Cedar Rapids Home Staging

Posted by David Baird // February 26, 2020

Cedar Rapids home staging is the act of preparing a house or condominium for sale. The goal of staging is to make a home appealing to the greatest number of potential buyers, enabling it to sell more quickly and for more money. Urbana entrepreneur Kim Hotchkiss, whose clients include builders, homeowners, and Realtors, said, “Staging […]

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Ten Reasons to Move to Iowa

Posted by David Baird // February 19, 2020

Ten reasons to move to Iowa. From The Hawk Eye, “Iowa has turned to its nearly $9 billion tourism industry in hopes of attracting a workforce to the state.” “We all know we have a little bit of a workforce problem in Iowa,” said Amy Zeigler, marketing director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority. “Companies […]

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Green Houses for Sale in Cedar Rapids

Posted by David Baird // February 12, 2020

When it comes to green houses for sale in Cedar Rapids, one of the elements that can significantly enhance the value and enjoyment of a home is a green home. Not a house painted green or a greenhouse in the backyard, but a home that has energy-efficient features. According to McGraw Hill Construction research dating […]

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How to Work with General Contractors

Posted by David Baird // February 5, 2020

For those who don’t know me, I’m a full-time real estate investor or rehabber. I buy houses to rehab and bring refurbished houses to market to meet the needs of new homebuyers.  I’ve learned how to work with general contractors and why they like working with me. A contractor wants to know that the rehabber […]

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The Real Estate Market in Iowa

Posted by David Baird // January 29, 2020

A new report from the Iowa Association of Realtors shows the real estate market in Iowa wrapped up 2019 with sales up and prices up, compared to the year before. Association president Scott Wendl, a realtor in Clive, says more than 42,200 homes were sold statewide last year. That’s up about 500 homes from the […]

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Can I Sell My House with a Tax Lien?

Posted by David Baird // January 22, 2020

Can I sell my house with a tax lien? According to the IRS, you MUST pay the delinquent taxes BEFORE you can sell (or refinance) your home. You must satisfy the debt of any back taxes or delinquent payments before closing. If you do not repay before closing, then the delinquent amount will be deducted from your proceeds as the […]

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How a Short Sale Works

Posted by David Baird // January 15, 2020

In the Cedar Rapids area, there are some homes in foreclosure, and with markets in turmoil, who knows what the future will bring. A short sale is an alternative to foreclosure and a way to move on from a bad investment. Many have heard of a short sale, but few understand the concept. So let’s […]

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APR vs. Interest Rate

Posted by David Baird // January 10, 2020

When considering a mortgage, there is APR vs. interest rate. They were defined by our realtor and our lender at closing, but we really don’t understand it?” Simply, there is the advertised rate (the interest rate) to borrow money to buy a house and the real rate (the APR), which includes the many costs associated […]

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Posted by David Baird // January 10, 2020

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The Divorce Month is January

Posted by David Baird // January 1, 2020

Have you heard that one month of the New Year is the most popular time of year to file for divorce? It is not a rumor. The divorce month is January and is nicknamed by the legal  community as”Divorce Month.” Many legal experts believe that the reason for this trend boils down to one idea: People […]

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