Friday, July 6, 2018 / by Ryan Carlson
Do you feel like you’d get more use out of your porch if it were screened in? Screened in porches combine the best of indoor and outdoor rooms, and they can be affordable if you already have a porch. Here’s what to expect if you decide to take on the project this summer.
First, let’s look at the costs associated with enclosing your existing porch. The cost will be dependent on the size of your porch, the type of materials you choose, and whether or not you hire a contractor to complete the project. According to ImproveNet, the cost of materials to screen in a 200 square foot porch range from $470 to $680. Associated labor costs, should you choose to hire a pro, will run you about $350. To compare, if you were to build a new screened-in porch from scratch, the cost would average about $70 per square foot.
The next order of business when deciding to screen in your porch is to check local building codes. You need to make sure y ...
Monday, July 2, 2018 / by Ryan Carlson
If you’re preparing to buy or sell a home, you may have questions about real estate commission fees. Who pays them? How much are they? Can they be negotiated? When are they paid? Even if you’ve gone through this process before, you may not have all the answers. Let us clear up any confusion by explaining the nuts and bolts of commission fees.
How much are the commission fees?
Let’s begin with the basics. In general, commission fees total approximately five to six percent of the sales price of the home. In most instances, the buyer’s agent and the seller’s agent will split this evenly between them.
Can the commission be negotiated?
A seller and their agent should agree to the details about the commission in the listing agreement. The agreement will outline what services will be provided by the agent. It is possible for the seller to negotiate the fee that is paid. Some agents will agree to lower commission fees, especially if they are represen ...