10 Best Home Improvements For Increasing Property Value

Most appraisers have stories of homeowners irate over the fact that the special remodeling job they performed added zero value to their home. The imported Italian tile you used in your entryway or the pool in the backyard may be of immense value to you while you live in the home, but unfortunately they aren’t…

What is the State of Las Vegas Real Estate?

You may notice on your next trip to Vegas that the complexion of our city is changing and becoming ever more diverse. Real estate in the valley is getting worldwide attention, bringing buyers from far-flung reaches of the globe. In fact, a recent story in the Montreal Gazette tells its readers they can get a…

How’d They Come Up With THAT Home Price?

Quick! What’s the most valuable duty your buyer’s agent can perform? Sure, showing you the house of your dreams is pretty valuable, but how do you know the house is worth the price the seller set? If your agent is really doing her job she’ll give you a comparative market analysis, or CMA, so that…

How Much House Can I Afford?

“How much house can I afford?” When many people ask that question, what they are really asking is, “How much money will somebody lend me?” They sound similar at first blush, but they are actually two different questions. The first is a matter of individual circumstances – and chances are you already have a pretty…

Making Sense of Homeowner Insurance Policy Definitions

If you feel like you’re reading a foreign language when you look over your homeowner’s insurance policy, you aren’t alone. Where simple language that’s easy for the layperson to understand will suffice, the typical homeowner’s insurance policy is loaded with industry jargon. Grab a cup of coffee to keep yourself awake while we pick that…

How to Get a High House Appraisal

One common thread that runs through homeowners is that they typically think their home is the nicest in the development, according to Loreen Stuhr, veteran appraiser with Appraisers of Las Vegas. Stuhr goes on to say that the single most difficult challenge she faces in her business is trying to convince a homeowner otherwise. Whether…

Should I Pay Off My Mortgage?

Not too many sane people like paying interest. Especially on debts that can equal several years’ worth of gross income for you and your spouse. For this reason, many people have historically aggressively pre-paid their mortgages as fast as possible. The goal: to get to the great, happy “mortgage burning party” as fast as possible….

Reverse Mortgage Pros & Cons: Sinister Lending or Good Financial Move?

Robert Wagner pitches reverse lending on TV, but are these loans as shady as the fate of his former wife, Natalie Woods, or a smart financial move that will have you living like a star? Reverse mortgages have been attracting an increasing amount of interest from homeowners in the last couple of years, but it’s…