March 14, 2019

What is Estate Planning? And Why Is It So Important?

As a real estate professional who handles probate sales, I have seen first hand the difficult situation and lengthy process families have endured because they were not prepared with an estate plan. Simply stated, estate planning helps protect your family in the event that something bad happens to you. And yet ...

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March 13, 2019

Check Yourself Before You Wreck It Yourself: 8 Tips for a DIY Demolition Party


Thrifty homeowners know the value of sharing the load, such as banding together to rent a snowblower or throwing a blockwide garage sale. But would you ever ask your neighbors and friends to help you remodel your house?

That's exactly what Jamie Novak and her husband did eight years ...

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March 2, 2019

5 Sweet Tax Deductions When Selling a Home: Did You Take Them All?


You may be wondering if there are tax deductions when selling a home. And the answer is: You bet!

But there's also a new tax code—aka the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act—causing quite a bit of confusion this filing season. Rest assured that if you sold your home last year ...

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Feb. 22, 2019

The Home Appraisal Process: What to Expect as a Buyer


The home appraisal process is just a formality when buying real estate, right? You've found the house you love and put in a good offer, and it was accepted! It's time to break out the Dom Pérignon White Gold? Sorry, not yet.

If you've applied for a ...

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Feb. 12, 2019

Foreclosure vs. Short Sale: What's the Difference?

Short Sale vs. Foreclosure: What's the Difference for Buyers?

What is the difference between a foreclosure and a short sale? Foreclosures and short sales are both options for homeowners who fall behind on mortgage payments, but it's important to understand the difference between these two processes.

So if you're struggling to pay your mortgage and aren't ...

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Jan. 28, 2019

5 Hacks to Make a Tiny, Cramped Closet Look Huge


No matter how beautiful and spacious your home is, one out-of-sight area could still make visitors cringe: your closet. Especially if it's small, dark, and cluttered.

"A house can be amazing, but if it has no closet space or the closets are super small, which you do see sometimes ...

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Jan. 24, 2019

The New Rules of Neighborly Etiquette: Do You Know Them All?


Neighborhoods just aren't the same as they used to be.

Gone are the days when everyone on your street knows you and waves when you pass one another by. One recent study by the City Observatory found that only about one-third of homeowners know their neighbors by name! That ...

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Dec. 19, 2018

7 Reasons to Accept the First Offer on Your House


How do you know you've found The One? The one offer on your home worth taking, that is. It's entirely natural for sellers to consider multiple offers from interested buyers, but in certain circumstances, the first offer you receive may actually be the one you should accept.

Why ...

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Dec. 10, 2018

The 5 Stages of Grief You'll Feel If You Try to Buy a New Couch


I need a new couch. I want a new couch. And yet, I find myself wholly incapable of buying one. Instead of an exciting big-ticket-item shopping excursion, buying a sofa has dragged me through months of agony.

The reason? Just like there are stages of grief you cycle through when ...

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Dec. 7, 2018

The No. 1 factor that can drive up your mortgage costs

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Time is not on your side when it comes to an escrow.

The mortgage process can be a bureaucratic, complicated gauntlet that punishes today's borrowers more often than not. One of the many factors that borrowers must consider is the opportunity to lock in a mortgage rate.

A rate ...

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