Common Sense Points to Buying a Home over Renting

Despite what just feels like the right answer, buying a home can be significantly cheaper than renting one. It’s one of those rare cases where, if you stop and make common sense judgments about the factors at play, the ‘just feels like’ conclusion is the opposite of the one common sense leads you to. Much …

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Fall Decorating Ideas Liven Homes for Sale

Having a home for sale as autumn swings into full bloom has more than one advantage. First off, this is definitely not looky-loo season—the majority of home shoppers this time of year tend to be serious-minded (perhaps because many are hoping to be comfortably moved in by the holidays). Whatever the reason, because many other …

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Low Credit Score? Your First Home May Still be Within Reach

Buying a home—especially if it’s your first—takes attention to detail, even for home buyers with spotless credit. The challenge is a good deal greater if your credit score has dropped below the level most banks require to approve a home loan.
The good news is that potential home buyers with less than outstanding credit can still …

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When Home Listing Photos Scare Buyers Away

Your home listing is, hands-down, the most likely place prospective buyers will get their first glimpse of the home you are selling. Most serious prospects will go online as an early step in the process of winnowing candidate properties by area, asking price, number of bedrooms, etc.—so the photos in your home listing will be …

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For Buyers and Sellers, a Background on Comparables

Establishing the asking price for a town home may not quite qualify as science fiction, but it can be a bit of an adventure in time and space—at least when it comes to establishing the local comparables.
The logic behind valuing a property by looking at recent town comparable sales—the local “comps”—is immediately clear. You don’t …

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3 Good Reasons to Avoid Falling in Love (with a House)

Sparks are flying. Your imagination has become hot and heavy. It’s true love. You’ve fallen hard–for a house!
Buying a local house is serious business. It’s not only where you’ll be hanging your hat: it’s also a great investment. So when you find the one that’s the total knockout you were hoping for, the excitement can …

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Home Sales Prediction Echoes Old Saw: “Follow the Money!”

The volume of home sales this fall will depend on more than just the number and quality of listings—though they do seem to be stacking up fairly well. Predictions are always less than reliable, but when a major benchmark is met for real estate activity on the national scene, it can be a pretty convincing …

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Sump Pump Maintenance Protects Real Estate Investments

If your piece of real estate is nobly situated atop a commanding hilltop, you probably won’t run into the issues discussed here because gravity works on your behalf when it comes to plumbing. On the flatter elevations, many of us must deal with sumps and sump pumps.
For the uninitiated, sump pumps are those unseen submerged …

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Today’s Home Buyer Aided by New Mobile Device Apps

In earlier eras, a would-be home buyer had few tools to aid in the task of finding a home that was ‘just right.’ Today, the situation has gotten a good deal easier thanks to a wealth of real estate apps that home buyers simply download onto their mobile devices. There are apps that can help …

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Mortgage Rate “Cheap Money Days” Might be Ending

Local homeowners are among the keenest observers of town mortgage rates because they are such a large factor in the long-term investment that is their house. It’s the factor that determines if and when refinancing makes sense; the factor that plays a large part in heating (or cooling) the overall local real estate market.
For the …

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