How to Make Sure You Are Not the Victim of Real Estate Listing Scams

It happens far too often. You find a home you want to buy, you contact the “seller,” and you arrange to look at the house. Maybe you put in an offer. Maybe you even pay a down payment. And then suddenly the seller disappears, and you discover the home wasn’t theirs to sell in the first place.

These real estate scams are becoming more and more prevalent, especially with the increase in for sale by owner homes. There are some ways that you can protect yourself from real estate scams.

Pay Nothing to See a Property

You shouldn’t have to pay anything to see a property for sale. If someone is requiring you to send them money to confirm your appointment to look at the property, this is a huge sign that you are being scammed. In these situations the money is usually sent to the “seller,” who then takes the money and runs, with no one at the property when you arrive.

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How Can You Finance Your Home Renovation?

If you have a renovation project on the mind, the first thing you have to consider is how you are going to pay for it. Here are some common options :

Cash

Paying in cash is the most straightforward financing option, just save until you have enough money to cover the expenses. This will help eliminate spending outside your budget; however, it can also extend your timeline.

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Ways to Increase Your Home’s Value

If you are looking to sell your home in the near future, there are several things that you can do to increase your home’s appeal and value. The higher the value of your home, the more money you will be able to sell it for. There are some home improvement projects that do not take too long to perform, are not overly expensive, and will add more value to your home than the expense. Here are some examples.

Adding a Fireplace

Adding a fireplace is not the chore that it sounds like. You can add an electric fireplace very inexpensively. You can also add a gas fireplace for only around $2000 to $4000. A wood fireplace is going to cost a lot more to install and won’t add as much value.

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Why Tampa Real Estate Is One of the Hottest Markets

Many people are claiming that Tampa is the hottest real estate market in the state. Many investors and property managers are looking at Tampa for investments. Here are some of the reasons Tampa real estate is one of the hottest markets and why you should take advantage of the opportunity.

Rising House Prices

The average price of houses in Tampa has gone up significantly in the last two years, and it is predicted that there is an 84 percent chance that the market will continue to climb in the next two years. By predictions, home values will be significantly higher at the end of 2021 than they were at the end of 2018. If you buy now, you could find yourself with a lot of equity for little investment.

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Three Reasons Tampa Heights Is Back in Favor

No neighborhood in Tampa is growing quite like Tampa Heights. Located only one mile north of downtown Tampa, Tampa Heights has previously been considered a rough neighborhood that most people wouldn’t live in, but that seems to be changing as more professionals move into the area. Housing prices have soared by 64 percent, crime has dropped dramatically by 64-75 percent, and convenience seems to be the theme. Here are the top reasons that Tampa Heights is back in favor.

Convenience

People who have lived in the suburbs of Tampa are starting to move into the more urban areas simply due to convenience. Living in Tampa Heights means that you can walk to most of the shopping and restaurants that people usually come to Tampa to experience. You’ll also likely have a shorter commute to and from work, and you will have less stress due to extra driving.

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