6 things that’ll help sell a home faster

6 things that’ll help sell a home faster

Often, what helps a home sell faster is also what helps a home sell for more. Surprisingly enough, just having a low price isn’t the key. Homesellers need to think of their property as a product — something to market ......
By Bryan Robertson | Tuesday, August 2, 2016
7 home fixes you must complete before selling

7 home fixes you must complete before selling

The process of getting a property ready to put on the market can seem daunting enough. There’s clearing the clutter, endless amounts of cleaning, organizing and scrutinizing your property with a fine-tooth comb. What needs attention and what can yo...
By Cara Ameer | Monday, July 18, 2016
10 thrifty DIY upgrades to make your home feel expensive

10 thrifty DIY upgrades to make your home feel expensive

Upgrading your home yourself shouldn't cost you a ton of money to do, but is it possible to make a difference on a tight budget? Of course! It doesn’t take a ton of money or expertise to improve your home. As proof, here are 10 inexpensive upgrades...
By Kyle Draper | Thursday, July 14, 2016
21 tips for first-time homebuyers

21 tips for first-time homebuyers

First-time homebuyers can easily be caught off guard by unexpected surprises. Here are 21 tips that will quickly get homebuyers up to speed and ready for a successful house hunt ......
By Heather Sittig Jackson | Thursday, May 12, 2016
6 tips for staging and marketing a historic home

6 tips for staging and marketing a historic home

Despite their age, old houses are loved because of their history. Every historic home gasps the air of mystery and curiosity with a million stories of love, life and hope floating within it ......
By Tripti Rai | Friday, November 20, 2015
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Hands off these items in a home purchase

One reason sellers prepare and stage their homes for sale is so buyers can imagine themselves living there. It can be difficult for buyers who are emotionally involved with the home to picture what the place will look like after the sellers mov...
By Dian Hymer | Monday, July 16, 2012
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Forgo final walk-through at your own risk

Purchase contracts often include a provision for the buyers to walk through the property with their real estate agent about five days or so before closing. This is not a contingency of the contract.It provides the buyers an opportunity to confi...
By Dian Hymer | Monday, April 9, 2012
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Top drawbacks to salvaged fixtures

Last time we paid a visit to the architectural salvage yard -- a place where, if you're diligent, you can find quality building materials that are cheaper and greener to boot. Today we continue the shopping list with more potential bargains, th...
By Arrol Gellner | Friday, January 28, 2011
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3 best buys at salvage yards

Suppose there was a place you could buy high-quality building products at fire-sale prices, and do it in the greenest possible manner to boot? Well, there is such a place -- it's your local architectural salvage yard. If you can live with a few...
By Arrol Gellner | Friday, January 14, 2011
Lights, fixtures, action!

Lights, fixtures, action!

Last time we looked at the basics of designing an ideal bathroom. This time, we'll get down to the fine points of fixtures, hardware and lighting. All of these aspects need to be planned out in detail ahead of time, including the exact placement ...
By Arrol Gellner | Friday, December 3, 2010
Surprise defects may derail REO purchase

Surprise defects may derail REO purchase

DEAR BARRY: We are buying a foreclosed home from a bank and are concerned about three issues: There is a plumbing leak in the upstairs bathroom, with water dripping from the garage ceiling; the previous owner agreed to leave the window treatmen...
By Barry Stone | Tuesday, August 17, 2010
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Save money restoring fixtures

Q: We installed a pedestal sink about 10 years ago. In the last year or two it has developed hairline cracks. Most are around the drain, but there are also some on the back edge where the sink turns vertical. Is there anything I can do to stop them, ...
By Bill and Kevin Burnett | Wednesday, July 7, 2010
The unfair late fee

The unfair late fee

Q: I have been a tenant in the same apartment for nearly 12 years. Last month was the first time I couldn't pay my rent on time because I was out of town longer than expected. However, I sent in my check as soon as I returned home on the fifth, but m...
By Robert Griswold | Friday, March 12, 2010
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Renovate, reuse, recycle

Ruthie Mundell helps to run a resale store. Her merchandise isn't the predictable overcoats and baby strollers and slightly dented toasters that most people associate with resale. Instead, at the Community Forklift in Edmonston, Md., they're selling ...
By Mary Umberger | Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Final walkthrough a buyer’s best friend

Final walkthrough a buyer’s best friend

Imagine this. You move into your new home for the first time after closing and, although you transferred the utilities into your name, the lights don't turn on. There isn't a single light bulb left in the house, the yard is overgrown and the leaky fa...
By Dian Hymer | Monday, August 10, 2009