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How to Spot a “We Buy Houses” Scam

Posted by Victor Alves // March 6, 2017

How to Spot a “Buy My House” Scam

Most people’s first contact with home investors come through some form of “We Buy Houses” marketing material like signs, letters, notes at your door, online, etc. This demonstrates the low barrier to entry that exists when it comes to real estate investors. Literally anyone can do marketing and call themselves an investor, whether they know a […]


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When Is The Best Time To Lock Your Loan?

Posted by Victor Alves // March 3, 2017

When Is The Best Time To Lock Your Loan?

Unless you are paying cash for your purchase, you will need to utilize lender financing. The two biggest decisions for most buyers are which program to use, and when to lock. Not locking at the right time can end up costing you hundreds of thousands of dollars over the life of your loan. What makes […]


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Will Selling Inherited Property Cause Me to Owe Taxes?

Posted by Victor Alves // March 2, 2017

Will Selling Inherited Property Cause Me to Owe Taxes?

While an inheritance can represent a windfall, Uncle Sam always wants his cut. We may not like taxes, but it’s wise to consider them whenever you make any kind of a financial move. However, you will not necessarily owe taxes on the sale of your inherited home. Your tax liability will depend upon a number […]


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5 Items That Impact Local Real Estate Markets

Posted by Victor Alves // March 1, 2017

5 Items That Impact Local Real Estate Markets

With all the constant news and information regarding the real estate market it is easy to get confused sometimes. One day you hear that interest rates are going up and housing market is in trouble for 2017.  The next day you hear that there will be an increase in loan programs which will open the […]


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I Am Behind On My Mortgage Payments. What Are My Options?

Posted by Victor Alves // February 28, 2017

I Am Behind On My Mortgage Payments. What Are My Options?

Many of the people who come to ShapeUp Homes struggle with a common issue: they are behind on their mortgage payments. This is a really tough situation, so we always want to break down your options for you. You have a lot of options to choose from when you’re in this situation, but we want […]


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Limited Down Payment Solutions For First Time Home Buyers

Posted by Victor Alves // February 20, 2017

Limited Down Payment Solutions For First Time Home Buyers

If you are lacking the necessary down payment it doesn’t mean you can’t buy a house.  There are a few options available that may make sense depending on your situation.  One of the mistakes that new buyers make is thinking that the down payment is the only money they will need when they buy.  When […]


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We Buy Unappealing Houses in San Antonio

Posted by Victor Alves // February 17, 2017

We Buy Unappealing Houses in San Antonio

Are you looking to sell your old house that you don’t have the money to make all the repairs and updates necessary? Have you ever thought about selling your house to a cash buyer? That’s right, we buy unappealing houses in San Antonio and we buy houses cash! Many of those homeowners who wish to sell […]


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Borrowing Money From Family & Friends: Is it The Right Option?

Posted by Victor Alves // February 16, 2017

Making Your Money Work On Your Behalf

It seems like everyone wants to be involved in real estate. You probably have a Great Uncle, co-worker or someone you went to school with talk to you about investing in real estate.  You may have even discussed all the success you could have and maybe even a little about how you would go about […]


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4 Ways to Estimate Your San Antonio House Value

Posted by Victor Alves // February 15, 2017

4 Ways to Estimate Your San Antonio House Value

How much is your house worth? Sometimes, it can be really hard to get an answer to this question. Some homeowners  set the price too high initially based on a recently sold property nearby with a different floor plan, others incorrectly calculate their house value as the price they paid for it originally and add […]


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Do Not Make These Home Pricing Mistakes

Posted by Victor Alves // February 14, 2017

Do Not Make These Home Pricing Mistakes

The first thing that any prospective buyer notices about a new home for sale is the price.  You can spend time and money to get your house in the best condition possible but if the price is too high nobody will ever know.  Long gone are the days when you can list your property at any […]


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