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Before You Buy That Fixer-Upper

“Fixer-Upper.” That term strikes fear in the hearts of many-a homebuyer because it’s such a relative term. We don’t have any strict criteria defining exactly what “fixer-upper” means. 830 more words


Is Your Home 'Guest Friendly'?

If family and friends consistently turn down your invitation to holiday parties, backyard picnics, splash bashes and other events, maybe it’s not you.

Your home could be, well, uninviting to those who have special needs. 561 more words

Is Condo Life for You?

You want to begin investing your money into a home, but without the responsibilities of yardwork. So you set your sights on a condominium. You select an upstairs unit and after the usual process of paperwork, credit checks and obligatory waiting-and-nail-biting period, you’re approved and move into your new home. 740 more words


Slow Market? Sell The Deal, Not House

If you find yourself with a house on the market and it’s just not moving, there are several strategies to put in place to speed up the sale and get going with your next purchase. 598 more words


Saving For Homeownership

“My landlord just raised my rent $50,” says the exasperated apartment-renter over lunch with her colleagues. “I’d love to buy a home, but I don’t think I’ll ever be able to afford one. 1,231 more words


An Experienced Real Estate Agent Can "Stage," Too

A former editor of mine once hooked me up with a friend of hers who had built a fairly lucrative real estate consulting business.

The gist: If a house sat on the market without an offer for more than a couple of months, this consultant would be hired to figure out why. 772 more words


Another Monumental Sunrise

Just another beautiful sunrise here in Monument Valley Tribal Park on the Navajo reservation in Arizona.