Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Vacation Home in Costa Rica

I think that I'm enjoying these shows about buying vacation homes in some sunny exotic country. The last show I watched was house hunters in Costa Rica.

The show was the same format as normal with 3 buying options. I would have been happy with any of the 3.

I think it's time for a vacation for me!

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Buying A House Boat in Amsterdam

And now for something completely different. It was an eposide of house hunter but instead of having home buyers looking at 3 different homes we had a couple looking to buy a house boat in the canals of Amsterdam.

Buying a house boat seems to be one of few twists house hunters is working on this season, as I'm also aware that they are doing a show on RV buying.

In any event this show had a couple looking to buy a boat that was docked in the canals of Amsterdam for $750,000 or so. That price seem pretty damn expensive to me for a boat since I imagine that you could get a condo for a better price and not need to deal with the cold that would be part of living on a boat in the winter.

Anyways the boats all seemed to come with a specific docking location which added a lot to their value as well.So even with boats, real estate is all about location, location, location.

3 boats later the couple purchased the smallest and cheapest of the 3 boats as their home.

Holmes Inspection - New Season

I saw an commercial this week on HGTV for Holmes Inspection. It seems that a new season is starting shortly and it's going to be opening with a 2 part Holmes Inspection special.

The commercial made it look like this home seem extra bad will pulling open walls to show an infestation of insects hidden behind a wall.

This show is looking good. I can hardly wait for it to start.

A Million Dollars in Saint John

A show of House Hunters International followed a couple looking to spend 1 million dollars that they had saved up to buy a vacation home in Saint John.

Now if your like myself you've probably never heard of Saint John before but it's an island in the US Virgin Island chain very close to the British Virgin Islands in the Caribbean Sea, both of which are near Puerto Rico.

Well it seems this couple had been saving their money for a very long time and had come down for only 1 weekend to buy their dream vacation home. But as we found out when watching the show a million dollars does not go very far in Saint Johns.

The first house they saw was only a 2 bedroom home and the next 2 houses where 3 bedrooms! Now the homes were not that small, had a nice lot, 2 of the 3 had a pool and an excellent view of the ocean. But for 1 million I'd be expecting more.

In the end the couple purchased the 2 bedroom home with plans to renovate for a 3rd bedroom. Personally I'd take my million and see what it could buy me on another island.

Friday, 26 August 2011

Holmes Inspection - What More Can I Say?

I was watching another show fo Holmes Inspection on HGTV this morning. It was another really interesting show with Mike finding a lot of things wrong with a home as he rips it apart.

Now of course what my problem is, is that I really have nothing new to blog about this show about. I've really enjoyed it, but the format is the same and nothing really stood out to me with this house.

If you haven't watched Holmes Inspection well you should but I'm really running out of blog topics for it.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Rental Income A Video

Next in our theme of following up a review of real estate tv with a current real estate video is this rental income video that I found on Youtube.

In this one a Vancouver mortgage broker is discussing the income property and how to do it correctly to take advantage of a lot of government and bank programs out there. The important thing that she highlights is that you need to stop collecting rent in cash!

Income Property - Owning a house at zero cost.

A good show of Income Property was on this past week. A couple had a nice town house split into 2 sections which they were renting out furnished for short term rentals (seemed to be 4 to 6 month periods) for about $3,000 a month. What made this amazing was that there mortgage payment was only $2,100 a month. So they were living in a house for nothing an making $900 a month.

Now the reason they were on the show is that they were renting out the good part of there home and living in the rental area that needed a lot of work done. However, they were unable to complete a lot of the tasks so they show came in and fixed it up so that the could move back into the nice area of the house and rent out the new area for a nice profit again!

Friday, 12 August 2011

Holmes Inspection - Outside Brick

I found a Holmes Inspection on HGTV last night. It's the first time I've seen Mike Holmes on TV in awhile.

In any event this show followed the normal format. With home buyers being concerned about their home shortly after buying it and Mike rushing in to fix up the real estate in very short order.

What impressed me most about the show is that Mike shows up and without going inside this 5 year old 2 storey home he gets the home owners to come outside the house and shows them how they have all this sloppy brick work.

Now I'm impressed with this, poor brick work on the outside of a house is not something that I world normally be able to pick out. And if people had been able to pick this out then I doubt this house would have ever been able to be sold by the builder!

House Hunters NYC to Rome

I really enjoyed this one. It had a single woman moving from NYC to Rome.

The home buyer was in fact a renter for this show since the price of real estate in Rome seems to be super expensive. It seems her employer was kicking in $4,500 / month to cover the rent so it seems she was certainly looking to pay a real estate mortgage in other parts of the world.

However it seems that the home renter wanted to live in downtown Rome in the center of the action, which is something that I would probably do as well if it was me. So she was willing to kick in an extra $1,000 / month herself or a total of $5,500 a month in rent!

The problem ... the 3 places she was looking at where $6,500 or $7,500 / month!!!

In the end however she got a great place and was able to negiotate the rent down to $5,500 / month.

House Hunters - Australia to India

Another House Hunters International this week and watched a couple moving from Australia to India. Standard format for the show with them looking at 3 apartments.

My thoughts on this show was I am glad "it's not me making the move". I didn't like the idea of living in any of the homes that the show profiled.

I'd be moving back to Australia if it was me.

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

House Hunters International in Croatia

Another interesting show of House Hunters International was on last week. It was about a couple that was looking to buy a vacation home in the seaside town of Dubrovnik. What made this interesting is that the home buyers lived in a 2 bedroom condo in Britain and ran a vacation rental business for Croatia.

The home buying couple seemed to be very experienced in finding high end vacation rental homes, however buying a vacation home in a more reasonable price range seemed to be a bit out of their experience range. You could tell this as they seem really disappointed with the homes that they were able to afford.

However like most real estate it ended up that this couple compromised and was able to find a modern updated home that they liked but it was in the country and not sea side.

All in all and interesting show and it makes me add Croatia to my list of places that I would like to visit.

Sunday, 7 August 2011

Brampton Real Estate Video

Continuing along my theme of profiling a current real estate video from a town that has been profiled in a real estate show I've blogged about. Here is one from Brampton Canada.

Real Estate videos for Brampton Canada ended up being a lot harder to find a good one since there did not seem to be that may that are current at all. I ended up with this one since it's only a month old and the production quality seemed pretty good and I though the home looked top notch. Not sure if it's still available I expect that it would have sold.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

House Hunters in California & Australia

House Hunters was on last night both the regular and international version. In the International version the home buyers where moving from Canada to Australia and there $400,000 budget wasn't getting them the home the size that they wanted. However, I missed the end of it so I didn't see which one they ended up with.

The other show was a about a couple buying a home in Northern California and had a budget around $450,000. They saw 2 homes worth around $480,000 after renovation that had around 1500 feet and 3 bedroom and then the moved to another area and found a house worth $430,000 with 4 bedrooms and 2100 feet.

No brainer which one they picked. Clearly some areas of the US are coming back with a home price.

Alaska Real Estate Video

Since it has been so hot out lately I've decided that my next installment of a real estate video to be from Alaska. Hopefully the cold thoughts of Alaska will cool you down and not make you realize just how hot it is outside.

Check out this Alaska home without any snow. It's listed at $1.4 million and should keep you nice and warm in the winter. I really like how the REALTOR includes a QR code at the end of the video, I wasn't able to get it to work with my smart phone, let me know if you are able to!

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Property Virgins - In Brampton

Watched an eposide of Property Virgins last night which took place in Brampton which is one of the small city's that are around Toronto Canada.

In this show we had a Mom looking to buy a small home for her & her young daughter. The home buyer looked at a townhouse which she ruled out right away as too cramped then looked at a semi-detached home and a fully detached home which was about $80,000 more than the semi.

In the end she picked the semi-detached which she got for around $270,000 it had 3 bedrooms but only 1 bathroom. I think that she will be wishing she had a 2nd bathroom in that home before long!