The Hidden Costs of Owning a Vacation Home

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Who doesn't love the idea of collecting rent on a home in a beautiful vacation-friendly location -- and visiting for free when there aren't any guests? It's a lovely concept, but there are several "hidden"...
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...
13 Steps To Close The Sale Of Your Home

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The home closing process feels like the home stretch to sellers -- you've done all the work to get the house ready to sell, marketed it in an attractive way to buyers, and now you're ready to move. Although...
Common Mistakes that Homebuyers Make

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Buying a home is always an anxiety-ridden process, and that goes triple for anyone who's embarking on homeownership for the very first time. There's so much to do and so much you don't know that "overwhelming"...
When Is The Right Time To Sell Your Home?

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Is now the best time to sell your home? That's an intensely personal question that depends on a number of factors -- many of them beyond your control. In 2006, some sellers might have been wondering if they...