Applicants Can Head Off Credit Report Roadblocks

For anyone who has looked into buying a local home several times—but kept getting discouraged every time because of a negative credit report—read on!
You probably already know that you are not alone—but so what?—it’s small consolation, especially when you consider how much financial ground you lose every year you continue to pay rent (the entire amount …

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Vetting Your Buyer’s Agent Saves Time in the End

“Hello there! I noticed you admiring this stunning open house. How would you like to sign with me as your buyer’s agent, and find your dream home?”
The appropriate answer for this question depends on what leads up to it—first off, whether you have already decided to enlist the services of a buyer’s agent. It’s a …

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Tips for Long Distance House Hunting

You got the big promotion at work, but there’s one catch: you have to move across the country. Local homeowners may have mastered local house hunting, but doing it in a location that requires travel can be a logistical nightmare—especially when the distance in question is more than an afternoon’s drive.
Chin up! Many others find themselves …

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When Sellers Won’t Negotiate: 3 Tips for Home Buyers

Part of the art of listing a home for sale is to highlight features that will catch eyes in a wide assortment of different groups of prospective buyers. It’s “the more, the merrier”—and very often the ultimate buyer winds up being unlike the typical prospect you would have thought most likely.
For prospective buyers searching area …

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Simple Steps Keep Curb Appeal from Becoming Curb Repel!

Home buyers’ first impressions are visual, and a flawed exterior will turn them away faster than a two-hour wait time at a family restaurant. Curb appeal is the same as it is anywhere: when ‘curb appeal’ becomes ‘curb repel,’ the outcome to expect is at best offer numbers lower than they should be. Since major …

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House Prices May be Rising—but not Bubbling!

The previous decade’s burst of the real estate bubble, with its plummeting local house prices and accompanying economic dislocations, made a lasting impression. For most homeowners the damage was strictly psychological: the majority weren’t even tempted to sell while area house prices were dropping (or hovering below what they darned well knew were way beneath …

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Buying a Home While Avoiding a Money Pit Scenario

For many decades, Hollywood has made box office gold creating comic films about the hilarious possibilities that nightmarish house remodels present: from Mr. Blandings Builds his Dream House to The Money Pit (and even Under the Tuscan Sun), audiences delight in the shifty tradesmen and rotting timbers that define the genre.
If you’re an energetic Do-it-Yourselfer …

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Selling a Home—When it’s Haunted!

Regardless of whether you believe in “hauntings” or not, a frightening past can affect how potential buyers react to a home for sale in town. Depending on timing, an agent may or may not be obligated to explain that a death or other dramatic event took place in the house—or that the current owners believe …

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Selling a Home to Savvy Green-Conscious Buyers

Selling a local home quickly and for a good price means attracting the broadest range of qualified home buyers. That can depend on identifying as many appeal points as possible, then showing them off through an energetic marketing program. One increasingly prominent marketing point is one that used to be an unexploited side issue: green …

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Home Sales and the Ubiquitous “Clutter Effect”

Whenever you read up on important aspects of selling a home, the word ‘clutter’ keeps popping up everywhere (if you doubt that, just Google “clutter”—this morning, I got 6.2 million entries!).
Most elements that go into selling a home are self-explanatory—since local homeowners have by definition been through the process of buying at least one area property, …

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