7 September 2017

Working With a Seller’s Agent: Is Dual Agency Worth It for Home Buyers?

SolStock/iStock You amble into an open house and meet the seller’s agent, who seems really cool. You want to make an offer, but you don’t have an agent of your own. So what’s the harm in just working with the seller’s agent? In the real estate biz, one agent representing both the seller and the buyer is called dual […]

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7 September 2017

Should You Tour a ‘Sale Pending’ House? Manage Your Expectations

monkeybusinessimages/iStock The term “sale pending” hardly signals that a property is off the market. A more precise assessment of the property’s status? A buyer’s offer has been accepted and the deal should go through—but it might not. “‘Pending’ does not mean ‘sold,’” Joy Triglia, broker and CEO of Century 21 Universal Luxury in Fort Lauderdale, FL, points out. A property’s […]

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7 September 2017

12 of the Ugliest Things You Can Have in Your Home: Are Any in Yours?

marius_popa/iStock There’s ironic ugly—think intentionally tacky Christmas sweaters—and then there’s ugly ugly. We’re not sure where unlovely designs come from and why they inspire a collective cringe, but sadly, they often end up inside your home. Sometimes awful objects are cleverly disguised as gifts from well-meaning friends. Other times ick is inherited from a taste-challenged aunt. Or quite possibly, a certain brand of ugliness […]

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7 September 2017

7 Pricing Myths to Stop Believing If You Ever Hope to Sell Your House

BsWei/iStock Pricing your own home is hard, what with all the history and hopes this magic number entails. Of course, you want to make a profit. Of course, all that money you spent installing a swimming pool or a half-bath will be recouped, because you’re leaving your digs in better shape than when you bought it, right? Right? Well, […]

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6 September 2017

‘My Closing Date Keeps Getting Pushed Back’: What to Do With a Lagging Home Buyer

BrianAJackson/iStock Waiting to close on a home can be made all the more stressful if your buyer keeps asking for a closing date extension. You’re already in escrow (which might feel like forever in itself), and now the buyer wants more time before signing on the dotted line. It’s enough to send seller frustration levels through the roof. So if your […]

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6 September 2017

Do You Need a Pre-Approval Letter to Tour a Home?

KittisakJirasittichai/iStock You know you need to get your ducks in a row before looking at homes, but does that include securing a pre-approval letter? The truth is, getting pre-approved can actually improve your chances of falling into the sellers’ good graces, so you want to get it done as soon as possible in the home-buying process. So how organized do your financials […]

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6 September 2017

14 Sneaky Staging Tips for Selling a Small Home

Pushistiy/iStock These days it seems like everybody wants a tiny house. But what if your home isn’t adorably tiny? What if it’s just sadly small? Don’t worry—it’s not your square footage that matters most; it’s how you present it. Even if you’re tight on space, you can fool buyers into thinking things are bigger than they appear—you […]

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6 September 2017

I Installed Carbon Monoxide Detectors, but Got CO Poisoning Anyway—Here’s Why

Kameleon007/iStock Carbon monoxide detectors were the second item we bought for our home, right after new door locks. I’d seen all the warnings on the news: Carbon monoxide—an odorless, colorless gas that can travel from faulty gas stoves, furnaces, or anything that burns fuel—was a silent killer that could slip into your home unnoticed. To help sound the alarm […]

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5 September 2017

Are Property Taxes Lower on Townhouses and Condos?

golero/iStock If you’re planning on buying a home, you might wonder whether property taxes are lower on townhouses and condos. It seems plausible enough: Smaller home, smaller tax bill, right? But your property’s square footage is just a small factor that goes into determining how much property tax you owe. Let’s look at what goes into that number and if it is, […]

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5 September 2017

10 Weird Housewarming Gifts That’ll Make You Go ‘Huh?’

Adventure_Photo/iStock It’s always nice when, after moving into a new house, a neighbor brings you something to welcome you to the neighborhood. Well, almost always. We know deep down that it’s the thought that counts. But sometimes you have to ask: What the hell were they thinking? Behold this list of housewarming gifts that’ll make […]

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5 September 2017

Yes, You Can Sell a Fixer-Upper As Is, but Should You?

WoodenDinosaur So your home has foundation problems and you just got an estimate for fixing it. Ouch! Or maybe a leak in your roof has led to the discovery that the entire thing needs to be replaced. Or termites have been eating their way through the wood frame of your home, and you’re just now […]

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5 September 2017

6 Home Renovations That Pamper Pets Beyond Compare

Fly_dragonfly/iStock You know your pets are genuine members of the family when you start to think about renovating your house specifically to accommodate their needs. Of course you want your cat, dog, or any critter under your roof to be happy, so why not add a couple of amenities built just for him? And when the time comes to […]

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