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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Rental Home Possibility Raises Pros, Cons

Once you’ve made the decision to move—whether headed across the country or across town—you might think the automatic next step is to prepare to sell your current house. True, that has to get underway without delay…but there should be one intervening step—one which all too frequently gets short shrift.
The key decision to be made before …

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Thrifty Ways Homeowners Boost Their Selling Price

For just about everyone who will soon be preparing to list their home in town, selling price is a principal focus. What price will this fall’s market support? How will that number affect the time it takes to attract serious buyers? Are there ways to maximize the ultimate selling price without squandering a lot of …

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Strategic Tips for Updating an Old Family Home

Selling an elderly or deceased relative’s area home can be one of the most selfless tasks anyone is ever called upon to do—and not just because it’s hard to let go of a place that has so many loved ones’ memories. What frequently adds to the emotional component is the condition of the house. Although …

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A Property Inspection Shows What You’re Getting Into

You’ve successfully located the home that fits your wish list! The listing agent says the home is in “great condition!” Financing is pretty much a done deal! Time to relax!
Er—maybe not just yet.
When you are buying a home, among the scores of thoughts that might be racing through your head (“Is this the best one …

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Open House Multiplies Exposure Opportunities

Once your property appears in the town listings it’s time to prepare for the all-important initial open house. Whether it’s really “all-important” (or just very important) is a matter for debate—you can’t really pin down exactly how important the initial open house is because some of its effect isn’t immediately measurable. Word-of-mouth takes time to …

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School Districts Rate Highly in Home Buying Survey

Area residents don’t have to have children at home to know when we’ve gone through the familiar back-to-school rituals. Just turn on a radio or TV, step into a retail store, or drive past a school and the calls to educational muster are evident. At the same time, it’s hard not to be reminded how …

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