6 Flood Insurance Myths Debunked

(TNS)—If a flood swamps your home, will insurance cover the damage? That depends on the value of your home, the amount of water damage and whether you have a flood insurance policy. Regular home insurance doesn’t cover flooding. You’ll need a policy offered through the government’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)—but note that those top […]

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Luxury Homes: How to Tell If You’re Getting a Fair Price

Editor’s Note: This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin’ now at blog.rismedia.com: $1 Million a Week, Starting With Quality Leads Don’t Let Clogged Gutters Wreak Havoc on Your Home Easy Tips to Stage Your Home With Toddlers Around Buying a luxury home isn’t as straightforward a process as one […]

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The Basics of Buying Investment Properties

Editor’s Note: This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin’ now at blog.rismedia.com: Great Living on the Great Barrier Reef Retirees Turning to Custom Homes to Get the Right Space Luxury Homes: How to Tell If You’re Getting a Fair Price Everyone wants a magic and immediate path to wealth. […]

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Easy Tips to Stage Your Home With Toddlers Around

Editor’s Note: This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin’ now at blog.rismedia.com: 7 Gadgets From ‘The Jetsons’ That Have Become a Reality Historic Ridgefield, Conn. Estate Sells Before Auction How to Make Your Home Design Pet-Friendly Selling your home can be an exhausting, overwhelming process, and it is even […]

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6 Easy DIY Projects That Will Boost Your Home’s Value

Editor’s Note: This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin’ now at blog.rismedia.com: 5 Cities Millennials Are Flocking To The Most Expensive Home in Hawaii Is for Sale How to Showcase Your Property With a Virtual Open House Your house is likely to be the biggest investment you make in […]

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4 Ways Every Homebuyer Can Save on Title Insurance

(TNS)—When you find the home of your dreams, make an offer and apply for a mortgage, you might not give much thought to the cost of title insurance—but that can be a mistake. A title policy defends buyers (and their lenders) from future property ownership claims, surprise liens and other potentially costly complications with property […]

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Ask the Expert: What Tips Can I Give My Clients to Make Their New Home Safer?

Today’s Ask the Expert column features Dan Steward, president of Pillar To Post Home Inspectors. Q: What tips can I offer my clients to help make their new home safer and less expensive in the long run? A: As the real estate market continues to improve, housing is currently in great demand in many areas […]

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How-To Guide: Kitchen Appliance Care

Your kitchen appliances may just be the most used in the house—make sure you’re giving them the TLC they need in order to keep them running efficiently! Microwave Keep it clean.Whether you realize it or not, food and liquids spread across the inside of the unit and actually absorb heat later on, leading to burns […]

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9 Grants and Programs for First-Time Homebuyers

(TNS)—Buying a home for the first time can be daunting. In addition to mountains of paperwork and new financial terms to sort through, you’ll face costs and fees that can quickly add up. In short, purchasing a home isn’t a financial step to take lightly. Perhaps that’s why 74 percent of millennials say that saving […]

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HOA Basics: What to Know Before You Buy

(TNS)—Before signing on the dotted line for your new home, make sure you know what your homeowners association fees are and what they cover. Because most new planned communities have HOAs whether you’re buying a detached home, condo or townhome, factoring in that added cost is a necessary part of your home-buying budget. Depending on […]

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Relocating? Here’s How to Feel at Home Faster

Moving to a new city, whether it’s 30 or 3,000 miles away from your last one, can be stressful to say the least—perhaps even more so after you’ve dealt with the last of the packing boxes, because now it’s time to get to know your new community and begin to feel comfortable within it. Relocation […]

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How Is Conditional Approval Different From Preapproval?

When you inquire about qualifying for a home loan, you’ll likely hear the term “conditionally approved,” but might not be sure what that means or how it differs from a preapproval. We’re here to explain so you can be in the know! A conditionally approved loan is closer to closing than a preapproved one but […]

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10 Most Common Real Estate IRA Questions Asked by Investors

Investing in real estate with your self-directed IRA isn’t too different from a regular real estate purchase; however, there are important rules and processes that you must follow to do it right. This is why when it comes to Real Estate IRAs, people have lots of questions. We’ve collected some of those questions asked by real […]

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Dual Agency vs. Designated Agency: Understand the Difference

Editor’s Note: This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin’ now at blog.rismedia.com: How to Have a More Modern Office: Alternative Work Arrangements Angelina Jolie Enters Escrow in Los Feliz Square Footage: It’s Not the Size That Counts, but How You Use It In an ideal world, you would be […]

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Home Inspections: Items That Aren’t Deal-Breakers

Editor’s Note: This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin’ now at blog.rismedia.com: Dual Agency vs. Designated Agency: Understand the Difference How to Have a More Modern Office: Alternative Work Arrangements Angelina Jolie Enters Escrow in Los Feliz After making an offer on a home, you’ll enter into a contract. […]

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Square Footage: It’s Not the Size That Counts, but How You Use It

Editor’s Note: This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin’ now at blog.rismedia.com: 6 Things Professional Burglars Don’t Want You to Know Looking to Leverage Your Social Media Presence? Shift Your Viewpoint 4 Fictional Towns That Would Be Bad for Real Estate One of the first focuses for most people […]

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6 Things Professional Burglars Don’t Want You to Know

Editor’s Note: This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin’ now at blog.rismedia.com: Looking to Leverage Your Social Media Presence? Shift Your Viewpoint 4 Fictional Towns That Would Be Bad for Real Estate How to Make Your Home More Energy-Efficient Even though a burglary occurs every 20 seconds in the U.S., you […]

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Opportunities to Make a Home Green Exist on a Spectrum

The following information is provided by the Center for REALTOR® Development (CRD). What comes to mind first for consumers when thinking about green homes is often new-home construction and the opportunity to build a fully sustainable home from scratch. However, there are also vast unrealized opportunities to increase the resource efficiency of existing homes. In […]

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5 Ways to Upgrade Your Home Without Blowing Your Budget

(TNS)—Everyone wants to turn their house into their dream home, but that’s often easier said than done. Whether you’re upgrading your space or gearing up to sell, renovating your home is a big financial decision. After all, it’s not only the place you live—it’s most likely your largest investment. “So how much does a home […]

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Navigating the Home-Buying Process: 5 Tips

Buying a home for the first time can be complex and daunting, especially in a competitive housing market. A new book, “My First Home: A Step-by-Step Guide to Achieving the Ultimate American Dream,” aims to help first-time buyers navigate the process. Below are five tips from author Shashank Shekhar, a blogger, media source and radio […]

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3 Things to Know Before Flipping Your Home

Editor’s Note: This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin’ now at blog.rismedia.com: Those With Bachelor’s Degrees More Likely to Own Home, Study Says Trends in Housing: The County That Broke Texas’ 8-Year Streak Buying a New House? 5 Things to Check Before Moving In Thanks to reality TV, you […]

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Buying a New House? 5 Things to Check Before Moving In

Editor’s Note: This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin’ now at blog.rismedia.com: ­A-List Apartment on the Upper East Side Tips to Assess and Evaluate the Real Estate Market in Your Area What Are the Best States for Millennials? The Answer May Surprise You Buying a new house is an […]

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Which Type of Lender Is Right for You?

(TNS)—There was a time when most homebuyers obtained their mortgage loans through their banks or credit unions. Today, however, there are a number of additional home-financing providers. Which one is right for you? Let’s take a look at the options. Direct Lenders Banks, mortgage banks and nonbank lenders all are direct lenders; that is, employees […]

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Home Construction Loans Are Complex: Here Are the Nuts and Bolts

(TNS)—The complexities of home construction loans can hit you like a falling two-by-four. Be sure you understand the intricacies before you apply. Two Types of Construction Loans There are two main types of home construction loans: Construction-to-Permanent: With these loans, the lender advances the money to pay for construction. After the home is built, the […]

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Location, Location: Trading Up Costs $450 More a Month, With Exceptions

There are many benefits to trading up to a home with more square footage, especially for growing families—but with more house comes more cost, and, as a recent analysis by Zillow reveals, it can vary by location. Trade-up homeowners can expect to spend an average $447 more each month if they move from a home […]

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How to Decide If Your Dream Home Is a Good Deal

Editor’s Note: This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin’ now at blog.rismedia.com: Now You Can Own Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi’s Santa Barbara Villa How to Prepare Yourself for Becoming a Landlord 10 Easy Home Improvements to Make on Your Fixer Upper It’s an amazing neighborhood, the price […]

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How to Prepare Yourself for Becoming a Landlord

Editor’s Note: This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin’ now at blog.rismedia.com: 10 Easy Home Improvements to Make on your Fixer Upper Brighten Up Your Kid’s Bedroom with ‘Beauty and the Beast’-Inspired Decor Mortgage Credit’s More Crunched Than in 2001—Here’s Why If you own some property that you are […]

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10 Tips for Homebuyers and Sellers This Spring

Spring is here, and so is spring home-buying and -selling. Buyers and sellers preparing to take action this season should put those plans into play now—according to Zillow Group’s Report on Consumer Housing Trends, the No. 1 regret for both buyers and sellers is “not starting their home search or prepping their home to sell […]

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The Basics of Second-Home Financing

The following information is provided by the Center for REALTOR® Development (CRD). Financing is often the biggest hurdle for second-home buyers and the transaction element of which they are least sure. Here is a quick breakdown of some basics, so that you can help educate your clients. If a second home’s rental income is needed […]

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