21 Things A Real Estate Agent Should Do For You

21 Things A Real Estate Agent Should Do For You

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Just like in any other profession, there are good real estate agents ... and there are, unfortunately, subpar real estate agents, too. But how do you know if you've got a dreamboat or a dud handling your real estate transaction?One way to know whether you've got a good...

What you Need to Know About Fixed vs. Adjustable Rates

What you Need to Know About Fixed vs. Adjustable Rates

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You're about to become a first-time homeowner—this is an exciting time! As you begin working with lenders on securing pre-approval for a mortgage, you probably hear some terms when it comes to mortgage interest rates such as "fixed" and "adjustable."

How to Find Down Payment Assistance Programs

How to Find Down Payment Assistance Programs

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You just found your dream home, and it’s within your budget! One thing has you scratching your head though, how are you going to come up with the 20% down payment? You're worried that if you can't find the money for the deposit, you'll lose your chance to buy your...

How Low Can You Go: Making An Offer

How Low Can You Go: Making An Offer

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Paying less than the listing price for a house might seem like a pipe dream in some markets, but for savvy buyers who know what they're doing, it's a very real possibility. That said, making an offer that's lower than the listing price can also be a dangerous game to...

23 Common Staging Mistakes that Sellers Make

23 Common Staging Mistakes that Sellers Make

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Staging a home isn't an exact science -- it's more of an art, one that covers several rooms and flows throughout a home. If you're thinking that it doesn't sound easy, well, it isn't; there's a reason why stagers can command serious dollar amounts for the work they do.

11 Home Improvements That Can Boost Your Property’s Value

11 Home Improvements That Can Boost Your Property’s Value

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Upgrading or improving your home can be one of the most rewarding activities you could undertake -- and that includes monetarily, because depending on the improvement, you can boost your home's value and recoup some of your investment when the time comes to sell....

9 Tips For Assessing Your Home’s Value

9 Tips For Assessing Your Home’s Value

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As a homeowner, it's perfectly natural to wonder how much your house is currently worth (and, not so incidentally, how much money you might make today if you were to sell it). Even though the internet has brought information about home values directly to our...

15 Must-Do’s Before Downsizing

15 Must-Do’s Before Downsizing

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Between the tiny-house craze and bestselling books about minimizing your life, we've probably all thought about downsizing at one point or another. But is it really the right move for you at this moment in time? Before you decide to move forward with downsizing, it's...

Informed Buyer: 13 Market Considerations to Assess Before Buying

Informed Buyer: 13 Market Considerations to Assess Before Buying

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When you're thinking about buying a house, it's normal to question whether it's really the best time to jump into the market -- or whether you should wait a few months or even years to get the best deal. But a house isn't like any other investment; you can't live...