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INFOGRAPHIC: 12 Tips to Holding a Successful Estate Sale

Whether you’re moving out of your current home or are just looking to purge a bunch of stuff you no longer use, an estate sale can be a great way to clear out things you no longer use and even help you make a good chunk of change at the same time.

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How Do Real Estate Markets Differ From One Another?

Rarely will you find real estate markets that are exactly the same. In fact, your market could be drastically different compared to the one in the next community over. Of course, the differences typically tend to become increasingly noticeable the further away you go. For instance, a market from one state to another might be a lot different from each other compared to markets in different cities.

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Should You Consider a ‘Rent-to-Own’ Arrangement When Buying?

Housing affordability has been a big issue in California over the recent past, and there doesn’t seem to be much relief in sight for would-be homebuyers who may want to break free from the rental market and finally become owners.

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Turned Down For a Mortgage? Here Are Your Next Steps

It can be devastating to be turned down for a mortgage after getting your heart set on buying a new home. While lenders have loosened their lending criteria somewhat since the financial debacle nearly a decade ago, it can still be challenging to get approved for a mortgage if your credit score is low, your debt-to-income ratio is high, or your income is unstable. Ideally, lenders want borrowers to be able to check off all requirements before extending a mortgage.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Do’s and Don’ts of Homeowner’s Insurance

Your home is likely your biggest asset, which is why a sound homeowner’s insurance policy is crucial. Heed the following advice to ensure you obtain the best insurance coverage possible for your home.

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I thought I’d take a couple of minutes to introduce you to what may be a very beneficial website for you. The State of California receives funds from various sources that, for whatever reason, don’t go to the intended receivers.

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Prep Your Home For the Buyer’s Home Inspection Before You Sell

The majority of real estate purchase agreements will include a contingency to have a home inspection before a buyer takes the keys to a home. It’s not uncommon for buyers to gloss over issues with a home that a licensed home inspector might be able to catch. If there is a major issue uncovered, it will certainly be the subject of renegotiation.

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Cost-Effective Landscaping Ideas That Can Boost Esthetics and Property Value

Curb appeal is a crucial component of a home, both from an esthetic standpoint and in terms of increasing property value. Proper landscaping can dramatically improve the look and feel of a home and is a key player in boosting curb appeal. In fact, homes that are well landscaped tend to sell over 11.3% higher compared to similar homes without good landscaping. That can translate into tens of thousands of dollars added to property value.

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HUD Homes Can Be Great Bargains, But With Some Risk

Who doesn’t want to score a great deal on a home? Getting a fabulous property for the lowest price possible is one of the primary goals of buyers and their agents.

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