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Do You Live in a Firetrap?

By Mark Hostetler | Published 12/17/2007 | Real Estate |

Remember the old days, when homes were sturdy and built to last, and set on generous plots of land? Today's homes have evolved to cookie cutter houses built so close together you can barely fit a lawnmower between them.

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Vacation Home Sales Are Up

By Nick Viale | Published 12/14/2007 | Real Estate |

The move to buying a second home overseas is gaining popularity, and many retirees are looking to Mexico, Costa Rica and even further afield for their beachfront properties. Many of these prime retirement areas are experiencing a strengthening realty market, thanks to (our) foreign investment.

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Your first open house or last minute showing can be pretty stressful with the family frantically running around in circles getting your home ready. As time goes on you will refine the process, until eventually you've got the open house prep down to a fine science. It's just like a play opening where everyone has a part to play and every prop has its place.

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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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Lately we have all become more curious about interest rates and the effect they have on our lives. Our main interest, of course, is to get the most for our money, and as most of us borrow money for a house purchase, part of this involves finding a good interest rate for our mortgage loan.

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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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Staging a home for sale during the holidays has its challenges. You want to create an atmosphere that say's "Christmas", but not to distract potential buyers from the actual house. Take a look around your home this season, have you decorated with the same garland, red bows and cute little snowmen statues that you use every year?

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Often when a house is viewed and it has the word 'variance' on the legal description, it may be put aside as complicated or out of the ordinary. In fact, there is nothing complex about buying a home with a variance already in place (although there are sometimes complexities in obtaining a variance on a property.)

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