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3 Areas Your Home Inspector Should Check in the Attic – By: Patricia-Anne Tom

Before purchasing a house, it’s important to hire a home inspector to evaluate the home from bottom to top—including the attic. This often-overlooked storage space can provide visual cues to potential problems in the safety and structural integrity of a home. If there is damage present, the inspection can help you determine what to bring into the sale negotiations, including an estimate of repair costs. Look at these three primary areas when analyzing the attic. 1. Structural

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Don’t Give Home Burglars a Holiday Bonus – By: Home Advisor

The airports are filling up as people hit the road for the holidays. If you’re going to travel this season, you’ll be leaving your home unoccupied—potentially for a number of days. Maybe you’ll have a neighbor watch the house, feed your pets and so on; maybe you’ll rely on a locked door and closed shades to keep the house secure. In any case, it’s important to take burglary prevention measures this holiday season: According to recent statistics, there are 2 million home burglaries

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Will a Mortgage Modification Hurt Your Credit Score? – By: Angela Colley

If you’re struggling to keep up with your mortgage payments or you’ve already fallen way behind, a mortgage modification can help you save your home and lighten your financial load. Modifications are offered by both government programs and private lenders. These loan alterations are designed to lower your monthly payments. But if you have your eye on your credit score and are wavering about going forward with a modification, there are a few key factors to keep in mind. Depend

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How to Make an Offer on a Short Sale – By: Angela Colley

A short sale can be the best option for some home sellers: If they can sell their property, they’ll avoid foreclosure. If you’re the buyer, your prospective may be different. Making an offer on a short sale is different from making a standard offer and there are a few pitfalls you’ll have to navigate. While you can get a great deal, you’ll increase your odds of getting an approval if you know what to expect. How Short Sales Differ Short sale properties are different from tradit

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Co-Owning a Home – By: Realtor.com Team

Buying a home is more affordable when you share the costs with friends and family. Pooling resources with a friend or family member can enable buyers to purchase a house they otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford. For young adults who can’t pay for a home on their own — or for family members who want to take advantage of the tax benefits associated with home ownership — co-buying is the best bet. “Neither of us had a big enough chunk of money to put down for a home in a desirable ne

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