Digging for the True Cost of a New Home

When you begin scouring the town listings for a new home, the cost of the home appears to be right there at the top: the asking price. All the other details about the property are there, too, but they usually get close attention only after that dollar amount at the top falls within (well, is …

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Finding Neighborhoods in Town That Fit Your Wish List

There’s a lot you can change about a house. You can repaint it, renovate the interior, landscape the yard. The one thing you can’t change is its location—and there’s abundant truth in the familiar list with the three most important words in real estate: location, location, location…
That’s why getting to know as much as possible …

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Overpricing Your Home: Why and Why Not

A crucial part of selling your home comes right at the outset—when you set your asking price. It boils down to a decision to go high (the I-love-this-place-and-gotta-have-it-no-matter-what price); or low, with a number that is just under neighborhood comparables (the I’d-better-snap-this-up-before-someone-else-does price).
Success in selling your home quickly is commonly understood to correspond with the …

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Easy Weekend Projects to Boost a House for Sale’s Appeal

“You never get a second chance to make a first impression.”
It’s a saying that job applicants (at least the successful ones) take to heart. It’s why a lot of serious primping goes on before a blind date. It’s why movie directors spend as much time as it takes to light and prepare the first shot …

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3 Things to Keep In Mind When Negotiating a Home Purchase

Negotiating tactics. It’s a topic that business authors adore. This is perennial best-seller territory…so much so, you could probably fill a moderate-sized home library with titles like The Art of the Deal and Getting to Yes.
When it comes to negotiating a home purchase in town, fine-tuning your offer—finding the balance between writing a winning offer …

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First Time Home Buyers Resume Strong Buying Patterns

The upheaval in global financial markets over the past few years may have been unnerving for almost everyone, but among the hardest-hit group was first time home buyers, in town and across the country. Many had to deal with the stress caused by an uncertain economy, the fallout on business and job security, and, more …

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Like Selling, Buying a Home Takes an All-Pro Team!

We’ve written about the professionals who are on call to help anyone who sets about selling their house—but there is another team of pros who can be called on when it comes to buying a home. Buying a home is not quite like any other purchase—even those with high dollar amounts. Buying a new Audi or Dodge …

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Sniffing Out Some of the Best Investment Properties in Town

When promising investment properties, in town or anywhere, are well-promoted, you can count on them drawing a crowd. Why wouldn’t they? Investment properties that perform well are like money machines: put in a quarter, get back a quarter and a nickel (and another nickel, and another, and another…). What’s not to like?
But not all local …

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When Selling a Home, Upgrade Choices Really Matter

For owners who are contemplating some major upgrades with an eye to eventually selling a home in town, there’s always the question of where to do the upgrading. Last year, the National Association of Home Builders weighed in with a study of what today’s home buyer “really want”—which supplies some guidance that may be helpful.
Although …

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Good News for Some FHA Applicants with Local Foreclosures

There is encouraging news for some prospective homeowners with a local foreclosure in their recent past: more common sense seems to have entered the picture.
The financial crisis that began in 2007 caused global disarray: across the U.S. (and our town was no exception), large numbers of responsible homeowners were clobbered by the fallout, often finding …

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