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Buyers and sellers can get expert advice on the local housing market in Knoxville, Tennessee

It may be the birthplace of the blues, but Tennessee is singing an optimistic tune. “Some areas are really hot, and some are harder because they are isolated from the big cities,” said Cathy Glass, Realtor® with Realty Executive Associates. Glass recommends buying a home around the Nashville area or looking at real estate near Knoxville. “The great thing about Knoxville is it is a big city, but with a hometown feel to it, and home prices in the area are relatively good compared . . .

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Orange County, California is a popular location for retirees, but they should keep a few tips in mind when shopping for a retirement home

The temperate climate and coastal stretches make Orange County, in Southern California, an attractive destination for retirees. The area has been voted one of seven favorite beach retirement destinations by “There are tons of retirement communities around,” said Isaac Dozor, director of marketing at Mac Mackenzie, Coldwell Banker. If you like luxury living, this is where you want to be. . . .

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The Tampa Bay, Florida real estate market is improving, with beachfront property being a particular draw for buyers

The Tampa Bay region has become one of the most sought-after areas by potential homeowners because of its proximity to beaches, universities and a mushrooming high-tech corridor. Besides the weather, the major attractions in the area include the Dali Museum, an aquarium, happening piers and state-of-the-art performance centers. For sports lovers, Tampa Bay is a paradise with the area having its own major league baseball, national football and hockey league teams. . . .

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Learn how to negotiate the best sale price when you buy a home with these tips

The housing market is on the mend and real estate values are climbing. If you were in a position to buy a home at the low point, you likely got a great deal and historically low interest rates. If you’re still considering buying, it’s not too late to pull the trigger. Yes, prices are higher now, but [...] . . .

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home improvement loans and grants california

You’ve been living in your home for close to a decade, and you want to spice things up a bit. Maybe you are considering replacing the discolored tiles in the bathroom or transforming your kitchen into a chef’s paradise. The changes will not just uplift your mood, but can also increase home value. Giving your kitchen a facelift, boosting curb appeal, or getting . . .

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beachfront foreclosures in south carolina

One in every 730 homes in the U.S. is facing foreclosure. Therefore, when a state has a rate of one in every 603 homes in foreclosure, it makes the list of Top Foreclosure States. This is the situation for South Carolina, number 10 on RealtyTrac’s September 2012 listing. In fact, the Charleston Regional Journal claims that South Carolina saw a 16 percent . . .

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best real estate bargains in denver

Nestled in the base of the Rockies, Denver, Colo. has often been touted as a great place to buy a home and raise a family. But, like elsewhere, the economy took its toll on Denver’s real estate market. The state had the eighth highest foreclosure rate in the nation during the first six months of 2012, according to Heather Draper of the Denver Business Journal. Although it represents a 4 percent increase over the . . .

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ocean front homes georgia

The Georgia coastline offers a wide range of enticing locations for visiting tourists, potential homeowners and part-time residents. From the historic feel of Savannah’s cobblestone streets and city squares to the pristine beaches along Tybee Island, there are many areas to choose from. The weather is moderate, and oceanfront homes are more affordable than in states such as Florida and New Jersey. . . .

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dual real estate agency

Buyers and sellers sometimes have the option of entering into a dual real estate agency relationship with their real estate agent. Although this is not necessarily a problem, you should be aware of exactly what a dual real estate agency means and what restrictions it can place on your real estate agent. . . .

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pond water feature

People often want a water feature as part of their garden design, but have no idea what plants can be used to create a pleasing design. In nature, the plants that are found in bogs, ponds, or wetlands also work well as part of a garden water feature. When possible, it is best to use native plants from your region. What plants grow in the ponds and wetlands in . . .