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Questions to Ask When Touring a House or Apartment Virtually

Even though virtual apartment tours were popular among long-distance movers before the pandemic, there has been a huge uptick in virtual tours of apartments and homes due to the spread of COVID-19. For now, it’s much safer to take a virtual apartment tour instead of physically going to several different locations to look at them […]

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How Much Does A Mobile Home Cost?

Mobile homes have come a long way since their inception in the 1870s. While these early versions were fairly popular, the current automobile-pulled mobile homes first appeared in America in 1926. At the time, they were referred to as “Trailer Coaches” and were used for recreational purposes as an affordable way of camping or touring […]

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How to Save for a House: 10 Essential Tips

Homeownership is not only a real estate investment but an investment in your life long-term. Saving a large sum of cash can seem impossible at the start. However, knowing and planning for how to save for a house will help you reach your dream home goals.

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Condo vs. Townhouse: What’s the Difference?

If you’re considering a condo vs. a townhouse, it’s helpful to understand the key differences. A condo, or condominium, is a large structure, typically set up by a real estate developer that divides the property into smaller units and sells them. As “condos” tend to have a lot of units in one large building, they […]

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How to Sell Your House

Whether you’re relocating, downsizing, or backpacking across Europe for a year, selling your house is a major step you have to take before beginning a new chapter in your life. While this may seem overwhelming, you can keep your stress level in check by following a few straightforward steps for how to sell your house. […]

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Buying vs. Renting Your Home: Which Is Right for You?

We know we all have to live somewhere, but the question is always, where? City or country? House or condo? And of course, there’s the buying vs. renting debate. For some past generations, buying a home was a right of passage: It was proof you were grown up. Things are a bit different these days. […]

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What You Should Expect from a Home Inspection

If you’re buying a new home, then sooner or later you’ll need to have a home inspection done. While not usually required, obtaining a home inspection is common practice in real estate and is almost entirely done for the benefit of the purchaser, even if they’re paying for it out of their own pocket. A […]

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Steps You Can Take to Snag That Dream Home

An often-overlooked step in the moving process is the one that comes first — finding a place to go, particularly when you’re moving to a house. Just any old house will never do — you’re looking for your dream home.

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Comps 101: How Comparables Can Help You Sell Your Home

So you want to sell your house. You know there are some key things you need to do like stage the interior and work on your curb appeal. You might think, especially if you’re hiring a real estate agent, that everything else is handled. But that leaves out one of the trickiest parts of home […]

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Planning on Selling your Home? Here’s the Best Time to List Your House — and It’s Soon

Zillow, the online real estate company that keeps a database of nationwide sales, just published a report with insights on the best time to sell your house for the most money. If you’re thinking about listing, it’s time to take action. The best time to list your house is the first half of May. Here’s […]

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When Buying a Fixer-Upper, Where Should You Draw the Line?

zazamaza/Getty Images “One of the most important factors when considering a fixer-upper is whether you can customize the home to your design aesthetic and functionality needs at a lower purchase price than an already-renovated home,” Kostiw says. “Typically, you can purchase a larger home with the same purchase budget,  and that home can be purchased […]

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9 Things You Shouldn’t Overlook When Househunting Online

Who doesn’t love browsing for a dream home using an app? In just a few taps, you’re imagining your life via the professional photos of beautifully staged rooms. However, you could be glancing over details that are potential dealbreakers. We asked a few Realtors for a list of things a buyer should never overlook when […]

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5 Costs First-Time Homebuyers Underestimate

Despite purchasing homes later in life than other generations, 60% of Millennials say owning a home is the primary ingredient of achieving the American dream. That doesn’t mean they’re totally prepared. Like any first-time homebuyer, young owners are often taken aback at the full range of financial burdens that accompany home ownership. Here are five […]

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Watch Out, Sellers: Are You Making Any Of These 4 Home Selling Mistakes?

Selling your home can be an emotional process. What makes it even tougher is that it’s also a business decision, one where it’s unwise to let your emotions run the show. Doing so can lead to making a mistake that could potentially cost you your ideal buyer. With that in mind, we laid out four […]

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5 Weird Things Home Sellers Don’t Always Have to Disclose

You have your eyes on the perfect property, and your inspection is all squared away. Between that and the pile of disclosures you’ve acquired, you’re feeling pretty confident that you know everything you need to know to make an offer, right? Umm… not so fast. Home sellers don’t always have to disclose certain details about […]

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The Most Offensive Pet Odors That Send Homebuyers Running

“It smells like a dog lives here,” isn’t the first impression you want to hear from a prospective homebuyer. “The reaction is usually to leave,” says Jane McAuley, a realtor at Coldwell Banker. Cleaning out ever-present pet odors and allergy issues before putting your home on the market can be a financial concern, but, thankfully, […]

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7 Things to do in Winter before Listing your Home in Spring

We’re not talking about the last-minute things you scurry around to do before a showing, like straightening up. These are the indoor tasks that take a little more time and effort, but are essential to take care of during the winter before listing your home in spring. 1. Take Inventory You’ve got some time on […]

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Buying House Plans Online: Pros and Cons

No two homes are exactly alike because no two families are exactly alike. Still, buying house plans online can feel like a simple way to design a personalized home without the fuss. Sure, someone might have the same plan, but you make a house a home, right? Before you take the plunge and buy stock […]

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What to Expect Throughout the Home Appraisal Process

A home’s selling price is largely affected by the home appraisal. Here are some tips to help you get the largest valuation.

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Have You Handled These Six Things Before Scheduling Your Property Appraisal?

What to do Before Scheduling a Property Appraisal Whether you’ve got a potential buyer interested in your home, or you’re looking to refinance your mortgage, having your property appraised is a logical next step. What’s not logical is scheduling an appraisal before strategically handling a few things around your interior and exterior. This extra prep […]

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Don’t Focus on These Cosmetic Features When Buying a Home

When you’re shopping for a new home, it’s natural to favor the more aesthetically-pleasing properties. However, cosmetic features are often decorative and trendy extras. Instead, you should base your decision on the underlying features and value of the home. This includes elements like the plumbing, wiring and roof of any potential home. “As a home […]

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The Realities of Buying Your First Home

By now, it’s no secret: reality television is far from reality. Whether it’s finding the love of your life or the home of your dreams…

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7 Things to Look for When Buying a New House

We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links or submissions on this page.  Shopping for a new house means looking past that fresh coat of paint and doing a little digging to see if any big repairs or deal breakers […]

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Why You Should Find your Next Home on Foot

Moving to a walkable locale provides a unique home shopping opportunity! Park your car for the day and take in your prospective new…

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What the Heck is a Micro Apartment (and Can You Really Live in One?)

We’ve all heard of downsizing, but how far is too far? People who are settling down (no pun intended) in a micro apartment-and loving…

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Could Paint Colors Help or Hurt the Sale of Your Home by Thousands?

We’ve heard homes for sale should be painted and staged so that potential buyers can envision their own interior style and personality…

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Townhome or House: 8 Factors You Need to Know to Decide

Congratulations! You’ve decided to send the rental life packing and settle down in a place of your own. The next thing to decide: which…

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How to Get the Best Price When Buying a New Build

Buying an existing home is all about the art of the deal. A new home, on the other hand, is set in stone, right? Not exactly. While the materials might have a set cost when a builder is estimating your home, you can still negotiate a better price when buying a new build. Even if […]

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6 Things You Should Know Before Buying a Historic House

Every Sunday you drive through the same historical neighborhood, slowing down at your favorite grand old Victorian with gingerbread trim…

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How do Taxes Change for First-Time Homeowners?

You’ve turned your key in the door and taken the first look around as a full-fledged homeowner. Congrats! One foot in the door, and you’re…

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