Practical Advice For Homeowners


How to Buy and Sell a Home at the Same Time

Buying and selling a home at the same time can be extremely stressful. But if you plan well in advance, you can make it happen smoothly. Here’s how to buy and sell…

Don’t Lose Money on Your Home’s Features

When I sit down with sellers to discuss their home’s price, the discussion usually turns to its features. A spectacular view, a cool garage workspace, and a one-of-a-kind garden are the sort…

Homeowners Association Rules: What You Should Know Before You Buy

Homeowners association rules are designed to protect home values and the quiet enjoyment of the homeowners. But they can be excessive, too. In Indiana, for instance, the president of an HOA recently…
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Why Use a Real Estate Agent When Listings are Online?

Why use a real estate agent when everything you might want to know about a home is available online? Here are three reasons why Realtors are just as important as they were years…

Why Go to Open Houses After You’ve Purchased?

Why go to open houses after you've already bought a home? Believe it or not, some people do. And they have good reason. Years ago, after closing on your American Dream with…
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Top 5 Homebuyer Mistakes—and How to Avoid Them

From the home search until closing, you’ve got lots to think about and do. It’s not unusual to make a mistake. But with the financial stakes so high, one false move can…

You Bought a Home and the Basement Flooded. Now What?

Well-informed buyers may spend six months looking at properties, learning the neighborhoods, and gaining deep market knowledge. Once they identify a winner, they may spend weeks getting to know more about the…
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5 Things You Should Know About Real Estate Disclosures

It’s standard practice in real estate to give a home a fresh coat of paint before putting it on the market. Nine out of 10 times, the intention is to show the…

Should You Consider Listing Your Home During the Holidays?

As the holidays approach, I’m always asked the same questions: Should we keep our property on the real estate market or take it off? Do we list now, wait until after the…

Five Strategies for Pricing a Home to Sell

Is a $499 iPad a bargain compared to one that costs $500? Not exactly. But retailers have long priced products just below a round number because, psychologically, $499 feels more like a…