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3 Best Remodeling Tips: What The Pros Know

Any real estate pro can tell you there are 3 important areas to consider if you’re selling your home: curb appeal, kitchen, and bathrooms. But, why wait till you sell your home to shape up these areas? Follow the advice of real estate professionals to put your home’s best “face” forward even if you’re not…

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When Mortgage Rates Rise, Home Improvement Will Follow

November 29, 2016 By: Brad Hunter, HomeAdvisor’s Chief Economist As mortgage rates increase over the next few years, home improvement activity is likely to increase with them. This may seem counter intuitive, but you can expect two somewhat opposing effects: one highly positive and one slightly negative. Negative Effect The negative effect will stem from…

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Checklist: Hiring a Real Estate Agent to Sell Your Home

Selling a home can be very stressful, but the right real estate agent can insulate you from many of those pressures. Here are some tips for enlisting a good agent: Hire an agent who is familiar with your neighborhood and the area sales activity. Decide on your priorities, quick sale, high offer, etc., and discuss…

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The Third-Quarter HomeAdvisor Report: The Taming of the Resale

October 4, 2016 On homeowners’ minds: taming those overgrown plants, bugs, and pesky critters!  In the third quarter of 2016, the nation’s homeowners increased their orders for services related to pest control, lawn care, and landscaping faster than they did for any other categories of home services. New data from HomeAdvisor, which compare the third…

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Using Home Inspections to Your Advantage

Whether you are moving in or out, your home inspection report is a tool that will be of great value to you. If you think about it, you have paid someone to do a fairly comprehensive diagnostic test on your home, and their results are yours to keep. This article is designed to educate both…

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Real Estate Inspections

You’ve finally found the real estate property you want, negotiated a contract and struck a deal. Now it’s time to have it inspected. An inspection will allow a qualified professional to take an objective look at the current condition of the property and prepare a report. Why have the property inspected? You are about to…

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Home With Curb Appeal

The Trick to Creating Lasting Curb Appeal

Spring is an ideal time to get outside and enhance your house’s curb appeal. It is prime house-hunting season, which means your neighborhood could encounter several “drive-bys” from interested homebuyers. Even if you’re not planning to sell, remodeling an exterior can help raise the overall market value of an entire subdivision. Plus, you always want…

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Single Story Home

How Do You Buy HUD Homes?

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) was established in 1968. It was originally developed to manage federal housing and community development programs. HUD incorporated numerous housing agencies and assumed administrative responsibility for them. One of these agencies was the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). Since 1971 the agency has been commonly known as…

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Preparing a House for Sale

Home sale preparation is an integral part of getting the best price for your property. No matter what the market’s like, the right prep work can make your house more appealing to potential buyers and give you an edge over other properties for sale in your neighborhood. As with any project, selling a home is…

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Second home

Second Houses and Investment Properties

Second homes are a great choice whether you’re looking for a summer retreat or an investment property. There is a laundry list of considerations to think about before making such a huge investment, however. Make sure you’re informed about all your options before you buy. A Smart Purchase There are two reasons most homeowners buy…

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