The Most Popular Real Estate Agencies

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The Most Popular Real Estate Agencies

The Most Popular Real Estate Agencies

In a new survey of homebuyers and sellers, Century 21 received top marks for consumer satisfaction across all four categories studied, giving the brokerage the highest rank among the largest real estate companies in the U.S. The rankings come from the J.D. Power 2014 Home Buyer/Seller Satisfaction Study, released Wednesday, and measure customer satisfaction with… Read More

4 Costs New Homeowners Have to Plan For

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4 Costs New Homeowners Have to Plan For

4 Costs New Homeowners Have to Plan For

We all know that buying a home is a huge financial decision that requires adequate funds and thorough research. But there’s more to owning a home than just buying it. Beyond what you pay to own the home, be sure you take into account the additional costs that come with being a homeowner. Moving Moving may… Read More

Should You Buy a New or Existing Home?

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Should You Buy a New or Existing Home?

Should You Buy a New or Existing Home?

When it comes time to stop renting and you are ready to own a home, most people have to decide whether to buy a new home or an existing one. Here’s what to consider as you make your decision. Brand New The smell of new house may not be as popular as the smell of… Read More

5 Real Estate Rules You Shouldn’t Break

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5 Real Estate Rules You Shouldn’t Break

5 Real Estate Rules You Shouldn’t Break

Spring signals the start of two hallowed seasons: homebuying and baseball. Like the national pastime, purchasing a home supposedly comes with its own set of “unwritten rules.” Conventional wisdom and considered opinion have long led consumers to believe you never make an offer on the first home you tour, or you always close at the… Read More

Foreclosures, Repossessions Continue to Drop

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Foreclosures, Repossessions Continue to Drop

Foreclosures, Repossessions Continue to Drop

Banks repossessed 29% fewer homes last month than in October 2012, the 11th consecutive month of annual declines, according to RealtyTrac’s monthly U.S. Foreclosure Market Report. The 37,775 properties with bank repossessions on file was a 1% decline from September. Foreclosures also sharply declined from 2012. Last month, one in every 978 U.S. housing units… Read More

Is There a Best Time to Buy a Home?

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Is There a Best Time to Buy a Home?

Is There a Best Time to Buy a Home?

Timing is critical when it comes to buying a home. There are myriad sites, seminars and real estate sages out there offering the inside scoop on how to land the best deal. You could spend hours combing through articles and talking to experts. Or you could save yourself a lot of time and trouble and… Read More

The States With the Lowest Real Estate Taxes

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The States With the Lowest Real Estate Taxes

The States With the Lowest Real Estate Taxes

Real estate taxes, also called property taxes, are among the many costs tied to homeownership, and they generally hinge on two components of property: location and value. The tax rate is set by local governments, often by city or county, so rates vary within states. The cost is calculated as a percentage of the home’s… Read More

Is Your State Still Struggling With Foreclosures?

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Is Your State Still Struggling With Foreclosures?

Is Your State Still Struggling With Foreclosures?

The housing crisis flooded the real estate market with foreclosures, and while the number of foreclosed homes on the market has declined significantly in the last year, some states are moving through the backlog faster than others. Foreclosure processes vary among states, one of the biggest differences being whether or not foreclosures require court action…. Read More

Real Haunted Houses: What Owners Need to Know

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Real Haunted Houses: What Owners Need to Know

Real Haunted Houses: What Owners Need to Know

Growing up in a large house that was more than 100 years old, complete with a creepy unfinished basement that I thought looked like it came straight out of a horror film, I had no trouble imagining our house was haunted. But in reality, nothing very unusual happened there — unless you count the bat… Read More

5 Secrets to a Quick Home Sale

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5 Secrets to a Quick Home Sale

5 Secrets to a Quick Home Sale

Forget the Great Recession. Old-school real estate agents are probably what killed any possible home sale for Michelyn Petersen in 2009. The Alpena, Mich., resident was trying to unload her Grand Rapids home and listed it with real estate agents she had located through the grapevine. First, it was an agent who had sold a… Read More

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