Wan Lim's Blog Posts

Did your appraisal come in above? below? Know what the repercussions are!

It might surprise some to know that the sales contract isn’t the final value of the home, at least in the lender’s eyes. When negotiating the price of a home market forces shape a price

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Is the Home Market Shifting in Favor of Buyers?

Spring home-buying season is officially here, and an abundance of inventory has entered the housing market.As more and more homeowners list their homes for sale, new data from Realtor.com

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Things to Consider Before redoing Windows throughout Your Home!

They say that the windows are the eyes of a house. It allows us to see from the inside as well as the outside. And with that it can reflect the state of our home. Whether storm damage, damage from a

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You do NOT need 20% down all the time to buy a house, here are a few ways to avoid having to put down all your savings!

If you’re starting your home search, you may have been told that you will need to put 20% down. While there are many benefits to putting 20% or more down on a loan, for many home buyers, it

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How to Pick Your First Homeowners Insurance Policy

Original post by Mia TaylorUpdated on 05.10.19Purchasing your first home can be an overwhelming process, one fraught with emotion and a seemingly endless stream of paperwork and documentation.For

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How to Create $50,000 in Passive Income With 14 Doors

Oringally by Sarah P. | BiggerPockets.com[ Disclaimer:  These opportunities ARE present for everyone if they find the appropriate markets.  The numbers described below are

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10 Times a DIYer was Smart to Hire a Pro

We love diving into DIY projects at home. Even if you’re a total novice when it comes to DIY, anyone can tackle simple projects to enhance their home. No matter how experienced you are at

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These 4 Factors That Make All The Difference In Your Bathroom Remodel

Original Post by:  Tara Mastroeni  March 24, 2019 in Freshome's Very Best / Bathroom / Homes / Renovations / RoomsRemodeling your

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The Top Energy Efficient Home Trends That Home Buyers Want in 2019

Article Originally Submitted by Fixr.comAs the cost of energy continues to rise, many home buyers today are looking for homes that are going to be easier and less expensive to run long term. I

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7 Things to Avoid After Applying for a Mortgage!

Congratulations! You’ve found a home to buy and have applied for a mortgage! You are undoubtedly excited about the opportunity to decorate your new home! But before you make any big purchases,

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Whose Mortgage Do You Want To Pay? Yours Or Your Landlord’s?

There are some people who haven’t purchased homes because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. However, everyone should realize that unless you are living with your

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The Difference Having A Professional On Your Side Makes

In today’s fast-paced world, where answers are a Google search away, there are some who may wonder what the benefits of hiring a real estate professional to help them in their home

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The Home Mortgage Interest Tax Deduction

Originially written and posted by William Perez Owning your own home comes with a few nice tax perks. One of them is that the interest you must pay on your mortgage loan is tax

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Staging your House for Free: 7 Ideas That Don't Cost a Dime

asbe/iStockOne of the most common mistakes sellers make is assuming they need to sink a bunch of money into home staging. Some choose the expensive route—swapping out their furniture and

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7 Neighborhood Red Flags to Look Out for When Looking at a Home!

Jonathan Kingston/Getty Images Finally, you've done it: You've scoured the market for available homes—and then some—and found one you can't stop thinking about. It's time to make an

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Negotiating the Best Deal on a New Home Build

Is a brand new home on your wish list? The end of the year is the best time to lock in a deal on a new construction home—if you know what to ask for.This December has turned out to be

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2019, New Year New Market, where are we headed?

Some Highlights:­Interest rates are projected to increase steadily throughout 2019, but buyers will still be able to lock in a rate lower than their parents or grandparents did when they bought

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Where are interest rates headed in 2019? Something everyone has been wondering...

The interest rate you pay on your home mortgage has a direct impact on your monthly payment. The higher the rate, the greater the payment will be. That is why it is important to know where rates are

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Is another housing market on the rise? This says otherwise.

Home sales numbers are leveling off, the rate of price appreciation has slowed to more historically normal averages, and inventory is finally increasing. We are headed into a more normal housing

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Pros and Cons of Solar Hot Water

The idea of solar hot water isn’t complicated. It’s like a greenhouse where solar energy is captured and used to heat the water. The use of solar energy to heat an object has been around

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Black Friday Shopping for Homes!

istockHome buyers looking for a sweet holiday deal should forget about Black Friday, researchers say. Their bank accounts will be better off if they wait until Dec. 26 instead.Yes, after

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5 Ways to Trump a Buyer Making a Cash Offer

Originally posted by Amanda Dixon APR 08, 2016Cash is a must-have if you’re trying to buy a house. And while most Americans need to take out a mortgage loan, some folks can afford to

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The way of the Future! Building Your Energy-Efficient Dream Home

Customize your modern home with energy saving appliances that can offer style and comfort. While older homes have their charm (and you can still modernize and make them efficient), building a new

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One Stop Shop Home Search!

Take a look at this wonderful home in an amazing location. 2 beds 2 baths with a 3rd non conforming bedroom in the basement! With a little bit of work, you could automatically build some instant

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The Ugly (and Filthy) Truth About Wearing Shoes in the House

Original Post By Stephanie Booth | Oct 22, 2018"Shoes off, please." A reasonable request? Or are those fightin' words?Arguably, no other three monosyllabic words have ever led to more

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Where are Home Values Headed Over The Next Few Years?

There are many questions about where home prices will be next year as well as where they may be headed over the next several years to come. We have gathered the most reliable sources to help answer

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How Financing a Commercial Mixed Used Property Works

There are essentially two types of real estate- residential and commercial. I just happen to be fortuante enough to work in both. Residential is self-evident in that people occupy the property as

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Want To Pay Your Mortgage Off Early? Here's How!

There are two ways to own your home. Either you can pay cash upfront or you can pay little by little, year after year. For most us, monthly mortgage payments are the most feasible option. While we

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Your First Step in Buying a Home!

In many markets across the country, the number of buyers searching for their dream homes outnumbers the number of homes for sale. This has led to a competitive marketplace where buyers often

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7 Signals The Home You Are Looking At Will Have a Solid Resale Value

While it might seem premature to think about selling a home before you even buy it, it's important to remember that a house is an investment. And in an ideal world, investments make&

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How to Buy a House in Your 20s—and Why You Really Should

Curious about how to buy a house in your 20s? If you're dubious it can be done, we get it. Between entry-level salaries, college loans, and the desire to just be young and have fun, 20-somethings

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Clever Storage Ideas for a Small Apartment

A common notion about a small space is that it is not livable. But if you plan the space and make use of every inch of space cleverly and with intelligence, then that can surely make a difference.

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9 Home Maintenance Tasks That'll Save You Money And Time

1. Snake your dryer duct at least once a year to prevent lint buildups that can cause fires.In addition to slowing down your dryer, lint is super flammable. You'll want to clean off the

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Rents Are On The Rise: Don’t Get Caught In The Rental Trap!

There are many benefits to homeownership, but one of the top benefits is protecting yourself from rising rents by locking in your housing cost for the life of your mortgage.Don’t Become&

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Whats the Deal with Tiny Homes?

Original post by  By Jae Curtis August 20, 2018 in Architecture / Decorating Ideas / Homes / New Build / Small SpacesWhen it comes to

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Homes more affordable now then before 2000? It can't be!

 Rising home prices have many concerned that the average family will no longer be able to afford the most precious piece of the American Dream – their own home.However, it is not just the

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8 Super Simple Ideas for People Who Hate Yard Work

SHARE THISEmail ThisPin ThisTweet ThisTOPICImprove, By Room, Yard & Patio, Low MaintenancePrint articleLook at those smug neighbors, lounging around on their stylish teak patio

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What $1 Million Gets You in 15 Cities Across the U.S.

Who wants to be a millionaire? To buy a modest home in some cities, you might have to be!  In San Francisco and San Jose, one million dollars is the expected going rate. But if you travel,

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