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3 Soothing Insights for Anxious First-Time Sellers

I grew up just a couple of hours from Disneyland. So as a kid, one of my greatest joys (and greatest anxieties) revolved around the Pirates of the Caribbean ride (this was pre-Johnny Depp, folks). I loved that ride—especially the big drop at the end—but I also feared that ride, especially the big drop at...

How to hire a Real Estate Agent

A real estate agent can often help you sell your home faster, and get a better price than if you try to do it on your own. But to get the best deal possible on your home, you’ll want to hire a real estate agent that’s a good fit for you and your property. Here’s what you need to know before you hire someone...

Foreclosure crisis is drawing to a close

The number of new foreclosure filings fell to an eight-year low in August. NEW YORK (CNNMoney) Our long national foreclosure nightmare may be over. The number of new foreclosure filings in August hit its lowest level in nearly eight years, according to RealtyTrac, an online marketer of foreclosed...

5 Documents You Need to Save Cash at Tax Time

Tax day may seem far away, but if you want to cash in on the real estate-related tax perks of buying this year you need to be sure you’ve got these five documents on hand. 1. Mortgage Interest Statement IRS Form 1098. The meatiest real estate tax deduction on the books today allows you to deduct 100 percent...

How to tackle real estate’s most problematic communication barriers

Communication is at the center of real estate. While it is crucial for the success of any transaction — from a traditional resale to a short sale — proper communication is almost never achieved without facing major obstacles. Simply put, a real estate transaction is a negotiation between a buyer and a...

Small home repair jobs with a big payoff

Maintaining a home is like eating a healthy diet. Everyone knows there’s a whole list of things that should be done, but nobody really wants to spend the weekend painting the guest room, snaking out a slow sink drain, or cleaning out the gutters. Still, just as some delicious, low-carb dinners are...

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