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Moving or improving

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People often move for job or educational opportunities, to follow family, or any number of other motivations. But what if you're simply too "cramped" in your home? You face a dilemma: move,...

Finding an estimate

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No one expects you to be able to appraise a home. It's a professional's responsibility to provide an independent estimate of your home's value. While the bank uses the appraisal to guarantee your home's...

Finding an estimate

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No one expects you to be able to appraise a home. It's a professional's responsibility to provide an independent estimate of your home's value. While the bank uses the appraisal to guarantee your home's...

Efficient homes can save taxes, too

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There's no denying that the higher cost of fuel has widespread effects on us all. More people than ever are now looking at ways to improve the overall energy efficiency of their homes, and parts of...

Buyers set home price by deciding on purchase

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Buying a new car is, for most people, a major purchase. First, you compare features, design, mileage and dependability. With all features and benefits being equal, would you choose the most expensive,...

Learn about realty with child in college

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Are you the parent of a student preparing for, or already in, college? Then you've probably encountered the high cost of student housing. Even on-campus dormitories can be expensive, but most students...

Landscaping paints more complete picture

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Many buyers wisely include a satisfactory home inspection as a requirement of their purchase. However, there is another property feature that is often overlooked when making a purchase decision - the...

How to compete when selling your home

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Whether the market is "hot" or "cool," be aware of the following pitfalls that always lead to a languishing listing. Price: Even in strong markets, a home that is priced too high...

Don't bet on the bubble bursting

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As the phrase "housing bubble" is thrown around, folks start to compare the present pricing boom to the tech-stocks of the 1990s stock market. Homeowners are trying to determine if the real...

Know the score

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You hear it everywhere: exotic loans, FICO scores, default risks, rising interest rates. Sounds like a lot of gloom and doom, doesn't it? While lenders are generating hot and heavy business, the truth...

Do set priorities when remodeling your home

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Many homeowners remodel not just to improve the condition of their biggest asset, but also to improve the salability of said asset. Experience proves that some projects are better for improving your...

You buy a home, you invest in a neighborhood

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When beginning your home search, you should have a good idea of the features you want - the number of bedrooms and baths, a large or small yard, modern kitchen or office space. Even more important,...

Try some basic steps in real estate investing

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With less-than-spectacular stock market performance and bank deposit interest rates at disappointing levels, you may have been reading lately about how many investors are turning to real estate. If...

Get finances in order before looking for home

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An important early step in purchasing a home is getting a lender's "pre-qualification" for financing. Then you'll know how much home you can afford before stepping foot into an open house....

You've sold your house, now what?

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Hooray! You've sold your home and handed the keys over to the new owners! Now what? Do you need to buy another home and move? The Realtor who sold your home may be a likely candidate to help you locate...