By Cathie Ericson Nov 16, 2017 Turkeys and tinsel, dreidels and pumpkin pie. Yes friends, the holidays are here again, and it's the perfect time for ... house hunting? OK, we know you're busy enough planning family feasts and much-needed vacations while dealing with blustery weather, but hear us out. While it might seem counterintuitive to put a big-ticket item like a home on your holiday shopping list, it really does make sense. Don't believe us? Check out these surprisingly smart reasons to let everyone else hit the mall to buy half-off sweaters while you make the purchase of a lifetime: a new house to ring ...
5 Surprisingly Smart Reasons to Buy a Home During the Holidays.
November 20, 2017
Home Ownership vs. Renting: Which one is right for you?
November 13, 2017
This is a decision which many people face, and the decision is not as easy to make as it may sound. As a homeowner, you can reasonably expect the equity in your home to increase over time as your mortgage is paid down. That, combined with regular appreciation in property values, can be a rapid and rewarding way to increase your net worth. In contrast, the person renting over the same amount of time is left with no property investment but may have enjoyed lower living expenses and the opportunity to invest in other opportunities. When comparing owning ...
What the Republican Tax Plan Means for You
November 6, 2017
By Richard Rubin, Jon Hilsenrath and Kathryn Tam November 2, 2017 | The Wall Street Journal After months of internal debate among Republicans, the House Ways and Means Committee released details of its plan to overhaul the U.S. tax code for businesses and individuals. The highlights include lower rates for many individual households but not the highest earners; fewer individual tax brackets; a larger standard deduction for households who don’t itemize their tax bills; trimmed-back deductions for state and local taxes; eventual repeal of the estate tax; and much lower rates for corporate profits and profits for individuals ...
Hello November! The Baldus Real Estate Quick Guide to Winterizing Your Home
November 1, 2017
Hello November! As November ushers in the cold weather, here are some tips to make sure your home is ready! It would be easy to spend the first day of November day dreaming about that property we sold with the perfect Potomac overlook, shady tree, and welcoming Adirondack chairs, but as the cold weather creeps in, we thought it would be a great time to remind everyone of the steps you can take NOW so you're not left out in the cold when winter hits our area! Of course every home is different and may require additional steps during ...
Tips for First-Time Home Buyers
October 31, 2017
Tips for First-Time Home Buyers Ditching the land lord and taking the leap into the realm of home ownership? While it can be frightening, consumers who have the resources to buy a home shouldn’t shy away from this type of financial decision. With the help of your Baldus REALTOR® and some research, buying a home for the first time will be less daunting and complicated. The best thing you should do is to not rush into a decision and to prepare well ahead of time. Browse below at some of our top tips for preparing for homeownersip: Know that you’re ready: Before ...
Little Improvements Can Make a Big Difference
October 30, 2017
Little Improvements Make a Big Difference It's always a good idea to spruce up the exterior and interior of your home before listing it for sale. But that doesn't mean you have to undertake major or expensive projects. Just a little effort will greatly increase the perceived value of your home. After all, if you wanted to undertake a large-scale project, you probably wouldn't be selling! Here are some simple steps you can take to increase the perceived value of your home and make a great first impression. Exterior Appearance Keep lawns cut Trim hedges and shrubs Weed and edge ...