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July 27, 2021
Escalation strategy can win bidding wars.

If you find yourself facing a bidding war in today’s competitive home market submitting a “lowball” offer might not be a very effective negotiating tool. Sellers have a lot of leverage and chances are you will receive a high counteroffer.

Many motivated home buyers today consider an “automated” method: A creative “escalation clause” can help give...

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July 16, 2021
Summertime refinances can be cool financial solutions

As the nation climbs out of Covid-19’s massive economic crater home mortgage loan refinances continue to be a valuable lifeline for homeowners on a variety of levels.

Home equity totals have never been higher. America’s collective equity soared to a record $7.3 trillion in 2020 for an average of about $158 000 per household.

With rock-bottom mortgage...

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July 14, 2021
Will increasing supply tilt the homebuying balance?

For more than a year now the U.S. housing market has been a sellers' bonanza but the balance may finally be shifting.

Despite record high home prices new listings recently surpassed 2019 levels for the first time in 2021. New listings of homes jumped 4% in the four-week period ending July 4 from a year earlier...

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July 12, 2021
Community support through agriculture

As the summertime of 2021 shines a light out of the coronavirus crisis many American homeowners are looking for new ways to support local farmers and food cooperatives.

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a popular way to buy local seasonal food in exchange for a weekly monthly or one-time fee. In return customers receive regular...

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July 2, 2021
Sometimes, less is more

Whether studio apartment small house or suburban dream home there are simple cost-effective ways to remodel without skimping on style or functionality.

Most American homeowners spent an inordinate amount of time the past 12 months becoming hypercritical of their personal space. Now that vaccines are making human interaction more appealing and stimulus funds are rolling in...

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June 24, 2021
Due diligence: Investigate your investment

In legal terms due diligence refers to a period outlined in a home purchase agreement during which potential buyers have time to learn everything about a house… and to back out.

But due diligence should begin at the very beginning of the process before any offer is made: Here are some tips:

If you are serious about...

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