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Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer, serial renter, or real estate veteran, here are the questions you should ask—and the answers you should look for—to help you purchase the perfect home at the perfect price. Happy hunting!

DIY Home-Staging Tips Every Seller Can Use

Thinking about selling your home? You’ve probably heard of the standard home-staging “must-dos”: give your walls a fresh coat of paint, remove family photographs, fix obvious flaws, declutter. But beyond that, what makes a home look and feel fantastic, and — even more important — sell quickly? Whether your home is decorated to perfection or you need […]

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4 Apartment Hunting Red Flags That Should Have You Running the Other Way

Apartment hunting, especially online, is easy – maybe a little bit too easy. While the internet and print ads can be great sources for connecting people with housing that fits their needs, they can also be a breeding ground for scammers who are looking to take your hard-earned money. Read on to learn about some […]

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What You Need to Know Before Buying A Beach House

It’s everyone’s dream… to have a house on the beach… to wake up to the sounds of the waves lapping against the shore… to see the ocean as she changes hues throughout the day, throughout the seasons, throughout the year. It’s everyone’s dream to have a place to go as an escape from the mad […]

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How Much House Can I Afford? Here’s a Breakdown by State and Major City

Are you planning a move or a relocation? You probably have questions like, “How much house can I afford? or “Should I rent or buy?” We’ve taken data from websites like Zillow, How Much and Unison to break it down for you. First off, these figures were calculated by taking data from Zillow about each state’s […]

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A DACA Recipient’s Guide to Buying a Home

There are over 643,000 people currently enrolled in DACA, the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals. The program was created by President Obama in 2012 to provide a stop-gap to deportations. Obama issued DACA as an executive order after the DREAM (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors) Act failed to pass in Congress. Although the […]

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How to Find a Realtor When Selling Your Home

No matter the reason, making the decision to sell your home is stressful, emotional, and overwhelming. Choosing the right real estate agent can make all the difference in your selling experience. Equipped with our seller’s guide, you will learn the essential steps in how to find a realtor that is an expert in their line of work, can meet your needs, and successfully sell your home.

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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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What are Cash for Homes Companies?

You’ve probably seen the signs around your neighborhood: “Cash for houses” or “We buy houses for cash.” If you’re in a hurry to sell, you might be tempted to call and get a cash offer. But can you really sell a house for cash? Who pays cash for houses? Is it a legitimate way to […]

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Guía de un Beneficiario de DACA para Comprar una Casa

Actualmente hay más de 643,000 personas inscritas en DACA, la Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia. El programa fue creado por el presidente Obama en 2012 para ofrecer una solución temporal a las deportaciones. Obama inició DACA como una orden ejecutiva después de que la ley DREAM (Desarrollo, Alivio y Educación para Menores […]

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What is the Difference Between Condo and Apartment?

Are you interested in buying an apartment or a condo? Investing in a property like this can be a great way to build some equity and have an asset for later in life, all while paying for the roof over your head. But, when you start looking for a home, you may be looking at […]

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The 4 Most Common Contingencies Every Home Buyer Needs To Know About

bauhaus1000 / Getty Images If you’ve thought about buying a home, odds are you’ve seen the phrase “contingencies” pop up once or twice in your research. While the term can be a little intimidating at first glance, contingencies are there to protect you. These clauses indicate that certain events need to occur in order for […]

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How Much Are Closing Costs?

When you are about to purchase a new home, one looming question might be “how much are closing costs?” While these costs vary depending on your location, it is still possible to determine the average closing costs on your home. Closing costs cover a wide variety of fees that your lender is going to go […]

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10 Easily Avoidable Factors Real Estate Professionals Say Devalue A Home

Buyers have an upper hand when purchasing a home in a down market with limited inventory.  As they survey the market, it’s important, as sellers to have the best possible product available.  In order do to that, you need to avoid factors that will devalue your home.  Many times, it is the buyer’s perception that […]

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What to Expect During Your New Home Walkthrough

Home inspections are usually part of the process when you’re buying an existing home. If you’re building your home, however, your builder will coordinate any necessary inspections with the city, then schedule a walkthrough with you. The walkthrough is a vital part of the building process, so it helps to come prepared. As you tour […]

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How Do I Fire My Real Estate Agent?

Though it’s always best to work things out if possible, there are times when it may become necessary to fire a real estate agent. Whether your agent is grossly incompetent, or you simply don’t see eye to eye, firing a realtor is a delicate process. Here’s how to fire a realtor with minimal drama or […]

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15 Best Ways to Increase the Value of Your Home

The value that you have in your home is the single most important reason why you own instead of rent a home. In the this recent economy of falling house values and unstable housing market statistics, every home owner should know how to put more value back into their homes. Although making home improvements is […]

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Getting Ready To Sell? These 5 Small Repairs Make A Big Difference When Showing Your Home

When it comes time to prepare your home for sale, you want to ensure it’s in the best possible shape by the time you show it. This way, when a potential buyer asks about the property’s condition, they know it is ready to be sold without much work left to be done. After all, most […]

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How Much House Can I Afford? 

Few events in life are as exciting as house-hunting, especially if it’s your first time buying a home. Though you may have a dream home in mind, it’s important to stay practical and within the confines of your budget while searching for your new house. Before you even think of scheduling a house tour or […]

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Here’s How Much It Costs to Sell Your Home

Zillow, the real estate database, released a report showing the hidden costs of selling. So how much does it cost you to sell your house? Get ready to spend about $21,000. Don’t balk at the cost yet, though. Some of that cost goes toward home improvements and Zillow found that “sellers who make improvements to […]

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Home Sellers: These 7 Outdated Design Trends Could Hurt Your Chances of Finding a Buyer

Shop These Products Now: Counter Chairs – Pendant Lamps We hate to say it, but trends do come and go. What was hot a few years ago may not be popular now and some long-scorned fads are making their way back into the public consciousness. (We’re looking at you, wallpaper!) For sellers, this cycle can […]

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How Modern Transit and Highways Affect Property Values

The Closer You Are The Better? As was mentioned above, noise from a busy highway has a seriously negative impact on property value. This would seem especially true for individuals whose property is closer to the highway. However, the opposite may be the case— statistical models from one transit rail study showed that with every […]

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How to Increase Your Chances of Winning a Bidding War

You’ve found the house you love. But, apparently, so have other buyers — and it’s the same house. When several buyers want to compete for the same property, how do sellers choose among offers? What can you do to increase your chances of getting the home? Freshome asked several experts to share the secrets of winning […]

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Why Interior Design Is Essential When Listing Your Home

Download it / Getty Images The decision to list your home for resale is a big one. No doubt it came about after much thought, weighing pros and cons, and series of long discussions. However, once you decide to put your home on the market, get ready for the next big discussion: interior design. Many […]

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10 Ways to Make Every Room Appeal to Buyers

Let’s face it, when you are trying to sell your home, buyer appeal is the only appeal that matters! The difference between your competition’s house and yours can be huge.   If you want to impress your buyers then you have to take off the owner ‘hat’ and put on the buyer ‘hat’.  Walk through your […]

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