How to buy a home  


Looking for a home? Where should you begin? Home buying can be an over whelming task. Think about any changes in your life during the foreseeable future. Will there be changes in your family size or with your vocation? What are your requirements for the home?

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Why use a Real Estate buyer agent?

In short, the reason is to get you a better deal than you would have gotten without one. It's really as simple as that! This means money, but it also means having the services of an expert who can find you the home you want, come to agreement with the home seller at terms favorable to you, and see that the home sale actually closes.

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Common Sense Home Security Tips

Every responsible home owner will agree that protecting their homes from burglars is a very important issue. But why there are so many burglaries every year? Only in 2006 there were over 2 million burglary offences in the United States. Is it we don't take care of our home's protection? or there are too many burglars? I don't know.

Anyway, we as home owners, have the responsibility to protect our homes and families. Following are some home security tips for your information: 1) Have in mind that a burglar's three worst enemies are light, time and noise. If he is forced to "work" in the light, or he is going to take too long to break into your home, it's more likely he is not going to give it a try.

2) Try to figure out what's your home's easiest entry, the pass way the burglar would use to enter your home. Do you know where is it? Good! Now try to make it more secure. Tips: Trim trees and shrubs near doors and windows. Prefer low fences which make it hard for a burglar to work in a quiet and hidden place.

Use good outdoors lightning for the same reasons: Your house should be a hard place for a burglar to "work" comfortably. 3) As mentioned before, time is another burglar's enemy. If he is forced to take five or six minutes longer, he may consider leaving. So how could you apply this tip to your home? Try adding good quality and strong locks to your doors and windows, and use them! 4) Noise is a burglar's third enemy, and here is where alarm systems come to scene! Install an alarm system with detectors mounted on all doors and windows that could be used by an intruder. 5) Do you have valuables, such as fine furniture, paintings, or expensive/luxury accessories that can be easily seen from the outdoors? Try changing the location of your valuables so that they can't be seen easily from outside.

This way burglars will have less motivation to enter your home. It's also a good advice to keep a household inventory (a list of your most valuable belongings, such as furniture, electronics, etc.) This document could be used when reporting a burglary, and to file an insurance claim as well. 6) Establish a routine so that every night before going to sleep, and every time you are going out and leaving your home alone, you make sure your doors and windows are locked and the alarm system is on. 7) Don't give information to people you don't know over the telephone, and teach your children to do the same.

Don't write you home address in "Ï want" or "I sell" ads on newspapers or online bulletin boards. 8) Notify police when you see suspicious strangers in your neighborhood. 9) Handle your keys carefully, e.

g. don't use a key ring having your home address, because if you loose your keys and they get picked up by some bad guy, he will know where to go (and not to return your keys by the way!) Don't leave your house keys inside your car in a parking lot, and finally don't try to hide your keys in "secret" places outside your home, as most burglars will know where to look. Applying all these home security tips will not only prevent burglars to enter your home and steal your valuable possessions, but also give you the desirable peace of mind we all need.

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