Michael Barth's Blog Posts

10 Reasons To Use A Buyers Agent When Building A New Home

In today’s housing market, (low inventory and lots of competing buyers) many people are opting to buy a brand new home from one of the local builders. Many people think they are being savvy to

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Why you should pay off your mortgage early.

Even with the low interest mortgage rates of today, paying down your mortgage is the safest and highest rate of return on your money. Now, I know some of you will say that the stock market

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The Secret of EASILY Removing Hard Water Deposits from Glass

Prepping your home for sale can be exhausting, so you will love this little tip. Almost all of the "professional" window cleaners don't even know this one. I trained and worked with several

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The Best Paid Job Is Prepping Your Home For Sale

Even in a hot seller's market like today, there are homes that linger on the market. Those owners are the ones who neglected to follow the advice in this blog. When you are ready to move,

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Does A Bi Weekly Mortgage Payment Really Save You Money

Answer: Yes. It does. BUT There is a better way. Make Extra Payments to Principal on your Own. Paying monthly adds up to 12 payments per year. But bi-weekly half payments add up to 13 full

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Save On Your Home Water Bill By Switching To Drip Irrigation

Years ago I attended a workshop that the county put on and the presenter showed how many loads of laundry is the equivalent of just one zone for 20 minutes on a sprinkler system. I can't remember

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Six Reasons To Use A Buyers Agent In Utah

1. It is FREE!One thing that some buyers don't realize is that the seller of a listed home has agreed to pay the commission for BOTH the seller's agent AND the buyer's agent. That means, as a buyer,

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How To Touch Up Paint Without Paint

What do you do if you have scuff marks, crayon, hard to remove fingerprints and even pen on your walls? Well scrubbing it with a rag will do nothing. If you use cleanser, it removes the sheen on

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Myth 1 When Listing Your Home Over Price It To Leave Room For Negotiating

Nope. Sorry. This is not a good idea. In fact, it usually works agains you.So when your agent recommends a price for your home, resist the urge to add a buffer for negotiating. Why?Most buyers have

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Myth 2 Its Hard Today For A FirstTime Home Buyer To Get A Loan

Not true. The pendulum has swung the other way now. Lenders and the government have relaxed a lot. But not as far as before the mortgage mess. It still takes a decent credit score and a little bit

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Myth 3 You Can Save Money If You Sell Your Home Without An Agent

It is a big temptation to sell your home alone. After all, you have bought and sold homes before. You basically know what to expect. And agents will charge 5% to 7% to list your home. On the average

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Save On Your Homes Water Bill Switch To Drip Irrigation

Years ago I attended a workshop that the county put on and the presenter showed how many loads of laundry is the equivalent of just one zone for 20 minutes on a sprinkler system. I can't remember if

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Use A Home Equity Line Of Credit As Your Savings Account

One of the benefits of being a homeowner with some equity in your home is that you can use this little trick.If you are a disciplined saver, don't waste your money building up a traditional savings

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Yes You ARE Ready To Buy Now

It's easier than you might think.Many people continue to rent, thinking that some day they'll have enough for a down payment for a home. Waiting is a big mistake. With so many loans available, many

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