The best-preserved remains from the period are the ruins of the city of Pollentia, located just outside the medieval town of Alcudia. Here, excavations have revealed parts of the residential area and the forum, while the town’s amphitheatre is a short distance away.

The remains of the town lie just outside Alcudia’s ancient walls. The Roman town was founded around 70BC and the initial archaeological finds were made in either the 16th or 17th century (different leaflets produced by the island’s tourist and civic authorities vary). No real attempt at excavation was made, however, until the early 20th century: the first serious dig took place in 1923 and archaeological explorations still continue on the site in summer.

La Portella: The Residential Remains at Pollentia

Closest to the modern town, the residential area of the excavations consists of the foundations and lower walls of three houses, the best preserved of which is the House of the Two Treasures (Casa dels dos Tresors) where the original layout of the property can be seen, with a central atrium surrounded by individual rooms.

The second house, the House of the Bronze Head (Casa del Cap de Bronze) is named for the horse’s head which was found there and is now on display in the museum in the town. The remaining house is least well preserved and underlies what’s left of the third-century walls which have been built over its foundations.

The Forum: Pollentia’s Administrative Centre

A short distance from La Portella is the Forum, the part of the Roman city most recently open to the public. Excavation work here is ongoing and new discoveries are regularly made. The Forum was the centre of Pollentia’s civil, religious and administrative functions as well as being the focal point of the settlement’s commercial activity.


In some parts of the Forum the walls of the buildings have been capped with cement, but it is still possible to gain an idea of what the area would have looked like. The remains of three temples, dating from the first century BC, are visible, along with the foundations of tabernae, which were formerly shops or workshops. Excavations have shown that the forum remains were used in later centuries as a necropolis, or burial ground.

The Teatre Roma: Pollentia’s Amphitheatre

Repairs That Will Help Sell Your Home: You Should See These!


It is pretty obvious in this day and age that the real estate line is going down hill, not everywhere but most places, so if you are one of the many people that are forced to sell their home and relocate, this blog is for you.  There are quite a few home repairs that will not only help out your homes value but will also help to sell your home that much faster.

Firstly, decluttering your home is a fantastic way to ensure that whoever is looking at your home can get the full view and feeling of your house.  Making sure that every inch of every room has no clutter in it and is completely clean is a great way to attract potential buyers and ensure that they can see everything about every room in your house.

Make sure that if anything needs to be painted, you go ahead and paint it.  Ensuring that the backyards as well as the front yard of your house look great is a good place to start too.  Appearance is everything when you are trying to sell your house, especially in these tough times!…

How to Sell Your House!

Getting rid of the clutter in your house is imperative when you are putting it up for sale. It will make the entire process more real for you, in addition to making a good impression on both your real estate agent and, more importantly, on potential buyers.

Once you have lived in a house for a while, you are bound to have a lot of clutter. Much of it has sentimental value and may be important to you. However, you have to admit, that quite a lot of it amounts to so much junk. Even before you start packing in earnest, you should begin separating the clutter from the junk. The former can be organized. It might be a good idea for you to finally throw the latter away once and for all. This is an excellent time to do it. If you have not used something in over a year, or even longer, then you probably do not need it anymore. You can either throw it away or donate it to someone or some organization which can use it.

As for the clutter, well, that can be anything. Packing up your books, your knick knacks, and the items cluttering the kitchen counters is another great way to begin depersonalizing your house. You can separate the essential items from those items which are not essential, and mark your boxes accordingly. You will be surprised at how much packing you can get done by doing this.…