Real Estate 2011

10 Stories • Available May 2011
Start At The Bottom

Start At The Bottom

There's no question that potential buyers are more impressed by a property's finished basement than they are by a home with an unfinished, unattractive basement. Some unfinished basements -- with t

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Downsizing

Downsizing

Downsizing isn't just for the jobs market. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, demand grows for smaller homes when the economy is struggling. Nationwide, the average size of a new single-family ho

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Home Scenting

Home Scenting

The most beautiful home will turn off prospective buyers if it smells unpleasant. Real estate agents and home stagers endeavor to create a welcoming impression with your home's assets and d?cor, an

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Lighten And Brighten

Lighten And Brighten

According to a survey by the real estate website HomeGain, improving the lighting in your home is one of the top ways to improve the value and selling price of your home on a low budget. Spending j

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Rent Or Buy?

Rent Or Buy?

Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home. But in humbling times like these, is it better to own or rent a home? Upon speaking with experts in the real estate industry, it's clear that the a

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Fixer-uppers

Fixer-uppers

Not everybody dreams of owning a McMansion in a planned community where every natural resource was razzed to set it up. Do you spend your weekends watching "This Old House" or "Flip This House"? Do

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House Sharing

House Sharing

With baby boomers now reaching retirement age, it is important to consider the options for senior living. Some seniors choose to move to a retirement community, whereas others decide to stay at hom

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Real Estate Q-and-a

Real Estate Q-and-a

Dear Ms. Lank: What are the pros and cons of holding a mortgage on a house I'm selling? -- email Answer: Pros: --Your property might sell more easily because buyers are attracted to "seller may f

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Maintaining Home Value

Maintaining Home Value

Purchasing a house is the largest investment most Americans make in their lifetime. With it come concerns and questions about how to maintain the value of the home. Interestingly, part of the answ

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The American Dream

The American Dream

The American dream of homeownership seems to be harder to reach for many in our current economy. Prices go up, and earnings just don't seem to rise as quickly. Savings accounts and valued investmen

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Real Estate Facts 1

Real Estate Facts 1

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Real Estate Facts 2

Real Estate Facts 2

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Real Estate Facts 3

Real Estate Facts 3

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