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Questions to Ask a Contractor Before You Hire

It’s renovation time, and, as part of your preparations, think about the last time you hired someone to rebuild or remodel your home. There was probably an initial phone conversation, followed by a site visit where you were probably given a quote for the project and a discussion of a timeline. Then, they showed up to start the job.

Buy and Fix – All with the Same Mortgage Loan

It’s hard to deny the remodeling movement is gaining momentum. It seems as though everyone from your neighbor to your local politician is remodeling his or her home, and the guy at the hardware store or the contractor across town is everybody’s new best friend.
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Apr 10 at 2:28pm For Buyers

Beware the Fix-up: Your Dream Home May be a Money Pit

Even though TV shows frequently feature “fixer-uppers” that are magically transformed into dream homes, many people don’t realize just what’s involved in the transformation. Not, that is, until they’re the proud owner of what has turned out to be a money pit.
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Apr 10 at 11:48am Financing

Don’t Confuse ‘Pre-qualified’ With ‘Pre-approved’

You should always be in a state of readiness when you’re house-hunting. And this means ensuring you have a letter from a lender signifying that you’re ready to buy a home.
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Apr 10 at 11:43am Financing

How to Find the Mortgage That’s Right for You

The mortgage world can be confusing, and it pays to educate yourself about the pros and cons of different types of mortgages.
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Apr 10 at 11:36am Financing

Boost Your Home’s Look for Less: Try These $500 Hacks

Itching for a home improvement project but low on cash? Not every project has to break the bank; there are plenty of jobs that will boost your home’s appeal for under $500. Here are a few ideas:
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Apr 10 at 11:31am For Sellers

Become a Savvy Homeowner Before You Buy

With housing prices flat or increasing modestly in many markets, and mortgage rates at record lows, many consumers are finding it a good time to think about buying a home.
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Apr 08 at 11:57pm For Buyers

Attention Buyers: It Pays to Think Like Your Seller

Buyers who know how to think like a seller are ahead of the game. They’ll understand a homeowner’s bias; they’ll be more comfortable with negotiating,
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Apr 08 at 11:52pm For Buyers

Buyer Beware: There Are Downsides to Buying a FSBO

Purchasing a property for sale by owner (FSBO) may make sense to many; because the seller doesn’t pay real estate agent commissions
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Apr 08 at 11:48pm For Buyers

Security Systems: Be Safe and Add Value to Your Home

Here’s a home upgrade you may not have thought of: Home security. It’s not as aesthetically pleasing as new hardwood flooring or as much fun as an in-ground pool
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Apr 08 at 11:41pm You and Your Home

Solo Home Buyers Face Unique Challenges

Recent reports have noted a marked increase in the number of female home buyers across the United States. In fact, it’s not only young couples and families who are eagerly entering the real estate game; young, single women are buying in droves.
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Apr 08 at 4:32pm For Buyers

Online Estimates: Informative or Misleading?

Online real estate information sites are routinely used by homeowners, home buyers, real estate agents, and developers as gauges of a home’s market value.
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Apr 08 at 4:00pm General


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