Category Archive for "Tips and Tricks"

5 Ways to Stage Your House Like a Pro

Editor’s note: Putting your home on the market is no small decision. And listing before you’re really ready can hurt your chances of selling your home for its full worth. This week we’re giving you a headstart on prime selling season with plenty of tips and advice for preparing your home to hit the market ready for a successful sale. “Nobody cleans…

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Locals Dish on What’s Hot in Phoenix

With no less than 320 days of sunshine a year, Phoenix is one of the hottest cities in the country — literally. This popular resort destination, visited by nearly half a million vacationers annually, is home to 1.5 million residents. With all that sunny weather, we wanted to find out where these locals are spending their time. Whether you’re considering relocating…

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A Guide to Giving Holiday Gifts to Your Roommates

It’s gifting season again! You’ve got your family and close friends covered, but what about your roommates? When you share an apartment with someone, does it mean that you need to give a gift to show some holiday love? And how should you do it? These situations can become fraught with peril if improperly managed, but they can be rewarding…

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Thanks to More Data and Great Minds, Zestimate Accuracy Is Improving

For many Americans, their home is one of their largest financial assets. The typical homeowner has a little over half of their wealth tied up in their home, according to a Zillow analysis of the Federal Reserve Board, Survey of Consumer Finances. That’s why the Zestimate® home value – and improving its accuracy – is so essential. While it’s not…

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Best Fall Buys: Big Ticket Items

Have you been noticing some good prices on big-ticket items lately? Now’s a great time to save on these higher-priced purchases. Travel It’s not only smart to lock in your holiday airfare, but since it’s “shoulder season” – the time of year when crowds disperse and prices to popular destinations drop from their summertime highs – it’s an excellent time to…

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Kitchen Appliances

6 Electronics You Should (and Shouldn’t) Unplug

Take a look around your house. Is every outlet being used — or almost? In the kitchen, you have a coffee maker, microwave, the fridge, a TV. In your bedroom, an alarm clock, phone charger, another TV. Did you know that those gadgets — the ones that are always plugged in — are constantly adding to your electric bill? It’s…

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Veterans: Get 100% Financing on Home Loans up to $1 Million

As the financial crisis gets further behind us, mortgage options get more flexible. One loan program that’s often overlooked is a VA loan. If you’ve served in the U.S. military, you can get a loan backed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with no down payment. VA loan features This may be a surprise: VA loans aren’t actually…

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Sell Home Fast Atlanta

10 Tips to Sell Your Home Fast

With the correct approach and a little work, you can sell your home in record time. Here are 10 tips to help you sell your home as quickly as possible – even in the off season.

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Eco-Friendly Home Updates That Save You Green

Each year, Americans save billions of dollars by employing energy-saving measures and investing in energy-efficient homes. Some upgrades — like Energy Star appliances, new hot water heaters, or geothermal pumps — can be pricey upfront, but there are plenty of small, inexpensive updates that will make a big difference in your budget over time. Here are some places to start. Go low-flow…

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3 Extreme Home-Buying Tactics to Get the House You Want

Today, in many markets, homes move quickly, often with multiple offers. Some homes, called “pocket listings,” sell before even hitting the market. It can be an all-out war for competitive buyers, and some will go to great lengths to win. Here are three tips for going the extra mile to make sure you come out the winning bidder. Make your offer a “sharp”…

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