One of the most effective tools you have to selling your home is quite possibly the most overlooked – photography. No matter how beautiful or wonderfully priced your home is, it’s unlikely to sell as fast as you’d like if the pictures are less than stellar. Here are some quick and easy tips for photographing your home to make sure it sells.
Everyone knows the story of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow with its tale of Ichabod Crane the slight, yet smart, schoolteacher, and the menacing, Headless Horseman. But I wonder how many people know that its author, Washington Irving, drew inspiration from real-life events that took place in and around Tarrytown, New York.
Just recently, there have been changes to the Army Regulations 670-1 that concern soldiers and tattoos. Getting a visible tattoo might be a thing of the past as these news regulations are expected to become policy in the next 30 to 60 days.
A VA loan allows you to buy your home with zero down or to refinance the full value of your existing home all with relaxed credit requirements. Unfortunately, there are veterans and service members who have reservations about using this benefit because of the funding fee associated with it.
Although it’s one of the most widely used benefits offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs, many veterans have questions about the rules and regulations about using their VA loan. One of the most asked about issues is the loan’s occupancy requirements. Questions often asked include: How soon after buying my home do I have to move in? What if I am deployed? Can I rent out my home with a VA loan? Read on to learn more about VA loan occupancy requirements.
One of the requirements of receiving a VA loan is that an appraisal and home inspection must be performed on the property by a VA-approved appraiser. It’s often a point of contention for many veterans because the requirements are often very strict. But once service members understand the details of the appraisal and inspection process, many are glad they have this safeguard in place to protect them.
There’s a lot of discussion about the government shutdown, most of which is long, heady and hard to sort through. I know for a lot of veterans, wading through that information to find something applicable is difficult and time consuming. I started wading through this ocean of data this weekend when my dad had made an offhand comment, wondering about his veteran benefits and if they were going to be effected by the shutdown.
Most veterans say that some of the more confusing aspects of qualifying for a VA loan are the occupancy requirements. This usually stems from when a service member gets their PCS orders and has to move. Will they be able to rent the house? Will they be able to get a second VA loan at their new location? Are there penalties or fines for not meeting this requirement? While it can seem daunting, understanding the occupancy requirements of a VA loan is actually quite simple if you break it down.
This year, on the 12th anniversary of 9/11, members of the Detroit Police Department and Detroit Fire Department along with Detroit’s Mayor Dave Bing, and Acting Special Agent in Charge John R. Shoup from the FBI were on hand at Campus Martius in Detroit to pay tribute to the first responders and innocent men, women and children who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.
I was excited when I read Chloe’s article Questions to Ask Yourself When Looking for a Daycare. Not because I’m in the market for a daycare, but because I know how hard it is for parents to know what to do when trying to find the right place to entrust your child/children. I wanted to also add my experience to the article in the hopes that I’m able to help make the lives of parents a little bit easier.