Economy Often Plays Off of Consumer Attitudes

Our area’s economy, like all others, is largely dependent upon consumers doing what consumers are supposed to do: buy! Why they make their decision to behave or not is every bit as complicated as you would suppose. It’s the product of how their own careers are faring; how the greater economy (and the economy in …

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Retirees Buying a Home Find Stereotypes Misleading

That housing needs change as people get older goes without saying. For local Baby Boomers, the “getting older” concept has gradually morphed from the distant abstraction it seemed in the 60’s and 70’s to a more immediate concern. And of all the decisions that will have the most impact on those nearing their golden years, …

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What Single Standout Factor Makes a Luxury Home?

When you are selling your luxury home, you are marketing to a narrow niche of the home-buying public. They’re high-end customers, certain to be very smart, business-savvy—and they will know their own mind. They will be hunting for value, of course, because the asking price warrants it. But they will also be looking for a …

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Dedicated Savings Account Speeds First House Purchase

For town renters who are beginning to investigate the possibility of buying a first house, the prospect can look like more than just a steep hill to climb—it can look more like a cliff! Just last month, the Daily Real Estate News cited recent research that indicates in most places (512 counties surveyed, in fact) …

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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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