It’s been a natural fact that the Federal Reserve Bank was gonna raise the discount rate another 0.25% this December. That would probably raise mortgage interest rates by a similar amount, but there’s a lot more on the horizon. The economy is getting stronger, to the point where the Fed will have to raise the…

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Whether you’re interested in buying or selling a home this year, there’s reason to be optimistic. See how a healthy real estate market and positive consumer sentiments are contributing to a buoyant housing sector. Real Estate Trends The U.S. housing market continues its recovery as home prices gradually increase, interest rates remain low and millennials represent the largest…

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In real estate, staging a home and selling a home often go hand in hand. Though the process can be involved, the results are indisputable. Need some help executing an effective home staging? Browse this list of resources to help you dazzle prospective buyers and increase your chances of a quick home sale. Clear Clutter  Not…

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Do you have a list of changes you’d like to make to your home this year? Completing cosmetic updates is easiest when the weather’s in your favor. In honor of May’s National Home Improvement Month, here are four upgrades ranging from curb appeal projects to large-scale expansions that often yield high returns. Replacing doors and windows: Homeowners are…

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House and neighborhood characteristics can positively influence the sale of your home, but what about the words used in the listing? The right turn of phrase could help your property sell quickly, but choose less descriptive terms and you may find it on the market indefinitely. Write an effective listing with the following tips: Choose…

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Spring has sprung, which means the housing market is in full bloom. Each year, roughly 40 percent of real estate transactions occur between the months of May and August. If you’re feeling inspired to buy or sell a home soon, make sure you’re prepared. Use these checklists to catch anything you may have missed. When You’re Ready…

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Just because you can buy and sell property on your own, it doesn’t mean you should. Real estate agents remain essential when making these pivotal financial transactions. There are many ways agents add value during the purchase or sale of a home: Handle the technical nuances — Whether you’re the buyer or the seller, a home sale includes…

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Your front door is one of the first things guests notice when visiting your home. In addition to providing security and protection, your front door can make a bold statement and reflect your personal style. But whether or not your current front door matches your home’s interior and your taste, if you feel a draft,…

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  I got this article from the web. It was insightful. In it, the author came up with 12 great questions to ask listing agents before you use them. Below are my answers. Here’s the link:  http://schneidersells.com/buying/buyers-agency/buyers-agent/   12 questions to ask a listing agent: 1. How long have you been selling real estate? Since…

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