All Blog Entries by Robert Dekanski

Found 135 blog entries published by Robert Dekanski.

Getting Started Landscaping: What You Need to KnowIf you're inexperienced with home landscaping, getting started can be intimidating. Knowing what to plant and how to keep it alive can make your home look beautiful all year round. Whether you have just bought your first home or just not experienced with landscaping, here's what you need to know.

Water Regularly

Plants must have water to live, and many landscaping plants rely on water from sprinklers to survive. During the warmest times of year, some plants may need to be watered every other day. Other plants require less water to survive. Plants start to droop when they're deprived of water, so it's easy to tell how much watering is enough.

Homeowners must make note of their garden's watering needs when planting the beds. Clustering

10 Views, 0 Comments

What To Know About Owning a CondoThere are a lot of different advantages to living in a condominium that attract potential first time home buyers and convince them to look into purchasing their own. While there are many great things that come with condo living, buyers should always look into all aspects before diving in. There’s more to owning a condo than just access to amenities that homeowners need to take account of. Here are some of the things that homeowners need to know about condos before buying one.

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

1. Condos Come With Amenities

This is a big selling point for condos, and some condo owners purchased theirs specifically for

18 Views, 0 Comments

How to Improve a Home’s Curb AppealA good first impression is essential when it comes to selling a home, and that first impression is going to be made by the home’s exterior. Before putting a home up on the market, the homeowner should take its curb appeal into consideration. Does the home look fantastic, or could it use some fixing up? Curb  appeal helps make buyers want to see more of a home, so it shouldn’t be pushed aside. Here are four projects homeowners can do to help improve their home’s curb appeal.

1.  Take Care of the Lawn

For most people, mowing the lawn is a normal part of a home’s weekly chores. However, when selling a home, the lawn should be given some extra attention because buyers love to see a healthy green lawn. Taking care of the lawn not only includes

19 Views, 0 Comments

Renter to Buyer: Information for New Home BuyersThe transition from renter to buyer is often a difficult one. Many first-time homeowners have no idea what to expect when they set out to buy a house. Being prepared for homeownership can make the experience more enjoyable and exciting. If you're a renter who will soon be buying your first home, these tips can help.

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

Create a Budget

Home ownership can be expensive. The first thing that a renter must do to prepare for homeownership is to determine whether or not there is room in their budget to own a house. Some common expenses that homeowners must fit in their budget include:

  • Mortgage. In some
1,491 Views, 0 Comments

Technology Set to Usher In a New Era for Home Builders and BuyersTechnology today isn't all about security and convenience, although those are important considerations in the home. There are other ways, however, that smart technology can be used to boost home value, and offer great return on dollars spent. In the future, the value of smart technology will accrue to new home builders as well as to owners, as the demand for smart homes continues to grow.

Think about smart lighting and smart shades just as a beginning. Tech-savvy ways to make a personal statement as well as add convenience and energy-savings will also be likely to pay off in the future in terms of appraisals, initial home prices and resale value. There are many ways to incorporate new technology into the home environment. Think beyond the walls

124 Views, 0 Comments

Selling Your Home? What You Need to KnowEvery home sale is different, but in general, most home sales happen in four stages. Knowing these various stages and what to expect can help home sellers throughout the home purchasing process. Going into the process with open eyes can reduce stress and make the process more enjoyable. If you're a homeowner who would like to sell your home, here's what you need to know.

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

Home Staging and Improvement

Often before listing a home for sale, homeowners will make small home improvements to make their home more appealing to buyers. Some homeowners stage their home, some make home improvements.

Home

317 Views, 0 Comments

Looking to Buy a Home? Get Started with This Home Buying GuideIs it finally time to stop renting and become a homeowner? Owning and maintaining a home is a significant investment and there are a variety of factors to take into consideration prior to taking the plunge. A thorough review of a number of financial factors done before going for pre-approval can help prevent potential challenges, increasing the chance that one will be approved for a mortgage loan.

Explore the following financial aspects before falling in love with a home.

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

The Down Payment for a Conventional Mortgage Loan

In order to be approved for a conventional loan, applicants should be willing to

2,193 Views, 0 Comments

Selling Your Home? Follow These Valuable Home Showing TipsThere are a lot of steps that go into selling a home, and though it's difficult to say if any are more important than the others, home showings are a very important part of the process where interested buyers come to tour the home to decide whether or not it's a good fit for them. Buyers will be looking for any damage or flaws in the home, as well as whether or not the house fits their own homeownership preferences and needs. Here's what to know about preparing for a successful home showing.

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

How to Prepare for a Home Showing

Because of the nature of home showings, most preparation is best done before

197 Views, 0 Comments

Home Improvements with High ROISome home improvements are more valuable than others, especially when the time comes to selling a home. Homeowners who want to get the best bang for their buck can turn to these home improvement projects.

Kitchen Renovation

Kitchen renovations are high ROI because they attract home buyers. In fact, a typical kitchen remodel has an ROI of about 83%. The best way to ensure that a kitchen remodel will have a high ROI is to keep costs low and avoid extravagant upgrades. Many home buyers will not pay extra for gourmet appliances. Spending extra money on unnecessary features usually results in a lower ROI. Homeowners who want to control costs when renovating their kitchen can work with their contractor for best results.

Deck Addition

Deck

284 Views, 0 Comments

What to Know About USDA LoansThere are a lot of different options available to home buyers when it comes to choosing a loan to use. One of the loans home buyers can use is sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture, shortened to just USDA loan. These loans are not like FHA loans or conventional loans. And like any specialized loan, USDA loans aren’t for everyone, but some home buyers can benefit greatly from using them. Here is what all home buyers interested in USDA loans should know before jumping in and applying for one.

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

The History and Purpose of USDA Loans

USDA loans have been around since 1991, and since then

46 Views, 0 Comments