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Thank You Virginia Land For Referring Us!

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Virginia is the best friend of one of our most recent success stories! Lori approached her dear friend Virginia and told her she needed to sell her house fast! Virginia immediately gave Lori our info and said “ call these people, they will take care of you.” That simple conversation led to us helping Lori out of her situation and moving on with her family! Virginia is not one of our past clients, however she has followed our business and knows people we have worked with in the past. Thank you Virginia for keeping us in mind and allowing us to help your best friend and her family! We value people like you!

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Benefits to Becoming A Real Estate Investor (And How We Can Help!)

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Have you been considering pursuing a career in real estate? Are you interested in finding an opportunity that provides enormous potential for professional development and financial growth? Or maybe you are just looking for a new career path because you are tired of your daily 9-5. If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, then transitioning into a career in real estate may be a great move for you. In this article, we will outline the benefits to becoming a real estate investor and provide you with insight on how our company’s program can help you get started in your new field.

The Benefits

There is no cap on your income. The major draw to working in real estate is there is no maximum on earnings – meaning that the harder your work, the more you can make. Depending on your resourcefulness, networking skills, and commitment, the sky is the limit when it comes to financial growth. If you continue to build relationships and invest intelligently, the more opportunities you will find. There are plenty of stories of investors who went from rags to riches – now earning over one million dollars annually.

Flexible hours. If you are an investor, you usually pick your own hours. In the beginning, while you are working with a mentor (highly recommended), you may be required to attend certain meetings or commit to a certain number of hours per week. Fortunately, due to the nature of the industry, your hours will be flexible. If you are a morning person, you could do your administrative work in the morning and your sales and business development in the afternoon. Or if you are an evening person, try getting started with sales and BD then doing all the paperwork at night. Either way, there is room for personalization in your schedule.

Don’t forget though – the flexibility has to go both ways. You may at times need to be open to meeting clients in the evenings or on weekends. Keeping an open mind to your working hours is essential in real estate.

Unlimited career opportunities. Once you are in the field, there are an endless amount of career opportunities for you to pursue. You can get started working with an investment firm, which can provide you with experience and knowledge. As you continue to develop relationships and identify personal ventures, you can break into private investing or working for a larger firm. There is both residential and commercial investing, so finding your motivation in the industry can help you find your niche.

Be your own boss. If you have the financial opportunity to get started investing on your own, you may be granted the luxury of having no boss. What does this mean? Freedom to work when you want, take holidays as needed, and live your life the way you dreamt of. You can find a healthy work life balance while maintaining commitments in both arenas.

Passive Income. Here is the winner of all of the benefits. Working as a real estate investor will give you the chance to earn passive income. You can strategize so that you will be getting a paycheck with minimal work necessary. Whether it is owning a commercial building or residential building, while working with a management company, you can now spend your time on your hobbies rather than in the office.

The Downsides

The above list is a compelling argument for why it is liberating and lucrative to become a real estate investor. However, to succeed, you need to have dedication and perseverance. There is a lot of rejection in the business, and the freedom often removes motivation from new professionals. But if you can keep your business plan on track and continue to work hard, you may reap the benefits of becoming a real estate investor.

 

How We Can Help YOU Get Started.

We understand the challenges with getting started in the business, which is why we here at Gulf State Homebuyers have created our mentorship program. We specialize in a unique aspect of the industry – we buy homes, especially those that homeowners find particularly difficult to sell. For example, we specialize in buying homes that are damaged by a fire or a storm; we buy vacant homes; and we buy homes that need to sell quickly because of unexpected circumstances like divorce. No matter the reason, we focus on providing clients with competitive closing prices and can accommodate their timeline for the close.

We are a team of dedicated individuals, providing high quality service to members of our community. If you are interested in getting started with our team, contact us today to learn more about our mentorship program.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”28648″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_shadow_3d” onclick=”link_image”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Tips for Creating An Energy Efficient Home

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Are you interested in making positive change in the world while reducing your annual bills? If the answer is yes, you may want to consider improvements in your home to create an energy efficient space.

An additional bonus to the switch: If and when you decide to move, your home will be more appealing to potential buyers! Let’s take a closer look at how you can create an energy efficient home while improving its marketability.

Switch to ENERGY STAR Appliances

The first step we recommend is assessing your appliances. Many homes that still utilize older appliance models generate even more air pollution than the average car. They can also increase a homeowner’s annual bills exponentially. If you want to get started on creating an energy efficient home, try switching to ENERGY STAR appliances.

The Energy Star symbol found on energy efficient appliances was created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy in an effort to help consumers save money and minimize air pollution. Appliances worth upgrading include your refrigerator, washer and dryer, and kitchen appliances, such as your stove and microwave.

When you begin to conduct your investigation on the costs of switching to these new appliances, you may wonder whether or not you will actually save money; Energy Star appliances can be pricey. However, remember that over the years, you can reduce your annual utility bills up to 30%. In the long run, making the switch is a smart move.

Install Solar Panels

Solar panels can assist you in creating heat and generating electricity for your home. The initial investment on these can also be hefty. Once again, given time, you will save a considerable amount. Additionally, thanks to the increased popularity and myriad benefits solar panels provide – not only for homeowners, but for the world as a whole – there are now government incentives that can assist in covering some of the costs of the initial installation. You may even qualify for an annual tax deduction if you switch too.

If you are particularly motivated, you can even switch to solar blinds. New technology is now allowing for everyday household items to double as solar panels.

Start A Compost Pile

This one does not require a lot of space and does not cost much. You can simply designate an area outside for your compost pile and build a structure using old wood. Starting a compost pile is both great for the environment and reduces waste brought to landfills.

Check the Insulation of Your Home

This includes in the attic as well as along the windows and doors. Ensuring that the home is properly insulated can reduce the loss of cold/warm air, depending on the season. It can also reduce the need for the use of AC units and heaters. If you find that you are having difficulty keeping the temperature moderate in the home, you can also add insulation to the attic or purchase double pane windows.

10 Changes in Your Everyday Use:

  1. Remember to turn off all lights and appliances when they are not in use.
  2. Never leave the AC running when you are not home.
  3. Reduce the extreme use of your thermostat. Lower it in the summer and raise it in the winter.
  4. If the weather permits, hang dry your clothes instead of using the dryer.
  5. Switch to cold water whenever possible, reducing the energy needed to create the hot water.
  6. Avoid pre-rinsing dishes before placing them in the dishwasher to reduce water usage.
  7. Adjust your refrigerator temperature according to the season – if it’s not hot outside, there is no need to blast the cold air.
  8. Try removing the use of plastics in the home. Start simple by replacing plastic wrap with reusable containers.
  9. Turn off unnecessary water. For example, when you are brushing your teeth, turn off the faucet!
  10. And of course, recycle!

These 10 simple steps can help you become more conscious of your surroundings, reduce your impact on the world, and lower your monthly bills!

If you are uncertain about how your home is truly impacting your energy use, hire a professional.

With the transition of homebuyers seeking eco-friendly homes, there is now a multitude of companies that can provide you with a certified and trained auditor who can complete a full evaluation on the inefficiencies of your home. Once complete, you can start the journey to becoming part of the change.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”28643″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_shadow_3d” onclick=”link_image”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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What Inspections Should You Complete Before You Sell?

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Every month, hundreds of individuals are met with unexpected maintenance issues that cause their homes to fall out of escrow. Sellers commonly list their homes with the expectation that the buyer will pay for any necessary inspection. They make this assumption partly because they are often certain that their home is in prime condition and ready to sell. However, this can be a costly move – especially in today’s market. A home on the market for an extended period of time raises questions for potential buyers – so if a home falls out of escrow, and the on-market time is extended, this can be concerning for the seller. To avoid such an expensive mistake, there are a few home inspections that you, the homeowner, can complete before listing your home. Not only can you create a more competitive market for buyers, but if your home is in exceptional condition (and you can prove it), you could potentially increase your listing price.

 

  1. Asbestos. Today, most homebuyers will not consider a home without assurance on the

absence of asbestos. If asbestos is present and becomes airborne, it can be detrimental to one’s health – or even fatal. Unfortunately, if your home was built before 1975, there is a high probability that asbestos is present – so getting to the solution before hitting market can help you sell.

Average Cost for Asbestos Inspection: $400 – $800 for initial inspection and $200 – $400 for the follow up.

  1.  Mold. Not only can the odor be deterring and raise questions about the cleanliness of the home, but mold is also hazardous to one’s health. According to the CDC, mold can cause throat irritation, coughing or wheezing, eye irritation, and skin irritation. Selling your home in this condition can be damaging not only to the bottom line, but also to the long-term health of potential homebuyers.

Average Cost for Mold Inspection: $300 – $500 to test an average-sized property.

  1. Pests/Bugs. The presence of pests during an inspection, when found in escrow, is not always an immediate deterrent for buyers. Typically, buyers will use the presence of pests and bugs as a negotiating tool to reduce the price of the home. For this reason, it is usually better to complete the inspection, which typically costs far less than the reduction a homebuyer might ask for.

Average Cost for Pest Inspection: $100 to test an average-sized property. Some companies will even provide a free annual inspection.

  1. Plumbing. Many home buyers are fearful of buying a home that has plumbing issues – not only because of the financial burden plumbing complications may cause, but also because of the strain it places on daily living. Backed up toilets, dirty water, and non-functioning showers are all events that can cause unnecessary stress. If you get this inspection done ahead of time, you can help reassure your buyers that they will have a smooth transition into their new home.

Average Cost for Plumbing Inspection: $300 – $500.

 

Consider A Full Home Inspection

There are a handful of additional inspections that we would recommended, including assessments of the roof and the foundation. If your roof is over ten years old, you will certainly want to ensure that it is still functioning properly and safe. If your home is older, you may want to consider a foundation inspection as well.

However, to save money and time, many companies today are offering full home inspections, which generally include an inspection of electrical systems, interior plumbing, the roof, the foundation, heating systems and central air conditioning systems, visible insulation, floors, windows and doors, walls and ceilings, basements, and a structural assessment. The mold and asbestos are not typically included, but are usually offered at a discounted rate.

The cost of a home inspection can be around $400 for a 2,000-square foot home.

This is a small cost easily offset by the ability of a full inspection to boost the value of your home.

When NOT to Have Home Inspections…

If you are trying to sell a home that is a fixer-upper, ordering inspections can be damaging to your sale. You may already know that there is extensive damage – but generally, with a fixer-upper, the seller is already selling the home at a discounted price. In this situation, homeowners are not recommended to waste their time or money on any inspections.

How We Can Help.

If your home is in pristine condition, but you are not looking to put in the efforts to sell; or if you are looking for a quick sale on a fixer-upper; or if you are a homeowner anywhere on that spectrum, contact us today. We buy homes in all conditions, for all cash, at competitive prices![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”28628″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_shadow_3d” onclick=”link_image”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Which Home Improvements Can Increase Your Home’s Value?

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Are you thinking about selling your home? If you are, you may want to consider completing some home improvements before listing your house on the market. Although these improvements take time and money upfront, they could exponentially increase the value of your home when selling. Additionally, by installing upgrades you will be increasing your pool of buyers – and as we all know, competition can drive your home’s value up even more!

First Stop: The Kitchen. The most valued room in the home – a beautiful house with an undesirable kitchen can deter buyers. Therefore, when planning your upgrades, plan the kitchen first to ensure that the upgrades are included in your budget. Here are a couple simple steps that could help improve the attractiveness:

  •    Upgrade appliances. Replacing old, worn out appliances with a new set of energy efficient stainless-steel ones can not only attract the eye of the buyer, but also be a great selling point for an eco-friendly home.
  •    Open up the space. Whether it is removing a door or even a wall, buyers today are looking for an open-concept home. They want the ability to move around and host guests without feeling trapped. If you have it in your budget, consider opening the kitchen to the primary living areas.
  •    Repaint and remove any wallpaper. Updating the room can increase the overall appeal during open houses. Also, keeping it simple allows for a buyer to envision their belongings in the room.
  •    Maximize your cabinet space. Again, buyers are mainly looking for that open space – they don’t want to be stuck with buying a home with no storage, which would ultimately result in unwanted clutter. Take the time and update the cabinet space to keep the surfaces clean and pristine.

Next Step: The Bathroom. This is the second most important room in the home (some even argue that it could be number one). The bathroom is the place for sanctuary – buyers again are looking for upgraded and clean rooms rather than outdated ones. Take the same steps you took with the kitchen – upgrade the fixtures, repaint, and open the space up.

Tackling the Rest of the Home: One Room at a Time. If you have the time and financial ability to continue with upgrades, keep going. Every dollar you put into improving the home now will help you gain a profit when you sell. To get started, cover the basics. Assess the flooring and walls – we recommend painting the rooms a neutral color (again, this helps a buyer imagine the room hosting their belongings), and upgrade to hardwood floors. Both of these tasks can also improve the space, bringing the open concept to the entire home.

Go Energy Efficient. A large portion of buyers today are millennials – and one of their primary concerns when purchasing a home is ensuring that they are purchasing an energy-efficient home. Upgrading your home to energy efficient appliances and lighting can have a drastic impact on the process of selling your home. Not only do you open your buyer pool up, but you also decrease a homebuyer’s future bills. This is a great tidbit to use in your marketing material as well! A few other areas to focus on upgrading include your heating and cooling system and windows.

Beautify the Exterior. Remember your home’s curb appeal, first impressions are lasting impressions. A homebuyer will make a decision in the first 10 seconds of seeing your home on whether or not they may buy it. If the exterior is unkempt (especially if the home is selling at market value), then they may lose interest. Cleaning the front yard, painting if necessary, and removing clutter will give your home a competitive advantage. This one can be low cost with high gain.

Before You Get Started, Make a Plan. This is the costliest mistake homeowners make – not making a plan before starting their improvements! If you remodel/upgrade your home without a plan, you end up spending exponentially more compared to if you created a strategy. The plan allows you to seek out the best deals, as well as allows you to assess how much you can complete before you start going over your budget. The last thing you want is to be halfway finished with a room when you realize you are cashed out.

How to Avoid the Hassle? As stated in the beginning, these upgrades take time and money. If you are not interested in the commitment, there is an alternative solution – sell to us. We see the value in properties and provide our clients with competitive offers for purchase. We take the hassle out of the transaction so that you can put your focus on your future.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”28621″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_shadow_3d” onclick=”link_image”][/vc_column][/vc_row]