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Internet Helps Rent Homes – Written by Phoebe Chongchua

Forbes.com has published its report on America’s Best and Worst Cities for Families. These are metros where people have enough money for everyday living and places where families’ daily budgets take a chunk out of their incomes. The study is based on the 40 most populated metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs or metros), geographic entities defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget which collects, tabulates, and publishes federal statistics. That information, along with the

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5 Things Your Appraiser Wishes You Knew – By Jamie Wiebe

So you thought you were in the homestretch because you accepted a great bid on your home? Think again! The closing process has only just begun—and for most sellers, the appraisal can be one of the scariest parts. For starters, lenders often require the use of their own, FHA-approved appraiser. That means you get zero say in who’s determining the financial value of the home you’ve lived in, loved, and sunk your savings into. Here are some things sellers can do—straight from the

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Clever Home Staging Tricks You Can Steal – Written by Jaymi Naciri

Getting ready to sell your home? It would be awesome to hire a home stager. Home stagers are paid to furnish a home and help it look its best. What they create isn't so much the ideal living environment but rather the idealized one—one in which there are no awkward furniture arrangements, toys on the floor, crumbs on the countertops, or surprises in the toilet. It's not maintainable for most people everyday, but boy, does it work when selling your home!  Stagers typically have furnit

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How to Sell a House in Just 5 Days: We Dissect the Speedy Sale of a Modernist Masterpiece – By Craig Donofrio

It’s a given when the housing market is hot, homes sell. But a home that’s barely on the market for five days before it sells? That’s an anomaly, although some agents (and sellers) are able to hit the jackpot with an ultraquick sale. That’s exactly what happened to this modernist masterpiece in Chula Vista, CA. So sellers and agents, take note: We’re diving into the ins and outs of one of the quickest sales we’ve seen. Co-listing agents Keith York of Big Block Realty and Mo

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How Much Is The Down Payment? – Written by Blanche Evans

Credit is a little tighter than it used to be, but if you believe that you have to have 20% down and perfect credit to buy a home, you may be pleasantly surprised. Bank loans are available with as little as zero down and a funding fee that can be rolled into the loan that are guaranteed through the Veterans Administration, for veterans and active-duty military. According to Bankrate.com, the funding fee varies from 2.15 percent to 3.3 percent, according to whether or not a veteran served

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