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Top 5 Areas to Address as You Prepare to Declutter

BY SUSAN LOWENSTEINER-MAGOT Create a Systematic System or a moving key.  Label each of your boxes with a number, then write down the contents of that box next to its corresponding number on the moving key.  This way every item that will move from your current home to your new home will go in a…

Buy Your First Home: A Step-by-Step Guide

From Realtor.com BY JENNIFER NELSON A real yard. Closets bigger than your average microwave. The freedom to decorate however you darn well please! Making the switch from renting to owning is exhilarating, but many rookie homebuyers find the process trickier to navigate than they expected. This is why we created our First-Time HomeBuyer Checklist. The 12-month timeline…

What is a Real Estate Broker vs. a Real Estate Agent?

From Realtor.com BY DANIEL BORTZ What is a real estate broker? Many people think that real estate agent and real estate broker are interchangeable titles, but there are actually key differences. Here’s what you need to know. What is a real estate broker? A real estate broker is someone who has taken education beyond the agent level as required by state laws and…

What is the Difference Between Housing Repossession and Foreclosure

From Realtor.com BY AUDREY FERENCE Housing repossession and foreclosure are legal processes that both refer to a creditor taking away your home. These processes are similar, but they have significant differences. “Foreclosure refers to the process that your lender must follow if you go into default on your home loan and stop making payments,” says real estate expert Michele Lerner. States have different…

7 Quick-and-Easy Winter Weather Preparations to Do Right Now

From HouseLogic.com BY ALAINA TWEDDALE Wintry weather is great at turning up problems you didn’t even know you had. Like that first snowy night in front of your fireplace that you thought was pure bliss — until you noticed a leak in the ceiling corner, which apparently was caused by a lack of insulation. How were you…

What You Must Do: Common Repairs After A Home Inspection

From Realtor.com BY CATHIE ERICSON If you’re selling your home, you might wonder if there are common repairs needed after a home inspection. Most buyers, after all, won’t commit to purchasing a place until it’s been thoroughly vetted by a home inspector—and rest assured, if there are problems, this professional will find them! So if your home inspection turns up flaws that your home buyer…

12 Things to Do to Make This the Best Fall Ever

From BergenMama.com It’s fall y’all! Time for bonfires, snuggly blankets, candy corn, football and pumpkin spice everything. You’ve gotten the carpool routine down, you’re googling soup recipes, you’re decorating with gourds and most of all, you’re ready for excursions and activities that celebrate the season. Read on for 12 places to go and things to…

81 Staging Tips That Help Buyers Fall in Love

From HouseLogic.com 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…

Flip, Rent, or Hold? What’s the best path to real estate riches?

From Realtor.com BY CLARE TRAPASSO Maybe you’re addicted to those home-flipping shows on HGTV where glam couples buy grim shacks, spend 22 minutes smashing down walls and adding funky kitchen backsplashes, and then make tens of thousands selling the refurbished places on the open market. Or perhaps you’re jonesing for a steady stream of extra income…

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