When one thinks of the most expensive cities in the country, New York invariably comes to mind. In fact, New York, N.Y. placed sixth on Forbes list of the World’s Most Expensive Billionaire Cities. It didn’t make the list, however, of the five least affordable housing markets. In fact, all five markets lie in the western part of the country. The folks at Trulia measured affordability using current asking prices for an 1,800 square-foot home, with a mortgage payment on a
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Some cities are better than others for certain jobs. Looking for a manufacturing job? Head to Houston, Texas. Billboard magazine insists that Los Angeles, Calif. is the place to go if you’re a musician looking for a gig. Out-of-work finance professionals would be wise to head to Dallas, Texas. In fact, cities in Texas dominate most lists of those with the largest projected rate of job growth. Forbes’ list of Best and Worse Places for Job Growth, for example, lists seven Texas cities
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Those first tentative thoughts about selling your home may bring on a rush of questions: What should I do? Where do I start? Many homeowners are under the misconception that the call to the real estate company is first. While that’s an important part of the process, there are three baby steps you need to take before hiring an agent. These steps arm you with the information both you and your agent need to intelligently set a price for your home.
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Home maintenance is one of the less enjoyable aspects of homeownership. It’s easy to put off and even easier to forget completely. When the time comes to put your home on the market, though, all that deferred maintenance rears its ugly head. You may find yourself in a panic, trying to repair years of neglect. Worse, deferred maintenance has health and safety implications. The most important home maintenance tasks that need to be performed
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It’s done. You’ve chosen a real estate agent to help you sell your home, and you’ve signed the listing agreement. Your life is about to be consumed with keeping the house tidy and, hopefully, lots of phone calls from agents with buying clients just dying to see your home. Behind the scenes, your agent has his hands full with a flurry of activity, from getting your home into the Multiple Listing Service database to implementing his marketing plan.
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