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Updated: Tuesday, May 21, 2019

What Happens When Tariffs Hit Home?
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

ldquo;Tariffs on goods traded between the U.S. and China have already increased in several stages since early 2018,rdquo; said CNBC. ldquo;Now, President Donald Trump has added a 25 tariff up from his original proposal of 10 on another 200 billion worth of Chinese imports, and China hit back with 5 to 10 percent duties on another 60 billion wort...


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Dont Judge a House by its Photo
Written By: PJ Wade

If you spend hours on the internet trying to find your dream home by searching through photos or video of properties, you may be overlooking important flaws in this superficial approach to evaluating real estate.The big question is: What percentage of time are you incorrect in your decision to discard a property based on a photograph?Judging a p...


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What to Expect When Applying for a Jumbo Loan
Written By: David Reed

A jumbo loan is one where the loan amount exceeds current conforming loan limits. Conforming loans are those that conform to standards issued by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. One of the many requirements for a conforming loan is the loan limit which is currently 484,350 in most parts of the country. In higher cost areas where home values are much ...


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Top Pros and Cons of Real Estate Investing
Written By: Jenny Harrison

The Positives:Direct Control ndash; When investing in real estate, you have direct control over your asset. You select the property ndash; value, size, neighborhood. You decide what repairs to make. You select your contractors. You choose to flip or choose suitable tenants. hellip;. You get the picture? Itrsquo;s in your hands to control and not...


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10 Reasons Why Your Home Isnt Selling
Written By: Kurtis Forster

Here are the top 10 reasons why your home isnrsquo;t selling and donrsquo;t worry, most of them are fixable.1. You Lack Marketingldquo;If we build it, they will come.rdquo; This doesnrsquo;t prove true for many new and sometimes, useful products. And same goes for when you put your home up for sale. Just putting it up on the market isnrsquo;t en...


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Preparing Your Home For Long Term Travel
Written By: Jony

Set Your ThermostatIf you will be leaving your house unattended during the winter months, make sure your thermostat is set to 55 degrees. This will keep your house warm enough to prevent freezing and bursting water pipes, which can cause severe flooding and water damage. If your travels take you away from home during warmer weather, you should l...


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9 Practical Tips in Handling Plumbing Emergencies
Written By: Violet Smith

Plumbing affects several areas in your home from the bathroom to the kitchen. Plumbing problems can arise suddenly, without warning. While some minor issues are easily fixed, some difficulties can quickly escalate into a major crisis that causes damage to your home. If this isnt taken care of immediately, you can suffer thousands of dollars in ...


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Garage Organization: A Chore No More In 5 Easy Steps
Written By: Brian Coxley

1. Plan of AttackDont enter alone. And use the buddy systemmdash;if for no other reason than you may get overwhelmed and lost in your own sea of debris. Friends, family, and the kids can all lend a hand to get the job done quicker and to help keep you on track: its easy to get distracted rooting through the objects of your past.The first goal of...


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To Roommate or Not to Roommate? Things to Consider Before Bringing Another Person Under Your Roof
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

Defraying the cost of a mortgage is great, and, in some cases, taking in tenants can be lucrative, more than covering your entire payment and putting money in your pocket every month. But, inviting roommates into your home also comes with its share of potential downsides. Here are a few things you may want to weigh before you hand over the keys....


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May Real Estate Roundup
Written By: Realty Times Staff

Freddie Macs results of its Primary Mortgage Market Surveyreg; shows that "despite the recent rise in mortgage rates, both existing and new home sales continue to show strength ndash; indicating the lagged effect of lower rates on housing demand. This, along with improved affordability, should push housing activity higher in the coming months."b...


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Are You Grown Up Enough to Be a Homeowner?
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

Do you know the true costs of homeownership?Yes, you have a handle on what your principal, interest, taxes, and insurance are going to cost. But have you factored in the other costs? Homeownerrsquo;s association fees, tolls, gas, and other commuter costs, landscaping help, and increased utility costs could all add to your monthly expenses and pu...


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How Transit-Supported Development Could Solve Affordability Issues
Written By: Jim Adair

A recent survey of young urban families in Canada found that proximity to public transit is one of their top considerations when purchasing a home. The survey found that 28 per cent of families rank transit-friendly neighbourhoods as a priority, while 17 per cent considered car-friendliness is a priority. Four per cent cited cycling-friendly nei...


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One Story or Two Story? The Advantagesand Disadvantagesof Each.
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

Are you open to either? Do you feel like the right home will ldquo;speakrdquo; to you regardless of the number of floors? Letrsquo;s take a look at some of the realities of living of both, with a few things you may not have thought of.Cost-per-square-footA one-story home may seem more expensive if itrsquo;s priced against a larger two-story home...


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Bitcoin vs. Property Investment: The Risks
Written By: James Trafford

However, if you are looking to invest some money but either have enough property already, or just fancy something a bit different, could Bitcoin be the answer yoursquo;ve been waiting for?Investing in Bitcoin comes with a mighty element of risk, but then this could be true of investing in anything as you can never guarantee a positive return on ...


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Requirement Differences Between Conforming and Jumbo Loans
Written By: David Reed

Yet while both are approved in much the same manner, there are some approval differences that need to be pointed out. This can be especially important if the sales price on a home is very close to either choice. Perhaps a home is listed at 600,000. With a 20 down payment the loan would be 480,000. With a 10 down payment, it would fall into the j...


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How Much Does a Pool Add to the Sale Price of a House
Written By: Rudyard

Thatrsquo;s because whilst homes can appreciate in value, pools do not. A pool is like a motor vehicle ndash; once it has been used, its value starts depreciating, and a pool that is more than 10 years old would have almost no value at all in a real estate transaction.Of course, there are exceptions to that general rule. A well-constructed concr...


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Creating a Home Workout Space Without Sacrificing Style
Written By: Mikkie Mills

The Workout SpaceMaybe you have already thought about or tried a temporary workout space. This would be a multifunctional space like a yoga mat that can be set up in the living room then put away. Itrsquo;s quick and easy and there are plenty of workout routines that can be done in a fairly small space including lifting weights or doing squats a...


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Find The Right Agent For You
Written By: Dean Cacioppo

Finding the right Realtorreg; to help you with buying or selling a home can seem daunting. Your best friends sisters cousin may be an agent referral but does that mean that theyre the right agent to fulfill your needs? Getting referrals from friends and family is great but sometimes those referrals dont work out and can lead to strains in >Crede...


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Updated: Tuesday, May 21, 2019

What Happens When Tariffs Hit ...
ldquo;Tariffs on goods traded between the U.S. and China have alrea...

Dont Judge a House by its Phot...
If you spend hours on the internet trying to find your dream home b...

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