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Reaching the Finish Line

My last column got you started on your purchase by determining how much you could afford, getting loan pre-approval, finding the right agent to tour suitable homes.  Now what? Get “comparables” from your representative for each appealing home, review property…

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If They Should Ask

If They Should Ask

When you tell friends and family you’re going to buy or sell a home, and they ask, “Why are you working through a real estate agent when you can just use the internet,” how will you respond?  Your first answer…

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Photography 101

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but in real estate, a picture could be worth a thousand dollars (or more).  Most agents aren’t photography professionals, but there is an understanding that better photos get listings more attention,…

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Don’t Go Home Without It

Don't Go Home Without It

These days, particularly with so many foreclosures on the market, ordering an inspection when you’ve made an offer is not only recommended, it’s critical.  Otherwise, you’re relying on the seller (in some cases, the bank) to provide you with a…

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Don’t Chase the Market

Buyer’s market or seller’s market – the simple fact is that your home is worth only what a buyer will pay for it.  The simple law of supply and demand usually determines the final sale price.  If there are fewer…

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Thinking of Shrinking?

It’s not just the economy – there are lots of reasons that people choose to downsize.  It could be retirement, a recently emptied nest, or just plain “maintenance fatigue.”  Whatever the reason, plan your new lifestyle carefully. When you search…

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R.O.I.: Return on Improvement

R.O.I.: Return on Improvement

If you plan to remodel or update before selling your home, you have to find the balance between what’s appropriate and what qualifies as over-improvement.  If you’re in a mid-range neighborhood and install granite countertops, you’re unlikely to recoup your…

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Benefits on Both Sides

There are new rules regarding short sales meant to improve the experience for both sellers and buyers, but the legalities and legwork can overwhelm even the most savvy.  Of course, that’s where the real estate agent shines, handling the paperwork…

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Buy, Sell, Win, Win!

Buy, Sell, Win, Win!

Buyers, sellers, the time for hesitation is over for both of you.  Home sales are rising, inventories are shrinking, and even though home values fell dramatically in the last few years, the good news is that houses are now more…

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The Market Where You Move

As we see some market recovery, the scales become a little more balanced between buyers and sellers.  However, if you’re a buyer moving out of the area, local conditions here aren’t relevant.  You need to investigate whether it’s still a…

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