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April 12, 2019

How To Keep Your Kid's Toys Organized During Moving

Packing your kids’ stuff for a move may be in some ways a little bit trickier than packing your own. Unlike you, your children have more than clothes, and accessories – they also have toys in all shapes and sizes.

Kids’ rooms and playrooms are usually piled high with toys, storybooks, and just about anything that triggers their creativity. And while “picking up toys” is in their daily chore charts, it may take more than that to keep these things organized especially when you’re in the process of moving houses.

Just in case you need more help; we came up with a few tips on how to keep your little ones’ precious (and forgotten) toys organized during the moving process.

 

Ask your kids to help

Children love being treated like adults. They like to feel needed and are almost always keen on helping out. Organizing toys is something your kids can do, and you sure can use the help from several small hands.

Sort the toys into piles or boxes

Sorting their toys is an essential step in the process. Besides, you don’t want to bring all those toys to your new house, do you?

Your kids have probably outgrown most of them anyway. What you should do is take two boxes: one for the toys your kids want to keep and the other for the ones they don’t want or play with anymore. Leave the sorting to your kids. Don’t worry; they’ll manage.

You might also want a separate box for your kids’ favorite toys. They’ll probably want to take those with them on moving day.

Categorize the ones you’re keeping

When your kids have finally decided which toys they’re taking with them, subdivide them again into groups. Maybe a group for arts and crafts supplies, another for board games, one more for dolls and stuffed toys, and so on. You may end up with a bunch of “uncategorized” toys, but this is expected. Just put the odd ones in one container.

Place the toys in separate containers and label them.

After categorizing the toys, place them in boxes or storage bins and label them accordingly. Labels make finding stuff so much easier; you and your kids can benefit from this especially when things are lost in a maze of moving boxes and containers.

Here’s an idea: Have your kids create and stick the labels themselves. It might be just another random task for adults, but your kids will think its super fun!

Consider donating

The moving process can also be an excellent chance to teach your kids the value of sharing and giving to the community. Remember those toys they tossed in the “unwanted” pile? They can find a new home in the arms of children not as fortunate as they are. Your local charity will be more than glad to make the pick-up.

We hope these few, simple tips help ease the stress and make the transition more convenient for you and your family. Happy moving!

Posted in Home Improvement
April 9, 2019

The Pros And Cons Of Having An Open House

Most sellers expect their real estate agent to hold at least one open house while their house is on the market. But are open houses really necessary? Do open houses really sell homes?

Let’s look at the pros and cons of open houses so you can decide for yourself if an open house should be part of your marketing plan.

Pros:

Exposure

Holding an open house provides exposure for your listing. Your real estate agent will advertise the open house on real estate websites, on social media, in industry networks, and perhaps even in print.

This advertisement gets more eyes on your listing. And the more people who see your listing, the more likely you are to find the right buyer.

 

A low-pressure environment for buyers

Open houses also provide a low-pressure environment for buyers.

Buyers can feel comfortable coming in to view the home without a buyer’s agent watching them for signs of interest. Of course your listing agent will keep an eye on the potential buyers coming through and will provide plenty of information so those buyers get to see all the highlights. Your agent will also make sure potential buyers know how to take action if they’re interested in making an offer.

Cons:

Looky-loos

The downside of the exposure and the low-pressure environment is that open houses attract looky-loos.

Interestingly, most open house attendees have no intention of purchasing the house. They’re often just curious neighbors and real estate hobbyists.

Serious buyers who are actively looking to find the right house are more likely to make an appointment for a private viewing with their agent.

So, while holding an open house will increase your exposure, it won’t necessarily increase your chances of selling the house.    

Security Concerns

The biggest downside to open houses is security concerns.

It’s not exactly common for personal items to go missing during an open house, but there is some concern about extending an open invitation for strangers to stroll through your house. And your listing agent might not be able to keep eyes on all visitors at all times. Especially if he or she is busy discussing the house in detail with a potential buyer.

The Bottom Line

Holding an open house is a personal choice. If you feel the pros outweigh the cons, have your agent go for it! But understand that open houses aren’t required. Your agent can successfully sell your house without one.

Talk to your real estate agent if you’re unsure about whether an open house is right for you. If you don’t already have an agent, you can contact your local Realty Executives International office to speak to a highly-qualified agent about the success rates of open houses in your local market. You can also discuss security concerns. Ask the agent if they are aware of any security issues around local open houses.

Getting all the facts on open houses in your specific market will help you make the best possible decision on whether or not an open house should be included in the marketing plan for your property.

This post is intended for informational purposes only and should not be taken as professional advice. This post was written by Michelle Clardie. Michelle is a professional real estate blogger, specializing in ghostwriting Realtor® blogs. Her engaging content helps real estate agents become more visible online, generate more qualified leads, and increase their revenues. You can learn more at www.michelleclardie.com.

Posted in Open House
April 5, 2019

Budget Friendly Home Staging

It’s nothing new that home staging is a wise move. After all, it has the potential to increase the final sales price of your home by 6 to 20 percent. But what you may not realize is that it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg to do it. After all, who needs more expenses when you’re moving? If you’re short on cash but want to speed up your home sale and possibly increase that final dollar amount, here are some budget-friendly home staging tips.

 

Declutter

The first step to home staging is about as budget-friendly as you can get — because it’s free. Donate or trash items such as clothes, extra furniture, books and knick-knacks – anything that’s not being used or that you no longer need. Go through the pantry and donate canned goods to a local food drive. Sift through piles of random papers and shred and recycle what you don’t need.

Hold a pre-moving sale

Hold a garage sale to get rid of what you won’t be taking with you when you move. Not only will you declutter, you’ll also make some extra cash for other home upgrades. Don’t feel like doing a traditional yard sale? Download OfferUp or another buy-and-sell marketplace app to sell your items.

Borrow from friends

A good rule of thumb with home staging is to furnish and stage every room in your home so that no room is left empty. To save costs, you can borrow furniture from friends and family, or you could split up the furniture in other rooms of your home to round out the less furnished rooms. Borrow the treadmill your sister no longer uses and the weight lifting bench in the garage to transform an empty bedroom into a home gym, or add a desk and cabinet to your guest room to help buyers envision both a guest room or home office in that space.

Consider portable storage

After getting rid of the items you no longer want, it’s time to empty your home of excess furniture items, quirky art, and any personal items that may be distracting to buyers. A portable storage container is a popular cost-effective option because it conveniently combines moving and storage.

Here’s how it works: A driver delivers your storage container to your home to fill at your leisure. Once you’ve loaded the items you’re storing, the driver picks up the container and takes it to a nearby storage facility. When your home is sold, have your container re-delivered to your door, fill it with the rest of your stuff, and ta-da! You’re all ready to move. Some portable storage providers can move your container long-distance. For instance, PODS can move your container to your new home even if it’s across the country, in Hawaii, or in some parts of Canada. A solution such as this that combines moving and storage can help reduce the costs of moving by eliminating the need to rent a storage unit or moving trucks multiple times. Moving long-distance with a container can also be significantly less expensive than using a traditional full-service moving company.

Grab your paint brush

Want to transform your home cheaply? Painting gives you the best bang for your buck if you if you’re looking to give your place a makeover. Light, neutral colors are great for staging. If you’re really tight on cash, opt for touch-ups or pick key walls in high-traffic areas to repaint.

Make tiny upgrades that make a big difference

Make your home feel fresh and new on the cheap with some inexpensive updates to hardware, lighting, and faucets. Even new outlet plate covers, vent covers, and kitchen cabinet hardware can give your place a facelift. You don’t even need to buy anything fancy – just shiny and new.

Decorate on a budget

Some simple décor updates can have a surprisingly effective impact on the way buyers view your home. Replace your old, boldly colored shower curtain with a cheap but tasteful curtain. Cover up stained or old couches and chairs with affordable slipcovers. Add some homey cushions to the living room. Just remember to keep things neutral – it’s not the time to express your unique personality! Save that for your new home.

While redoing your flooring or putting in new kitchen cabinets would be ideal, it doesn’t have to take much money to give your home a makeover and make it appealing to buyers. With a little time and creativity, you can turn your soon-to-be-sold home into a beautiful space and have some fun while you’re at it. Good luck with your move!

This post is intended for informational purposes only and should not be taken as professional advice. The point of view and opinions expressed in this post are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of Realty Executives International. This guest post was written by PODS®. PODS® makes moving and storage more convenient and less stressful through its innovative solution of delivering a level container and providing the customer all the time they need to load and unload their container.
April 1, 2019

Hard-Hitting Questions To Ask Your Real Estate Agent

Far too many buyers and sellers hire the very first real estate agent they contact. But real estate transactions are a big deal, and you deserve the best possible representation. Before you choose your real estate agent, invest some time in researching multiple agents and finding the agent that best suits you.

First, do your homework! You should be able to learn a lot about your agent candidates online. Including things like:

 

  • Online presence: Having a professional website and social media presence indicates that the agents are keeping current.  
  • Sales records: Make sure the list of recently sold properties includes properties in your neighborhood.
  • Testimonials: What do the agents’ clients have to say about them?

With your own research complete, it’s time to interview the agents and ask the hard-hitting questions.

How soon will you reply to my emails/calls/texts?

You can’t expect your real estate agent to be available to you 24/7. But you deserve a prompt reply when you reach out to your agent. Just asking this question forces the agent to make a mental note of their explicit commitment to replying to you within a specified time frame.

Generally speaking, the shorter the promised response time, the better. Most agents should be able to commit to replying to all messages within 12 hours.

What is your average list-price-to-sale-price ratio?

The list-price-to-sale-price ratio is an indicator of a savvy agent. It shows how close your agent gets the final sale price to the original listing price.

If you’re selling, you want this number to be as close to 100% as possible to show that the agent knows how to price homes and knows how to negotiate to get full value.  

If you’re buying, you want this number to be as low as possible to show that your agent knows how to negotiate a lower price and get you a good deal.

Your agent should be tracking their seller’s agent average and buyer’s agent average separately so that they can show you how well they perform for each group.

Is your commission negotiable?

In fact, all real estate agent commissions are negotiable. However, a good agent will explain to you that they are not willing to reduce their commission.

Remember, your agent will be negotiating on your behalf. How can you expect them to navigate tough negotiations on your behalf if they are unable to stand firm on their own commission?

Where’s the best […] in this neighborhood?

Your real estate agent should know your neighborhood inside and out! Asking where the best pizza, hardware store, or hotel is will give the agent a chance to show how well they know your neighborhood.   

Their actual answer doesn’t matter as much as how they answer. Do they know places off the top of their heads? Or do they hem and haw and eventually tell you about a place in another neighborhood?

How can I get in touch with your references?

Your agent should have at least three references ready for you to contact. Make sure the references include at least two former clients (one buyer and one seller).   

Reach out to those references before you make your decision. Ask questions like what was your experience like with this agent? andwould you hire this agent again?

Don’t make the mistake of hiring the first agent you come across or assuming that the agent in your extended family is the best person for the job. Do your homework, ask the hard questions and find an agent you trust to represent you and your best interests.

This post is intended for informational purposes only and should not be taken as professional advice. This post was written by Michelle Clardie. Michelle is a professional real estate blogger, specializing in ghostwriting Realtor® blogs. Her engaging content helps real estate agents become more visible online, generate more qualified leads, and increase their revenues. You can learn more at www.michelleclardie.com.

March 21, 2019

How To Keep Your Home Show Ready 24/7

To maximize your sale price, you need to make sure your house is available to buyers. Even when they want to visit at an inconvenient time with little notice.

Keeping your home show-ready around the clock can be stressful, but we have a few easy tips and tricks to make sure your house always shows its best (even on short notice).

Take care of the Deep Clean before the house hits the market

Before officially listing your house for sale, invest in a deep clean. Taking the time to thoroughly scrub the house before it hits the market will make it much easier to maintain day-to-day throughout the listing period.

And this deep clean goes beyond cleaning. Yes, you want every visible surface to shine, but there are a few more steps to take at this stage to make the house truly show-ready.  

Like decluttering and depersonalizing. Removing all the clutter helps the house to appear larger and more inviting. And removing personal items like family photos and unique collections will help potential buyers to feel more at home in the space. And the more at home they feel, the more likely they are to make an offer!

Squeeze in a quick straightening every morning

To maintain the show-readiness of your house, you just need to spend a little time straightening up each morning.

Stylish storage bins are the perfect tool to make this process quick and painless. Daily life clutter like toiletries, mail, and kids’ toys can be tossed in a bin and instantly hidden from sight.

After that, just run through the house quickly to make sure that:  

  1. Dishes and laundry are put away
  2. The beds are made
  3. Curtains and blinds are open to let in the light
  4. The house smells fresh
  5. Everything is generally in its place

Plan to be away from the house during showings

Buyers generally aren’t able to feel at home when the sellers are present. Give your potential buyers the freedom to relax in the house and imagine themselves living there by staying away from the house during showings.

This includes pets. Many people are afraid of animals. And many others have pet allergies. Even if your potential buyers love animals, your pets may actually hurt your prospects by distracting the buyers when they should be focusing on the house.

Create a plan to get everyone out of the house with little notice. Make a little “go bag” with everything you‘ll need to keep yourself, your kids and your pets away from home for a bit. Maybe do some shopping or enjoy some time at the park while the house is being shown.  

If you work away from home, you might want to make workday arrangements for kids and pets. Perhaps they could stay with family or go to daycare so you won’t have to leave work to round them up if there’s a short-notice showing.

Keeping your house show-ready 24/7 may require a little extra time and effort. But these tips will minimize the inconvenience and maximize selling potential. Plus any hassle will be worth it when your house fetches top dollar because it shows well!

This post is intended for informational purposes only and should not be taken as professional advice. This post was written by Michelle Clardie. Michelle is a professional real estate blogger, specializing in ghostwriting Realtor® blogs. Her engaging content helps real estate agents become more visible online, generate more qualified leads, and increase their revenues. You can learn more at www.michelleclardie.com.

March 19, 2019

5 Clever Features To Include In Your Next Home Renovation

Home renovations offer the perfect opportunity to upgrade the functionality of your home, in addition to modernizing the design and feel of your space.

 

Here are five clever features you should consider including in your next renovation to elevate your home’s functionality.

 

1. Smart Systems

 

Today’s homes are smart. They incorporate technology to make our lives safer, easier, more energy efficient, and more enjoyable.

 

If you’re renovating, you’d be wise to include a smart system that can handle these tasks for you:

 

 

Lighting: Lights on a motion sensor can save on energy usage, and lights on automatic timers give the impression that the home is occupied even while you’re away on vacation.

Heating and air: Smart thermostats allow you to automate the temperature in your home and even control it from your phone. You can give the HVAC system a rest while you’re at work during the day, then turn it on remotely so the house is the perfect temperature when you arrive home.  

Multimedia: With voice activation, you can turn on your sound system, video call family, or start your favorite TV show by just stating orders out loud. Your house is at your command.

Home monitoring: Security cameras, noise detectors, and motion sensors can all be installed to help protect your home. Smart monitoring systems can send you a text alert if a potential problem is detected.

Smart systems have you covered!

 

2. Walk-In Showers

 

Not only do walk-in showers look sleek, but they are also a smart safety feature.

 

Many at-home falls happen while climbing out of slippery tub/showers. Walk-in showers dramatically reduce this risk by eliminating the need to climb over a wall every time you get in and out of the shower.

 

3. In-Wall Pest Control

 

If you’ll be opening up your walls, make a little extra investment in in-wall pest control.

 

In-wall pest control uses a network of small cables running through the walls to distribute pest control chemicals throughout the structure. Just spray the chemicals into the network entrance points regularly to maintain a pest-free home.    

 

4. Pull-Out Cabinets

 

Pull-out cabinets are a genius solution for homes with limited counter space. These cabinets tuck neatly under your existing counters, looking like standard cabinets. But when you need a bigger work surface, you can roll these cabinets out and use the finished tops to extend your counter space.

 

And these are ideal for more than just kitchens. You could also use pull-out cabinets in your home office, garage, and hobby room!

 

5. Clever Storage Spots

 

Traditional builds often leave some space wasted. Which is a shame because we all need more storage. Take a few notes from creative tiny-house builders who know how to maximize storage space:

 

Install pull-out drawers for shoe storage under the staircase where the space is too short to store much else.

Create a raised platform in the playroom so you can store lots of the toys in the space between the existing floor and the new platform floor.

Add baseboard drawers under kitchen cabinets to store thin items like baking trays, muffin tins, and cooling racks.

Don’t just settle for a more pleasing aesthetic with your next home renovation. Use these tips to improve the function of your home at the same time!

 

This post is intended for informational purposes only and should not be taken as professional advice. This post was written by Michelle Clardie. Michelle is a professional real estate blogger, specializing in ghostwriting Realtor® blogs. Her engaging content helps real estate agents become more visible online, generate more qualified leads, and increase their revenues. You can learn more at www.michelleclardie.com.

March 15, 2019

What To Look For In A Real Estate Agent

Hiring a real estate agent is one of the smartest decisions you can make when you’re looking to buy or sell a home. But not all real estate agents are the same, and not every agent has your best interest in mind.

As a reminder, you should always interview multiple real estate agents when you are looking to hire someone to help with your buying or selling process. Don’t go with the first person you find or someone who seems convenient to hire. Chat with multiple agents to get a feel for their differences and hire the person who is right for you. Here are some of the best tips for what to look for in a real estate agent and how to find the perfect agent for you.

 

A true passion for real estate

The agent you hire should be someone who is truly passionate about their job as a real estate agent. This is something that will be easy to tell in your first conversation with the prospective agent. If they only consider real estate to be their side gig or they seem generally apathetic about the work, they probably aren’t the person you want to work with. But if they are excited to begin working with you, take their job seriously, and overall seem passionate about the work they do, they are likely the type of person you’ll want to hire.

Knowledge of your neighborhood

When hiring an agent, it’s important to find someone with knowledge of your neighborhood. If you’re looking to sell your home, hire a real estate agent who knows the ins and outs of the housing market in the specific location where your home is located. If you’re in the market to buy, find an agent who knows the area you are looking to buy in very well. The more knowledgeable the agent is of your specific neighborhood, the more likely they will be able to get the job done.

Experience working with buyers in your price range

It’s also a good idea to find a real estate agent who has experience working with buyers in your price range. If you’re looking to buy a home within a lower or higher price range than your real estate agent is used to, this could create problems down the road. You’ll want to ensure that you and your agent are on the same page in terms of the price range you are looking for, and having an agent with experience working with buyers and sellers in your range will make the process that much easier.

A good track record

Additionally, just as you should find an agent who works with buyers in your price range, you should also find an agent with a good track record. Don’t be afraid to ask for an agent’s references when you’re figuring out whether or not you want to work together. It isn’t always necessary to find the agent with the most experience, but an agent with a good track record with their clients is definitely a plus.

Great chemistry

Finally, perhaps one of the most important qualities to look for in a real estate agent is great chemistry. You and your agent should have great chemistry when working together, as this will make the buying or selling process more enjoyable no matter how long it takes. Chat with the agent about your communication preferences and make sure you find someone with a personality and work ethic you enjoy. You and your agent will work closely together as they try to achieve your home buying or selling goals, so it’s important that you have great chemistry.

This post is intended for informational purposes only and should not be taken as professional advice. The point of view and opinions expressed in this post are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of Realty Executives International. This post was written by Bailee Abell. Bailee Abell is a writer born and raised in California. A graduate of University of California, Santa Barbara, she loves reading classic literature, sipping warm beverages, and visiting theme parks every chance she gets. Find her at baileeabell.com

Posted in Buying Advice, REALTOR
March 12, 2019

Is There A Perfect Time To Sell Your Home?

Selling your home is a big decision that you don’t want to take lightly. When it comes to putting your home on the market, you don’t want to make a mistake that will end up costing you much more than you anticipated. And once you decide you want to sell your home, there are many things to think about before listing it, including the time of year (and time in your life) you choose to sell. Here’s what you should consider before selling your home, and whether or not there is a perfect time to do so.

 

Consider your personal finances

First thing’s first: you have to consider your own personal finances in any major homeowner decision you make, especially when it comes to buying or selling a home. This is highly important when trying to figure out if there is a perfect time to sell your home. While real estate trends can come and go, there may be a right and wrong time for you personally to sell your home. To figure this out, you can ask yourself the following questions:

  • Am I financially obligated to sell my home?
  • Do I need to sell as soon as possible, or am I financially able to wait until the market is best?
  • How much am I willing to invest into selling my home (can I afford to make home improvements, hire a real estate agent, etc.)?

Research the nation’s home sales trends

Many online resources like Zillow report home selling and buying trends. These can give you a better idea of the best time of year to sell your home. For example, Zillow reports that historically, Spring is the best season of the year to sell your home. Specifically, the first half of May is the time of year to maximize your return and minimize your home’s time on the market, according to Zillow. While this trend can help you decide when to list your home, it is important to remember that trends vary, and they are not a guarantee that your home will sell during that time. Home sales trends are simply another way you can determine the best time to sell your home, though you should not rely on just a trend to make such an important decision.

Research when homes in your neighborhood historically peak in sales

The homes in your region, state, city, or even neighborhood may peak during a specific season or month of the year. Research when homes in your area historically peak in sales and consider listing your home on the market during that time. Homes in your neighborhood may sell the most during a different time of year than the nation’s trends. For example, while Spring is the most common time of year for home sales to peak, you may live in a climate with mild weather year round, and home sales could peak in your neighborhood during a different month of the year than the nation’s average. It could be a good idea to sell your home when home sales in your area tend to peak so you have the best chance of selling your home for the price you are looking for.

What is the best choice for you and your family

If you are looking to sell a home that you and your family are currently living in, then the decision to sell will impact your family. Above all, you should consider what is most important to you and your family when determining when to sell your home. If you have children, you may want to list in the late spring and move out by the time your children are on summer break. If you are looking to sell your home because you are transferring jobs to a new area or state, consider how long you have before your work transfer. Keep in mind yourself, your significant other, and your family, because selling a home just as much a personal decision as it is a financial one.

This post is intended for informational purposes only and should not be taken as professional advice. The point of view and opinions expressed in this post are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of Realty Executives International. This post was written by Bailee Abell. Bailee Abell is a writer born and raised in California. A graduate of University of California, Santa Barbara, she loves reading classic literature, sipping warm beverages, and visiting theme parks every chance she gets. Find her at baileeabell.com

Posted in Listing Advice, Sellers
March 5, 2019

Realty Executives Of Cape County Broker Associate Recently Awarded Good Neighbor Award

Congrats to Raelenna Ferguson, Broker Associate at Realty Executives of Cape Country, in Cape Girardeau, Missouri who was recently awarded the Good Neighbor Award from the the Missouri Association of Realtors.

 

The Good Neighbor Award recognizes and rewards REALTORS® across the state of Missouri for their dedication to local communities and volunteer service. The winner of the annual Missouri Good Neighbor Award receives $2,500 for his or her charity, as well as statewide recognition.

 

Ferguson was honored for her local non-profit One City, an organization that works to better racial reconciliation and socio-economic divides. Its mission is to create space and opportunities that unite the community through community gatherings and development, job training and employment, and child enrichment opportunities.

 

Beyond One City, Ferguson and her family have a passion for international mission work, traveling to Haiti and Africa. Ferguson strives to enhance One City and spread the message of unity throughout Missouri and internationally.

 

Along with her charitable work Ferguson continues to build her real estate business and real estate team concept. Ferguson received her real estate license in 2004 and developed her own team in 2015. Her hope is to continue to provide exceptional service and build a team that is truly excited and thankful to be in the real estate industry. 

Posted in Agents, REALTOR
Feb. 28, 2019

How Real Estate Law Benefits And Protects Homeowners

Very few things in life can make you feel safe, proud and happy at the same time. Being a homeowner gives you these and more. You may not think about it this way, but owning a home is a great achievement. With today’s real estate prices, to afford a house is no easy feat.

It doesn’t take a genius to understand the advantages of buying a house over renting, so long as your finances can handle it. With real estate value getting higher and higher by the day, homeownership is an investment that builds equity and grows with time.

The amount of money you put into that piece of real estate property is not a joke. That said, you must do everything in your power to protect it. How, you ask? Well, learning your rights as a homeowner is a pretty good place to start.

 

What are your rights as a homeowner?

As the titleholder, you are afforded by the law with a set of legal rights known as the “bundle of rights.” As with everything else, however, these rights are not absolute. To fully exercise them, you – as the homeowner – have to satisfy the requirements of your ownership and abide by the limits as imposed by the law.

The right of possession awards the “legal owner” status to whoever holds the title to the property.

The right of control gives you the power to use the property in whatever way you desire as long as the law allows it.

The right of exclusion prevents other people from entering your land without your permission unless mandated by a law enforcement agency.

The right of enjoyment allows you to indulge in the use of your property for any activity that offers you delight and happiness.

Lastly, through the right of disposition, you have the freedom to rent, lease, transfer ownership, or sell your home at will, given that your tax and legal obligations are settled and in order.

How to protect your property from disputes

Knowing and understanding your fundamental homeownership rights are a valuable guide in exercising your liberties as a homeowner. In times of real estate dispute, however, your awareness of the fundamentals won’t be enough. Whether it’s a lien on your home, a zoning problem, or an issue with the title, you can’t solve real estate-related predicaments on your own. You need a real estate attorney by your side to help you get past the complexities.

If you are yet to buy a house – or any real estate property for that matter, have a real estate lawyer check the title first before finalizing the purchase. Additionally, you can purchase title insurance to protect you from damages in case of defects in the title.

When it comes to real estate transactions, never throw caution to the wind. A grain of precaution now may save you from a world of headaches in the future.

About the Author

Kristin Keller is the Marketing Manager of Provident Law, a full service business and real estate firm located in Scottsdale, Arizona. Aside from writing, she enjoys volunteering and running with her friends.