Fixtures: What Stays When You Buy a House?

In real estate, the term fixture refers to things that stay with the house when you buy or sell it. But what counts as a fixture? Fixtures: What Stays When You Buy a House? Usually anything that’s attached to the house is considered a fixture. Fixtures can be outside, too, like trees and permanent parts …

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Why You Need a Buyer’s Agent

When you’re buying a home, you need a buyer’s agent – and here’s why. What a Buyer’s Agent Will Do for You Your agent’s primary duty is to help you get the best possible deal. He or she will: Help you find a lender Email you listings that meet your needs Set up appointments for …

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First-Time Buyer Tips

If you’re buying your first home, here’s what you need to know about the process and how it works. Your Agent When you find a real estate agent, he or she will: Help you find a lender Email you listings that meet your needs Set up appointments for you to see homes you’re interested in …

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4 Ways to Make Your House Easier to Sell

Before you put your home on the market, check out these simple ways to maximize your chances of closing a deal. Hear the Real Deal from Your Realtor Ask your realtor to suggest needed improvements for your home; many will do it as a courtesy. You can also get design inspiration from home design TV …

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Q&A: Can I Price My House Higher Than Market Value?

Question: Can I price my house above market value? It’s in really good condition, and I think it’s going to sell for that much – as long as I ask for that much. Answer: No. Technically, you can price your home in any range. You could ask $65 million for a one-bedroom condo six miles …

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Q & A: Should Your Realtor(R) Make You Sign a Contract to See Houses?

Question: I found a few agents, and they each want me to sign a contract that says they’ll get the commission if I end up buying the house in the future. Is that normal? Answer: Sometimes. An agent can ask you to sign a contract that says he or she will represent you in your …

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Your First Showing Isn’t Where You Think it Is

People look for homes online long before they visit them in person, so your first showing is on the internet… and you don’t even know it’s happening. According to Kathi Presutti of ReStyleStaging, it’s incredibly important to stage your home before your agent has professional photos taken. “n this Internet age, your first showing is …

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Q & A: Credit and Buying a Home

Question: We want to buy our first house, but our credit isn’t great. One of us has a credit score of 580 and the other has a 620. What should we do? Answer: Boost both of your credit scores. Even if one of you has good credit, it doesn’t “cancel out” the other’s bad credit. …

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Latest Kitchen Design Trends

They say that kitchens and baths sell homes. These hot kitchen trends can help get any house on the market off of the back burner. Colorful Kitchen Sinks Everything but the kitchen sink no longer. Sinks deserve a little attention, too, and that’s just what they’re getting as they move away from the traditional white …

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Choosing a New Paint Color for Your Home

After the purchase of an existing home, the exterior paint color may be one of many changes. When choosing a new hue, here are a few things to remember. Don’t Blend In If the color palettes of the neighbors’ homes are very similar, for instance shades of beige, don’t feel pressure to blend in, but …

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