Three tips for staging your home to sell

Today’s buyers are looking for turnkey homes. That is, they want to move right in without having to do a lot of work. Buyers with busy lifestyles pay a premium for listings that are in prime condition. Staging can make the difference between a listing selling or not, the time it takes to sell, and …

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Home improvements when selling

The temptation is strong: Clean up the yard, declutter the house, and put it on the market without spending time and money sprucing the place up for sale. This is especially the case if you anticipate losing money on the sale. Some real estate agents recommend you do little if anything to get your home …

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Nation’s Unemployment Rate Drops Below 9%

The national unemployment rate fell to 8.9 percent in February, as employers added 192,000 jobs to their payrolls, according to figures released Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor. The rate is down from 9.0 percent in January and 9.4 percent as recently as December. The Labor Department described the latest numbers as “little changed,” …

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Mortgage Employment Cut in Half in Last Five Years

More than a half million people worked in mortgage lending as of October 2005 — the highest month on record. Five years later, fewer than half are left. Headcount in real estate finance fell by another thousand during the third quarter of this year, according to industry data released Monday. During the July-September period, 3,216 …

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