Real Estate Agent Accused of Food, Change Thefts

MONROE, Conn. – Monroe police have arrested a real estate agent accused of stealing change from a home she’s trying to sell. Police say there are complaints that she stole food and change from other homes. Police have charged 29-year-old Holli Tapley of Derby with one count of sixth-degree larceny. Police say a 14-year-old girl […]

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Home Sellers Get More Money for Their Home When Selling without an Agent

According to a study conducted by Consumer Reports published in the September 2008 issue, home sellers who used a real estate agent received less money for their homes than sellers who sold their home without an agent. The study found that homeowners who sold with the help of an agent received $5,000 less, on average, […]

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3 Tips When Pricing Your Home

When buying a home for the first time it is most likely the biggest financial decision you have made thus far. Now you are at a point when selling your home, for what ever reason, is just as big of a financial decision as buying. No matter what the reason for selling your home you […]

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Questions to Ask Neighbors Before Buying a Home

How long have you lived in the neighborhood? What do you like best about living here? What do you like least about the neighborhood? If you could change one thing about this street, what would it be? Do all the neighbors get along with each other? Have you ever noticed anything odd about this house […]

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Buying a Foreclosure Could Cause Bad Neighbors

Wow, my friends just bought a four bedroom, 2 bathroom house at one-third the price it would have cost them just two years ago. We are all happy for them . . . and they are so cute because they are so proud of themselves for their great financial find. They bucked the system. When […]

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How Many Photos Are Overkill For a Listing?

Point2Agent has just released a new study that measures the impact of photos in terms of marketing listings online. This study replicates the results of a study the company conducted in 2007. The current study examined three variables and plotted them against the number of pictures on each site: 1. Detailed views 2. Interest in […]

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More Single Women Buying Homes

The latest records show that when it comes to buying a home — more power to the ladies. Single women, as a demographic, are the fastest-growing group of home buyers in the U.S. They totaled 22% of all buyers in 2006, according to the National Association of Realtors. That’s up from 14% in 1995. What’s […]

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Single Family Home or Condo?

Condo Pros     * Generally More Affordable     * Generally More Secure     * Often Offer Amenities (pool, etc.)     * No Outdoor Maintenance     * Earn Equity (like a house)     * Get to Deduct Interest Payment from Taxes (like a house) Condo Cons     * Less Control Over Space     * Condo Fees […]

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Fizber.com vs. Owners.com

Today there are many FSBO sites where you can list your house for sale "by owner". You’ve probably already looked at some online FSBO advertising services and read what they have to offer and what it costs, which varies widely. So now you are trying to figure out the best way to go about this […]

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Here are 10 things that can reduce value to your home

1. A pool 2. No garage or small garage 3. Garbled floor plan 4. Outmoded appliances or systems 5. Stale or overly personal decor 6. A bad roof 7. Bad location 8. Poor maintenance 9. Environmental hazards 10. A long list of needed home improvements

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