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Ways to pay your mortgage off sooner

When you purchased your home, you had to choose how you were going to pay for it. In some cases, if you’ve been in the market for a while or are perhaps scaling down to a less expensive house, you may have paid cash for your new home.

However, in the year 2017 – according to the National Association of Realtors – 88 percent of all home buyers took out a mortgage of some sort when they made a home purchase. It may have been a “conventional” mortgage, or it may have been an FHA or VA loan. Regardless of the type, however, money for a home purchase was borrowed by nearly 90 percent of all those who made a home purchase that year. That’s a lot of loans!

Mortgages are certainly a convenience…but they’re also expensive, and it usually takes decades to

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Tips for packing and moving

You’ve sold your house, and you’re ready to move on to the next home of your dreams. Or perhaps you’re moving from an apartment to your first home. Or maybe you’re downsizing from a large home to a smaller abode. Whichever the case, it’s time to pack.

Just reading that last line solicits a collective groan from the masses since few people truly enjoy the process of packing for a move. If you do it often, you may have gotten better at it, but – chances are – you still don’t like to do it.

So, what advice do the experts offer in order to make the packing process less painful? The trick, most agree, is staying organized and having a plan.

“Ugh, I hate plans,” you might be thinking, but those in-the-know suggest that a plan which starts as far in

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Reasons not to sell your own home

Whether it's a buyer's market or a seller's market, there seem to be some homeowners who insist on trying to sell their own property. If you ask them why they can no doubt provide you with several reasons as to why it's better not to get a real estate agent involved. The primary goal is usually saving money.

But if you examine the pros and cons of using a realtor to sell your home, it's easy to see that being a FSBO probably won't result in a huge savings – or a savings at all – and you'll add plenty more stress and frustration to the entire process as well.

Below we've compiled a list of 10 reasons why you should avoid the For Sale by Owner sign and opt instead for the placard of one of your area's top realtors.

  1. Underpricing – Statistics
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Listing Your Home During the Holidays

‘Tis the season, the saying goes. A season for fun and merriment. Family and friends. Gift-giving and receiving. Decorating, food, and a tasty little libation.

The holidays are a joyous time for most people and a great time to reconnect with loved ones. But some things might be best left until after the holidays – like selling your house, right? Well, maybe. Or maybe not.

Every year, there are plenty of houses on the market during the December holiday season. Some sellers do quite well at that time of year while others throw up their hands and think, “Why am I doing this?”

Well, there are always pros and cons to every situation, so here’s our take on whether or not you should try to sell your house during such a busy season.

Potential

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Steps to Surviving your Home Sale

When your home goes on the market, it’s exciting because it usually means you’re heading on to something new and different. But selling your home can also be stressful, emotionally draining, frustrating, and all those other emotions. Things can go wrong, and feelings get hurt, expectations sometimes fall short.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are certain things you can do that will lessen the angst associated with selling a home, from proper pre-planning to other things that will keep you sane during the entire process – from the time the sign goes up until that last signature at the closing table. 

Prepare, prepare!

While most of us don’t just wake up one morning and decide to list our house, sometimes we don’t give ourselves

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What to when selling your home wit bad neighbors

When a buyer considers the purchase of a home, they are buying not only a house but the neighborhood in which it sits and the neighbors surrounding it.

So, when you’ve got a problem neighbor that makes your home and other homes in the vicinity look less than desirable, what do you do? After all, your home is lovely, as are the others around it! It’s just that one inconsiderate or sloppy neighbor that’s giving your street a black eye!

How do you conquer this situation and still come out with the best sale price possible and a buyer that’s assured they’ll be happy with their new purchase?

Well, a lot of it will depend on what kind of problems the errant neighbor is creating as well as the type of community in which you live.

Obnoxious/Noisy

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Should I Sell my Home in the Fall

Ah, autumn! It’s that time when everything seems to taste like pumpkin or smell like cinnamon and apples. Summer is over. Beach days are a thing of the past. The kids are ready to go back to school, and it seems as if life gets a little more serious. Christmas is just around the corner and, before you know it, the weather will turn colder (depending on where you live) and the leaves will start to fall. 

Maybe you’ve been thinking about selling your house soon, and now that summer vacations are out of the way, and you’re getting down to business as usual, perhaps it might be the right time to list. But maybe you’ve heard it said that fall isn’t a great time to sell and that you missed the golden opportunity to unload your house once the summer set

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Real Estate Listing Contracts

Putting your house on the market is a big deal. Whether you’ve been thinking about it for quite some time or even if you made a quick decision to sell, you’ll want the process to run smoothly and not drag out forever. After all, who doesn’t wish their house would sell in just a few days? 

Luckily, for some individuals, that sometimes happens. For others, it takes much longer. So, when you’ve found the perfect realtor, and you’re ready to sign that listing contract, how many months should you give that agent to sell your house? 

What’s Average? 

Most agents are encouraged by their brokers to propose a 6-month listing to their seller. This is the national average and one that seems to work for most people. 

You may find that if you have a

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Staging Secrets for a Quick Sale

Staging a home that’s for sale in hopes of providing a more cohesive and enticing look used to be something reserved for high-end home sales. Realtors would recommend an expert in staging, and that person would use the owner’s belongings and/or bring in other furnishings and accessories to complete an attractive picture that would help these elegant homes sell in a timely manner. 

These days, however, upscale sellers aren’t the only ones who employ the services of a staging professional or – at least – employ the techniques used by someone who works as a stager. With the internet at our fingers, it’s possible to garner some essential staging tips by merely doing a little searching on the web and, as such, it provides sellers with the opportunity to

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2019 Home Decor Trends

Is your house very 1970s? Are you stuck in the last decade? Do you know you need an update but aren't sure what to do to make your home look stylish and fresh as a daisy?

Well, the folks at Houzz – a website made up of a community of more than 40 million homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals from around the world – have looked carefully at the trends that are…well, uh….trending for the new year, and have compiled a list of the most happenin' crazes for 2019.

So, if you're looking to make some changes, here's a short list of what's hot and what's not.

A Tiled “Feature” Wall in the Kitchen 

While we've gotten used to "accent walls" in other rooms, created by adding a particularly bold color to just one wall,

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