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How to Calculate Your Average Moving Costs

How to Calculate Your Average Moving Costs

According to a Dallas moving company, moving can be one of the most joyous and stressful things that you take part in. You are either one of those types of people who love being in a new place and redecorating spaces. Or, you utterly despise the moving process and avoid doing it as much as possible. Moving is not just about packing up all your belongings and choosing the right place to live. It’s also about budgeting and ensuring you are prepared to handle all the costs surrounding your move. So, what are the cost factors that you need to analyze while you are making a move?

Location – Local

Research conducted by Zillow states that about 57% of those who sell their house to move are moving locally. And an estimated 86% of movers relocate within their current state. You should take into account the size of your home when you begin calculating your moving costs.

• A one bedroom apartment will take about 3 to 5 hours to move and cost $200-$500
• A two bedroom apartment will take about 5 to 7 hours to move and cost $400-$700
• A three bedroom house will take about 7 to 10 hours to move and cost $560-$1,000
• A four bedroom house will take over ten hours to move and cost $800-$2,000

When we calculate these prices, we are talking about hiring movers to assist you in your move, because, honestly; doing it on your own is a virtually impossible feat.

Location – Long Distance

When you’re packing up for a long distance move, pricing will be on the higher side of the equation. If you need to cross state lines, for example, it’s essential to factor in that you will accumulate costs for gas and labor. When working with a professional and reputable moving company, they will devise an agreement that outlines the cost, breaking down all the essentials, so you can get a full picture of where your dollars are being used.

Do It Yourself

You might be thinking that you don’t want to hire a moving company, as you’re tight on cash; so you’ve elected to make a move yourself. You could ask all of your friends with big cars to help, but keep in mind if a moving truck is something that you want to invest in, it’s about $20 a day.

Minimum Options

You can ask for just a loading and transportation service, where you pack everything up and purely have professionals come in to do the heavy lifting. This can cost anywhere from $200 to $2,000 depending on the number of belongings you have.

Storage

What if you need to move out by a specific date, but your new home won’t be available right away? This means you will have to factor in a storage unit, which could range anywhere from $50 to $400 a month.

Moving is certainly not the most blissful activity, but you are hopefully moving because you are upgrading your living situation. So, be sure to factor everything in beforehand!

Developing Real Estate by Realizing Health and Wellness

Developing Real Estate by Realizing Health and Wellness

To develop real estate is to realize an idea, to strive toward an ideal. Be it breaking land or building houses, be it housing the homeless or helping families turn houses into homes, be it creating a community for families or strengthening a family of communities, the real estate developer is a person of a vision. 

A man of resilience, a woman of courage, a real estate developer sees opportunities. He or she seizes the opportunity to personalize the skyline—to beautify the coastline, too—through construction.

Nowhere is this rule more obvious than in the world of health and wellness. Nowhere is the choice more clear, the cause more critical, the concern more comprehensive than the one real estate agents and developers face right now.

To build centers for recovery, to emulate the example of the best buildings on behalf of recovery, to inspire patients by drawing inspiration from buildings that further recovery, all of these things depend on real estate developers who invest in recovery.

Thanks to my conversations with developers and doctors, in addition to my correspondence with the experts at Clear Sky Recovery, I have a better understanding of how one industry can better another. Or: Wellness is as much a state of mind as it is a statement of fact about how to live, during and after recovery.

The benefits of recovery are both fiscal and physical, and metaphysical too. That is to say, the benefits reveal themselves in every city and hamlet, in every state and every city.

The benefits also reveal themselves in a rise in jobs, and a raise for all through razing the landscape—by ridding the land—of buildings too dangerous to enter, too costly to maintain, and too wasteful to ignore. The benefits reflect a happier and more productive workforce, of workers producing goods and services that serve the greater good of forming a more perfect Union, to promote the general Welfare and secure the Blessings of Liberty.

Development is, then, impossible without recovery. 

In this context, the real estate developer is an icon. He represents, she symbolizes what is iconic. The library, the museum, the schoolhouse, the park, the playground, the church, the temple, the center, the sanctuary—icons, all of them.

In the words of another icon, Winston Churchill: “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.”

The developer has the power to shape the health of much more than the real estate market. He has the ability to shape the future. She has the means to ensure the future looks like what it should be, better.

The future of recovery begins with seeking a lasting recovery. A recovery among the states. A national recovery.

Achieving this recovery is an act of discipline. 

To discipline ourselves for the good of one industry, the real estate industry, is to be more industrious in general. To see the results of recovery is to know what recovery can be; what it must be, so the best within us may endure.

How Technology Can Give You the Edge in Real Estate & Mortgages

How Technology Can Give You the Edge in Real Estate & Mortgages

Technology touches every part of our lives, and there is virtually no industry that hasn't been touched by changes in technology the last 20 or 30 years. Real estate is no exception, and that goes for both sides of the transaction! From how a buyer can shop for mortgages to seeing how real estate is researched, bought, and sold on the realtor side. This offers more options than ever for finding the best deal on the best property for your specific needs, but it can also be a touch intimidating for people who haven't been through this process before.

However understanding how technology is used for mortgages and real estate on all sides can help individuals to better understand their options better and understand how technology is going to affect each and every decision we make in the future.

The Changing Landscape of Getting a Realtor

There are major corporations who specialize in connecting sellers with a realtor. One of the largest sites along this line is Redfin, but there are literally hundreds of companies who use a similar model of online setup. Most of these companies talk about setting up sellers with local realtors, but a lot of them are a commission based model that involves referrals.

While this opens up the options, these companies online aren't always completely transparent about how this works or that the realtors getting these leads often pay for them. While this can work out in some situations, really good realtors often don't need to pay for leads through a 3rd party company which means often times those buyers and sellers who are going through a company like that often get sub-par realtors who really aren't the cream of the crop.

There always are exceptions, but in general this is going to be true in most cases and when dealing with most transactions.

Then there's the trust factor. There's nothing like meeting with a person face to face to get a basic impression of them and a read in order to trust your gut instinct on whether you like the individual, trust them, or feel like they are trustworthy or not. That face to face meeting can tell a lot and visiting multiple potential realtors can feel intimidating but those meetings can give a lot of first hand information that simply isn't available from online interactions or transactions.

Digital Mortgage Applications

At the moment there is no online mortgage application that is 100% online but many banks and lending companies have started with pre-qualification options online to give potential buyers an idea of whether or not they will qualify, how much they are likely to qualify for, and what types of terms to expect.

This can be a very useful tool to help individuals decide whether it is a good time to press forward, whether they need to spend more time fixing up their credit, and understanding what the viable price range is for them to look at. This is all important information that because of the way technology is being used, is much more available than it has been before.

These are still estimates, but especially if a potential buyer is working in person with the same bank or lender whose tools they are using online then this can help to expedite the process for both sides.

 

Current & Future Benefits to Mortgage Brokers & Realtors

One of the major benefits that technology is giving both sides is to make the process easier. Instead of having to make multiple hard copies of documents like employment history, credit scores, recommendations, the ability to have all of these in file form that then can be uploaded online where they can be grabbed over and over to put on an online application makes it easier to always have those available so a few clicks attaches the document and the online portion can be sent in.

There is no question that drastically cuts down on time and expense of the process. Making things easier is never a bad thing, and considering it is the same documents needed for each potential lender, it only makes sense to have a setup like this which makes things run more smoothly and makes those documents easily available for the multiple potential applications.

While it's hard to say where technology will take the mortgage market in the future, it is definitely reasonable to assume that as more things become streamlined and more services continue to be offered online that even more of the process will be made available online and more of it will be automated.

While this can seem scary in some ways, it also has the potential to make sure that buyers have more of a handle than ever on how the process works, what their options are, and they can leverage that information to get a better deal with making the process easier on a realtor to get a property bought or sold. That is the ideal win-win situation for all involved.

 


This article was submittied by Eitan Pinsky of Pinsky Mortgages in Vancouver, BC. Check out his original article here.

 

Mary Lou Gross
Gateway Real Estate

Ashland, OR 97520
541-621-0743
marylougross@mind.net

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