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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A minefield of mortgage charges

Shopping for a mortgage would be a breeze if borrowers paid only an interest rate and lenders paid for everything else, embedding their expenses in the rate. The reality is just the opposite: Not only do lenders impose fees of various sorts, but a large number of other players will have their hands in your …

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Cash-only home sales on the rise

In California, the all-cash offer is king when it comes to luxury property now.   According to the Los Angeles Times, cash deals now account for roughly two-thirds of home sales in Southern California’s most expensive neighborhoods, with all-cash buyers having bought 30.9% of California houses and condos in January. . These current low prices have …

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10 tips to snag a mortgage in 2011

Mortgage lenders tightened their standards after the subprime-mortgage mess, and that won’t change this year. But mortgage loans can be had. Follow these 10 tips from MSN.com to secure a mortgage at an interest rate and under the terms that are right for you this year: 1. Have the right credit score The best combination …

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