Archive for May, 2015

Making Sure the Positives are Included in Your Credit Report

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

Here is a one-question True or False exam that every future Melbourne first-time home buyer should take: True or False: One sure way to build a strong credit report is to pay your bills on time. (Answer: False) Particularly for a first-time Melbourne home buyer, being able to present a strong credit report can make […]

Melbourne Listings Might Echo U.S. Trend toward Less Luxury

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Just as with movie credits, the features you find in Melbourne listings have a “billing order.” The “stars” may not be printed in gigantic superstar type—but the order in which they appear do reflect changes in current buyer priorities. For a homeowner soon to add their property to this spring’s Melbourne listings, it’s important to […]

Retirees Rethink Retirement — of Their Melbourne Mortgage!

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Last week, The Wall Street Journal ran an article about personal finances that Melbourne mortgage payers who are at or near retirement age should find thought-provoking. It centered on the idea that today’s retirees are often making a decision that differs from what past generations have chosen. The basis is twofold. First, it’s undeniable that […]

Melbourne Multi-Family Housing: Investment and Residence Choice

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Melbourne multi-family housing is the umbrella term covering all the various kinds of residences that shelter more than one family. Everything from duplexes and homes with guest cottages to apartment complexes fall into the category, which is most often thought of in terms of the solid investment potential it represents. While Melbourne multi-family housing offers […]

Low Credit Scores Don’t Always Nix First Time Home Buyers

Sunday, May 24th, 2015

They really ought to teach this stuff in school: real-life, day-to-day economics. Melbourne youngsters out on their own for the first time are usually left to trial and error when it comes to mastering things like how to lay out a personal budget or use credit advantageously. Or even how to go about selecting a […]

Goal of a Thorough Home Inspection: Future Peace of Mind

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Whenever we think of how our Melbourne home staging professionals approach their craft, it’s all the positives that come to mind—how they transform a ho-hum living room into a welcoming showplace; a run-of-the-mill front porch into a curb appeal magnet, etc. That is true, but equally important are the negatives they address. Stagers locate and […]

Real Estate News (in Case You Thought You’d Heard it All)

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Melbourne real estate news is fairly predictable—at least compared with some of the stories that filter in from the rest of the world. Here in Melbourne, for instance, wherever a new home is being built, you’re likely to see familiar evidence like stacks of lumber and drywall, cartons of nail gun ammo, sacks of cement, […]

Melbourne Homeowners Association Rules are well worth the Read!

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

It does seem that whenever a story about some faraway homeowners association finds its way into Melbourne newspapers, nearly always it’s because something has gone awry. Either there’s an ongoing dispute about a flag display (“Indiana Couple Violate Rules for Flying U.S. Flag”), a fencing disagreement (“Border Feud is Childish and Dangerous”), or something else […]

Strategic Maneuvers for Success in Melbourne’s Real Estate Market

Sunday, May 17th, 2015

It was only a few years ago that the last thing a prospective Melbourne home buyer had to worry about was being outbid. Those were the days when the bottom seemed to be falling out of the Melbourne real estate market. Anyone brave enough to be looking to buy at a time when the real […]

A Surer Way to Find the Average House Price in Melbourne

Friday, May 15th, 2015

When you do a web search for “average house price in Melbourne,” you come up with a lot of good, not-so-good, and just plain lame information. If you were looking for a general idea of what the current market says that homes like yours in your neighborhood are worth, the results are likely to be […]