Category Archive: Blog

Staging Your Home

Stage It, Sell It, Profit! Turn on any popular home network on cable TV and you’ll find a program on staging. Re-arrange your furniture, pick a soothing color palette, clear out the family photos, and your home will sell faster, and for more money. Sound too frou-frou to be true? It’s not! The soft and …

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See Top 5 Requests for Home Design

Years ago, I attended a trade show for kitchen and bath products in Dallas. You know the kind: Huge convention hall, lots of booths, vendors hawking the latest in whatever the latest is. Lots of free logo pens, letter openers and key chains. A friend of mine told me that stuff is called “swag.” And it …

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10 things to know about mortgage debt forgiveness

Over the past several years, millions of homeowners have had billions of dollars in mortgage debt forgiven, either through foreclosure, refinancing or short sales. It’s important for real estate professionals and homeowners to understand that mortgage debt forgiveness has significant tax consequences. Here are 10 things the Internal Revenue Service says you should know about …

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Steps to Buying a Home

Buying Your New Home Looking for a new home can be an exciting and challenging experience. Having a real estate professional that takes the time to understand your unique needs and lifestyle is important. Our associates work hard to not only find the perfect home for you, but also to handle every last detail of …

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9 tips to help you save on home staging

January Real Estate on the Cheap: For the budget-minded, staging a home for sale may seem like an expensive hassle. But making a small investment, whether DIY or with a pro, can lead to higher offers. Here’s what to do. In the past few months, we’ve talked about some ways to save money if you’re …

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Tax relief on mortgage debt forgiveness ends in 2013, so hurry

The tax-relief law allows homeowners to exclude from income certain debts forgiven by their lenders. The tax break expires Dec. 31, 2012, but keep in mind that a short sale or foreclosure can take many months. Reporting From Washington—  The window is closing rapidly on one of the most important tax-relief provisions enacted by Congress …

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Housing outlook is more upbeat

Optimism is building that the housing industry is nearing a bottom — finally. Home sales and home building are forecast to rise this year after sliding steeply the past five years in housing’s worst downturn since the Great Depression. Recovery is expected to be slow, and home prices are widely expected to fall this year. But …

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3 Predictions for Distressed Properties in 2012

It’s hard to know exactly what will happen with foreclosures, REOs, and short sales in the coming year. Factors such as employment, home values, and consumer confidence will determine whether they go up or down. The one thing that’s certain is that they’ll still be around and affecting the housing market. “Foreclosures aren’t going away …

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What Happened To The Bookstore?

I believe that as history moves forward, things on the whole improve. But this progress usually comes at a cost – often a substantial one. Life can lose something of its personal touch, its charm. Concrete examples of this are all around us. For me, one of the saddest is the impending disappearance of the …

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