Buying&Selling
starterhome

Why ‘Starter Homes’ Aren’t What They Used to Be

The concept of a “starter home” is quickly becoming a real estate relic, like track lighting and brass hardware. Time was, young families with average incomes who were shopping for a first house would choose a small one in an affordable neighborhood — maybe with just a hint of a yard and a carport, rather…

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Buying&Selling
topdollar

Get Top Dollar When Selling Your Home

Potential buyers are now ready to move off the sidelines, mortgage preapproval letters in hand, for the chance to find their dream home. Housing inventory has been tight the last couple of years, which means more competition among buyers, especially during these busy months. As a seller, this is good news, because competition among buyers drives prices…

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Buying&Selling
5steps

5 Steps to Take When You’re Ready to Sell

Your home is likely your largest investment. When it’s time to sell, you’ll want your investment to impress buyers and earn top dollar. A real estate agent can suggest ways to make the process go smoothly, but all homeowners can take some basic steps even without professional help. Here are five important steps to take when you’re…

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Buying&Selling
homebuyingprocess

What to Expect From the Homebuying Process

Buying stuff online has spoiled us with “one-click ordering.” If only buying a house were so easy. A lot of people stumble into the whole thing and try to figure it out as they go. That’s tough; we’ve been there. From that first home — little more than a cottage, really, but what seemed like…

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Buying&Selling
coststobuyahome

What it Really Costs to Buy a Home

It would be nice if houses for sale came with giant price tags so a buyer could easily compare “all-in” costs. Imagine trying to buy a gallon of milk and having to separately compute what it costs to feed the cow, distribute the inventory and stock the shelves. Let’s bottom-line your homeownership costs, from one-time…

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Buying&Selling
emotionhomebuying

Take the Emotion Out of Buying a Home

You may feel the urge to buy a house, but is it the right decision? There can be advantages and disadvantages to homeownership, but when it comes to such large financial transactions, the best thing you can do is take the emotion out of your decision. Consider the way investors often get worked up about…

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Home Tips
interiordesigner

How to Find an Interior Designer Within Your Budget

An interior designer can bring out the best in your home — and help you avoid costly remodeling mistakes. If you have a dream project, there’s probably a design professional who can turn it into reality. According to HomeAdvisor.com, most homeowners spend between about $1,800 and $8,500 to hire an interior designer or decorator, though some homeowners…

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Buying&Selling
hireasellersagent

3 Reasons to Hire a Seller’s Agent

If you’re selling your home, you should expect a list of expenses. The commission you pay the seller’s agent is usually one of the biggest, around 6% of your home’s selling price. This pays for the valuable work your seller’s agent, also known as a listing agent, does for you: preparing the home, marketing it, showing it to…

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