7 IMPORTANT REPAIRS TO MAKE BEFORE SELLING A HOUSE

As a smart seller, you’ll want your home in tip-top shape — but you don’t want to eat into your profits by overspending on home improvements. You won’t be around to enjoy them anyway. The key is to focus on the most important repairs to make before selling a house to ensure every dollar you...

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HOW’S THE HOUSING MARKET RIGHT NOW?

Yeehaw, the latest home-buying season is now in full swing! And if you’re hoping to buy a house soon, listen up: The real estate market changes on a dime, so if you want to succeed in today’s environment, you’ll want to take its temperature and act accordingly. And buyers are in luck: By and large,...

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What Does Flood Insurance Cover?

To understand what flood insurance covers, you need to know three things first: Standard homeowners insurance doesn’t cover flood damage at all.It’ll cover some damage from rain, but if your home is filled with water as a result of rising bodies of lakes, rivers, streams, and oceans, it won’t cover you. Flood insurance is mostly...

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It Pays To Be A Homeowner: Home Equity Shot Up In Just One Year

It pays to be a homeowner—quite a bit, actually. In certain parts of the country, it’s even wildly profitable. Cha-ching! Nationally, the average homeowner with a mortgage saw their equity shoot up by nearly $16,200 in the past year alone, according to a recent report by CoreLogic. (The real estate data firm compared the second...

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These are the cities where homeowners made the most money selling their homes last year

Homeowners in West Coast cities such as San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Jose, California, made the most money selling their homes in 2017. Some homeowners made nearly $300,000 in profits. Meanwhile, Midwest cities Chicago and Cleveland made the least, at $20,000 or less. The West Coast may have the best returns for homeowners looking...

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How to Be a Savvy Open House Guest

Getting smart — about what to do, ask, and avoid — can move you ahead of the crowd. Ah, the open house — a chance to wander through other people’s homes and imagine yourself knocking out walls and gut rehabbing their kitchens. This is what dreams are made of (or at least episodes of HGTV)....

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6 NEAR-GENIUS WAYS TO FOOL BURGLARS INTO THINKING YOU’RE HOME

6 NEAR-GENIUS WAYS TO FOOL BURGLARS INTO THINKING YOU’RE HOME By: Stacey Freed Your home: You love it, but sometimes you have to leave it. Whether it’s the eight hours a day or eight days on a dreamy beach, allowing your biggest investment to fend for itself can be stressful. And it’s a legit concern;...

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SELL YOUR HOME FOR TOP DOLLAR: INSIDER HOME STAGING TIPS

Staging your house can make you money. Seventy-one percent of sellers’ agents believe a well-staged environment increases the dollar value buyers are willing to offer, according to the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® “2015 Profile of Home Staging.”Just take this real world tale of two condo listings from Terrylynn Fisher, a REALTOR® with Dudum Real Estate...

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Shhh! 5 Real Estate Tax Secrets the Rich Don’t Want You to Know

Do you ever feel like the rich just keep getting richer? Well, allow us to let you in on a little secret: Part of the reason they keep on raking in dough is that they take advantage of real estate tax strategies that many ordinary homeowners have no clue even exist. So what are they, exactly—and can we...

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