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Updated: Tuesday, January 15, 2019

What You Dont Know About Real Estate Could Cost You
Written By: PJ Wade

Itrsquo;s what you donrsquo;t know about real estate that could cost younbsp;when buying or selling.bull; First-time buyers usually havenrsquo;t seen enough houses or condominium units to fully understand where real estate value lies.They may not have been caretaker of a house and, therefore, donrsquo;t notice subtle signs of damage, sloppy cons...


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5 Reasons to Buy a Fixer-Upper Instead of a Perfect Place
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

.It costs lessldquo;Fixer-uppers list for an average of 8 below market value,rdquo; said LearnVest. If yoursquo;re on a budget or are being priced out in your market, this is a way to get a literal foot in the door. How much depends greatly on the location. ldquo;Fixer-uppers in Phoenix have the smallest cash discount, saving buyers just 1,000 o...


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Whats the Real Impact of the Government Shutdown on Real Estate?
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

ldquo;An NAR survey of 2,211 members found 75 percent had no impact to their contract signings or closings. However, 11 percent did report an impact on current clients and 11 percent on potential clients,rdquo; said the National Association of Realtors. Among those impacted by the shutdown, 17 percent had a closing delay because of a USDA loan.r...


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Housing Counsel Public Condo Law vs. Private Condo Law
Written By: Benny L Kass

Question: I am the President of a mid-size condominium in Washington.Our Bylaws specifically prohibit short-term rentals of any kind. The board ndash; and most of our members ndash; agree that cutting out short term rentals and subleases of less than a year helps cut down on the move in and out traffic that creates maintenance distress, having r...


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Clever Tips to Make Painting Your Home Easier
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

Wrap it upOne of the most painful tasks associated with the painting is having to clean up at the end of the day. If you hate cleaning your brushes, this tip is for you. The best way to preserve your brush if youre done for the day or the time being but not done with the job, is to wrap it in plastic wrap and throw it in the freezer overnight. B...


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Making Your Home More Energy-Efficient
Written By: Realty Times Staff

Replace or Weatherize All WindowsWindows are one of the biggest sources of heat gain and heat loss in a home. Both heat gain and heat loss rob you of comfort and keep your energy bills higher than they have to be, whether during the summer or winter months.Windows rank high on the list because of air leakage around the frame and the heat that tr...


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Why You Should Buy an Investment Property First and a Home Second
Written By: Daniela Andreevska

If yoursquo;ve come to a point in life where you have saved up enough cash to put down on a house, it is the smarter financial move to buy an investment property and not a home. You are better off investing your money in a rental property, which will make more money for you while continuing renting. In a few yearsrsquo; time, you will have enoug...


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Learn to Laugh at Yourself
Written By: David Fletcher, NHCB

Maybe you said something in a sales meeting that was misunderstood that got a big laugh. Maybe you dropped a dessert in your lap at the company party and everyone laughed while you sat mortified, or you forgot how to open an MLS-locked door, with just your prospects watching.How you respond when something happens to you can make or break the sal...


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Payroll Numbers, Wage Gains Much Stronger Than Expected: Higher Rates Ahead?
Written By: David Reed

Well, this was certainly a surprise. The first business Friday of each month is when the Labor Department >The more important number from the Labor Department report is how many new jobs were created in December. Analysts were expecting a solid number but something closer to 177,000 new jobs. Instead, the number of new jobs hit 312,000. Thatrsqu...


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Affording a Home Requires Compromises - but Families Are Okay with That
Written By: Jim Adair

In a perfect world, the overwhelming majority of young urban Canadian families would purchase a single-family home in move-in condition with a nice yard and a garage. In the real world, affordability issues require families to make compromises when they purchase real estate -but theyrsquo;re okay with that.A survey of urban families where the ad...


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Time to Move to Los Angeles: City Unveils Early Earthquake Alert System
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

In a >Those who have avoided Los Angeles for fear of an impending earthquakemdash;or simply lived with the fear of overstressed faults and grinding tectonic platesmdash;may be able to make those plans to move, or breathe a little easier from their So Cal home.ldquo;Los Angeles has unveiled its long-anticipated earthquake early warning app for An...


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How To Keep From Going House Poor
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

A few smart strategies can help you avoid becoming house poor.Think hard about that preapproval amountJust because the bank tells you that you can buy a 400,000 home doesnt mean you have to spend all 400,000. It might be that youre not comfortable with a payment that high if it means you wont have a cushion and cant continue to contribute to you...


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This Anti-Theft Device for Homes Could Be a Game Changer
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

While whatever security measures you had in place to keep the burglars out may have failed here, you now have a better chance than ever of getting your things back, thanks to a cool new product from ProTech DNA called DNA for Property.And, the best part is: Itrsquo;s free, courtesy of the insurance industry, who was smart enough to see the advan...


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Written Contracts are Important in an HOA?
Written By: Benny L Kass

Answer: Yes, I have a number of suggestions and recommendations.The first thing you should remember is that the Board is -- or must be -- in charge of the operations of your Association. You >Furthermore, the fact that you have been using the same contractors each and every year does not mean you should continue the status quo.Ask your property ...


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Fixer Upper Properties: What You Really Need to Know
Written By: Saul Klein

I. Definitions -- There are different degrees of fixing.A. Cosmetic repair -- Paint, landscaping, carpets, clean-up, minor repairs. refurbishingB. Rehabilitating -- Making livable again, habitable.C. Renovating -- To make new, restoringD. Remodeling -- Room additions, balcony, changing floor plan.These are listed in order of expense, work requir...


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Is It Time to Go Green in 2019?
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

Not just millennialsldquo;This year, we saw an even greater interest from homebuyers to seek out a potential home that offered green sustainable features,rdquo; said Green Home Builder. ldquo;These potential homebuyers included not just your typical lsquo;younger generation millennialrsquo; type buyer, but spanned across a multitude of generatio...


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Trend Alert: Convert a Dresser or Vintage Desk Into a Unique Bathroom Vanity
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

"If youre having trouble finding the right premanufactured vanity for your home, try thinking outside the cabinet box," said Houzz. "Many savvy homeowners are finding chests of drawers, old file cabinets, vintage consoles and more, and converting them into one-of-a-kind vanities.This vintage dresser brings some richness to this bathroom, and it ...


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How To Score A Deal On Home Appliances
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

Buy at the right timeYou cant go a week without seeing some kind of sale on appliances at one of the big box stores. But if you havent been researching for a while, you might not know when a deal is really a deal. Turns out, there are certain times of the year when you can get a better value on appliances."When it comes to landing bargains on ma...


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