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You may be hearing that things are improving in the residential real estate market, and while that is true, not every area is experiencing the euphoria yet. Even where sales are making gains, it often still depends on the ranges of listing prices - bargain foreclosures, mid-range homes, or high-...
02/21/2010
My last column discussed how real estate is beginning to recover, although not everywhere yet. Whether you're buying or selling, you need to be aware of local conditions, and adjust your strategy according to the value of your home. We've already covered a couple tips for the least expensive home...
02/15/2010
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The signals are out there: home sales are picking up and prices are slowly ascending. However, recovery isn't obvious everywhere yet. Most markets are still seeing the cheapest homes selling fastest, while mid-range homes are taking longer, and upper-end properties are languishing. Whether buying...
02/07/2010
It’s probably no surprise that homeowners who have faced the ordeal of foreclosure feel a certain measure of shame or guilt about their experience. Whether or not those feelings are warranted, it's hard to survive the process completely unscathed. What is surprising is the recent development of "...
01/31/2010
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  Although less than ideal, sellers are seeing more "contingency" contracts, wherein the buyers make their offer contingent upon being able to sell their own home first to complete the purchase. If the buyers aren’t successful, their Offer To Purchase becomes null and void, potentially leaving th...
01/25/2010
Phew! After four years of declining home sales, the numbers appear to be finally turning back upward, with closed sales and pending contracts at above-normal increases. In particular, first-time buyers helped buoy the market by taking advantage of low prices and interest rates, as well as the $8,...
01/18/2010
Selling your home in anything other than an active market can seem challenging, but what do you do when yours is only one of many homes in your neighborhood with For Sale signs? Surprisingly, there are actually some advantages to marketing your home in this situation. More buyers are drawn to nei...
01/11/2010
It’s the best news in real estate since last year’s First Time Home Buyers Tax Credit: an estimated $22 billion will pump into our economy as a result of the government not only extending the tax credit, but including current homeowners, too. The existing $8,000 maximum credit stays in place for ...
01/04/2010
If you can hear the whispers below the din of panic, you know that the recent financial and housing collapses have actually created some amazing opportunities for smart investors. Low interest rates and depressed property values have combined in an environment favorable for long-term gains. It ma...
12/28/2009
With markets so rapidly changing, it's easy to imagine how property appraisers might sit in a darkened room, waving their hands over a crystal ball, and producing the mysterious and all-powerful document of a home's value. Let's dispel the notion of magical figures and look more carefully at the ...
12/21/2009
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