The 2 Biggest Mistakes Made in Calculating Rental Property Returns

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Seller Disclosures When Buying A Home

termites-damageAny time you buy a home there is the chance that a problem could arise shortly after you’ve purchased the house and moved in, but Pennsylvania Seller Disclosure Laws help protect you if the problem was apparent to the seller before he or she sold you the house. But what does a seller have to reveal to you before you sign on the dotted line?

Pennsylvania’s 68 Pennsylvania Statutes Section 7304 requires all sellers to provide potential buyers with a Seller’s Property Disclosure Statement. This document should including the following information:

 

  • Contents of the house (such as dishwashers and other appliances) and their condition, including whether they need to be repaired or replaced
  • The location and number of working smoke detectors
  • Whether there is a known problem with sewage lines, septic systems, etc.
  • Any additional costs the homeowner will incur on a regular basis, such as Home Owners’ Association (HOA) fees or any restrictions on the deed to the property, such as whether mineral rights are included with the sale of the property.
  • Specifics such as the type of sewer system used on the property
  • If the house was constructed prior to 1978, the seller will need to provide Title X disclaimer stating whether there is lead-based paint in the home and how it has been treated.

At Look At My Homes, we always strive to give you all the information you need to make the an informed decision about your next home purchase. If you have questions, ask us and we will give you the unvarnished truth. We want your home buying experience to be so good that you will recommend Look At My Homes to your friends and family!

 

Excellent Rental Income Opportunity in Trafford, PA

Trafford Duplex Front Center

This 4 bedroom house in Trafford, PA could easily become a duplex rental property. Two front entrances, one for the first floor and another for the second, make conversion easy. Although it needs some interior work to update it, this property is priced to sell with a list price of just $40,000! It’s the best mortgage deal in town for all this space! Call Brian at Look At My Homes at 724-333-4114 for more information.

Icy Sidewalks are Treacherous Without the Right Ice Melt

Western Pennsylvania was lucky when winter storm Jonas by-passed our area. But the storm did considerable damage in the eastern half of the state, shutting down major highways and closing thousands of schools and businesses. Our area was fortunate not to have to deal with record-breaking levels of snow this time,but the next big snowfall could be just around the corner. Even homeowners can run into problems with icy sidewalks, slippery driveways and more.

You don’t want to have to worry about your family or anyone visiting slipping on your sidewalk or driveway, but ice is difficult to get off sidewalks and drives. If you’ll soon by moving into your new house, icy sidewalks could be an even bigger problem. Movers who slip and fall, injuring themselves and breaking furniture, are a very real problem. That’s why you should have Ice B’Gone Magic on hand as soon as you’re ready to move in!

At Look At My Homes, we recommend using a gentle ice-melt product like Ice B’Gone Magic. This unique formula is super gentle on skin, so you won’t have to worry about your kids or pets coming into contact with it. But it’s very effective, working to extremely low temperatures.

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Here are just a few ways that Ice B’Gone Magic is the ideal choice for melting off snow and ice and keeping it off:

Ice B’ Gone Magic treated Salt works to –35° F

Use 35% to 50% Less Salt

Eliminates Black Ice

Eliminates Hard Pack

90% Less Corrosive Than Salt

Safer For All Surfaces – Even Quality Concrete Surfaces

No Messy White Residue

100% Biodegradable

Friendlier To Landscape

Recognized By The U.S. E.P.A.

Pet Friendly

Whether you’re a tenant or a landlord, you don’t want to use harsh chemicals or rock salt that could permanently damage or scar your driveway, porch or sidewalks. So when you move into your new home, be sure you get some Ice B’Gone Magic to protect your family, friends and pets from treacherous ice and snow.

You can buy Ice B’Gone Magic in Ellwood City from Mr. B’s Lawn Care & Snow Removal Service. It’s just $14.75 plus tax for a 50 pound bag!  Call 724-752-5551 today to order your Ice B’Gone Magic before the next winter storm strikes!

 

Perfect First Home in Ellwood City!

 

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Take a look at this attractive house 729 First Ave, Ellwood City, PA.  On a quiet residential street lined with mature trees, this is a starter home with plenty of updated features and lots of natural light. A neutral color scheme, fresh paint, newer carpeting and an oak kitchen all translate to the ideal palette for you to make this home your own. Two spacious bedrooms, one bathroom and upgraded ceiling fans and light fixtures mean this is a move-in ready home. A cute front porch includes coach lights on either side of the front door and a railing that makes it kid-friendly for play or simply relaxing and greeting your neighbors. A sliding glass patio door on the back opens to a concrete pad that’s ideal for a patio table or your grill. A laundry room on the first floor makes laundry day more convenient.

Located in an established, family-friendly neighborhood, 729 First Ave. is a just a few minutes from Route 18 and access to the Turnpike and highways. This is 1,704 square feet of convenience and style!

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Looking for something different in Ellwood City, PA? Be sure to visit Look At My Homes and check out the many home buying and rental options we currently have available!

 

2016 Home Buyers’ Guide Released by the Home Buying Institute

2016 Home Buyers' GuideIf you’re ready to buy a home in the Ellwood City, PA area, there’s a terrific buyers’ guide available online that can help you through the many steps to home ownership without confusing jargon. It’s got lots of information for anyone buying a home but is especially helpful for first time buyers. New governments rules and banking regulations are both covered in detail to make the process of buying a new house in Ellwood City easier.

The guide outlines the various types of home mortgages available and helps you choose the best home loan for your family, your budget and your lifestyle. You’ll also learn how to prepare for the closing and lots more.  Download your copy of the 2016 Home Buying Guide and take those first steps toward owning a home in Ellwood City, PA.

Read more: http://www.homebuyinginstitute.com/home-buying-guide.php#ixzz3ySbSCGBM

Six Reasons Why Renting A Home May Be Better Than Buying

For generations, people have been pursuing the dream of home ownership, but these days more people are considering renting a home than ever before. As homeowners and young families have grown savvier, some have discovered that renting may be the better choice for them. While there are advantages and disadvantages to both home ownership and renting, renting is becoming more popular for a variety of reasons.

1. Not Having to Come Up With a Down Payment

It can be difficult to come up with a significant amount of cash for a down payment on a home, particularly when you’re trying to raise a family. If you rent your home, you’re spared the burden of having to either give up your savings or waiting for years to raise the extra cash. Even with a security deposit, the cost of renting is much less than the cost of closing, particularly when you take into account the additional closing costs for buying a house.

300 B Kindale duplex
This attractive, two bedroom duplex is available in Ellwood City, PA

 

2. No Need to Do Repairs or Costly Improvements

A first time home buyer is often surprised by how often unexpected expenses seem to arise. If you rent your home, you don’t need to worry about paying for a plumber to fix a leak or learning how to do repairs. When your roof leaks, you simply call your landlord rather than try to come up with hundreds or thousands of dollars for repairs.

 3. No Real Estate Taxes

While real estate taxes vary widely depending upon where you live, the size and condition of the house and other factors, you can assume that you will need to pay several thousand dollars on a home you own.

4. Unstable Property Values

Although housing values are now stabilizing, they haven’t yet recovered fully from the housing bubble of 2008-2012, when the value of homes plummeted in a poor market. Many homeowners ended up holding mortgages for homes that are now worth less than what they owe on them. By renting, you avoid an uncertain market that could saddle you with an underwater mortgage or foreclosure proceedings.

5. More Housing Flexibility

Buying a house ties you to one location for quite a while, so if you’re planning on growing your family or there is a chance your job could mean a move to another location, renting may be a better option. Renting also gives you the flexibility to move if your needs change. You can either downsize or upsize your living space and expenses much more easily if you rent.

6. Lower Insurance Coverage Expenses

Anyone who has a mortgage has to have a homeowner’s policy in place that will cover the house and the mortgage. Renters, on the other hand, aren’t required to have insurance. You can expect to pay anywhere from $50 to $100 per month for homeowner’s insurance for an average size house. The cost of renters’ insurance is so low, however, that you really should invest the approximately $10-$15 per month that will protect your furniture and belongings.

If you’re ready to rent a home in the Ellwood City, PA area, check out the listings at Look At My Homes, where you’ll find homes to fit every budget.