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My Family Member Died Without a Will – Who Gets the House?

Experiencing a death in the family can be a trying and emotionally draining time. Making arrangements for a deceased relative is a difficult process that can be compounded if your family member died without a valid will.  Matters such as deciding who should inherit what parts of the decease’s estate can lead to drawn out […]

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4 Hidden Costs of Water Damage to a House

After water damage is cleaned up, the drywall is repaired and the carpet is replaced, you might think your house troubles are over. But hidden problems can linger for months or even years. Water damage costs U.S. insurance companies $2.5 billion every year, but that’s only part of the story. For years after the cleanup […]

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Selling a House with a Federal Tax Lien

Photo Credit Even the most experienced realtors have a hard time wrapping their brain around selling a house with a tax lien.  But the good news is you can sell real property, even if it has a federal tax lien attached under one circumstance.  The federal tax lien has to greater then the amount of […]

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My First Real Estate Deal: Lessons Learned

Everyone that dips their toe into the world of real estate has come across a few mistakes from time to time, but there is something “lasting” from our first lessons learned.  We asked a few real estate professionals what mistakes they made from their first real estate deals, and what lessons learned they would like to […]

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19 Tips for Finding a Contractor You Can Trust

Hiring a trustworthy contractor can make the difference between a dreamy remodel and a home-improvement horror story. Follow these expert tips to find a contractor you can truly count on.   Ask for local references, and then actually call those homeowners to find out what it was like to work with this contractor.   Ask […]

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Home Offer Rejected? 3 Things You Must Do Next

When you make an offer on a home, the last thing you want to hear is that it was rejected. It happens all the time in hot markets with a limited inventory of homes. But even in a buyer’s market, offers are frequently rejected, sometimes for reasons that make no sense. Don’t take it personally. […]

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6 First-Time Home Buying Mistakes that Waste Money

What’s the best way to save money on your first home? Buying a home is not only nerve-racking, but it’s also expensive. Especially if you make any of these surprisingly costly first-time buyer blunders. Mistake #1: Worrying about missing out. One of the most expensive errors first-time homebuyers make is rushing to buy in a […]

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Why Are Realtor Commissions So High?

Photo courtesy. Realtors in the United States charge commissions that are higher than what you’d find in most of the developed world. But why is it so costly to work with an agent? Many believe that real estate agents are unnecessary middlemen who have overcharged the public for far too long. The typical real estate […]

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I’m Moving For Work – How Do I Sell My House?

Photo courtesy. If you find yourself in the unenviable position of having to move very quickly for a new job, one of first and potentially most stressful tasks to take care of is selling your home. It’s often difficult to know how long the process will take in your specific market, but you’re always more […]

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Real Estate Lessons Learned: Nasty, Funny, Horror Stories

Photo credit Things happen in real estate that no amount of planning, studying and risk management an prepare you for. Everyone has a nasty, funny, horror story when you’re a landlord, business owner, or tenant, and our panel of guests don’t disappoint. Lessons learned don’t have to be expensive when you take away a nugget […]

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