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An article appeared recently in the New York Times that beautifully illustrates the opportunities today's real estate market offers. A mother working two jobs saved up for a downpayment and managed to buy a large home with a pool for $187,000. Three years ago, that same home had sold for $370,000...
Getting ready for a big move? You can't begin preparing too soon, because the average move takes over 200 hours! Count on us to provide advice and guidance during this seemingly monumental task. Your first decision is whether to hire a moving company, or rent a moving van and ask friends and fami...
Whether buying or selling a home, the Offer To Purchase is the starting point for making the sale go through. If the sellers do not accept the offer outright, they may make a counter-offer, which the buyers may likewise accept or counter again. In the interest of speed and success, it's best to k...
If you've found the right home, how can you be certain you aren’t paying too much? Once you make your choice, it's quite likely you've also become well informed about property values. How is this so? Because before you made that choice, you probably looked at a variety of homes, possibly as many ...
If you are a homeowner who can no longer make your monthly mortgage payments, you still have opportunities to avoid foreclosure and the damage it would do to your credit. Although more complicated and more challenging, a "short sale" may prove to be the best alternative. If you are unfamiliar wit...
Now that we've experienced the fallout from the subprime lending disaster, there is no longer such a thing as "easy money." Now you need perhaps ten to fifteen percent down, an excellent credit record and verifiable proof of income when you apply for financing. One reason for all this scrutiny is...
We are very excited to see the overwhealming response to our online foreclosure list! These homes seem to be going fast, especially with the $8,000 tax credit coming to an end later this year! Hurry up and download your list of bank-owned and foreclosed homes in Ocean and Monmouth Counties (for F...
Yes, it's true, many lenders in recent years have written sub-prime mortgages that could only be expected to default. However, foreclosure is nothing new, and there are myriad reasons that a homeowner might be facing dire straits. Challenges might include economic hardship due to job loss, bad he...
If any of your friends or family have recently applied for a home loan, you've probably heard that lenders are nervous, with tough new rules and demands for stacks of paperwork. Good mortgages are still out there, but you should be prepared before applying. First, understand how your credit score...
If you plan to move while your home is still listed for sale, you may face a marketing challenge - the vacant home. While lived-in homes may be more attractive during showings, there is much you can do to present your vacant property successfully. On the outside, give your home an occupied look b...

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