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The smart way to go from renting to owning

The smart way to go from renting to owning(ARA) - If you've paid attention to any news media over the past few years, you know that the housing market has dropped off. From a seller's perspective, that makes life a lot harder. But for a buyer, it can mean a wider world of options and opportunities. For those want to become owners rather than renters, it's vitally important to make smart decisions - as the markets have shown. Many factors contribute to the real [more]

Secrets of a solid home inspection

Secrets of a solid home inspection (ARA) - Selling, buying or just putting a house on the market may raise many questions. Can I get a good price? Are there any problems I should fix prior to listing my house? If I buy this house, will I encounter problems that may make me regret my decision? The sale price of a house depends on many factors, including the market, location, size of the property, age of the house, condition of the structure, [more]

Unlocking the online and mobile secrets to home buying and selling

Unlocking the online and mobile secrets to home buying and selling (ARA) - High-tech know-how can help you find a house or get rid of one. "The last five years have seen a massive shift in consumer behavior, which has driven Realtors and other real estate professionals to embrace websites, social media and online videos," says Mark Flavin, director of information technology at Bay East Association of Realtors in Pleasanton, Calif., and winner of a 2010 Realtor Technology Spotlight Award. While online listings serve as the starting [more]

Tips to bring prospective buyers into your house

Tips to bring prospective buyers into your house(ARA) - Selling your house may be a challenge in today's real estate market, but with a bit of elbow grease and some good planning tips, you can entice potential buyers to view your home, and hopefully make a viable offer. Before you even list your house for sale, take a good look at the property and your home. Consider curb appeal. Freshen up your landscaping, pick up any equipment or toys lying around and update [more]

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