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How To Fall in Love With Your New Neighborhood

20 Apr 2018 · by Virtual Results PubSub

How To Fall in Love With Your New Neighborhood

Moving to a new neighborhood can be a little like dating a new person. There’s the get-to-know-you phase where everything seems foreign. That’s followed by the honeymoon phase where life is so exciting and you couldn’t imagine being happier. Hopefully, you’ll then make it to the in-it-for-the-long-haul phase, where you’re committed, even after the shiny newness has worn off. If you want to know the secrets of how to fall in love with your new neighborhood, read on.

Research the cool places

It doesn’t matter where you go, there is always something fun to discover in a new place. Before your arrival, do a little digging. Hit up websites like Yelp, and do some searching on Facebook and Instagram. Do you love Indian food? Find the nearest restaurant that serves Tikka Masala. Are you hoping to take a tango class? Look up dance studios in the area. Need a great place to get a little work done? Find out where the best local coffee shop is. By making a list of all the neat places you can visit, you give yourself something to look forward to. It also gives you ideas when you’re not sure how to fill your down time in the beginning.

Go for a walk

While driving around your new neighborhood will give you a good feel for the lay of the land, walking will give you a different perspective. So lace up those walking shoes and head out the front door for a stroll around the neighborhood. Notice what the Lofts and gardens look like. Say hello to anyone walking by. Stop and chat with a new neighbor and introduce yourself. Ask your new neighbor what one of their favorite places in the area is. Pay attention to the small details, like how the afternoon light filters through the trees, or the sound of kids playing in a nearby yard. Take some deep breaths and start seeing your neighborhood with a different pair of eyes.

Get involved

It’s easy to feel a little intimidated in a new place, especially if you don’t know anyone. The only cure for that is to get out and meet people. But how do you do it?

First, you could sign up for a class. Learn how to make macramé, sweat it out with some bikram yoga, or attend a seminar on a subject you find interesting. Be open to talking with the people you meet there. You never know – they could become friends.

Second, let your network know about your recent move. Ask if your friends know anyone in your new neighborhood. There’s nothing like a personal introduction from a mutual friend to get the ball rolling on a new relationship.

Lastly, don’t be afraid to play host. A Loft feels more like a Loft when friends and loved ones are in it. Throw yourself a Loftwarming party, and invite your new friends and neighbors.

Just like any long-term relationship, falling in love with a new neighborhood takes time and commitment. By giving yourself fun things to try and paying attention to all the little ways that your new place can delight you, you’ll soon find yourself crushing hard on your new neighborhood.

Buying a Loft Near a School

13 Apr 2018 · by Virtual Results PubSub

Buying Near a School

After weeks or even months of searching you’ve found the Loft you love. The trouble is – it’s located next to or near a school, and you’re wondering what that might mean down the line. Is buying near a school a good idea, or could it be inviting trouble? Here are the pros and cons you should weigh when deciding whether or not to buy a Loft near a school.

Pros of buying near a school

One of the biggest perks of buying near a school is the boost to your property value. But be aware that in order to get that extra value, it needs to be a high-performing school. Other advantages of living in close proximity to a school include:

  • Being within walking distance: If you have kids in school, it can be a huge plus if they live close enough to the school to walk. It’s comforting to know that they are close by, and it can make mornings less hectic knowing you don’t have to battle traffic to get there.
  • Having access to school amenities: Do you like to run or play sports? Living near a school often means having access to running tracks or sports fields. Many schools allow members of the community to use these facilities before and after school.
  • Living in a safer neighborhood: In general, the areas around schools tend to be safer. They are more likely to have regular police patrols and crossing guards for busy streets.

Cons of buying near a school

When considering the disadvantages of living near a school, the type of school matters. An elementary school generally causes less of a disturbance than a middle or high school. Older students are more likely to cause trouble, vandalize property or loiter. Other cons to think about include:

  • Traffic: The number of cars and busses passing through the neighborhood at the beginning and end of the school day can increase dramatically. More traffic can also cause more traffic noise, like the sound of idling cars and busses.
  • Parking: More traffic means more parking-related issues. Once the school parking lot is full, parents will be parking on the street, which could impact the parking situation in front of your Loft.
  • Limited number of potential buyers: When it comes time to sell your Loft, you may find that there are fewer buyers interested in purchasing a Loft near a school.
  • Noise: In addition to increased traffic noise, you will likely also hear other noises from the school. This could include school bells, football games and even band practice.

The bottom line

Ultimately, the choice is yours when it comes to buying next to or near a school. To get a clear picture of how the school might affect your daily life, you should visit at different times of day. Notice what it’s like on a Monday morning compared to a Friday afternoon. Research crime statistics and see if more acts of vandalism are reported during the school year. Talk to neighbors to get their thoughts about living near a school. In the end, you can feel good about your decision once you know all the important information.

Can Music Sell Your Loft?

6 Apr 2018 · by Virtual Results PubSub

Can Music Sell Your Home?While it’s true that music can help soothe your soul, the question is – can it help sell your loft? Are there ways in which you can use the emotional power of music to nudge potential buyers into making an offer? The answer is yes – and here’s how to do it.

Make the music match

While it’s true that music can help sell your loft, it does have to be the right music. Choose your music based on the style of your loft. If your loft has a Zen-like, minimalist quality, you might opt for the kind of music you’d hear at a spa. Also consider the time of year and the weather. If you’re showing the loft on a cold, rainy day, choose music that makes it feel warm and cozy inside – perhaps something you’d hear at a coffeeloft on a Sunday morning. Conversely, if it’s the middle of the afternoon on a hot, sunny summer day, go for something more upbeat and energetic.

Choose safe genres

Musical tastes are very personal. Even though one person may love country music, another may absolutely hate it. It’s hard to second-guess exactly who is going to come through the door, so play it safe with musical genres. Instrumental jazz or classical music often set the perfect mood. Stay away from polarizing genres like heavy metal or religious music, unless you know you are targeting a very specific kind of buyer who would respond favorably to it. You can search streaming sites such as Spotify and Pandora for existing playlists for your open loft. Just be sure to preview the songs before playing them, to make sure they strike the right tone.

Keep the volume low

Unless your open loft is meant to convey a party vibe, keep the volume of your music at a lower volume. You want to be able to hear the music without it being overpowering. If you’re having trouble being heard over the music, it’s too loud. But you want it to be just loud enough so that well-known tunes are recognizable. Music helps people feel more comfortable chatting with each other as they walk through the loft. Silence can be very intimidating.

Go for variety

If you’re showing a larger loft, you can even experiment with playing different music in different areas of the loft. While you may want something slightly more upbeat in the living room and kitchen area, it could make sense to play music that is more relaxing in the bathroom or bedroom. You’re trying to create a mood and help a buyer imagine what it will be like living there. Playing the right kind of music in each room will make those visualizations easier.

Get a second opinion

Once you feel you’ve got just the right music to set the tone, give it a test run. Invite a trusted friend or neighbor over to take a walk through the loft with the music playing. How does it make them feel? Is the volume too low or too high? Make any adjustments that are needed, and you’ll be ready to experiment with your musical selections the next time you show the loft.


Loft Hunting During Spring Break

30 Mar 2018 · by Virtual Results PubSub

House Hunting During Spring Break

Do your plans for Spring Break include looking for a new Loft? Well, you’re in luck! Spring is an excellent time to buy a Loft. This is the season that the real estate market starts to heat up, and you’ll find more Lofts for sale then you did just a month or two ago. In order to maximize your Loft hunting over Spring Break, this is what you need to know.

Get pre-approved for a mortgage

It always bears repeating – before you begin your Loft search in earnest, you should get pre-approved for a mortgage. Now that the real estate market is gaining steam, there will be more buyers competing for the same Lofts. When you get pre-approved for a mortgage, you signal to a seller that you are serious about buying. Not only does it help you get all your financial ducks in a row, it gives you a leg up over the competition.

Check out the neighborhood

There’s nothing like seeing a neighborhood in person, which is why it’s so great to use your time off over Spring Break to search for a Loft. But keep in mind you won’t have unlimited time, and you’ll want to use it wisely. Gather as much information as you can online before visiting a potential new neighborhood. You can find out so much valuable data, such as crime rates, school reviews, and distance to public transportation, shopping and other amenities. When you do this research before you arrive, you’ll be able to narrow down which Lofts are real contenders, and which ones you can mark off your list.

Make your wish list

Another way to make the best use of your time is to decide what you’re looking for in a Loft before you see them in person. Sit down and make a list of what you need, what you want, and what you wish for. Understand your priorities and make an agreement with your spouse or significant other about what aspects of a Loft are most important to you. How many bedrooms do you need? Do you want to be in the city or suburbs? Is a pool a must-have or a would-be-nice-to-have item?

Plan time for fun

If the kids will be joining you on your Loft hunting adventure, make sure to plan some down time to have fun! Find out what some of the great places are in town, and set aside an afternoon to check them out. Visit the local park, grab lunch at a popular restaurant, or play a round of miniature golf. Give the kids a reason to get excited about their new Loft.

Connect with a trusted agent

Lastly, make the most of your Loft search by working with a trusted agent who is an expert in the local real estate market. Put out the word on social media to find referrals in the area, search online reviews and make some calls. Choose an agent with whom you have a good report, and have them begin scheduling appointments for you.

Finding Common Ground When Buying

16 Mar 2018 · by Virtual Results PubSub

Finding Common Ground When BuyingBuying a Loft is a big decision, and can often cause lots of stress. This is doubly so if you and your partner have differences of opinion when it comes to choosing a Loft. While it can be frustrating to figure out a solution, it’s not impossible. Here’s what you can do to find common ground and keep the Loft buying process from ruining your relationship.

Make your own wish list

When you’re hunting for the perfect Loft, it’s essential to create a wish list. This is a list that includes not only your must-haves, but also those things that it would be nice to have. To start, each person should create a separate list. Ask yourself some simple questions. Do I want to live in the city or the suburbs? How many bedrooms do we need? Come up with at least 20 items for each list.

Compare lists

Next, compare lists. What do you and your partner have in common? Maybe you agree on how many bedrooms you need, or that you’d both like to live in a quiet neighborhood. Find at least five things on which you can agree. This will give the foundation you need to begin your Loft search.

Be realistic about your budget

One of the biggest areas of conflict when it comes to Loft hunting is how much you can afford to spend. Perhaps one of you wants to save money, while the other wants to spend whatever is necessary to get a dream Loft. The best piece of advice when it comes to determining your budget is to take emotion out of the equation and focus on the facts. Use an online calculator to find out how much Loft you can reasonably afford. Remember – your monthly mortgage payment won’t be your only expense. You also need to think about utilities, taxes, insurance, repairs and ongoing maintenance. Nothing creates stress and conflict like not being able to afford your monthly payments.

Take a break when needed

If you’re finding that you and your partner cannot come to a basic agreement on what kind of Loft to look for, it may be wise to take a temporary break. There will always be new Lofts for sale. There’s no sense in continuing your search until you’re able to get on the same page. Taking a break for a couple of weeks will give each of you some perspective. You can then regroup and reevaluate your needs.

Work with a professional agent

When you work with a professional real estate agent, you’ll get help with every part of the Loft buying process. This includes helping to mediate the discussions about finding the right Loft. A good agent can give you advice about the market, offer sound advice and help to ease tensions when you’re having trouble reaching an agreement. It’s much easier for an agent to maintain a healthy emotional detachment from the process, which may be more difficult for those buying the Loft. Let your agent help you and your partner find common ground when decisions need to be made.

Pros and Cons of an Open Floor Plan

9 Mar 2018 · by Virtual Results PubSub

Pros and Cons of an Open Floor Plan

Open floor plans have been popular in home design for many years now. In fact, more than 50 percent of newly constructed single-family homes are designed with these types of layouts and Lofts have gained popularity because of that concept. Although it may seem like everyone is getting on the open floor plan bandwagon, is it right for you? Consider both the pros and cons when you’re in the market for a new home or looking to remodel.

Pros of Open Floor Plans

There are plenty of reasons why today’s homeowners love open floor plans:

  • They feel bigger – Open floor plans can make a smaller home feel much bigger because it isn’t compartmentalized. Not only does this give you a little extra square footage where walls would be, it allows you to use all of the space, all of the time.
  • They bring people together – Do you love to throw parties and entertain guests? They you’ll probably love a home with an open floor plan. These types of homes allow people to socialize easily, since everyone can be together.
  • They allow you to see the beauty – Homes with open floor plans allow any available natural light to fill the whole space. They also allow you to see the entire home without any obstructed sightlines, so the beauty and design of the space can take center stage.
  • They make it easier to keep track of the kids – If you have little ones at home, an open floor plan makes it easier to keep an eye on the kids when you’re cooking or cleaning.

Cons of Open Floor Plans

While there are great arguments to be made in favor of an open floor plan, there are some reasons why it may not be right for you. Consider some of the drawbacks of this type of home:

  • Lack of privacy – If you like to have your quiet, alone time, an open floor plan may not be ideal for you. When your kids are being noisy or your spouse is watching that TV show you hate, it’s much harder to get away from it.
  • Difficult to hide that mess – When you live in a home that has an open floor plan, it’s not as easy to quickly hide that pile of toys in the living room or the sink full of dishes in the kitchen. With an open floor plan, you really have to stay on top of clutter to keep your home looking nice.
  • Doesn’t feel cozy – If you like that snug, cozy feeling, it can be hard to recreate it in a home with an open floor plan. In fact, if the space is bigger than you need, the home might actually look and feel too big.
  • More expensive to heat and cool – Homes with open floor plans can be more expensive in terms of running the heating and air conditioning, especially if they also have high ceilings.
  • Smells travel – Do you like to cook? Then an open floor plan may not work for you, especially if you like to experiment with exotic flavors and smells. That curry dish you had for dinner was delicious, but is it something you want to smell all over the house for hours afterward?

Best Uses For a Smart Loft Assistant

2 Mar 2018 · by Virtual Results PubSub

Best Uses For a Smart Home Assistant

If you haven’t jumped on the smart home assistant bandwagon yet, what are you waiting for? We understand that there may be a learning curve when using these new devices for the first time, like Amazon’s Alexa or Google Loft. But they are becoming indispensable additions to every 21st century Loft. Here’s a look at some of the many ways you can use a smart home assistant around your Loft.

Where can the device go?

As long as it is within the range of your Wi-Fi signal and an electrical outlet, you can put the device anywhere you want. Even better, given the low price of the Echo Dot or Google Loft Mini, you can get one for each room and save yourself having to make a decision.

Use in the kitchen

There are endless ways to use a smart Loft assistant in your kitchen. Give one of these a try:

  • Set a timer while cooking or baking.
  • Add items to your shopping list as you think of them.
  • Play music while you’re cooking dinner.
  • Get help finding a recipe for dinner with ingredients you have on hand.
  • Ask for more information about an ingredient you don’t know much about, like unusual vegetables or spices you see at the market.
  • Ask to convert ounces to cups when following a recipe.
  • Ask about ingredient substitutions, just in case you forgot to buy that buttermilk at the store for pancakes.
  • Find out how to best store leftovers.
  • Ask what restaurants are nearby, just in case your meal does come out as planned.

Use in the bedroom

Whether you’re a morning person or a night person, you’ll find creative ways to use a smart home assistant in your daily routine. Here are some suggestions about how to use it in the bedroom:

  • Set an alarm, and choose whatever sound you like to wake you up.
  • Not sure what to wear that day? Ask what the weather is going to be.
  • You can also ask for a traffic report, so you know whether or not you need to leave a little early.
  • Get a news briefing while you’re getting dressed.
  • Get a rundown of what is on your calendar for the day.
  • If you’re running late, you can call an Uber from the device.
  • Dim or turn the lights on or off with a simple voice command.
  • Hook your coffee pot up with a smart plug, and have the coffee started before you even head to the kitchen.

Use in the living room

Smart Home assistants are great at helping you relax and have fun, too. Try these ideas for your living room:

  • Play music through various accounts, such as Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora and iHeartRadio.
  • Listen to audiobooks from your Audible account.
  • Ask to have your Kindle books read to you.
  • Control your TV with your voice.
  • Play games like Jeopardy, Would You Rather, Twenty Questions, Twister, Question of the Day, Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock, Where in the World, and Fortune Teller Zoltar.
  • Ask for sports score updates for your favorite teams.

These suggestions are just the tip of the iceberg. There are so many uses for a smart home assistant; it can be a great addition to your Loft.

Must-Ask Questions Before Buying a Loft

23 Feb 2018 · by Virtual Results PubSub

Must-Ask Questions Before Buying a Home

Buying a Loft is one of the biggest financial transactions you will make in a lifetime. As such, it’s one you shouldn’t enter into without being fully informed. By being armed with knowledge, you’ll make better decisions and feel more confident. Here’s your checklist of must-ask questions you need to pose before buying a Loft.

How much Loft can I afford?

When calculating how much you can afford to spend on a Loft, you need to take into consideration more than just the listing price. You’ll also need to budget for repairs, renovations, closing costs, HOA dues and insurance. Find out how much you can really afford by using an online calculator.

Are my finances ready?

Have you ordered a copy of your credit report? If not, you need to do that as soon as possible. Many credit reports contain errors, and it will take time to have them removed. In addition, you should get pre-approved for a mortgage before making an offer, to signal to a seller that you are a serious buyer.

What is the history of the Loft?

When was the last time the Loft sold, and for how much? This information is easy to find online. Have there been any recent renovations, additions or major repairs? How old is the roof? Have there ever been any broken pipes? Are there warranties on any of the appliances that are staying with the Loft? Has anything strange ever happened there? The more you know upfront, the less likely you’ll be surprised by issues that might come up in the future.

Is it in a good location?

Location is paramount when it comes to real estate. You’re not just buying a Loft – you’re buying the neighborhood, too. What is the crime like in the area? Are there any registered sex offenders? Are the streets dark at night? Are there sidewalks? Is it near amenities, like restaurants, gas stations and grocery stores? How well do the neighbors keep up their properties? What are the schools like? Is the neighborhood noisy or fairly quiet?

What are the costs of living in this Loft?

Not only will you be making monthly mortgage payments, but you’ll have other expenses, too. How much do the utilities generally run? What are the annual property taxes? How much will you spend commuting back and forth to work? Will you need to replace any appliances soon, or make any major repairs? How much are HOA fees?

How much should I offer?

Once you’ve found the Loft you like and asked all the questions you need to about it, it’s time to consider how much you want to offer. If your offer price is too low, you might get outbid. However, if you offer too much, the Loft might appraise for less and you’ll have trouble securing your mortgage. Your agent should help you find comps in the neighborhood that will tell you what Lofts like yours are selling for. Be prepared with your counteroffer if you’re buying in a competitive market.

Selling During a Divorce

16 Feb 2018 · by Virtual Results PubSub

Selling During a Divorce

Getting a divorce is a stressful and emotionally draining process. Add to it the prospect of selling your Loft, and now you’ve got a challenging situation even under the best of circumstances. If you and your former spouse have agreed to sell your Loft during a divorce, follow these tips to make the process as seamless as possible.

Choose a neutral agent

During a divorce, it’s advisable to work with a professional real estate agent who has experience dealing with Loft sales as a result of divorce. Selling a Loft is stressful, so having an agent can help relieve some of the burden. It’s important that you choose an agent who is neutral. A good place to start is with the agent who helped you buy your Loft. If not, work towards finding an agent you both can agree on.

Agree on the listing price

One of the benefits of working with a qualified agent is that he or she can give valuable advice on the listing price. By putting this decision in your agent’s hands, you can help eliminate one potential source of conflict.

Determine how the Loft will be prepared

Preparing a Loft for showing is a crucial step in the selling process. If both parties have moved out the Loft, let your agent hire a professional stager to stage the Loft for showings. If not, the person living in the Loft needs to clean, de-clutter and move items into storage. If possible, come to an agreement on how that process will be handled and how one person should be compensated if they are doing most or all of the work.

Decide who will work with the agent and potential buyers

It’s important during a sale that both parties present a united front. Potential buyers can be put off if they somehow find themselves in the middle of a conflict between the owners of the Loft. Decide which person will have contact with the real estate agent and potential buyers. Make sure the other person stays in the loop, but keep the communication with agents and buyers simple.

Agree on how to handle costs and offers

During the sales process, it is not unusual to discover that repairs need to be made before the sale can be finalized. Decide in advance how those costs will be handled. In addition, have a plan on how you will respond to offers you receive on the Loft. Understand that you will need to make this decision together, and take into account the advice given to you by your agent.

Decide how to divide the proceeds

Once the sale is complete, decide how any proceeds will be divided. First, of course, pay off the obligations on the Loft. You may then decide to use the remaining money to pay of mutual debts from your marriage. If there is any money left after that, take into account any payments that one person may have been making towards the principle since your separation.

While selling during a divorce can be extremely trying, you can make it through to the other side. By working with a qualified agent and following the guidelines above, you’ll soon be able to close this chapter of your life.

Buying a Loft That Isn’t For Sale

9 Feb 2018 · by Virtual Results PubSub

Buying a House That Isn’t For SaleAre you Loft hunting in a competitive market and having no luck finding a Loft? Did you find your perfect Loft – but it’s not for sale? Then you may be wondering if you can try to buy a Loft that doesn’t have a “for sale” sign in the front yard.

While trying to buy a Loft that isn’t currently listed is an option, it has its challenges. Here’s what to do if you really want to buy a Loft that isn’t for sale.

Finding the perfect Loft

Some Loftowners will be more open to offers than others, so it’s best to tailor your search to reach those who may be receptive. There are a couple of ways you can do this.

The first is to find expired listings or listings that were taken off the market. There could be a variety of reasons why the listing was removed or the Loft didn’t sell. Perhaps the sellers wanted to work with a different agent, or they weren’t getting the offers they had expected. Whatever the reason, these Loftowners might be responsive to your offer.

Secondly, drive around the neighborhood where you would like to buy and make a list of Lofts that are appealing to you. Then search for those properties online and find out how long the current owners have lived there. If the sale is recently new, chances are the owners aren’t ready to sell. But if they’ve lived in the Loft for five or more years, it could be worth reaching out to them to see if they would entertain your offer.

Making an offer

Once you’ve found a Loft you’d like to buy, the next step is to make an offer to the owners. Showing up unannounced on their doorstep with an offer probably isn’t going to win you any points. The best way to reach out is to write a letter.

Work with your agent to craft a specialized offer, and explain to the owner why you would like to buy their Loft. It’s possible that the owners receive letters like this regularly, especially in an active market, so you need to make yours stand out. Don’t be afraid to be personal, and appeal to them on an emotional level. However – do be aware that you don’t want to get stuck with a Loft that has major issues not apparent from the street. Your offer should contain an appraisal contingency, so you’re not paying more than what the Loft is worth.

Be ready for rejection

Ultimately, most of your offers will go unread, or the owners will not respond. Be patient and remember that people can be emotionally tied to their Lofts. And often they weren’t expecting an offer. They will respond in their own way and in their own time.

While trying to buy a Loft that isn’t for sale can be a long process that comes with its fair share of disappointment, don’t write it off as an option. You never know who will say yes, and that Loft you’ve always dreamed about becomes your reality.

Selling a Loft With Tenants

2 Feb 2018 · by Virtual Results PubSub

Selling With Tenants

Is it time to sell your rental property, but you’re not sure how to deal with the current tenants? If you’re a landlord, selling a Loft that is currently occupied is not as straightforward as a traditional sale. It’s important to know what a tenant’s rights are, and how best to handle the transition. Here’s a rundown of what you need to consider.

The type of lease your tenant signed

If your tenant is on a month-to-month lease, check state law to determine how much notice you need to give them to vacate. Typically it is 30 to 60 days. Next, send a letter to your tenant advising them of your intent to sell and the date their lease will end.

Conversely, if your tenant signed a fixed-term lease, you are obligated to let them live out the term of the lease. The lease can only be terminated early if it is stipulated in writing, or if the tenant has violated any terms of the lease.

Showing the property

If you have a difficult tenant, it may not be in your best interest to show the property while it is still occupied. An unhappy tenant likely won’t do you any favors, least of all getting the Loft clean and ready for a showing. If your Loft doesn’t look its best to potential buyers, it could impact the number and quality of the offers you receive.

On the other hand, if you have an agreeable tenant, you may be able to work out a situation where you can show the property while it’s occupied. It’s easier for potential buyers to imagine themselves living in a Loft that is occupied, as opposed to one that is vacant. Be aware that you need to give proper notice to your tenant before you, an agent or potential buyers stop by. This is typically at least 24 hours.

Selling to an investor

If you’re interested in selling your property before your tenant vacates, you might consider selling to an investor. In most cases, investors will be thrilled to know that the unit is already rented. The new owner is obligated to honor the current tenant’s lease, so you won’t have to worry you’re kicking anyone to the curb.

Selling to the tenant

If your tenant is quite happy living in the Loft, it’s possible that they would be interested in buying it. This can be a win-win situation for everyone. But what happens if your tenant doesn’t qualify for a mortgage? In that instance, you could offer seller financing, where the new owner makes payments to you instead of the bank.

When all else fails

If you find yourself in a position where your hands are tied, you do have other options. First, you can offer a discount on rent to get your tenant to cooperate about showings. A little break on their monthly expenses might encourage them to be amenable to interruptions and to keep the Loft clean. Second, you can offer to pay your current tenant to leave by essentially buying them out of their lease. You can also offer to pay their moving costs and security deposit at their next place.

Top 6 Websites for Researching a City

26 Jan 2018 · by Virtual Results PubSub

Top 6 Websites for Researching a CityBuying a Loft can be an intimidating process. Buying a Loft and moving to a new city can be even more stressful. Thankfully, there is so much information available online, you can now learn all about your new Loft before getting there. By researching your new city before you arrive, it will take less time to feel settled. And you’ll know just who to call for pizza delivery on moving-in day! Here are our picks for the best websites to research your new city.


Plug in the zip code of your new locale on AreaVibes to get its livability score. The score is based on a number of factors, including crime, education, housing, employment, weather, amenities and cost of living. Find out your commute times, view local real estate market stats, get information about schools, and see how your town stacks up to others in the area.

Neighborhood Scout

Want to learn more about each of the neighborhoods in your new city? You can with Neighborhood Scout. By entering the zip code, you’ll get a list of all the neighborhoods in that area. Drill down deeper and find out real estate stats, unique characteristics, demographics and more. You can even see their trends and forecasts for each neighborhood.

Google Street View

Nothing gets you more familiar with a new place than driving around. Do it virtually before you arrive when you use Google Street View. Find out how easy it is to walk the neighborhood, see what shops are nearby, look for the closest public transportation stop or learn how easy it will be to park on the street. By the time you finally arrive in your new place, it will all feel very familiar.


If you haven’t been using Yelp, what are you waiting for? It’s the best place to go online to discover the most popular restaurants, bars, nightclubs, hair salons, car mechanics and so much more in your new city. Get honest reviews from locals, see photos taken by users, browse menus and find locations on a map. You can also discover local events and get special offers from businesses that are sponsoring promotions through the website.


Want to find out what the crime statistics are in your new neighborhood? Then CrimeReports should be your first stop. Here you’ll find the country’s largest collection of data from law enforcement agencies. More than 1000 agencies provide crime data to CrimeReports. You can sign up for Crime Alerts and receive notifications whenever there is an incident in the area you are following.


If you’ll be moving with your family, you’ll definitely want to research the schools in your area. GreatSchools is an excellent resource to find easy-to-understand data on K-12 schools, information about school resources and student outcomes, and candid reviews from parents. They also offer a wealth of parenting resources, such as interactive tools, tips, worksheets and videos, all aimed at helping parents support their children as they grow and learn.