real estate property taxes

If you’re the average homeowner, your brain might shut down when the word “tax” is mentioned. Many people would rather have a root canal than talk taxes. So, let’s try to keep this lighthearted and hit just the basics. Real estate property taxes vary by the local government that imposes them and are based on the assessed value of your property. . . .

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houses sold in my area

There is a big difference between asking prices and sold prices. The asking price is the amount of money the seller is hoping to realize when the house sells. The selling price is what a willing buyer paid for the home. The latter is known as market value. Therefore, only the prices of homes sold in your neighborhood will be used by an appraiser . . .

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Increase home value by adding an attic bedroom

Most appraisers have stories of homeowners irate over the fact that the special remodeling job they performed added zero value to their home. The imported Italian tile you used in your entryway or the pool in the backyard may be of immense value to you while you live in the home, but unfortunately they aren’t items that buyers shopping in your neighborhood value. . . .

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Quick! What’s the most valuable duty your buyer’s agent can perform? Sure, showing you the house of your dreams is pretty valuable, but how do you know the house is worth the price the seller set? If your agent is really doing her job she’ll give you a comparative market analysis, or CMA, so that you can determine . . .

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How to get a high home appraisal

Whether or not you own the nicest home on the block, when it comes time to refinance or sell it, getting a high house appraisal is crucial. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to assure that you receive credit for all the ways you think your house is worth maximum dollars. . . .

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