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Figuring out the home pricing puzzle

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If you need to sell your home, but it has lost value since you first bought it, you’re facing a pricing puzzle.

Even in winter you can make your home inviting to buyers

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In spring and summer it’s easy to envision ways to enhance your home’s curb appeal with a trimmed lawn, planted and potted flowers, and patios and decks arranged with outdoor furniture

Owning still has its advantages over renting

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While indicators show that housing is making a comeback, the glut of negative reporting is still making people skittish about buying a home.

Purchase agreement is the key to sales success

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Once you find a home you love and are ready to make the commitment, consider the offer to purchase as your blueprint for executing a successful transaction.

Small homes can offer big savings

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If you’re anticipating selling your smaller-than-average home, do not despair, because the days of the over-sized and over-priced “McMansions” are shrinking in the rearview mirror

Speed up closing with these tips

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No matter how much you prepare, closings just seem to take longer these days, often up to 60 days from the date of the initial offer.

CMAs are a useful buying tool

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As you search and tour homes that appeal to you, how can you be sure that the asking prices are in line with current values?

Short sales taking center stage

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Due to recent government incentives, short sales are becoming the darling of the distressed-property marketplace.

Stretch the buying dollar, but don’t sacrifice features

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As it always has been in any kind of market or economy, buyers will find the best deals while looking at homes that are less than perfect.

Short sales can save you from foreclosure

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The issue of pricing strategies was recently addressed here, particularly for facing moving deadlines or selling a home that’s been on the market for some time.

For a smooth close get your ducks in a row

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As a buyer, you want your offer to be accepted and your contract to close on schedule.

Know your open house etiquette

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No one’s going to buy a home without taking a thorough tour, and open houses are an easy and convenient way to make the initial rounds.

Put a quality neighborhood at the top of shopping list

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We all know the mantra of real estate — location, location, location. The neighborhood is usually the most critical factor in determining a home’s value.

Remember, there’s more to the mortgage payment than the loan amount

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As you plan to buy a home, seek pre-approval for financing so that you’ll know how much home you can afford and how much to budget for monthly mortgage payments.

Preventative maintenance can lead to an easier sell

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Typically, homeowners will spend weeks preparing their home for sale, rushing to repair the roof or drafty windows or electrical issues or old appliances.