Selling a house means paying a number of costs, including taxes, fees and insurance and other expenses

First-time home sellers are typically in for a bit of a shock when they receive the closing statement. Yikes! It seems like everyone in town has their fingers on part of the proceeds from the sale of the home. From taxes to insurance to real estate fees, what you think you’ll get at closing is chipped away until it’s far less than what you expected. . . .

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May, June and July are the months most people move, according to KVUE TV in Austin, Texas. Since that time period is rapidly approaching, we think it’s time to take a look at some of the biggest problems people encounter with movers and give you some tips on how to avoid or deal with them. . . .

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When selling a home, staging the interior and creating curb appeal can help entice homebuyers, but the garage and backyard are also important

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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Before you put your home up for sale, before you set a listing price, before you even choose an agent, do your research and ask the vital questions every seller needs to consider before the home-selling process begins. This process can quickly become complicated, but if you enter into selling a home with solid information and know which questions to ask and when, the entire experience will move along much better. . . .


Seller financing can be a great option for homebuyers and sellers who want more flexibility with mortgage lending

If you think lending standards have tightened over the past year, wait until you see what’s in store for next year’s borrowers. “Starting next year, qualified mortgage rules, known as QM, will expose originators to higher legal liabilities on loans carrying risky features or when payments exceed 43 percent of the borrower’s pay,” according to Bloomberg’s Jodi Shenn. So, while the demand for mortgage loans isn’t expected to soften, conventional money will become even more elusive to borrowers. . . .

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Why you should sell your home during the holidays

Although many homeowners would rather wait to sell their homes until after the New Year, sellers who have already listed their homes may be asking this question: Should I leave my home on the market or take it off during the holiday season? . . .

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A beautiful home that demonstrates the power and importance of curb appeal

With the property market struggling to pick itself up following the global recession, selling your own slice of real estate may be a challenge. How can you make your property stand out in a crowded market where buyers are thin on the ground? Here are 10 useful tips for making your property more sellable and getting yourself the price you deserve for your home. . . .

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Make moving with children easier and less stressful for them and you

Moving with children almost always conjures up visions of chaos. But you can alleviate a bit of their stress and your own by involving them in the process. The level of involvement, of course, is up to you. Every child is different, and will react differently to the news that they’re moving. . . .

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Hire these professionals to make your move less stressful

Feeling overwhelmed just thinking about selling one home and moving to another? You are not alone! According to the most recent Census survey, 12 percent of the U.S. population changed residences between 2011 and 2012. In addition to hiring the right real estate agent, you can benefit from the help of some other pros who can save you time and make the move easier. . . .

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What Impacts Home Value?

by on October 29, 2013

Many factors impact home value, which is why homebuyers must do some research before purchasing a home

When the housing bubble exploded, homeowners learned the hard way that real estate, like all investments, isn’t bulletproof. American homeowners lost 55 percent of their equity, with a final tally coming in at over $7 trillion, according to the Wall Street Journal’s Rex Nutting. While rumors of another bubble persist, most experts feel safe in saying that the worst is over. There are many other ways, however, for a homeowner to lose or gain value in her home. . . .

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