All Blog Entries by Robert Dekanski

Found 148 blog entries published by Robert Dekanski.

How to Choose Flooring Each Room of the HomeFlooring has a lot to do with how each person interacts with the many rooms of the home. Depending on a homeowner's needs and future plans, they may need to consider non-traditional choices to better ensure everyone's safety and well-being. And great staging and flooring always help sell homes! These long-term decisions deserve careful consideration.


A kitchen is a place that can get dirty rather quickly, which is why people tend to choose easily cleanable materials:

  • Tile: Practical and plentiful, tile is everywhere today. From inexpensive glass or porcelain to limestone or marble, homeowners have a huge range from which to choose.
  • Prefinished wood: This uncharacteristic material is typically chosen for its uniqueness. It's
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Everything Buyers Need to Know About Purchasing New Construction HomesInstead of buying a preowned Menlo Park Terrace property, homebuyers can elect to purchase a new construction home. These homes are either recently built or will be soon, giving buyers customization options and the experience of owning a home from new. The purchase process is a little bit different when buying new construction, so it helps for homeowners to have a little knowledge going into this journey. They can get started by using these five tips to help homeowners navigate buying a new construction home.

Determine the Ideal Customization Level

New construction homes come in a variety of customization levels to suit the buyers' preferences. If homebuyers want a relatively speedy purchase, they will need to go with a new construction property

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How to Understand PMIThere are many terms and words that are used by real estate agents and mortgage brokers when buying a home. One of those terms that is used when getting a mortgage is "PMI". PMI stands for Private Mortgage Insurance, a type of insurance policy a lender takes out in case the borrower defaults on the loan for any reason. There are a few things to note about PMI for those getting ready to buy a home. Keep this guide in mind before settling on a loan.

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

A Necessary Cost

PMI is typically required for homebuyers who can't put down at least 20% of a down payment on their home. Because home inflation has risen

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Top 8 Reasons Homeowners Should Invest in Residential Solar PanelsAfter tax credits, homeowners can expect to pay an average of at least $12,000 for a residential solar system. As this can feel like quite a big investment, it helps to know what value residential solar panels bring to the home. Thankfully, these eco-friendly home energy systems offer many excellent benefits, making them well worth the purchase for many households. Homeowners can explore the value of installation solar panels for their home with this informative guide. Here are just some of the benefits to consider.

Energy Savings

When Menlo Park Terrace homeowners have solar panels installed, they can run their households off solar energy for a big portion of the day. If they elect to have storage batteries installed as well, they can run off

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What Will My Taxes Be When Selling a Vacation Home?Selling a vacation home will come with different tax implications than selling a primary home will. Because a second home is defined as a luxury good, the government is far less forgiving about its appreciation. Learn more about how to calculate taxes and the options available to defer those taxes.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a certified tax expert before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

The Truth About Capital Gains

Capital gains refer to any asset that appreciates over time. Once the owner has determined exactly how much the asset has appreciated, they're then taxed on the profits. Capital gains are more commonly referred to in the stock market rather than the real estate market, but the tax code

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What You Should Know About Taxes When Buying a Vacation HomeBuying a vacation home can be a wonderful time in any homeowner's life, though it is different than buying a home for the first time. It's more than a sign of financial stability, it's an opportunity to live a different lifestyle for a few weeks (or months) of the year. It's a chance to rent out the home and receive a sizable second income from the investment. Before hunting for that perfect property though, it helps to understand the tax implications of a new home, and how finances will be affected before April 15 of next year.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a certified tax expert before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Changing News

The tax implications of buying a vacation home largely depend on where

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Why You Should Buy a Home WarrantyAfter buying new home, new home owners may discover that they’re getting mail from companies trying to sell them a home warranty. Like a warranty for a cell phone protects it in case the screen breaks or it stops working, a home warranty protects a home’s appliances in case they stop working. With a home warranty, homeowners can call their provider who will arrange for someone to come out and fix the problem with as little fuss as possible. Here are some of the different reasons homeowners may want to purchase a home warranty and what it means for them.

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

1. The Homeowner Wants Peace of Mind


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How to Complete a Short SaleUnder normal circumstances, homes are sold using a real estate agent on the open market. However, sometimes, it becomes necessary to sell a home when the mortgage value is more than what the home can sell for. This is called a short sale.

A short sale is often wrapped up in a lot of emotions for the seller, which can make it easy to make a mistake somewhere along the way. But while the stakes for a short sale are higher than a traditional sale, there's no reason to feel overwhelmed. Once a seller understands the steps they need to take, it can be easier to sell the home and move on. Use these tips to have the best possible success.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with an attorney or licensed mortgage professional before

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Why You Should Downsize Your Next HomeIt’s common for home buyers to think that they should have a large home in order to be happy with it or because it’s what everyone wants, but this completely untrue. While some people need large houses for their families or because they have a lot of possessions, smaller homes are actually becoming more and more popular as time goes by. While small homes may not have the space that large homes do, they offer a lot of advantages that large homes miss out on. Here are some of the reasons buyers should try looking at downsizing when looking for their next home.

1. Smaller Homes Have Smaller Price Tags

Everyone loves the feeling of saving money, and there’s just no denying that big homes are expensive. Home buyers who want a home that doesn’t

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When Should You Hire a Contractor?Home improvements need to be done right, or they can devalue a home. Sometimes, homeowners are capable of doing their own home improvements, but other times, the home improvement needs to be done by a qualified contractor. When thinking of selling a home, homeowners often need to decide.

If you're a homeowner who would like to perform some of your home improvements on your own, here's what you need to know. Proceeding with caution can help you avoid a disaster that could lead to problems with your home's value.

When is DIY a Good Idea?

A DIY is a good idea when it's well within the homeowner's capability. There are many factors homeowners must consider when they're trying to decide if a DIY project is right for them.

Safety When DIYing

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