In just a few months, the Class of 2014 will be donning their mortarboards to take that long, decisive step to the commencement stage and then out into the world. Unfortunately, with double-digit unemployment for those aged 18 to 34, this isn’t a great time to start a career. In fact, this age range accounts for half of almost 11 million unemployed Americans.
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The trick to getting your home sold quickly is to make it appealing to as many people as possible. To that end, one of the tips home sellers most often hear is the importance of curb appeal – making the front of the home so appealing that buyers can’t wait to see the inside. Then, of course, the advice turns to decluttering, cleaning and staging the interior of the home.
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Houses are a lot like cars in that if you don’t keep up on repairs, pretty soon they start to coalesce into one big, expensive pain in the neck. When the needed repairs are of a health or safety nature, the need for speed in fixing them can be overwhelming. While leaky roofs, bad wiring and rotted pipes can’t be ignored, fixing them is impossible for those without the financial means to do so. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has programs to help low- to moderate-income homeowners
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There is nothing worse in the home-purchase process than a low appraisal. Not only does it hold up the transaction, but it comes at a time when the buyer has cleared many of the other major hurdles of the purchase process, such as prequalifying for the loan and negotiating the purchase price. Just when you can almost feel the house keys in the palm of your hand and envision moving into your new home, the appraiser claims the house isn’t worth what you have agreed to pay for it.
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