Hot Real Estate How-Tos

How To: Save money by refinancing your mortgage

Just because fixed rate mortgage rates have dropped to historic lows doesn't mean that you should automatically refinance. With the economic climate you might not be able to refinance because many banks have tightened the rules for refinancing. As for who is eligible, you will need a 700-720 on your credit score to get the best rates. To refinance at all you need at least a 600. Generally it is worthwhile to refinance if you can save at least a half point off of your current rate. But you do ...

How To: Prepare to meet an architect

Before meeting with an architect, you may want to review this video tutorial which outlines what you ought to consider when meeting with an architect that will be helping you renovate your home. Homeowners should visit places and take down notes and photos of what designs they appreciate so that they can bring it to the architect. This will help you to train your senses and language to describe what you like and dislike in terms of style. You should also bring magazine clippings or books of s...

How To: Inspect an electrical panel or circuit breaker

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to properly inspect an electrical panel or circuit breaker in a house. Users should begin by taking off the cover(s) of the individual panels to see the wiring inside. Make sure the wire are connected and that there are no open or broken circuits. Users should look correlation of the circuit breaker size and the wire size to make sure the gauge of the wire can handle amp and heat that is generated. This video will benefit those viewers who want to lea...

How To: Inspect a boiler in a home

This is a great instructional video on how to do inspect a boiler at home. A home inspection must include the boiler and heating system. What you need to look for are corrosion, pressure and blockages. When you buy or sell a house it is better to go in for a boiler inspection. The condition of a boiler depends on many factors. The age factor is also one of the reasons that cause the efficiency of the boiler decrease considerably. If there is some leakage in the pipes it might affect the press...

How To: Stage your bathroom & bedroom to sell your home

Ilyce Glink discusses the way to make your house more marketable by improving the look of your bathroom through furnishings and potentially coordinating this with your bedroom. She also proclaims that this can be done with small purchases! She discusses how the bathroom can be an easy sale to a potential buyer but purchases like small decorative soaps or matching towels can go a long way. Matching items like your floor rug and shower curtain can catch an eye. As for your bedroom, adding lamps...

How To: Stage your home when selling it

This video is about staging a home for sale. Bridget Kiene, a real estate broker, describes home staging and its significance. Bridget starts with defining home staging and mentions that 92 percent of people advertise their house for sale on the internet. This video also has some tips on home staging, such as, always stage an empty house, create a neutral color palette, eliminate clutter and modernize your decorations. Bridget clearly explains the basic steps we need to follow to sell a house...

How To: Use the regression analysis module

Are you in real estate? Take a look at this instructional video and learn how to run your excel spreadsheet over a regression analysis module. An appraiser who's appraising a house decides to run a multiple regression analysis as an addition to the direct sales comparison approach. The spreadsheet used in this tutorial was written in excel, but could be rewritten in another format. The spreadsheet was exported from an MLS. Once the excel sheet is downloaded, the appraiser will open up the reg...

How To: Sell your home or real estate fast in a slow market

Check out this instructional real estate video that demonstrates how to sell your home or real estate fast in a slow market. Get every real estate agent in town to show your property first without paying full commissions. This is what most realtors don't want you to know! Sell your home fast in this real estate video presentation.

How To: Make a Will

Basic Tips on Creating a Last Will and Testament To say that people do not like talking about composing their last will and testament documents is a reasonable assessment. But for preparing what lies ahead in the future, it is necessary to know what it contains and what it does once the owner of the will passes away.

How To: Profit from real estate investments

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to make a profit from real estate investments. The hard way to invest in profit is to buy a property and then rent it out. If users invest this way, they will have to take all the responsibilities of a landlord. Users are able to turn it over to a management company, but will end up loaning money. The easy way to invest in profit is to invest in Real Estate Investment Trust. This will allow users to invest in apartment buildings, shopping malls or off...

How To: Stage your home for sale

In this video Andrea Osterkorn demonstrates how to stage your home for sale. It is not a comfortable process to transform your home into a home for sale. The entry way should be inviting because first impressions are important. Closets should be cleaned out. Consider renting different furniture for the living area to make it more open and inviting, and move it around to create an impression of space. Add accessories and let natural light in. Try to depersonalize the room and remove clutter so...

How To: Stage a kitchen to sell your home faster

It's important to make your kitchen as much like the kitchen the buyers would want as possible. To do that start by cleaning and organizing everything in the kitchen. Completely empty all the horizontal surfaces in the kitchen. Get rid of all the clutter like keys, receipts, notes, and vitamins. Next you will want to organize everything in the cabinets. Line the cabinets with mats and stack up the plates and dishes nice and neat. Sweep and mop the floor and organize the cleaning supplies unde...

How To: Bid on a house

Buying a home is a big step so find out just what is involved when you are ready to bid for the house of your dreams. The whole process can be bit nerve-racking but as long as you stick with it you’ll be a home-owner in no time.

How To: Evaluate a rental apartment

Make sure your next apartment rental goes smoothly by properly checking the property before signing a contract. This way you will avoid unexpected disappointments or problems that you were not aware off. Moving is hard enough, give yourself all the advantage you can by going in prepared.

How To: Score a bargain at a foreclosure auction

You can get a real steal at a house foreclosure sale, or you can overpay for a money pit. Here’s how to avoid the latter. With the bad economy, now is a great time to take advantage of real estate bargain sales. Watch this video real estate tutorial and learn how to get a good deal on real estate foreclosures.

How To: Buy a house

In this series of video clips, Dan takes you through the process of buying a house step-by-step, including how to start home shopping, choosing a neighborhood, and getting what you what when purchasing your first home. He then explains the various agreements and paperwork you'll need to close the deal. After watching these videos you'll be able to start your house hunting with confidence.

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