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Buying & Selling

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!

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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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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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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How to Buy a Historic Home

Historic homes are an amazing glimpse into our country’s past. They are unique, structurally stunning, and foster a sense of pride in saving a piece of yesteryear. A historic home is undeniably an investment. Our one-stop guide for everything you need to know about buying a historic home will help ease this life-changing decision. For […]

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Buying a Mobile Home: Everything You Need to Know

In some ways, buying a mobile home is just like buying a house, with a few key differences. For example, do you buy a mobile home and land parcels together? Or will you be buying a trailer home only and placing it on land you own or lease? These factors are important to take into […]

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Everything You Need to Know About Buying a Condo

or most aspiring homeowners, condos are typically cheaper than stand-alone houses and require less upkeep and maintenance. But before buying a condo, make sure these units are the right option for you. Here’s what to know when buying a condo.

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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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Buying a House With Cash: Pros and Cons

Although the majority of homebuyers finance their home purchase, around 14% pay cash. Buying a house with cash makes your offer more attractive to sellers and can give you an edge in a competitive housing market, especially since so few buyers pay cash. But forgoing a mortgage has some downsides.

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Should I Hire a Professional Home Stager?

Home staging is the process of strategically decorating and placing furniture in a home you’re trying to sell. The theory is that buyers have an easier time picturing themselves in a home that feels full of life than in one that is sitting empty. Staged homes also appear larger than vacant homes. But when considering […]

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The Benefits of Buying a Smaller House

HGTV and Pinterest have changed the standards for what homebuyers expect in a house.Even on the low end of the house-hunting price…

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10 Amenities to Look for when Buying a Home

Now that spring is here, buying and selling homes is an objective for many of you, who have waited patiently all winter to start your home search. Whether this is your first home or you are a veteran, there are amenities that you should keep an eye out for when looking to buy a home. […]

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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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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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Get Your Home Ready to Sell with These Easy Updates

  onurdongel / Getty Images When getting your home ready to sell on a busy market, it may not make sense to take on big home improvement projects. Once you’re confident that your home does not need any major repairs that will stop a buyer’s home inspection, you can focus on easy updates to make your […]

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What’s Driving the Hottest Real Estate Markets?

According to Realtor, the hottest real estate markets in the United States in March were in California, Colorado, and Texas.San…

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Buying a Home: How to Choose a Real Estate Agent

So you’re ready to buy a home. Great! But how are you supposed to pick a real estate agent, when half the people you met at the last…

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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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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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Before You Buy A Foreclosure, Read This

Whether you’re a first-time buyer shopping for a forever home or you’re searching for a great price on investment property, we’ve put together this list of pros and cons to help you decide whether buying a foreclosed home is right for you.

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