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          Let’s say that you inherited an old house in a distant location and want to put it on the market. You may not have the time, resources or energy to make it perfect and just want a quick sale.           Or, maybe you had renters at your property who did substantial damage and you don’t h...
10/28/2011
Eco-friendly. Carbon footprint. Global warming. Energy-efficient. These catch phrases have become part of our lexicon as we’ve become more aware of our impact on the environment and our role in protecting it. As a homeowner, there are some simple, inexpensive steps you can take to make your home ...
10/22/2011
          “You never get a second chance to make a great first impression.”           This saying strikes a chord in the real estate industry, where many buyers are quick to jump to a conclusion about a potential home after just one glance. That’s why an increasing number of homeowners are employ...
10/15/2011
          There’s an episode of the hit TV series “How I Met Your Mother” where the characters of Marshall and Lily decide to buy a home in a neighborhood they are unfamiliar with, only to learn later that it sits downwind from a sewer plant. The message is obvious: A buyer must do his or her due...
10/08/2011
  Home sellers spend so much time preparing their interior for the sale that they can easily overlook what’s going on outside of the home. Yet great curb appeal can increase the value of a property by as much as 15-20%.             Mario Garcia, a landscaper in Bethesda, Md. who helps prepare hom...
10/04/2011
NEW TAMPA --   A couple years ago, Live Oak Preserve was without an owner and its residents flummoxed about slumping home values. A lot has changed since then. Now, the subdivision nestled up to Bruce B. Downs Boulevard just south of County Line Road is one of the fastest selling communities in t...
10/03/2011
           A stressful part of putting your home on the market is trying to figure out what to fix and upgrade to get the very best price. An experienced agent will recommend projects to consider and ones to avoid. After all, just because you put money into a renovation project doesn’t mean you w...
10/01/2011
          One important decision homebuyers face is whether to secure a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage or go for a 15-year one, which carries a lower interest rate.           “All things equal, a 15-year mortgage allows you to pay off your mortgage twice as fast while saving a significant chunk of ...
09/27/2011
              They say a picture paints a thousand words and when it comes to selling your home, you want those words to end with “sold.” It’s no secret that better-presented homes get more traffic and more buyer interest, therefore selling faster.            That’s why it is essential that you s...
09/24/2011
Are you looking to purchase a home in Pasco County Florida and you are Short on funds to close? Pasco Opportunity Program (POP) is a partnership between Pasco County and several not for profit agencies. These agencies buy homes, have them repaired, and make them available for sale. They already m...
09/24/2011
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