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You are trying to decide if you should put your home up for short sale. You have left in a hurry, leaving no time to fix up the issues to get the home ready to be put on the market, nor do you have the time or the energy to put into a home you are being forced to sell. It could be the case you have finally been harassed and pushed over the edge by the bank and you just want out. The loan modification that once looked so hopeful isn’t sounding nearly as appealing as it did on TV and you don’t want to be in the same boat you’re in at this moment, three, four, five or six years from now….Or you could be the unfortunate landlord left with a property that tenants have destroyed, fines continuing to pour in from the HOA and the city. Your agent keeps telling you the utilities must be on for a home to be inspected and you know that the majority of buyers will pay to have the home inspected before buying it.
It could be that today while driving down the block to pick up your children from school, you start to notice how every vacant home you see has broken windows, overgrown grass, or green pools. You fear squatters may claim your home, you have already heard about the vandals stripping homes for copper, air conditioning units, cabinets and counter-tops. Not having these items, will make buyer s unable to qualify for an FHA loan – the most common type of financing – leaving you with even less options to sell.
Unfortunately what most sellers don’t know is depending on the bank, no matter what anyone tells you, a short sale can take
12 months or more to close. Also, remember when you are signing the seller documents at closing the bank will make you sign forms agreeing to pay taxes on the difference between what your house sells for (short sale) and what you owe. This can be pricey, meaning it’s better to obtain a higher offer for the home you are selling.
So what do you do next? You are the homeowner that has the 3 bedroom 2 bathroom in a quaint little neighborhood that just needs cleaning, you cant afford to put the utilities on, and the pool is a mess. Good news my friend, your Guardian Angels have arrived. … Read More
I was sleeping blissfully Friday morning as a knock on the door woke me from my slumber. Not completely awake I was not sure if I had heard that there was a knock on the door. Soon thereafter the doorbell rang.
Ambling to the window I looked out to see two Sheriff's vehicles in my driveway. If you've never been woken up like this it's a little unnerving. I'm a law abiding citizen that does not get into any trouble so I was highly confused. A checklist of potential issues ran through my head to figure out the reason for their presence in my front yard.
Maybe they were there because I did not pay the taxes on my vehicle. Knowing that I paid the bill six months ago I quickly dismissed that reasoning. After dismissing several possibilities I considered that either my Rottweiler had managed to get out of the yard or someone happened to my son who was away at school. I decided to just go outside and find out what was going on.
I was informed that my car had been broken in to the night before. The Sheriff was investigating five other break-ins from my neighborhood that morning and he saw my car door cracked. Much to my dismay the inside of my car was a total disaster with papers thrown about and everything in my glove compartment taken out. I could not identify anything that was missing.
As I sat there lamenting the fact that this was literally the first time that I did not lock my car door I thought about the failure of my home security system – a Rottweiler named Beethoven. Now, Beethoven is a very protective beast that watches over our property like a hawk when he is awake but he somehow he managed to miss this. This whole incident got me thinking about home security.
When we purchased our home it had an alarm system however we can not arm the alarm when we leave the house due to our cats within the home. This is leaving our home completely unprotected. Thankfully nothing of great value was taken from my car but our home would be a completely different story.
I started investigating all my home options and found that one home security provider is the right one for me. What is right for me may not be for you so I've put together a couple of things to look for when considering home security.
The first big question to ask yourself is whether you want to go with monitored home security or install a home security system on your own. The benefit of installing a system on your own is that the overall costs are low. A monitored security system has more to offer you with the ability to watch over your home while you are away and contact local law enforcement for emergency response quickly. This means a much faster response time for you minimizing possible loss. A … Read More