Is The Corner Lot Right For You?

The corner lot is a prized piece of real estate. Is living on the corner really all that it is said to be? The truth is that there are both pros and cons to buying the corner lot. Breaking down the pros and cons of the corner lot can help you to make an informed decision on your home purchase.

The Upside

There’s so many advantages to living on the corner lot. Living on the corner lot feels like you’re living on more space. Corner lots also enable you to have a garage on the side of the home, because you have roads on both the front and the side of the home. Wrap-around porches are a reality on corner lots due to their design. The ultimate privacy is also available on the corner lot, since you only have one neighbor on one side of the house. These are definitely pros for people who are looking for privacy. This gives your family flexibility to use both the front and the side yard with ease. There’s so many things you can do with the extra space on the larger side yard like put up a basketball hoop, plant a garden, or set up a volleyball game. The possibilities are endless.

The Downside

There are some downsides to living on the corner lot. First, there’s a lot more to landscape. With more yard, this only stands to reason. You want your yard to look even and flow beautifully with the way it’s landscaped, so there’s a bit more work to be done in this area. This landscaping work includes trimming, mowing, irrigating and maintaining. Your garage or driveway will also be affected by owning the corner lot. Since it may be set back more from the street, entering and exiting your driveway will be challenging in some cases. You also need to be mindful that your car isn’t edged out into the sidewalk or the road when it is parked. Another downside to the corner lot is that it’s often more expensive since it’s usually a more versatile piece of land.

While privacy is a plus on the corner lot when it comes to neighbors, privacy could be a negative for these homes depending on the location. Noise and privacy concerns are a must consider when it comes to homes in certain locations because the amount of traffic (whether by vehicle or by foot) can cause some disturbances to you and your family. To remedy this problem, you may consider installing fencing or other landscape buffers. These privacy concerns may not be as much of an issue depending upon the design of the home. If you consider where the entrances to the home are as well as the location of the garage, the house could be perfect for your needs.

No matter where you choose to live, pay special attention to the lot surrounding the home before you decide to buy. It’s important to choose to live in a place where you’ll feel comfortable and happy.

Feng Shui In Your House

Feng Shui, known as wind and water, translates to the art of placement in Chinese culture. In order to enhance the flow of chi, life force or spiritual energy, the art of Feng Shui must be invited into your home.

In order to create a harmonious level of happiness, we must take a peek at our surroundings and be sure our decorating and placement of furniture is balanced. By balanced, we mean good design sense. You are in essence creating a sanctuary for yourself.

It is recommended that your bedroom be arranged so that you are able to get your best rest. Be able to connect with yourself and your significant other. This sanctuary will allow for peace, balance and enlightenment.

Placement, color, sound and smell also assist with the proper flow of energy. Turn a cluttered space into relaxing and spiritually balanced space.

Tips on Buying a Foreclosure

If you are looking for a deal you may be thinking about buying a foreclosure but buyer beware. There is a lot to know before putting an offer in on a foreclosed property.

Often foreclosures are sold “as is” and many times do not have a seller disclosure available for review. This makes it even more important to get a thorough home inspection.

Here are some issues to be aware of commonly found with foreclosures and not usually seen with the naked eye.

  • Roof damage
  • Damaged appliances
  • Damaged or missing plumbing
  • Faulty electrical systems and components
  • HVAC system problems
  • Conducive termite conditions
  • Water penetration and damage issues
  • Interior structural damage

A home inspection is essential not only to identify problems with the home but to also get a more realistic picture of the things that need to be repaired to make the home livable.