For many homeowners, the process of buying a home involves many emotional trade-offs. The desire for a beautiful new house with all the latest design features (spa, jaccuzzi, master bedroom with picture window and a fabulous view) may have to be weighed against the need for a home in a safe neighbourhood in a good school district. The reality may be that it’s more important to have a home in a great neighbourhood than to have a house with beautiful designer features. And so, the trade-off is made.
The great news, however, is that while a good school district is a non-negotiable asset, a less than a perfect home is actually something that can be changed and improved. Today many people are getting home equity loans from their house’s value, and this can be a smart way to pay for a home renovation. If the loan is acquired at a low-interest rate and the renovation is done on a smart budget, this can be a smart financial move. A good renovation can really add to the value of a house, so putting money back into a home is a win-win move on many levels. Continue reading
Choosing a retirement community can be either the easiest decision you can make or the most difficult trial ever invented whether the prospective resident is you or a loved one. One helpful key is to first outline what services are desired, the amount of assistance that may be needed and the environment that is preferred. You may want only minimal guidance and interaction with staff and can live quite independently and quite well for most daily routines. You might share a ride to local shopping or other community events, but you don’t need daily assistance with activities, medical oversight or personal care. You do want a caring environment, quick response from staff if needed, and friendly neighbours. For example, while no facility can guarantee the last item, residents and family members can vouch for any of the nine St Ives retirement villages found in western Australia. Each facility has its own itinerary of activities residents can join. Continue reading
You must have heard that some companies or builders to advertise about master planned communities as the best deal for home buyers. Do you know what these all are about? Master planned communities are the communities that sprawl over huge areas and apart from having wonderful houses they have commercial advantages as well. The residents gets all amenities under one roof such as all sports activities, swimming pool, commercial activities, gyms, etc. Moreover, security is also quite good. These are planned to accommodate both residential and subdivisions and commercial spaces so that retail facilities are available to consumers easily and comfortably. These communities are small town in themselves. It is a win-win situation for both the buyer and builder. Continue reading