35 Things Home Inspectors Examine

35 Things Home Inspectors Examine

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What does a home inspection involve? Standards and specifics vary from state to state, but in general, the inspector is responsible for making sure there are no glaring, obvious issues with a home that's being bought or sold. Sellers can hire an inspector before...

How To Create An Urban Garden: 17 Considerations

How To Create An Urban Garden: 17 Considerations

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Gardening is good for the mind, body, and soul -- there's something about growing and caring for a plant that makes so many aspects of life feel richer. People who live in suburban or rural areas usually have lots of options when it comes to setting up a garden, but...

19 Condo-Buying Tips For Big Cities

19 Condo-Buying Tips For Big Cities

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Buying a condo is a big decision -- not just in terms of your financial and housing future, but also as a lifestyle choice. There are a lot of perks to owning a condo that you don't find with a detached single-family home in the suburbs, and also some drawbacks that...

How To Choose A Mortgage Lender In 8 Steps

How To Choose A Mortgage Lender In 8 Steps

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Buying a house is something that you do just a handful of times in your life if you're like most people -- but paying a mortgage will be an event that happens every month, most likely for more than a decade and up to three decades of your life. You might not think too...

33 Tips For Winterizing Your Home

33 Tips For Winterizing Your Home

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Winter is coming ... so what does that mean for homeowners? There's a lot of information out there about the best way to winterize your house for the approaching season, but the actions you take should depend more heavily on the climate where you live, the typical...

15 Tips For Selling Your Home Quickly

15 Tips For Selling Your Home Quickly

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Not every home-seller has speed as a priority -- for many, it doesn't matter how long it takes to get under contract and to the closing table. However, for some sellers, speed is definitely a must, and in almost any circumstance, a fast sale is preferable to a slow...

How To Calculate What You Can Afford On A Home

How To Calculate What You Can Afford On A Home

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Whether you've already started saving for a down payment on a house, or you're just starting to toy with the idea of what it would be like to rent instead of buy, there's one question you have to answer before you can get serious about the idea of homeownership: How...

15 Reasons Why You Should Hire A Neighborhood Specialist

15 Reasons Why You Should Hire A Neighborhood Specialist

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When it comes to neighborhood expertise, one real estate agent is pretty much like any other -- right? Not so fast! Depending on where you live or where you're moving, a neighborhood specialist could be heads and shoulders above the competition, and for that reason it...

Buying Before Or After Marriage: What Should You Do?

Buying Before Or After Marriage: What Should You Do?

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Getting married and buying a home are two traditional milestones that many adults experience -- but today, there are no rules about what you should be doing when. Whether you buy a house together before or after the wedding, there are advantages (and disadvantages) to...

15 Things Home Inspectors Miss

15 Things Home Inspectors Miss

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Even though home inspections take hours (if done properly) and cover just about everything in the home that could cause an issue, there are still some things that home inspectors can miss -- and as a new homeowner or buyer who hasn't quite made it to closing, that fact...