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11 Questions You Should Always Ask When Buying a Home [SPOILER ALERT: Housefax Can Give You All the Answers!]

Before you make an offer on a house it pays to ask a handful of questions. While the answers might scare you off or make you rethink your bid, they could make you feel more confident that you’re making the right move on the right house. And as a seller or real estate agent you should anticipate and be prepared to answer these questions

But where do you go for all this information? With so many sources out there, who can you trust?

The good news is Housefax has relationships with over a dozen trusted public and private sources to bring you reliable data. Whether you are a real estate agent, homebuyer or seller, Housefax answers 11 must-ask questions immediately, to build confidence and cut the amount of time you waste researching in half.

You have questions. Housefax knows the answers.

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The World’s Largest (and Weirdest) Roadside Attractions from All 50 States

It’s officially summer! And there’s nothing better than a great American cross-country road trip: soaking in the nation’s majestic beauty, eating in tiny roadside diners, driving 150 miles out of the way to take a selfie in front of… a 30 foot bowling pin?!

That’s right! We’ve compiled this list of the world’s largest (and weirdest) roadside attractions in each state. How many have you visited? And, which do you plan to see this summer? Tell us in the comments below!

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Want to Nail Your Next Buyer’s Tour? Read This First!

Housefax Buyer's Tour Tips

There are hundreds of articles dedicated to helping seller’s agents get their listings ready for home showings. Seller’s agents can use these resources to learn how to stage a house, the best ways to market a home using new channels like Snapchat and even how to create a signature house scent. But what about buyer’s agents? Here are 5 tips that will help you prepare for your next buyer’s tour while impressing clients with your property knowledge and market expertise.

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Man Caves of Famous Celebrities (and Dads) You Gotta See to Believe

 

Celebrity Man Caves

Everybody reading this sentence has his or her own version of what could be called a “man cave.” Urban dictionary defines man cave as “a room, space, corner or area of a dwelling that is specifically reserved for a male person to be in a solitary condition, away from the rest of the household in order to work, play, involve himself in certain hobbies or activities without interruption. This area is usually decorated by the male that uses it without interference from any female influence.”

In honor of Father’s Day, we’re taking a peek at the man caves of famous celebrities who are also fathers. Plus, we’ll give you some tips on how to transform any room into your very own man cave!

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Does Your Home’s Foundation Need a Little TLC?

You take great pride in your home and are quite conscious of curb appeal. You’ve added a fresh coat of paint to your home, carefully tended the flower beds in your front yard and adorned your front porch with cozy decorations, and yet it still seems like something is missing when you stand back and admire your handiwork.

Could it be your home’s foundation?

A dingy, cracked and crumbling concrete base can detract from all of your other hard work. But aesthetics isn’t the only reason to pay attention to your home’s foundation. Giving it a little TLC can ward off larger headaches and costly repairs. Let’s take a look at what you can do to care for your home’s foundation.

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The Inspiring Growth of Hispanic Homeownership

Owning a home is no doubt part of the “American dream.” Yet less than two-thirds of Americans currently do. In fact, the overall rate of homeownership is hovering near a 50-year low, at 63.6%. For minorities, the rates are even lower, coming in at 56.8% (Asian), 46.6% (Hispanic), and 42.7% (African American).

Does this mean that Americans don’t value homeownership anymore? Continue reading

Consumer Alert: Hidden Dangers Left Inside a Meth Lab

Anne-Marie and her partner spent the better part of a year looking for a dream home in Longmont, CO that fit their budget.

They had a property under contract when they discovered that a former occupant had been a methamphetamine smoker. It was then discovered (through independent testing) that the former occupant was not only smoking meth, but cooking it also. The property’s Housefax Report shows this activity (but to our surprise, the DEA website does not.)

Professional meth lab cleanup contractors estimate that about 90% of meth labs are never discovered, and their tenants will likely never know about their homes’ toxicity. Clean up costs can easily exceed $30,000 to make the home healthy again. But even a cleaned up meth lab can pose serious health risks.

So how can you protect you and your family from this growing epidemic? Always run a Housefax Report first on a property you’re interested in buying or renting. Here are a few other things you need to know….

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Celebrity Housefax: Barack and Michelle Obama [PHOTOS, VIDEO & FULL HOUSEFAX REPORT]

While they no longer reside at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, former President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, aren’t moving out of the Washington, DC area anytime soon. Their youngest daughter, Sasha, has two-and-a-half more years of high school, so the Obamas recently purchased the Kalorama neighborhood house they have been renting since January.

Built in 1928, the brick Tudor-style mansion was renovated in 2011. (Incidentally the Housefax Report shows that the fire department was dispatched in March 2011 to deal with a natural gas leak on the premises.)
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SELLER’S GUIDE: 7 Pro Tips to Sell Your Home

Deciding to sell your home can be an emotional decision. Whether the move is due to a job change, a need to down-size or simply the desire to move to another part of the country, uprooting yourself and your family can feel overwhelming.

You may have loved your home for years and just can’t imagine that any potential buyer who walks through your door will be anything less than thrilled to pay top dollar for your splendid abode. But in reality, the hard truth is that you need to expect to give your home at least a modest face-lift before opening your door to a potential home buyer. Major renovations aren’t usually in order, but some basic cleaning and polishing will benefit you in the long run.

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How to Win a Bidding War [FREE RESOURCE GUIDE]

The real estate industry has a popular saying: “All’s fair in love, war and real estate.” For buyers, getting into a bidding war can be brutal…except for one lucky winner. In today’s heated market, homes in sought-after neighborhoods can command multiple offers and the sold price often well exceeds the asking price.

So how do you come out on top? Here’s our favorite expert advice from the pros including TV’s most favorite real estate agent, Modern Family’s Phil Dunphy. Oh and don’t forget to download the “Ultimate Resource Guide to Winning a Bidding War.” Continue reading

Memorial Day Tribute from Team Housefax

Each year, Americans celebrate Memorial Day weekend as the unofficial start of summer. Memorial Day itself — which falls on May 29 this year — is a special day that we take time to remember and honor the courage of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. The Housefax team shares their wishes for these brave men and women and their families.

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