Twin Falls Neighborhood Lookout: Schools

So, you’ve decided to make the move to Twin Falls, Idaho – welcome! Or perhaps you already call Twin Falls home but are looking for a change of scenery within the area. Whatever the reason, we’re honored you’ve chosen the Connection to help you and your family on your journey to finding the perfect home and are happy to help. There are many things for families to consider when purchasing a new home, such as size, how much work needs to be done on a property, lifestyle, yard-size, cosmetic desires …

Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Our homes are our havens, and most of the time, we love getting to come home to them. Within the walls our loved ones and our comforts are housed. We can find peace, laughter, and rest inside of our homes, along with great memories, people, and food. But sometimes, the outside of our homes just need a bit of a makeover. Just like a new dress can make you feel like a new person, sometimes a change on the outside is just the little pick-me-up we need to feel more …

8 Ways to Make Your Home Look Great for the Sale

As much as we may hate to admit it, sometimes looks do matter…especially when it comes to selling our homes! While flipping homes in need of some major fixing up may be a trendy way to make an investment these days, most people still like the idea of something that’s move-in ready and that makes them feel like they’re moving up from their last place of residence. If you’re a seller looking to get your home sold for top dollar, these tips on how to make your home look more …

Securing the Deal

Ready to close the deal? Maybe not. Sometimes unforeseeable issues arise just prior to closing the sale. Hopefully, with negotiation, most of these have a workable solution. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. But don’t panic. Another buyer might still be found who is willing to accept the house as is. Imagine that your prospective buyers are a couple with young children. They envision your unused attic as the perfect playroom for the kids but, before closing the deal, they request an inspection to see if it’s safe and …

What is a CMA and Why Do You Need One? 

CMA is real estate shorthand for “Comparative Market Analysis.” A CMA is a report prepared by a real estate agent providing data comparing your property to similar properties in the marketplace.The first thing an agent will need to do to provide you with a CMA is to inspect your property. Generally, this inspection won’t be overly detailed (s/he isn’t going to crawl under the house to examine the foundation), nor does the house need to be totally cleaned up and ready for an open house. It should be in such …

Risks of Remodeling Without a Permit

Most cities require that homeowners obtain a building permit before making modifications to their residence. Which modifications require a permit vary by city. Also, some cities are more vigilant than others in enforcing permit laws. In order for the homeowner to receive a permit, the homeowner or his/her designee are required to file plans and pay fees to the city. In addition, the improvements are given a value. If they increase the value of the property, this may result in an increase in property taxes. Inspections are often required, and …

Home Inspections

Traversing the Pitfalls of Home Inspections  June and Fred Smith were diligent about getting their home ready for sale. They ordered a pre-sale termite inspection report. The report revealed that their large rear deck was dry-rot infested, so they replaced it before putting their home on the market. The Smiths also called a reputable roofer to examine the roof and issue a report on its condition. The roofer felt that the roof was on its last legs and that it should be replaced. The Smith’s didn’t want buyers to be …

Surviving Escrow

You’ve Opened Escrow, Now What?  Panic? Well, maybe a little. Besides doing that, follow these suggestions (and your realtor’s advice) and you’ll soon be the proud owner of a new home. After you’ve signed on the dotted line, you’ll be asked to provide a check for the “earnest money”, showing that you are a serious buyer. In Southern California, the standard of practice is that a deposit in the amount of 3% of the purchase price is deposited into escrow. This deposit check may also be held by an attorney …

Types of Mortgages

Fortunately for buyers, there are a variety of mortgages to choose from. It is in your best interest to investigate each of them to determine which is the best for your situation. You probably won’t qualify for all of them. In fact, you may only qualify for one. But if you do qualify for more than one, you may save yourself money (and worry) in the long run if you do your homework before signing on the dotted line. Fixed-Rate Mortgages Adjustable-Rate Mortgages The Convertible ARM FHA and VA Loan  …

How to Negotiate with Sellers

Buying a home is one of the most important purchases most people will make. In order to make the right decisions the first time, potential buyers need to be prepared. Consider the following before starting negotiations: Be prepared  Research the housing market in the target area. Once you have information about the general area, focus on the particular property and seller. Look for answers to questions such as: 1. Why is the homeowner selling? (If they’re moving because they find the area undesirable, you might as well.)2. How long has …