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Curb Appeal Checklist: A Quick Guide to a Snazzy Home Exterior

What do people think of your house when they drive by? If you’re unsure, your curb appeal could probably use a quick overhaul. Fortunately, giving your home an outdoor update doesn’t have to require thousands of dollars and a professional landscaping crew. Here’s a quick checklist to help you improve your home’s curb appeal. ☐…

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Checklist: 5 Steps to a Resale-Ready Home

If you’re selling your home, you’re probably hoping to sell it as quickly as possible — and to get top dollar for it too. Usually, it takes a little prep work to make that happen. Use this checklist to ensure that you’ve taken every step necessary to ready your home for resale. As they say…

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Downsize Your Home; Upgrade Your Lifestyle

Downsizing isn’t living with less — it’s living with what’s important. In fact, having fewer financial- and maintenance-related responsibilities will allow you to focus more on your happiness and less on your home. Here are a few tips to help you get started: Size up your downsize Exactly how small should you go? For starters,…

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First-Time Homebuyer Basics for Getting Your House Set Up

First time homebuyers are often surprised at the amount of work involved not in just purchasing a property, but in setting up house, as well. Homemaking is a far more involved process when you own a house; while landlords and rental companies take care of many of the essentials when you lease, these responsibilities fall…

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Create a Welcoming Look

First impressions count for homes as much as they do for people, and your front yard curb appeal is a key factor in making that first impression a good one. If your home lacks curb appeal, you can take several steps to spruce it up; if you plan well, it doesn’t have to cost a…

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Increase Your Curb Appeal

First impressions are everything – especially when selling a home. A homebuyer’s initial impression is based on their first view of a house, or rather its “curb appeal.” According to the National Association of REALTORS (NAR), nearly 50 percent of buyers make their decisions before stepping through the door. Chances are, people who end up…

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10 Reasons to Buy a Home

Many people—especially singles and young couples who are just starting their careers–have mixed feelings about purchasing a house. They worry about getting tied down and taking on a lot of debt. Here are 10 compelling reasons why anybody who can afford it should consider buying a home: 1. House prices tend to rise over time,…

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Foreclosed home

Real Estate Foreclosure Lists

Q: Why do I have to pay for a list of foreclosure properties? Isn’t this public information? A: The answer is yes and no. The transfer of real estate property is always recorded in the county courthouse where the property is located. That makes it public information. A list publisher, or consumer for that matter,…

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Guide to Condominiums

The condominium market has been rising steadily. While this trend is not guaranteed to continue, the condo market has regained the momentum and importance it had in the initial condo boom of the 1980s. Condo buyers fall into three main groups: first-time buyers making the jump from renting; people looking to buy a second home…

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Buying Foreclosed Properties at the Sheriff’s Sale

A sheriff’s sale (or auction) comes at the end of the foreclosure process when the defaulting homeowner can’t repair his financial problems with the lender. About half of our states use the “judicial” process when foreclosing mortgages. This process starts with the mortgage document, a security device used to pledge the property as security against…

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