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Planning on Selling in 2015? Start Investing in Landscaping Now

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If your 2015 plans include selling your home, it’s time to start getting it ready. This might seem a bit early, but it’s actually a good time for investing in landscaping.

Having some shade trees, shrubs, bushes and flowers around gives your home’s value a major boost. Since some of these, especially trees, take a long time to fully grow, it’s best to plant them as soon as possible. A landscaper can provide advice on which types of greenery to include. Having impressive landscaping improves your home’s curb appeal and gives it some functional value as well, such as providing more shade.

Investing in landscaping isn’t the only thing you should do to get your house ready to sell. Here are a couple more tips:

  • Minor kitchen renovations, such as putting a new finish on your cabinets, increase your home’s value. You’ll also recoup most of the cost.
  • Keeping your lawn healthy goes hand in hand with having beautiful landscaping. Mow and water it regularly, and consider laying down new sod or seed if your lawn’s in bad shape.

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What Are Condos? Three Important Differences Between Condos and Co-Ops

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It’s common for people to confuse condos and co-ops, but there are significant differences between these two types of residences. Let’s take a look at these differences in order to answer the question “what are condos?”

Here are three ways to distinguish between condos and co-ops:

  • Condos typically cost more than co-cops, although the difference isn’t as drastic when you compare ones that are roughly the same size and have the same amenities. You do pay more in closing costs with a condo, and you have to factor in the cost of title insurance and a mortgage recording tax.
  • Co-ops generally have much tighter financial requirements than condos. You have to provide financial information on liquid assets, your income and your net worth. With a condo, you don’t have to disclose as much. You also have to come up with a higher down payment, ranging from 20 to 50 percent, for a co-op.
  • Co-ops usually have more rules and restrictions than condos, but you’re also protected under landlord-tenant laws as a co-op shareholder.

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Whether you’re buying or selling a home, it’s good to have the best professional help available. That’s exactly what you’ll get from United Real Estate. We offer outstanding service and make the new home buying or selling process go as smoothly as possible.

As part of our service, we’ve set up this blog for our customers. Check back here often for tips and advice aimed at buyers and sellers and info on real estate markets. You’ll learn how to attract potential buyers, choose the perfect home and figure out how much of a mortgage you can afford. You’ll also know what to expect when you’re closing on a home or handing over the keys to a new owner. Our blog will keep you up-to-date on the latest real estate trends and provide you with recent news about our company. You’ll learn more about the apps and other tools we offer to buyers and sellers as well. Don’t forget to bookmark this site for quick and easy access to it!

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