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Don't be deceived by numbers There's a common statistic in the real estate world called Days on Market, or DOM. Some people believe a property that has been on the market for a while must have serious problems, but this is not necessarily the case. Don't let the number of days a property has been...
09/27/2009
Can this be fixed? You've heard it 1000 times; don't ever buy a home without getting a home inspection. A licensed inspector will examine all areas of the house that are accessible by normal means ... this will include the foundation, roof, walls, ceilings, doors, windows, tile, fireplace, the el...
09/27/2009
Expect the unexpected (and the expected) The cost of home maintenance and repairs is usually one of the biggest surprises for new homeowners. Unfortunately, some buyers-especially first-time buyers-do not plan for such expenses because they've always had a landlord or property owner who deals wit...
09/27/2009
Buying in an HOA If you are thinking about buying a home in a new subdivision, common interest development (CID), or planned unit development (PUD), chances are good that you will automatically become a member of the local homeowners' association. These associations help protect property values b...
09/24/2009
Landlord in the making? Are you considering buying an investment home as a rental property? This may be a good time to start. Don't be misled by national news; real estate markets are highly localized. Even in a small city, there may be a neighborhood where home values are consistently growing, y...
09/24/2009
Be ready to buy If you find what you're looking for in a home, you should be prepared to make an offer quickly. Even if homes are staying on the market a little longer in your neck of the woods, it only takes one other interested buyer to snatch the home or create a bidding war. You can help the ...
09/24/2009
Not just the house After you've made the decision to buy a home, it pays to prioritize your needs and wants. It goes without saying that when you do this, you'll consider standard home features, like number of bedrooms and bathrooms, square footage, living areas, kitchens, and outdoor amenities. ...
09/24/2009
Spend some time in your kitchen The kitchen could be the most important room in a house. Maybe it's the warmth and pleasant smells, maybe it's because there's always activity, or maybe it's something else-whatever the case, many of our memories from our homes originate in the kitchen. Buyers are ...
09/24/2009
Different kinds of real estate Web sites From the way consumers acquire information about properties and neighborhoods to the way agents market themselves and their listings, real estate, like so many other industries, has been fundamentally altered by the Internet. There are tens of thousands of...
09/24/2009
Home warranties After you buy an existing home, let's face it-the last thing you want to worry about is a broken big-ticket item like the air conditioner or oven. For this reason, it's a good idea to get a home warranty plan (also called a residential service contract). The general idea behind a ...
09/24/2009
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