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The Best Smart Home Technology InvestmentsThere is no shortage of smart technology these days, with practically every company racing to adapt the latest breakthrough to their new devices. And while it's clear the market is seeing signs of saturation, homeowners should be aware that smart technology can really improve their property if they know which devices to buy. For those looking to increase the value of their home, keep these four gadgets in mind before solidifying any other home improvement plans.

Smart Moisture Detectors

Water damage in a Kearney new home is not always detectable, especially if a homeowner has a larger property. In addition to drainage or puddling, it only takes a small amount of excess humidity to cause a case of mold. These two dangers can cost a homeowner

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What Are Capital Gains Taxes? What Homeowners Need to KnowSome homeowners must pay capital gains taxes when they sell their home. Capital gains are taxes on profits made from selling an investment. Capital gains taxes apply to the sale of a primary residence or vacation home. Some homeowners must pay capital gains, others do not. Knowing the circumstances under which capital gains are applied and how to avoid paying capital gains can help homeowners save their money when they buy a property.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a financial advisor before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

When Do Capital Gains Taxes Apply to A Real Estate Sale?

Homeowners who are selling their primary residence are allowed to make a modest profit (up to $250,000) on the sale of their

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All About Conventional LoansA mortgage is a loan that helps a Kansas City home buyer purchase a house. Mortgages come in different types, including federally backed mortgages like FHA loans, VA loans and USDA loans. Mortgages also come in "conventional" types, meaning that the lender is not protected by the federal government if the home buyer defaults on payments. This assumes the loan continues to be held by the lender and not sold to another entity and/or Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. When compared to federally backed loans, conventional loans have some advantages and disadvantages. Here's what home buyers need to know.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed mortgage professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.


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How To Stage Your Home For SellingWhen selling a home, there are many thins that homeowners can do to help make the home more appealing to buyers, and one of those things is staging. Staging is when a homeowner specifically decorates their home in order to make it appealing to a general audience in order to give buyers inspiration for what they can do with a home and how it may feel to live in it. Here are some staging tips homeowners can keep in mind when preparing to sell their home.

Keep the Home Clean

While this may seem obvious to most people, it’s always good for homeowners to see a reminder to keep their Independence home for sale clean. It’s easy to let a home get messy, especially when selling when everything gets so hectic with balancing showings, real estate

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Documents You Need to Sell Your HomeSelling a home can involve a lot of paperwork. Every home sale is different, but homeowners who have their paperwork properly assembled during the listing and sale process may find their real estate transaction easier to manage. Everything from documents regarding home improvements to warranties and sale receipts for new appliances can become helpful. Here are a few sets of documents or papers that home sellers may need when selling their homes.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Survey Documents

If a home seller has had a survey of their property in the past, they may use this document to clearly show the boundaries of the property

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What a Home Inspection Will Tell YouAlthough paying for an independent home inspection as part of the home-buying process may, in some cases, seem unnecessary, today it is typically one of the standard clauses of any real estate offer. The inspection is normally conducted at buyer expense, so it is important to understand the reasons for an inspection and exactly what it entails.

The expectation, of course, is that a home inspection will identify any areas of concern, allowing the buyer and seller to address those issues and possibly negotiate solutions prior to finalizing a contract.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Time Frame and Cost

A written offer on a home

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Energy Efficient Upgrades for HomeownersEnergy efficiency can save homeowners money, improve property value, reduce a home's carbon footprint and is an important part of sustainable home construction. These home upgrades can help homeowners reduce their utility bills and make their home more attractive to buyers, should they ever decide to sell.

New Windows

It's well known that single pane windows are not the most efficient option for homeowners. The US ENERGY STAR program estimates that most homeowners can save approximately $100 to $500 annually just by replacing their single pane windows.

What to look for?

Energy efficient windows will have two or three panes of glass, not one. Sometimes the space between these windows is filled with gas, other times it's filled with air.

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Home Safety Tips for HomeownersIt's important to live in a safe home. Knowing the cause of standard household injuries and what can be done to prevent them can help homeowners maintain a house that is safe for everyone.

Fire Safety

Household fires cause property damage and injuries every year. Household fires happen for many reasons, including poor wiring, failure to maintain a chimney and improper use of candles. These tips can help homeowners avoid Olathe household fires or injuries from household fires.

  • Never leave a candle, the stove or fireplace burning unattended.
  • Keep smoke detectors in every room of the house.
  • Investigate electrical problems like flickering lights, charred outlets and corrosion on the circuit breaker box.

In addition, homeowners

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DIY or Hire a Pro: Which Should You Do for Renovations and RepairsWhen a new Lenexa home needs repair or a homeowner is planning to renovate it, whether or not to hire a pro or do things on their own is often a big question. It's also not always an easy question to answer, because there are several things that have to be considered. One of those things is the budget for the project, but money isn't the only issue. Homeowners also need to think about the skill level they have, and how difficult the repairs or renovations are likely to be. Then they should consider that things might not go as planned, and whether they can handle additional work if needed. Here are some things to think about.

Hiring a Pro Can Be Less Stressful

While it generally costs more money to hire someone to do a job then it does for a

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Learn more about what closing costs are, how much they cost, who pays for them, and moreWhen purchasing a home, all buyers need to account for closing costs. But what exactly are closing costs, what do they cost, and why are they necessary? These are just some of the questions first-time home buyers may be asking when planning to purchase a new home. It’s always best to be prepared for every part of the home buying process, and closing costs are a quintessential part of that. Here is everything buyers should know pertaining to closing costs.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed mortgage professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

What Are Closing Costs?

“Closing costs” is a term that includes all the different fees that need to be payed before the purchase of a Lee's Summit home

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