Practical Advice For Homeowners


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How Sellers Can Drive Real Estate Agents Crazy

The seller-agent relationship should remain strong and positive throughout the sales process. But just as agents can sometimes annoy their clients, sellers can sometimes get in the real estate agent’s way. And…

Is ‘For Sale by Owner’ Right for You?

With so much information about homes online, many people wonder if they need a real estate agent at all. They want to save the 6 percent commission. And selling it themselves seems…
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Selling a House With Tenants

A tenant can make or break your property sale. You must plan well in advance and communicate openly with your tenant. In some cases, you might need to postpone the sale. Here’s…

Who Owns the Land Beneath Your House?

Recently, in Tampa Bay, a family buying a home discovered at closing that the home builder had signed away the rights to the land underneath their home. The builder’s holding company, an…
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Who Owns Air Rights Above Your House?

Usually, you only hear about “air rights” in New York and other big cities. Even if you live in a suburban neighborhood, though, you should have an understanding of air rights in…

What is a Home Warranty?

For $300 to $500 a year, depending on where you live, a home warranty covers the costs of repairing or replacing most any malfunctioning system in your home. For example, let’s say…

How to Lower Your HOA Dues

You've probably accepted your monthly homeowners association (HOA) dues at face value. But like any budget, you may be able to reduce that monthly expense. Here’s how to lower your HOA dues.…

How to Use Home Staging in Real Estate

Most sellers would benefit from at least some level of staging. And staging doesn't have to involve a high-end designer removes all your stuff and completely transforms your home. The reality is,…
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How to Turn Your Home Into a Product in Real Estate

If a home sale is in your near future, it’s time to start thinking of your home as a product to be sold on the market. Once for sale, your home becomes…

5 Home Improvement Projects To Avoid

Today's typical buyers plan to live in their home for just five to seven years. So it’s more important than ever to consider resale when making home improvements. Even though you’re a…