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Assesssed Value vs Market Value: What’s the Difference?

From Realtor.com BY LISA GORDON Homes don’t come with sticker prices set in stone. Rather they are moving targets—that’s what makes buying and selling real estate so fun! (Or frustrating, depending on your perspective.) And, as a buyer or seller,…

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7 Cheap Landscaping Ideas That’ll Rake in the Cash Later

From Realtor.com BY DANIEL BORTZ A home with a gorgeous yard isn’t just easy on the eyes: Well-landscaped homes also sell for 5.5% to 12.7% more, according to research at Virginia Tech. Only problem is, professional landscaping costs an average of $3,219, according to…

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The Home-Buying Process in 10 Simple Steps

From Realtor.com By MARGARET HEIDENRY Wouldn’t it be great if buying a home were as simple as it is in a game of Monopoly? All you’d have to do is find a desirable neighborhood, hand the bank a few bucks, and you’d…

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What is Virtual Staging? Stage Your Home Without Moving Anything

From Realtor.com BY DANIEL GOLDSTEIN Many home sellers have heard of home staging—a service where professionals arrange furniture and artwork in rooms to make them look their best (and entice buyers to make an offer). But now, thanks to technology, there’s another…

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Beware of Oil Tanks

BY RUBY KAPLAN As a professional realtor, when I get a listing, the discussion is always whether an oil tank is in the ground.  Usually the owners don’t know the answer and especially without a recent transfer of Title of…

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7 Important Things Home Sellers Often Forget to Do

From realtor.com By JENNIFER O’NEILL When you’re selling your home there’s so much to do: find a Realtor®, do touch-ups, get that balky air conditioner fixed, look into staging… It’s no wonder that sometimes things fall between the cracks. Big…

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9 Genius Hiding Places for all Your Valuables

From Realtor.com BY HOLLY AMAYA Just in case you haven’t had your fill of troubling news lately, try this: Today’s thieves are smarter—and more brazen—than ever. More than half of them strike during daylight hours, and an astonishing 34% go…

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Tax Benefits of Owning a Home: Do you know them all?

From Realtor.com BY MARGARET HEIDENRY The joys of homeownership are many: Your own house is a place to make sweet memories, build a financial nest egg, and whittle down your tax bill. Wait, what? Yep, it’s true: Your home can…

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