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Helpful Links and Information.

 

NARPM ~ National Association of Residential Property Managers is the professional, educational and ethical leader for the residential property management industry.

IREM ~ Institute of Real Estate Management has been the source for real estate management professionals for over 75 years with local chapters in every state.

CAR ~ Connecticut Association of Realtors represents over 14,000 real estate professionals and provides valuable consumer information.

NAIL ~ National Association of Independent Landlords helps in finding good tenants. FREE Rental Application Form.

WPSIR ~ William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty is a great resource for town information, housing statistics, real estate for sale and rent.

 

~ Protect your family from Lead Based Paints ~ PDF     http://www.ctrealtor.com/secure/pdfs/leadpdfE.pdf 

 

~ Fire Safety Fact Sheets by NFPA 

 

~ Sample Lease Form courtesy of Greenwich MLS.


~ Sample Rental Application form from National Association of Indepentent Landlords
http://landlordassociation.com/RENTAPP.pdf 

 

~ Facts concerning Connecticut Security Deposits from the Greenwich MLS. 

 

~ U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Developement, HUD.gov                               Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity.

 

~ National Association of Realtor's Code of Ethic's Poster.

~ Tips On Finding Property Managers.

 

Green Links at these websites below:

Links for Green Sustainable Building, Rebates and Information.

Green Building & Sustainable Lifestyle Tips, Articles and Links.

 

Greening your property checklist.

 

 

Helpful Articles for Homeowner's & Tenants.

Jul
13

Credit Reporting Agency Now Tracking Rent Payments.

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2 weeks ago

 

Credit Reporting agency Experian is now tracking rent payments to help increase your credit score. This is a win-win for both tenant and landlords who can sign up for this service. Experian in the first credit reporting agency to do so and it recently conducted an analysis that showed that on time rental payment history can increase your score.

If you are renting from a property management company ask if it reports payments data to Experian RentBureau.

If renting from an individual landlord you can sign up through a rent payment service that is working with Experian RentBureau. These services will allow for the payment and collection of your rent electronically and then you have the ability to opt-in to reporting your rental history to Experian RentBureau. The three rental payment service providers currently working with Experian are:

Out of the three companies participating in this WilliamPaid is FREE for electronically debit bank account payments, ClearNow and RentTrack have monthly fees.

Note to tenants when you are signing up your bank account will be debited the same day of each month.

LANDLORDS FOR MORE ON PAYING RENT ON LINE CHECK OUT THIS ARTICLE:

https://www.rentapplication.com/39-ways-to-accept-rental-payments-online/

 

Call DMK Real Estate in Fairfield County, Ct for all your real estate needs, professional service and lower rates.

Jun
12

When Selling Your Home Should You Improve or Not?

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June 12th, 2015

 

Landlords and home owners need to consider if it is in their best interest to do house and property improvements or not when it comes to selling their property. This is a huge point of consideration for sellers and should be discuss this with their local experience Realtor® with estimated costs involved and potential return of investment.

Buyers will come in two groups:-

  • The group who wants a bargain and are willing to trade hard work for sweat equity.
  • The group who wants move-in ready.

If the seller would prefer not to spend any money then this is will equate to a tradeoff in list price. But sometimes the tradeoff is uneven and a few hundred dollars spent on improvements and maintenance might improve the sales price by thousands.

The other point is the sellers time frame, in general move in ready homes tend to sell more quickly. With a little research and some quotes the seller might find out that some home improvement upfront will allow substantial returns in both money and selling time.

Here is a list of quick fixes that frequently help to increase a property’s value:

  • Curb appeal of the home, update and new landscape along with painting.
  • Interior painting and de-cluttering.
  • Refurbish, upgrade or remodel of kitchen and/or bathroom.
  • Addition of crown molding, built-in cabinets.
  • Refinished wood floors.
  • Cleaning of windows, inside of house and yard to allow buyers to focus on property.

 

To read more about home improvements and what they can deliver please click on Cost Vs Value Real Estate Remodeling & Trends ~ 2014. 

For additional information go to:-

Pay Back on Green Home Improvements

2014 Bathroom Trend’s for the Home. 

Top 10 Kitchen Design Mistakes | Raleigh Custom Home Design 

Home Staging Works → Great Photos = More Traffic Sales! 

Best Tips for Selling Your Connecticut Home. 

 

Buyers and Sellers looking for step by step assistance in Fairfield County contact David Popoff at DMK Real Estate in Darien, Connecticut.

May
12

School Ratings & Reviews Websites for Connecticut.

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May 12th, 2015

Nationwide and Connecticut there are many good websites to help you find out school rankings, size of class, enrollment, student to teacher ratios, test scoring and more. Take a look and pick out the one the best fits your needs:-

Connecticut Only

ReportCards.conncan.org maps out schools with grade color score and lets you compare schools as well.

 

For your specific state visit their “State Department of Education” website to view Annual Performance Reports and School Profiles. For Connecticut go to the Strategic School Profile at

http://sdeportal.ct.gov/Cedar/WEB/ResearchandReports/SSPReports.aspx?type=SSP

 

Nationwide.

1. The National Center for Education is a government run site mandated by Congress to collect, collate, analyze and report statistics on the American education system.

2. School Digger provides an exclusive ranking system of statewide public schools from best to worst. This site is simple and easy to use.

3.  Education.com provides ratings on the schools and also has a ‘Just Ask Q&A’ section is very helpful.

4. Greatschools.org has number ranking 1 through 10.

 

5. k12.niche.com gives grades to different schools and programs.

 

 

*Note: - Because of the legislation of the Fair Housing Act a real estate agent cannot legally share school information because it can be perceived as steering buyers to a certain neighborhood.

The government want to make sure that home purchase decisions are based on the property’s fair value and to stop agents from steering clients toward or away from certain neighborhoods. The Fair Housing Act  prohibits real estate agents from discussing household income, schools, religious makeup of a neighborhood along with race, color, religion, ethnicity, disabilities and familial status.

 

 

For more information on Home Trends in Fairfield County, Connecticut contact DMK Real Estate.  DMK providing step by step real estate assistance for buyers, sellers, builders, landlords and tenants.

 

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