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Karen Hoeve

Karen Hoeve is a professional realtor who specializes in the dynamic Raleigh real estate market. With over 20 years experience, Karen has dedicated her life to bringing families and homes together. For more information contact Karen today or visit http://www.yourraleigh.com.


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Some people have the tendency to wonder about the value that their homes hold and how they can be improved. But they are also wondering if upgrading their home via additions and renovations is really worth it.

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Finding great deals in the pre-construction market is easy - many developers will even bus you in from out of state to show you the latest hot property and attract your investment. The hard part, once you've signed on, is finding the next buyer.

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Learning to generate leads might be the most coveted skill in the real estate industry. For agents and brokers it's simple: the more people you contact, the more deals you'll close, and the more commissions you'll earn. A big part of the challenge is turning those contacts into clients, but a successful initial meeting, phone call, or email, can make all the difference.

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Create a Last Minute Bar

By Karen Hoeve | Published 11/16/2007 | Real Estate |

It's great to plan those holiday parties, but once the commitment is made, reality sinks in and the work begins. Not everyone is blessed with a finished basement, ready made for parties, and complete with an oak wet bar and dance floor. Not to worry, with a little work and some creativity you can create your own temporary bar.

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It's a place to put your red hot pots and pans. It's where gallons of messy foods and discoloring liquids are spilled each year, where the sink overflows and where you cut the vegetables when you can't find a cutting board. The kitchen counter is where cans land when they fall out of the cupboard. It's where you stand to get things off the high shelf. It has to be tough.

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Act Now to Forgo Foreclosure

By Karen Hoeve | Published 12/7/2007 | Finance |

The subprime mortgage crisis has been on the tip of everyone's tongue lately, and the housing market has cooled. Rather than being discouraged by this, smart investors realize that this is the time for deals to be had. We're in a buyer's market, which is an enormous relief for buyers who have watched the market balloon over the last decade.

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The impending move is getting closer, but that's ok, you're on top of everything. You've done your due diligence, researched various movers, received three estimates and have a good idea of your final moving costs. Now it's time to build all those extra costs into your budget.

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For Sale By Owner Check List

By Karen Hoeve | Published 12/13/2007 | Real Estate |

Many people believe that in order to get the best price for their home they need to sell it themselves. Why pay thousands of dollars to a broker for a job that they can do themselves? Even though close to 25 percent of the homes sold last year were sales by owner, at least half said they would hire a professional the next time around.

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Many older homes in cities today have their roots in the Arts and Crafts movement. With their squared, low-lying layouts and sturdy construction, these homes are often easy to spot, but generally not as widely recognized or studied as Victorian homes from the same era - they simply remain unclassified or incorrectly identified as ranchers.

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First time real estate buyers are some of the most valuable clients out there, and the Internet is your best bet for attracting them. That's because new buyers are generally younger and spend more time doing research before entering the market, all of which adds up to more Internet use.

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