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halloween, trick or treat

Halloween is Approaching!

READY FOR HALLOWEEN?   Halloween is quickly approaching. In just over a week there will be ghouls, goblins, ghosts and witches coming to your house looking for treats. It’s important to remember that not every Trick-or-Treater coming to your front door can have candy.   There are many children that will be visiting your house that cannot have the candy that is being handed out. Children with food allergies, celiac disease or that are on special diets. Children that have ADD, ADHD and autism are typically on special diets limiting sugar, gluten, dairy or certain food coloring. Also cancer patients are on diets that limit sugar intake.   The Teal Pumpkin Project is making it easier for parents to recognize which houses are safe for their children to visit on Halloween. Participating houses will have teal pumpkins out on their front porch. Indicating to parents that this house is handing out non candy treats. Local party...

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Fall is Upon Us!

We Just Love Fall! The first day of autumn is tomorrow.  It’s time to pull the decorations down from the attic and decorate your home for the new season. You can also take this time to spruce up your home a bit with fall inspired colors.   Hanging a fall or Halloween themed wreath on your front door is a great way to spruce up your home for the fall. You can buy them at your local craft shows, craft store or make your own. Making your own wreath is a great way to get everyone in your home included in the design.   Painting your front door your favorite fall color will brighten up your front porch as well. A deep red will contrast nicely with most brick homes and give a pop of color. Be sure to check with your HOA prior to painting to make sure you can have a colored door.   Also,...

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Others Over For Football?

Who is ready for football? Today marks the beginning of the 2015 NFL season. It is time to fire up the grill, have a few cold beers, and root for your favorite team! There is no better way to celebrate the first weekend than having a party at your home. Here are some tips on having a great football party in your home! Make it a Pot Luck. Have all your family and friends bring their favorite finger foods and sides so you are not stuck with all the pregame cooking. Handle the main dish and have your guests handle the rest. That way there will be time for you to enjoy every moment of the game. Have the television in the garage. This will give everyone plenty of space to see the action. Also it frees up space in the house for people to get food. Also this gives guests that do...

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Property tax advice

Help With Property Taxes?

Need some property tax advice? We receive our property taxes annually. For most people the new appraised value of your home can come as quite a shock. With the housing market continuing to improve many people have had their value increase and as a result have had their property taxes increase astronomically. If you feel that your home is valued incorrectly you can dispute the appraised value of your home. Here are some helpful tips on how to dispute your appraised value and some great property tax advice.   Find out how much homes are selling for in your neighborhood. If you know a realtor they can check home sales in your neighborhood. Usually it is best to go back at least a year to have enough home sales to prove your value. While reviewing the recent home sales, be on the lookout for foreclosures and short sales. These lower home values for the...

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Handling an Estate

Do you have an estate you need to probate? Handling the estate of a loved one is never an easy task. There are preparations to be made, calls, paperwork, attorneys, and packing up their home. An inherited house is a minefield of paperwork and memories. Selling your inherited home is never an easy decision.  The memories alone are enough to make you want to keep the home. The trip down memory lane while packing up will make anyone question if selling is the right decision. The potential for a rental property is also appealing to those with a home that is suddenly available. However, becoming a landlord is a time consuming endeavor. There is maintenance, paperwork and the potential for bad tenants. Also, unfortunately in times like these siblings and other family members tend to argue over what is the best way to handle and inherited house. Gulf State Homebuyers will make selling...

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hurricane katrina

Remembering Katrina

Do you remember when Hurricane Katrina hit land? Ten years ago this week Hurricane Katrina ripped through New Orleans. Images of destroyed and flooded homes are covering the internet as we remember the terrible destruction this category 5 storm caused as it ripped through the Gulf Coast United States.  There are many ways to protect your home from the high winds that are brought on by a hurricane.   For a home not directly on the coast plywood is one of the most popular options for protecting windows from the high wind. It is best to have the plywood measured and labeled in advance of a storm. That way when a storm is bearing down on your region they can be placed on the windows quickly and efficiently. For those with limited time and funds tape is also an option. While it does not protect your windows entirely it does prevent the glass...

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prevent foreclosure

Sometimes Foreclosure Happens

 Do you need to prevent foreclosure on your home? Life is unpredictable. What is good today could go bad tomorrow. The recent highs and lows of the stock market over the last few days is proof that everything can change in a heartbeat. The unfortunate truth is that tomorrow your spouse could ask for a divorce, you could take a pay cut or worse be laid off.  Many of these situations lead to financial instability and the possibility of a foreclosure on your home.  Just know there are solutions to prevent foreclosure.   Foreclosure is a very stressful situation to go through. There are the phone calls from collectors. All the paperwork. People coming by your home at all hours to talk to you about payment. Plus the bank will even try to talk to your neighbors about the property adding extra embarrassment. Selling your home on the market is almost impossible. First...

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sell your home

Advantage of Selling Your Home for Cash

Want to sell your home for cash? When you’re trying to sell your home, you may need to do so as quickly as possible. Some reasons to sell for cash may include avoiding foreclosure, bankruptcy, other financial difficulties, avoiding the need for a Realtor, selling a home quickly, and making the process easier on yourself. Selling a home in the traditional manner means that you will need to take the time to find and hire a Realtor, make sure the home looks its best, advertise the sale of the home, and wait for an offer on the home. Then, you’ll need to make sure the sale of the home goes through. Instead, some of the advantages of selling a home to a house cash buyer are the speed of the sale, the convenience of the sale, and to make sure that the home is sold without worrying about any complications.   Speed of...

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sell your house

4 Reasons You May Want To Sell Your House

Want to sell your house? Here are four reasons you might want to sell your house:   1. Low housing supply: Tight inventory is a main reason the ball is still in the sellers’ court.   The level of unsold homes was 4.6 months in February, according to the National Association of Realtors. That means it would take a little less than five months for all available inventory to sell. In a normal market, a five-to-seven month supply is considered balanced, said Danielle Hale, director of housing statistics at the NAR.   Tight inventory tends to prop up home prices and can result in multiple offers and spur bidding wars.   But at the same time, low supply is also keeping some sellers in their homes. “They aren’t typically going to sell and then rent,” explained Hale. If sellers aren’t comfortable that they will be able to find a new home, it can keep them off the market. “There needs...

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sell your house fast

4 Tips to Help You Sell Your House Fast!

Looking to sell your house fast? Selling your home is not always as simple as putting it on the market and making a sale. There are plenty of cases where homes sit on the market for years. This is not what most people want. Most people want to be able to sell a house quickly. There are some very surprising real estate tips that can help you sell your house fast.   What Is Near Your Home?   There are all sorts of things that can help make a home sell faster. Sometimes all it takes is the right area. If your house is in a good neighborhood, it will sell faster than a house that is not. The same could be said of houses near popular retail establishments like Starbucks for instance. A recent study revealed that homes located near a Starbucks rose in value over 90%. Similar homes that were not near a...

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