October 2013

United Real Estate Spotlight: Five Major Perks of Living in DC

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You don’t have to be a member of Congress or the White House administration to benefit from living in Washington DC. Our country’s capital has plenty to offer all of its residents.

Here are five perks of living in DC:

  • Different cultures: From Korea to England to Uruguay, you can enjoy international events, food, clothing and art. Try some Iranian baklava, catch a West African dance performance and buy French-inspired clothes.
  • Rewarding job opportunities for women: Women who live in DC will find a lot of job opportunities that allow them to work toward ideals that they believe in, especially if they’re willing to delve into the political arena.
  • A good mix of things to do: Living in DC feels like being in suburbia, but you also have access to big city attractions and events.
  • Major companies: Big name employers are moving to DC thanks to its lower cost of living, three major airports and abundance of educated workers. These include Hilton Hotels and Volkswagen.
  • Convenient Location: Washington DC is conveniently located near major cities such as New York City, Philadelphia, and Baltimore. With two major airports inside the perimeter, and one in the northwest suburbs, business and leisure travel can be very efficient.

Ready to start your search for a home in DC? Contact United Real Estate, and visit our Facebook page for buying tips.

Relocating 101: Three Common Moving Company Traps to Avoid

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Hiring a moving company can make things much easier for you since you won’t have to deal with moving all your belongings from one home to the next. Unfortunately, some moving companies are known for being a bit shady.

Here are a few moving company tricks to watch out for:

  • Giving phone estimates: Reputable moving companies will come to your house, take a look at your belongings and give you an estimate afterwards. Estimates given over the phone might be lower, but the moving company will most likely increase it when they get to your house.
  • Having lengthy delays: A reliable moving company will include a two to three-day delivery window in your contract. Shady ones won’t include this, which could lead to delays that stretch for weeks or even months.
  • Damaging your furniture: Although movers are responsible for damage that occurs during transportation, not everything is covered. Good moving companies will explain the different liability levels to you, while bad ones will claim that their insurance covers everything.

Need tips on hiring good movers and help searching for a new homeVisit United Real Estate to find a local agent, and stop by our Facebook page for more advice.

Beautiful Landscaping Can Do More Than Boost Curb Appeal

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Using landscaping to boost curb appeal is a smart move when you’re planning on selling your home. It’s not the only reason to fix up your front yard though. Landscaping can help you get more enjoyment out of your home as well.

These are the essentials you should focus on when doing landscaping:

  • Trees: Trees provide several benefits in addition to making your property look more appealing. They can keep your home cooler in summer and warmer in winter, which lowers your energy bills. They also reduce carbon dioxide and help keep local waterways free of pollutants.
  • Native plants: Native flora is easier to care for, since these plants, bushes and trees were made to grow in your area. That means you’ll spend less time and money growing and maintaining them.
  • Outdoor lights: Having lighting on the exterior of your house and in your yard adds visual appeal to your home at night. It also reduces your chance of falling and helps discourage intruders.

Need more advice on how to boost curb appealVisit United Real Estate to find a local agent to help you sell your home. Stop by our Facebook page to learn more about us too!

United Real Estate Welcomes Our New Office & Agents – September 2013

Please join us in giving our newest partners a warm United Real Estate Welcome!

New Offices: 

United Real Estate – Louisville, KY – Bonnie Mays, Broker
United Real Estate – Beverly Hills, CA – Annie Chen, Broker
United Real Estate – Pasadena, CA – Annie Chen, Broker

Agents who joined the company in September:

Dallas

Charles Seo
Sairam Kota
Shanda Buckley-Mitchell
Robert Bussman
Wayne Stewart
Joseph Cutcher
Robert Wood
Donald Murray

Chicago

Jessenia Zamarripa
Irma Sotelo
Jennie Ku
Vincent Amato
Tony Torres
Gonzalo Herrera

Washington DC

Bob Parnell
Erin Coleman
Maurice Saylor

Houston

Bob Canady
Jeff Lam
KimShawn Lane
Rebecca Privette
Hena Malkani
Sherrie Dalmanti
Sherron Southworth
Ronald Breaux

Kansas City

Adam Hays
Allison Harmon
Antonio Mendez-Barajas
Christina Mcintosh
Dave Teeman
Edgar Davis
Shivohn Roberts

Philadelphia

Angelo Gaydardzhiev
Terri Friend

Investing in Home Renovations: Five Things Most Buyers Hate

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Remodeling your home can be a great way to boost its value, but only if it’s done right. When it comes to investing in home rennovations, keep future buyers in mind. There are certain features that are considered deal breakers.

Here are some renovations to avoid when fixing up your home:

  • Tinted bathroom fixtures: It’s fine to add some color to your bathroom floor or walls, but don’t choose a colorful toilet, sink or shower. Stick to white or beige instead.
  • Wood paneling: Avoid this retro look at all costs, and replace it if it’s already in your home. Wood paneling gives rooms a dark, stuffy look that buyers don’t like.
  • Popcorn ceilings: This trend used to be highly popular a few decades ago, but it’s no longer a desirable feature. Buyers prefer smooth ceilings.
  • Shag carpets: This 1970s staple has shown up again in the form of area rugs, but don’t invest in unsightly wall-to-wall shag carpeting.
  • Wallpaper: Most buyers prefer painted walls instead of wallpaper, especially if it’s metallic wallpaper or one that has a gaudy design.

Ready to start the selling or staging processContact United Real Estate, and visit our Facebook page for more selling tips.

Houston Real Estate: City Listed Second-Fastest Growth Nationally

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The Houston real estate market is booming. Not only is it the fourth largest city, by population count, in the United States but it has the second highest growth rate, according to the US Census Bureau.

Why are so many people flocking to Houston? Perhaps it is the low unemployment rate or the mild winters. Maybe it is because this city is home to a number of professional sports teams or because the largest medical care facility in the world is located there. Possibly the attraction is the culturally diverse, young population or the world renowned museum district.

It seems likely that the answer is all of the above plus the availability of affordable housing and well rated school districts. Whatever the actual reason for the rapid growth of this city, the fact is that the real estate market is thriving.

If you are considering relocating to Houston or have a property there you want to put on the market, United Real Estate agents are ready to help you. Our national network has an office in Houston and local agents who know the city well.

Contact United Real Estate to find out more about buying or selling Houston real estate.

Cutting Costs: Have You Considered Renting a Room in Your Home?

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Have your heart set on a larger home but worried about the cost? You can take steps to help reduce the financial burden by renting a room in your home, at least on a short-term basis.

If your home has an extra bedroom or other spare room that doesn’t really get much use, consider renting it out to someone for a reasonable rate. You don’t have to worry about ending up with a housemate you don’t really get along with. Instead, you can rent out the room to people who are traveling and need a budget-friendly place to stay during their trip. There are a few reputable websites, including 9flats.com andAirbnb.com, that help vacationers find this type of accommodation. These sites help ensure that you’ll be renting to reliable tenants, and they provide you with insurance at no cost. If you decide on renting a room in your home, keep in mind that you can potentially bring in thousands of extra dollars per year, which can help you afford those mortgage payments.

Need help buying that large house you want or finding the ideal one? Visit United Real Estate and our Facebook page to find an agent.