Elders Challenge Logic behind Paying Off that Mortgage


Last week,The Wall Street Journal ran an article about personal finances that mortgage payers who are at or near retirement age should find thought-provoking. It centered on the idea that today’s retirees are often making a decision that differs from what past generations have chosen.
The basis is twofold. First, it’s undeniable that the 60- or …

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Listings Might Echo U.S. Trend toward Less Luxury

Just as with movie credits, the features you find in listings have a “billing order.” The “stars” may not be printed in gigantic superstar type—but the order in which they appear do reflect changes in current buyer priorities. For a homeowner soon to add their property to this spring’s listings, it’s important to learn which …

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Goal of a Thorough Home Inspection: Future Peace of Mind


Whenever we think of how our home staging professionals approach their craft, it’s all the positives that come to mind—how they transform a ho-hum living room into a welcoming showplace; a run-of-the-mill front porch into a curb appeal magnet, etc. That is true, but equally important are the negatives they address. Stagers locate and eliminate …

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First-Timers Needn’t Shy Away from Their First Home Purchase

They really ought to teach this stuff in school: real-life, day-to-day economics. Youngsters out on their own for the first time are usually left to trial and error when it comes to mastering things like how to lay out a personal budget or use credit advantageously. Or even how to go about selecting a bank, …

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Homeowners Association Rulebook: Definitely a ‘Must Read’

It does seem that whenever a story about some faraway homeowners association finds its way into town newspapers, nearly always it’s because something has gone awry. Either there’s an ongoing dispute about a flag display (“Indiana Couple Violate Rules for Flying U.S. Flag”), a fencing disagreement (“Border Feud is Childish and Dangerous”), or something else …

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On the Hunt for an “Average House Price”

When you do a web search for “average house price in town,” you come up with a lot of good, not-so-good, and just plain lame information. If you were looking for a general idea of what the current market says that homes like yours in your neighborhood are worth, the results are likely to be …

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Avoid Buying an Inland Empire Home at the Top of Your Price Range

At some point while weighing the pros and cons of buying a new home in town, you begin to mentally fix on a price range. If you are able to depend on a family income that’s fairly predictable, the issue is simplified. If not (small business owners, entrepreneurs, and many sales professionals frequently find themselves …

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Inland Empire’s Best REALTOR® is One Who Knows What You’re After!

When you Google “seeking the best professional,” in about a half a second you are presented with 403 million candidates (not to play favorites- SearchEngineWise- when you ask Bing the same thing, it gives you a mere 62.6 million results…which might actually prove more useful, since it would only take you a little more than …

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Why Buyers Resist Those “For Sale by Owner” Signs


Let’s start out by agreeing that a “For Sale by Owner” sign on a fence does have a certain appeal. It summons up mental images of a simple, direct relationship: no middle man, just straight talk and fair dealing with the One in Charge! And in fact, in many walks of life, dealing directly with …

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3 Ways Buying an Inland Empire House is Unlike Any Other Purchase


As most Inland Empire homeowners would agree, buying a house is dissimilar from any other kind of shopping—and that’s not just because of the price tag.
When you set out to shop for most everyday items, you usually pick which store you’ll visit first, then survey what they have to offer. If the goods aren’t what …

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