for a new comer like me...how should i approach the shipping aspect of e-bay...more specifically, do you own a scale to determine postage? trying to map my mind around the whole process. thanks everyone!
@Carlos Ortega I personally do a lot more estimating. I do however have a scale which I use sometimes. I generally charge FREE shipping so I just try to estimate a number into the price. One thing you can also do is if you are selling a similar item that other people have listed, if you go to their item and click on the "sell one like this" link, it will copy the weight and dimensions that person has set. This is not always accurate but you can get a ballpark number. For the most accuracy I...
Just curious to know from those who have experience in homebuying. What is a good percentage to have for a down payment on a house? I know there are options out there to pay lower down payments for first time home buyers but just curious as to what is a good amount to have in most situations?
20% is ideal because you avoid having to pay a low down payment penalty. That being said, a 10% or 15% downpayment can get you into the game and you can eliminate the penalty as you build equity in the home -- when you get to the 20% mark.
I've had a lot of experience in buying homes and your question, Moore Income, depends on so many other circumstances. It's ideal to put as much down as possible sometimes , ie if this might be your last home, or you get a better long term interest rate, or if that is the only way to qualify for a mortgage. However, if you tend to move a lot, or you are a young couple with limited cash reserves, or you do some juggling often with available investment funds, I always believe the least amount...
If you are a first time homebuyer, you can get away with as little as 3% down payment if you have a good credit score. Your payments will be higher, but if you can afford it that might be something to consider! Higher down payment is always more desirable, though.
Thanks! estatesales.net can be really helpful for this. You can buy in as large or small a quantity that way. Additionally, writing to consignment stores in your area and asking if they would be interested in selling any items in bulk that haven't sold and the original donors/customers have surrendered, can be a wonderful way! Obviously, garage sales too.
That's great @Six on a Budget , and congratulations on your success. Thanks for pointing out the " ten years later ", because people must accept the fact that it takes time to build a Castle. What I have done to make money from home? Blogging with affiliate marketing is what fascinates me most. Along with publishing articles and eBooks. But must admit that SEO nearly got the better of me. Luckily there's nothing that research and persistence cannot remedy.
I have incorporated a "side hustle" mindset into my every day routine. If I am cleaning out my closet and ready to donate some clothes, I'll first take them to a consignment shop where I can get cash on the spot for them. If I a moving, I'll list my items on Facebook Marketplace before donating them or passing them along to a friend.
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Thanks this was good info. I've finally found some one I can trust and buying my home from its small but i like it and allot cheaper than my other place. I wont be in my 80's and still paying off a home but i'll be in my 60's. I'm going to put some extra money down on the home when i get my taxes back.
Thank you for that information. It gives me more things to think about when I get my new house soon. I've already been approved through a lender for a loan, so now I have to make sure I have enough money saved up and find a house, hopefully soon. I also have a realtor I'm working with. Any tips before I buy let me know.
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Definitely something I would like to know more about as well. I have just started putting my info out to try and get more information on getting a loan for a house. What are some fees that one might not know about or may be a little hidden when it comes to getting a loan on a house?
A few pieces I learned from my own experience buying homes -- once in Virginia, another a few years later in Florida... You see realtor fees when you SELL a house, but not when you buy. When you sell, you have to pay a percentage to your own realtor and to the realtor of the buyer. I bring this up even though you're looking to BUY because my first time around, I didn't realize what a big hit this would be when we sold a few years later. Because this piece didn't affect us when we purchased...
That is awesome @Kendra Sanders , saving for a house is something I plan to start doing in the near future. What are some things you are implementing to save money? Are you currently earning money from a job, side hustle or business?
We are currently saving up for our next house. I am watching every penny and even took on a side job of watching/transporting kids to school a few days a week. It is not much but it goes towards our food expense, which aside from housing costs, is our largest expense.
If your credit is bad, your biggest priority should be to get that up when it comes to buying a home. Most banks will be very cautious of who they lend to and bad credit is not a good sign to them. If you have good credit, when going to purchase a home, there may be pressure to purchase a home that is more than what you actually need. It is a good financial fitness practice to always live below your means. Banks are in the business of making money, so if they think they can get more money...
I am would like to buy a home in the near future it has just set in on me the importance and value of good credit and credit scores and good spending habits with very hard earned money any good suggestions are welcomed
My husband and I have been obsessed with tiny home living since we heard of it years ago. We always wanted to try it out, but then we had a kid and the thought of living in 200sq feet with a toddler sounds horrendous! But there are still "tiny" homes out there that are just big tiny homes! I'm talking under 1000sq ft for a family. It's not something people in the home-buying process usually look for, but it definitely intrigues us! Would you move to a 960 sq foot house?
I had a 978sf house ... which included 2-Br/2-Ba, eat-in kitchen, living room, dining room, W/D, attached garage, attic, and a front and back porch. It was a lot more house than I really needed, but I bought it anyway because the price was right and the location was great. Right now, I live in a 480sq.ft. Studio Apartment, and its a little crowded, but still liveable, even luxurious at times. I could adjust to a 200sf Tiny House with little problem, but what I'd really like to have is a Tiny...
@Kirsten Cherry Hi we moved from a 2000 + up and down home with a double lot. To 1007 foot home and land. The house is 707 square foot and the land 300. It is a 1920 home and i'm really enjoying it. Its small and does take time to get use to but i like it. We have our son who 27,daughter 24 son 16th husband myself plus 3 dogs that live with us. It has an upstairs with 3 bedrooms and a bathroom. Has a living room kitchen bedroom down stairs laundry and bathroom down stairs. I'm just trying to...
My wife and I live in a 3 bed 1 bath apartment and it is way too much space for us. We find we only actually use our room and the other living areas in our house. I think I would be fine with a house with 1 bedroom 1 bathroom a small kitchen and living room area. I have found that the more space you have, the more stuff you end up having. I am already ready to downsize!
My boyfriend and I lived in a van for a few months while traveling around Colorado. Now we live in a 720 1 bedroom apartment and we're considering downsizing to a studio because we just don't use that much space - even considering our two big dogs. Living in a small space made us be more mindful of our possessions and of keeping our space clean and organized - because we had to. It also made it easier to refuse unnecessary purchases because we simply didn't have the space for it, and we...
My favorite place we ever lived in was a 500 sq ft 1 bed 1 bath apartment while my husband was finishing grad school. I loved that it kept us from buying unnecessary things as well. I think that was the best part of a tiny space. Honestly, the tiny home we are thinking of is the same size as our current rental, and the mortgage would be the same as rent! So fingers crossed it all works out! Thanks for sharing your experience! When you downsize, you should share a post on how you make a...
That sounds like a great size for a 3 person family! If it's just you, the 480sq ft sounds even better! I love that people these days are adjusting more to living in spaces smaller than 20 years ago. It seems that everyone thought bigger was better and that's not necessarily the case! Thanks for sharing, David!
With our family of 3, our third bedroom just seems unnecessary. We have used it maybe once a month to house visitors, other than that, it often becomes crowded with the extra bedding we keep for visitors. We lived in a 1 bed 1 bath before kids and it was our favorite place every! It was 500 sq feet and every room had a window so the space was light and airy. We loved it.
@Kirsten Cherry its not that hard. Our dogs are small does so they don't take up allot of room. The 2 things I miss is having a big bathroom and kitchen counter space and cup boards to put things away. We have lived in a 3 bedroom mobile home before and with 10 people most was kids or teens at the time. All so had 2 dogs So i guess living small doesn't get to me.
Thank you, both! @Alexis Grant , when you purchased your houses and had home inspections, how did that work? Did the bank set something up and the inspector provided you with a report? Or did you hire an inspector yourself and do a walk through with them?
Melissa, We are currently in the process of purchasing our second home and have hired an inspector ourself. We had the option of hiring separate ones that do the general inspection and then looking for ones that check the sewage system. I cost analyzed each and we saved a little bit of money by going with the inspector that does it all. We chose to have a general inspection, sewage, radon, water, of which the total cost is $1,240. Another cost to purchasing a home! We will do the walk...
@Melissa Honestly, it's been a while so the details are fuzzy. But I believe the realtor knew someone who could do the inspection (not the bank) and set that up for us. We weren't on-site for walk-through, but if it's an older house that might be a good idea. I remember being impressed my first time going through this how comprehensive / long the report was!
I just bought a house in the past year. My realtor gave me a list of inspection companies in my area, along with what each one inspected. He said that he was not legally allowed to recommend one. I went with the company who had the longest list of criteria inspected for (radon, mold, water damage, plumbing, electrical, structural, slope of yard, boundary line). I didn't want anything missed. IIRC, the inspection cost about $1300 here in Ohio, but it was the best money ever spent. There WERE...
@AnnieB Wow, I love this! Thank you for the information, this is so helpful! Just out of curiosity, when you negotiated the repairs, did the sellers actually fix any of the issues themselves or did they calculate the cost to fix and enter that amount as a seller concession?
@Melissa - we had seller credits AND seller repairs. The seller had a faulty Federal Pacific electrical box (they are known to catch fire) that we demanded that they replace. (It was the main electric box. It involved the seller calling the electric company and having them pull the meter so the electrician could change the panel. I knew this since my father was an electrical contractor.) There was mold in the attic that we had them hire a remediation company for and show written proof it was...
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