Quick Fixes to Common Home Problems

Owning a home can be wonderful, but sometimes the amount of repairs required, big and small, can begin to feel overwhelming. While there are many household problems that should be fixed by a professional—think plumbing and electrical work—there are other, less prominent problems that you can solve on your own! Problem: Countertop scuff Solution:You’ll need …

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OCC Publicizes Independent Foreclosure Reviews

Advertisements informing the public about the independent foreclosure reviews underway at 14 servicers hit the presses and the radio airwaves Wednesday. Released by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the advertisements inform the public that those who underwent foreclosure in 2009 and 2010 might be eligible for an independent review if there …

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Length of Time to Close

For four years in a row, the time it took to go from contract to close was 30 days for a normal transaction between 2005 and 2008 according to C.A.R.’s Annual Housing Market Survey. In the last two years, with the current tough underwriting standards for mortgage loans, escrow is taking a bit longer—about 40 …

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5 roof-repair tips: How to fix leaks and broken shingles

Some roof problems are clearly for experts, but you should be able to fix minor leaks and broken shingles yourself. Here are some DIY roof tips, plus useful safety advice for when you get that ladder out. In the home — as in life — it’s often the little things that matter. And it’s amazing …

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