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  Should I stay or should I go when my home is showing? Gently put, most agents say that when potential homebuyers come to see your home, it’s best that you leave the premises.   Perspective buyers don’t want to see owners hovering or milling about. When they do, they get uncomfortable and feel a...
04/30/2012
Code violations can extend the home-selling process or halt it altogether. Therefore, it’s good business to hire a home inspector before placing your home on the market.   A quality home inspector is well-versed in all local codes dealing with electrical, plumbing, building/structural and more, a...
04/30/2012
  There’s a scene in “The Princess Bride” where the villainous Vizzini offers his adversary an invisible, odorless and tasteless poison. While his description is meant to conjure laughs, he could have just as easily been talking about radon gas. You can’t see, smell or taste radon, yet exposure t...
04/23/2012
  Home sellers do everything they can to make their house look as beautiful as possible, yet appealing to home buyers’ other senses can be just as important --  especially when it comes to the sense of smell. While you may not think your home has a smell to it, freshening the air and filling the ...
04/23/2012
  Tax season is upon us and for those who purchased or sold a home last year, there are a number of tax deductions for which you may qualify. For starters, the Internal Revenue Service says that if you have a gain from the sale of your main home, you may be able to exclude up to $250,000 of the g...
04/14/2012
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  Any home stager will tell you that “staging is staging” and the principals remain the same throughout the year—keep things clean, clutter free and colorful. But that doesn’t each season comes without its own brand of staging magic. For spring, there are a number of things you can do both inside...
04/14/2012
Major news in the short sale and housing industry! On Friday, March 9, the Obama Administration announced updates to the Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternative (HAFA) program. Created in 2009, HAFA is a government-sponsored initiative assisting all Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) eli...
04/05/2012
            If you’re selling your home, you have enough to think about without worrying that your home isn’t safe, or that your things may be stolen.           Yet, whether from open houses or scheduled showings, strangers are coming and going in your house all the time. By taking a few safeguar...
03/25/2012
           People downsize for a variety of reasons, from the “empty nest” syndrome to convenience or hardship. Here are a few things to consider as you contemplate moving to a smaller home. “Before any move, focus on how you want to live. People don’t think enough about why they’re moving,” said...
03/25/2012
          There’s nothing worse than finding a great home only to discover that it’s a money pit waiting to happen. Let’s face it, sellers won’t always disclose everything that’s wrong.           No house is ever as “perfect” as it may appear, and with an inspection and due diligence on the part ...
03/18/2012
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