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Neighbors: How to be Neighborly When Selling Your Home
Posted on 03/30/2020
Neighbors: How to be Neighborly When Selling Your Home
Photo by Bilanol via Shutterstock You’ve heard all the sayings: “Location, location, location,” and the line in Robert Frost’s poem, “Good fences make good neighbors.” You’ve even made Abraham Lincoln’s saying your motto, “Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can.” Yet here you are, trying to sell our home, and the neighbors simply are not...
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When Should You Check Your Credit Score?
Posted on 03/23/2020
When Should You Check Your Credit Score?
Photo by Andrey_Popov via Shutterstock Federal law allows you to get your credit report free once per year. To do so, go to annualcreditreport.com and request your report. You need to do this at least once a year so that you can correct any errors or missing information. Differences Between Credit Report & Credit Score You typically have...
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Organizing for a Home Sale
Posted on 03/16/2020
Organizing for a Home Sale
Image by LightField Studios from Shutterstock When you've owned your house a long time, getting it ready to sell may seem like a daunting task. If relocation is on the horizon for you, get an early start and organize your spaces. Ideas to help you get organized right away! Resist the temptation to add items to your home...
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ROI: Which Home Improvements Fit Your Bill?
Posted on 03/09/2020
ROI: Which Home Improvements Fit Your Bill?
Photo by Fotocraft via Shutterstock Many homeowners spend thousands of dollars on improvements and upgrades only to find out that the return on their investment (ROI) is less than $1 to $1. That means that for every dollar spent, the selling price of their home does not go up a corresponding dollar. In fact, very few home improvements...
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How Long Will It Take You to Find Your Ideal California Luxury Residence?
Posted on 03/02/2020
How Long Will It Take You to Find Your Ideal California Luxury Residence?
There is no definitive timeline for finding and buying a luxury home in San Francisco, Malibu or any other California city or town. Ultimately, it is important to remember that the Golden State luxury homebuying journey varies from person to person. But if you know how to prepare for a California luxury home search, you may be able to...
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Vital Things to Remember When Selling Your Home
Posted on 02/24/2020
Vital Things to Remember When Selling Your Home
If you've decided to put your home on the market, one important thing to keep in mind is that perception is everything -- or close to it, anyway! The impression you make on prospective buyers can either help seal the deal or break it, depending on whether that impression is positive or negative. The visual aspects of your home...
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Are You Prepared to Hire a Home Inspector?
Posted on 02/17/2020
Are You Prepared to Hire a Home Inspector?
If a seller accepts your offer to purchase his or her residence, it now may be time to schedule a house inspection. And if you have an expert home inspector at your side, you can get the information you need to determine whether to proceed with a house purchase. Ultimately, there are several factors to consider as you evaluate...
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How to Bring Your A-Game to the Homebuying Journey
Posted on 02/10/2020
How to Bring Your A-Game to the Homebuying Journey
The homebuying journey may be long and arduous, regardless of whether you're pursuing a house for the first time. However, if you bring your A-game to the homebuying journey, you can speed up the process of finding and acquiring your dream residence. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you bring your A-game to the homebuying...
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Assessing Your Equity as a Home Seller
Posted on 02/03/2020
Assessing Your Equity as a Home Seller
Image by Wokandapix from Pixabay The equity in your home plays a major role in how much profit you'll make off the sale, but it's not always simple to determine just how much of the home you own (even if you haven't refinanced). Here are a few tips to understand equity and how you can use it to...
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Take Advantage of Opportunities to Save Money
Posted on 01/27/2020
Take Advantage of Opportunities to Save Money
Whether you're trying to balance your household budget or save money to buy your first house, discount coupons can help. Coupons alone are not a panacea that will cure budgetary woes or enable you to quickly save up for a real estate down payment, but they can play a role in achieving your financial goals. Building up your financial...
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Tips for Homebuyers: Learn About the Local Housing Market
Posted on 01/20/2020
Tips for Homebuyers: Learn About the Local Housing Market
An informed homebuyer may be better equipped than others to enjoy a successful property buying experience. In fact, an informed homebuyer likely will understand the ins and outs of the local housing market – something that could make it simple for this individual to discover a great residence at a budget-friendly price. Ultimately, it helps to review the local...
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Pros & Cons of REIT Investing
Posted on 01/13/2020
Pros & Cons of REIT Investing
Image by Mediamodifier from Pixabay Although most people think of real estate investments in terms of real property that they can see and touch, buy and sell, or rent and manage on their own, there is a popular form of real estate investment that is not as personal and interactive. In many ways, it is easier, featuring the...
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