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When you think of buying or selling a house, the first thing that comes to mind may not be the legal aspects associated with the process. You may want to reconsider this rather boring part of the process as an important one. Hiring a lawyer can help both buyers and sellers to get through many hurdles that buying a home can present.
There will be many negotiations and a lot of back and forth throughout the process of buying a home. Everything that’s involved with buying a home needs a contract for it to be legally binding. A real estate attorney will negotiate on your behalf and be sure that the contracts adhere to all state and local laws. The lawyer will also help you to address issues that may affect the future of the property such as botched inspections, liens against the home, and other items that could affect you as the home buyer.
Real estate attorneys will perform what is called a title search. This allows them to see if there are any outstanding liens or judgements against the house. This title search will also make sure that the seller has the right to actually sell the property that’s being sold. An attorney can do all of this much quicker than the average person since they have working relationships with title companies.
Transfer Of Property
If a property is being transferred through a corporation, trust, or partnership, things can get complicated. It’s good to have an attorney who is used to working with these complex situations and understands the legal boundaries within the state or municipality that the property is in.
If You Choose Not To Have A Real Estate Attorney
Many times, a real estate attorney isn’t required to buy a property. It is advisable to have one, however. Without an attorney you increase your chances of problems arising in the future. You run the risk of:
- Being sued for failure to disclose information
- An improper property transaction takes place
- You could miss relevant facts about the property
- Failing to file the correct documents at both the state an local levels
- Deeds are not transferred
- Building permits weren’t correctly filed
Having a real estate lawyer on your side is important due to the complex nature of property transactions. While some states require that an attorney be present throughout your property transaction, many states do not have this stipulation. You are smart to hire a competent real estate attorney to protect your own interests as either a buyer or a seller.
Whether you don't like cooking or want to avoid the shopping and prep working, or simply don't have access to healthy groceries, there's a delivery service for you. Sometimes its just nice to take the night off and order in some takeout.
Restaurant Delivery Services
You can always check with your local businesses individually to see if they deliver to you, but that can be tedious, time-consuming and no one really does it. You have other options. Check out the top delivery services in your area. These are companies that provide the drivers and partner with restaurants to bring meals right to your door. Nationwide services include eat24, uberEats, GrubHub and more. You can even get restaurant food delivered through Amazon in some areas. The best part? Most of these services have apps and complete menus to make ordering and tracking your food easy. Watch the little car drive to your door, or wait for the final notification to show up. No matter your level of food obsession, you can watch it all the way.
Many large restaurant chains, especially pizza chains, have their own delivery services and apps. For pizza anywhere, check out the Pizza Hut, Dominoes and more pizza ordering apps in your local app store. Want to play it old school? Most of these restaurants will take phone orders as well, but there are often better deals online or in the app.
Don't forget to do some research for city-wide or regional delivery services, these often have restaurants not available on the more extensive services and vice versa, giving you the greatest variety.
Meal Kit Delivery Services
If you still want to cook your meals, but don’t actually want to do the shopping, you’re looking for a meal kit delivery service. With varying prices depending on the quality and complexity of the meal and ingredients as well as the number of portions, most of these operate similarly to a subscription service. You plan a set amount of food, and the ingredients and instructions are delivered directly to your door. Just follow the recipe and have a great dinner in as little as fifteen minutes. Many of these services have specific meal plans to help you meet your personal health goals.
Sun Basket offers clean living meal plans for everything from gluten-free to vegan, including a diabetes-friendly plan, which can help you get a hold of significant dietary changes and protect you from the dreaded grocery store. Home Chef focuses on high quality, tasty meals, let you choose from 15 recipes. Blue Apron is known for its recipe variety and easy to use management system.
There are so many more choices, including specific ones in your area, so do some quick searching and start eating free of the store today!
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There is a lot that goes into the buying and selling of a home Not only are there many steps to take but it can feel like there is a report for everything. It’s easy to forget what they are or why they are necessary.
Three processes that seem similar to home buyers are the home inspection, comparative market analysis, and the appraisal.
Here’s what each them is and how they are different:
First, let’s look at the home inspection.
The home inspection
What it is:
This is probably the one you are most familiar with and have heard the most about. During a home inspection, an inspector is paid to come and test all of the appliances, outlets, plumbing as well as the heating and cooling system.
What this information is for:
This information is for you the buyer, It is to help make a well-informed decision as to whether the investment you are making is worth the current state of the home. Whether there be repairs that will have to be made or replacements that will need to happen down the line.
The custom market analysis or CMA
What it is:
A sales report your real estate compiles using data they have exclusive access to. This data is compiled into a database used solely by other real estate agents.
What this information is for:
A CMA is used by you and your agent to determine if an asking/selling price is fair. You’ll be able to compare the pricing to other listings and conclude whether it is higher, lower or on par with other offers. This is incredibly useful no matter which end of the spectrum you plan on selling or buying.
What it is: A licensed appraiser comes to visit the home and inspect it solely for value. This is determined by the location, state of and surroundings of the home. Your potential home will be compared to other similar properties in the area to come to a conclusive value.
What this information is for:
The final approval of your mortgage terms by your lender. If the determined value is much lower than your offering price you can be declined a mortgage.
As you can see, each of these processes has varying impact on the final purchase of your home. The information obtained from a home inspection is up to solely your discretion. That gathered from the CMA helps you to determine where the asking price of a home is sitting in comparison to others on the market. And in turn, whether you’ve got a really great deal on your hands or an inflated price. And lastly, perhaps the most important is the appraisal. The information gathered from this process is what your lender uses to determined whether or not to lend you the requested amount.
When it comes to moving, how do you pack up food and ensure it will safely make it from Point A to Point B? There are many challenges associated with packing and storing food while you move. Fortunately, we're here to help you take the guesswork out of packing up food so that you can enjoy it once you reach your new home.
Now, let's take a look at three tips to ensure you can quickly and effortlessly pack your food and transport it to a new address.
1. Get Rid of Any Expired Food Items
Go through your pantry and remove any expired or soon-to-expire food items. That way, you won't have to worry about transporting these items to your new address on moving day.
In addition, you should try to eliminate food waste. For soon-to-expire foods, consume them before it's too late. Or, you can always offer these items to friends or family members.
2. Pack Fragile Food Items Carefully
Flour, sugar and other fragile food items likely require extra attention when you pack. If you dedicate the necessary time and resources to pack fragile food items carefully, you can eliminate the risk that these items could leak or spill while you're moving.
Heavy-duty, sealable containers are ideal for storing fragile food items. These containers usually are easy to find at supermarkets and retail outlets and will ensure your food items will remain safe and secure at all times.
Furthermore, don't forget to cover salt and pepper shakers. Place a piece of masking tape over the top of these shakers, and you can prevent the shakers from spilling out.
3. Use Appropriate Moving Boxes
Moving boxes come in many sizes, and when you're packing food items, you'll want to use the right-sized boxes. By doing so, you may be able to store various food items in the same box – something that may help you unpack quickly once you reach your final destination.
In most instances, small and medium-sized moving boxes are perfect for food items. These boxes offer plenty of space. Plus, with the right-sized moving boxes in hand, you may be able to avoid the temptation to stuff too many heavy food items into a single box.
If you need additional support with packing food items or other belongings, you may want to discuss your options with a professional moving company. This business employs friendly, knowledgeable staff members who can help you prepare for moving day.
Lastly, it never hurts to collaborate with a real estate agent, either. In addition to helping you buy or sell a house, a real estate agent can offer recommendations about moving companies in your area. Therefore, a real estate agent can provide extra help as you search for ways to streamline the moving process.
Simplify the process of moving your food items from one location to the next – use the aforementioned tips, and you can ensure all of your food items will arrive intact at your new address.