Tips I’ve Learned on Buying a New Home

Sorry for the lack of updates, I’ve been so caught up with life!!!!

I am well on my way with my weight loss journey, and I am now in the process of purchasing a new home! I thought it’d be a good idea to write about some things I’ve learned in my process.
Buying a home can be a nerve-wracking experience. This is not the time to be unprepared, or to leave things to chance. You need as much good advice as possible during this process. Read, and follow, the advice in this article so you can have a pain-free experience when purchasing real estate.

When looking to purchase a home, do not hire an appraiser who was recommended to you by your agent. Due to a conflict of interest, the appraiser may not be the best person for the job. Instead, find someone with several years of experience and who is state-licensed.

To find the perfect home, you should establish a list of features that you will be looking for. This can include the size, the number of rooms or the location. Knowing what you want should help you go through a large number of ads quickly and select the homes that correspond to your needs.

Do not skip getting an independent inspection before buying your home. We all want to think that every one involved in the process is going to be completely honest, but you don’t want to risk your future on it. A house may look beautiful on the outside, but without an inspection you don’t know what may pop up shortly after you sign on the dotted line.

To avoid committing to more than you can handle, it is advisable to have an appraiser take a look at any properties you intend to purchase, especially fixer-uppers or foreclosed homes. This can save you from purchasing a house that has non-visible damage, such as a problematic foundation or a HVAC system that requires replacing.

When looking to purchase your next home, check out a few Open Houses. Open Houses can provide you with a great opportunity to see what is available in a neighborhood, view different floor plans, meet real estate agents, and get decorating or upgrading ideas. Open House listings are readily available in the local Sunday paper.

One important tip when it comes to real estate is to be sure to investigate the school district that the home falls within if you have kids or plan on having them. This is important because the quality of school districts may vary greatly from town to town. This may not seem important if you do not have kids yet, but will be extremely important to your peace of mind and your child’s education.

Make sure to assess whether the house you are interested in buying is located on a quiet street or a road that is much more busy. If the house is located on a road that has a lot of noise then that could potentially affect the property value of the house.

Do not focus on the decor of a house too much when you are looking at a potential home to purchase. Things like paint colors are minor and can be changed after you buy the property, so do not let something like that stop you from making a purchase.

When starting out with a real estate agent, set expectations on communications from the beginning. You and your agent should have a realistic idea of how often you’ll be talking with each other, in order to facilitate your relationship. Make sure you both know the kind of communication method you’d like to use, as well.

Even if you do not have children that go to school it is still an excellent idea to buy property that is located in an area that has a good school district. This is because it will make your property more attractive to future potential buyers who have or want children.

One of the biggest mistakes people make when they purchase a home is failing to do their homework on the surrounding neighborhood. Research the school district, taxes, location of sex offenders, and crime rates. Gathering this information may be time-consuming, but it can help you to avoid nasty surprises. You might also consider attending a community meeting, which can give you additional insight into local people, places, and issues.

When getting ready to purchase a home, you must gather all the information you need if you are to have a successful experience. This is not a good time to leave things to fate or hope for the best. Then, studiously apply the advice you have just read and you can confidently deal in real estate.

Good luck, I hope this helps someone!

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Happy New Year and My Resolutions

Hi Everyone!

As you know, it is the new year, and everyone is trucking along with their new years resolutions. One of the most popular ones that everyone aims to do within a new year is to lose weight.

I used to be a little stick when I was younger, full of energy and I could eat as much as I wanted and still be a scrawny little guy. College hit, and I gained the dreaded “Freshman 15”, and, well, it’s all been downhill from there. I do truly believe that as you get older, your metabolism takes a hit and you no longer can eat all of the funions that you want anymore, and you gain weight in places you didn’t really know that you could.

I am hoping onto the bandwagon and am aiming to lose about 30 lbs this year. I have hired a personal trainer at the gym to help me out for a bit, as I’ve never really step foot into a gym and don’t really know what I need to do or how to use the machines. So far, the trainer is kicking my butt about once a week, and I follow up every week to see how far I’ve gone along.

My personal trainer has also given me a meal plan, which I admit, I am not following to a T, but am taking into consideration the suggestions for snacks and meal ideas. I am trying to implement more vegetables into my everyday eating, which hasn’t been so bad.

I was at my local GNC store and was asking for suggestions for a product that could help boost my weight loss process. There are many options, thermogenics, saffron extract, CLA, green coffee bean extract. So many options! I will have to do some research online before I decide on something.

Happy new year to everyone, hope you all achieve everything you want this year. Will get to my regular blog topics soon.

-Long live cars

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My First Post!

Drag RacingMy first post! Woohoo! Welcome to my personal blog page!  I have always wanted a place online to talk about my love for drag racing and pretty much everything else.

What is with the name?  Well, the Orangeburg Drag Strip has always been my favourite place to visit ever since I was a little kid.  My Dad used to take me there, just so I can see the cars go up and down the track.  It always felt like home to me.  Since I wanted to make this blog feel like home, I decided to name it after my fav childhood spot.  And the LLC at the end? It stands for Long Live Cars. According to my parents, it was my favorite thing to say as a kid.  Weird? Yes I know haha!

I grew up in South Carolina just an hour away from Neeses, where the drag strip is located.  The track now is completely different from how it was YEARS back when I used to go with my father.  They tore up the whole track and and built a new racing surface to accommodate different types of racing such as bike racing and grudge racing.  If you could see the changes from how it was before, to how it is now, you will see the drastic change.

Sorry for babbling on, check back in a few for new updates and posts.

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