Is your neighborhood changing rapidly? Are your neighbors rehabbing, upgrading or rebuilding? Paying attention to the neighborhood, and how it grows and changes directly affects the value of your home and whether it appreciates, depreciates or pretty much stays even. Check out the articles, columns, radio shows, blog posts and videos for more information about how your neighborhood can affect your home. As always, if you are buying a home, you must make sure to consider the neighborhood and its school district.
In a slow housing market or real estate recession, you need to be careful with new construction. If you are already seeing warning signs like the developer has put construction on hold, or only a fraction of the development has been completed, you might want to rethink your purchase. If the builder is having problems, there are no guarantees that the plans for the neighborhood will ever come true.
What can you do when your rotten neighbor has not controlled his children or pets? You might think you could separate yourself from your rotten neighbor by putting up a fence. Putting up a fence could trigger a property dispute. What can you do in a fence dispute with a rotten neighbor?
The issue of vacated rights-of-way, streets and alleys can be rather complicated. In some cases, roads, streets, alleys and other types of rights-of-way were created from private land and in others they were created from public land.
New York real estate is one of the few markets in the country that is still moving at a good rate. Is now a good time to buy a home in the area? It all depends on the neighborhood and how long the homeowners want to be in the house.
A homeowner, and many of his neighbors, feel the developer delivered a vastly different neighborhood than what was promised. Some states require developers to disclose their development plans in advance of having a buyer sign a contract for the purchase of a home. Some states also have consumer fraud statutes that may apply to your case. The homeowners should consult a real estate attorney to determine if they have cause to bring a case against the builder.
Residents of the 9th ward in New Orleans were hit perhaps the hardest by Hurricane Katrina. Ronald Lewis was the first person to move back into the 9th ward, and still remains one of the few to return. With the help of students and an architect he has rebuilt his home to be an example to other residents to return and help rebuild the 9th ward. Ilyce wonders if a neighborhood can still survive without its neighbors.
When you're considering buying an investment property that is pre-construction you need to look at the deal carefully. Certain areas of the country are awash in real estate investment properties such as condominiums. What do you need to consider if you're buying investment property with hopes of flipping it?
When you buy a home it's important to understand all the documents you sign. When you sign a planned unit development (PUD) rider on a mortgage that obligates you to pay dues as a member of a future homeowners association (HOA). When you're a member of an HOA, you also get benefits like the group caring for common areas.